Alpha Beta

by Scott D. Hendricks

6. One day Abba Arsenius consulted an old Egyptian monk about his own thoughts. Someone noticed this and said to him, ‘Abba Arsenius, how is it that you with such a good Latin and Greek education, ask this peasant about your thoughts?’ He replied, ‘I have indeed been taught Latin and Greek, but I do not know even the alphabet of this peasant.’

~ from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Benedicta Ward, trans., The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: the alphabetical collection (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1975), 10.