Basil of Caesarea: Share your anxieties

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

“Under other circumstances I should think it a special privilege to meet with your reverence, but above all now, when the business which brings us together is of such great importance. But so much of my illness as still clings to me is enough to prevent my stirring ever so short a distance. I tried to drive as far as the martyrs and had a relapse almost into my old state. You must therefore forgive me. If the matter can be put off for a few days, I will, by God’s grace join you, and share your anxieties. If the business presses, do, by God’s help, what has to be done; but reckon me as present with you and as participating in your worthy deeds. May you, by the grace of the Holy One, be preserved to God’s Church, strong and joyous in the Lord, and praying for me.”

Basil of Caesarea (330-379) in Letter CCII “To Amphilochius, bishop of Iconium” in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series II, Volume 8 (Grand Rapids: CCEL) 688.

This is another letter from Basil.

I recount it today because even as Basil was sick and unable to be present with a friend to share his anxieties, I had to cancel a trip to Austin with some important meetings this week because I am sick. I have Covid.

The reality is that sometimes we cannot physically meet with people as we would like.

Notice that Basil says to move forward with the good work with his support as if he was present and participating with him. I pray the meetings in Austin move forward and go well without me.

And I pray that all who read send a generous note of encouragement to someone today.