Commemorated on May 10
In Egypt in the V
Century lived a young Christian by the name of Taisia. Left an orphan
after the death of her rich parents, she led a pious life, her wealth she
distributed to the destitute, and on her estate she gave shelter to a skete of
monks. Afterwards, however, Taisia was allured by worldly temptations and began
to lead a sinful life. Then the elders of the skete besought the ascetic John
the Short-statured (Kolobos, Comm. 9 November) to go to Taisia and persuade her
to repent. The elder set off on the pathway, and the monks began to pray.
Taisia's servant did not want to allow the elder into the house. Whereupon he
said: "Tell the mistress, that I bring to her something very
precious". Taisia mirthfully came to meet the monk. But the monk, looking
her in the face, began to cry. "I weep, – said he, – over thee,
since thou hast forsaken thy bridegroom the Lord Jesus Christ and given thyself
over to satan". The words of the elder pierced the soul of Taisia like a
fiery arrow, and her gaiety instantly vanished. In fright she implored the
elder, whether repentance was possible for such a sinner as she. The elder
answered, that the Saviour awaited her turnabout, since this is why He came, to
seek out and to save the perishing.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.