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Epistle CXXX

Greek text from Migne PG, Vol. 37, Col. 226

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Ἔχω μὲν οὕτως, εἰ δεῖ τἀληθὲς γράφειν, ὥστε πάντα σύλλογον φεύγειν ἐπισκόπων, ὅτι μηδεμιᾶς συνόδου τέλος εἶδον χρηστὸν, μηδὲ λύσιν κακῶν μᾶλλον ἐσχηκυῖαν προσθήκην. Ἀεὶ γὰρ φιλονεικίαι καὶ φιλαρχίαι (ἀλλ' ὅπως μή με φορτικὸν ὑπολάβῃς οὕτω γράφοντα), καὶ λόγου κρείττονες· καὶ θᾶττον ἄν τις ἐγκληθείη κακίαν ἑτέροις δικάζων, τὴν ἐκείνων λύσειε. Διὰ τοῦτο εἰς ἐμαυτὸν συνεστάλην, καὶ μόνην ἀσφάλειαν ψυχῆς τὴν ἡσυχίαν ἐνόμισα. Νῦν δὲ καὶ τὴν ἀῤῥωστίαν ἔχω προστατοῦσαν τῆς κρίσεως, ἀεὶ σχεδὸν τὰ τελευταῖα πνέων, καὶ εἰς οὐδὲν ἐμαυτῷ χρῆσθαι δυνάμενος. Διὰ τοῦτο συγγινωσκέτω μὲν ἡμῖν σὴ μεγαλόνοια, πεισθήτω δὲ διὰ σοῦ καὶ εὐσεβέστατος βασιλεὺς, μὴ ῥᾳθυμίαν ἡμῶν καταγινώσκειν, ἀλλὰ συγγινώσκειν τῇ ἀσθενείᾳ, δι' ἣν οἶδε καὶ συγχωρήσας ἡμῖν, δεηθεῖσιν ἀντ' ἄλλης εὐεργεσίας, τὴν ἀναχώρησιν.