Ignatius to the Christ-bearing Mary.
Thou oughtest to have comforted
and consoled me who am a neophyte, and a disciple of thy [beloved] John.
For I have heard things wonderful to tell respecting thy [son] Jesus, and
I am astonished by such a report. But I desire with my whole heart to
obtain information concerning the things which I have heard from thee,
who wast always intimate and allied with Him, and who wast acquainted
with [all] His secrets. I have also written to thee at another time, and
have asked thee concerning the same things. Fare thou well; and let the
neophytes who are with me be comforted of thee, and by thee, and in thee.