“Give me a word” and the Problem of Procrastination

In the sayings of the desert fathers, one of the most common starting points is the request of an ardent disciple to an illumined elder, “Give me a word” (Εἰπέ μοι ῥῆμα), which could even be translated as “Tell me a verb.” Tell me what to do, so that I might have that reminder in my heart guiding me to the safe haven of Christ’s love. Those who follow the incarnate Word (Λόγος) should have no doubts about the importance of logical words or reasonable verbs (λογικά ρήματα). Christians have indeed long known what twentieth century psychologists first began to quantify: words matter because they … [Read more...]