Braulio, humble servant of the saints of God, to my lord Emilianus, presbyter and abbot.
If I could have deserved to be informed of your arrival, if I could have known your route or the time or even a designated place where I might have visited with you, I should not have incurred this fault [of not entertaining you]. Though I was not aware of any of these things, God knows that I desire to be presented in your presence, yet do not know how it can be done. If both of these should become possible, please do not refuse to see my humble self, for whose redemption the Redeemer of the human race made Himself visible, "taking our infirmities." If it be not possible, I ask you to pray for miserable me and not to think differently of me than if I had been allowed to receive you most courteously, for, both in body and soul, I am your client and your slave and I might have been your servant anywhere; I say this without reservation before God. [...]
Follow further considerations on the same subject and final salutations.
(trans. by C. Barlowe 1969: 65; slighthly adapted)