On a beautiful spring day a Holy bishop named Bishop Nonnus was standing outside of his church with his parishioners. Mass had been celebrated and Christ was present in the souls of all those who had just received Him in the Eucharist.
As the congregation was all gathered out the front of the church having a good old chin wag, a breathtakingly beautiful woman came gliding past. Time slowed down. Hearts skipped a beat. Lungs lost their air. She was gorgeous. Her name was Pelagia. As quickly as hearts stopped, heads all turned – away from her. All knew she was a dancer and a prostitute. All heads apart from the holy bishop.
Was he a perv? Was he lusting after her?
He saw how truly beautiful she was, he saw her how God created her to be seen. She caught his gaze. She felt like she had just been knocked over. Pelagia knew men well, too well. But she had never meet a man like this priest. His gaze was so pure, it penetrated her hardened view of what life was. She saw hope in his eyes. She saw love. She saw Jesus.
She had no idea what to do, so she ran.
The very next day she found herself sneaking into the back pew during Bishop Nonnus’ sermon. He was preaching on the end times, repentance.
After the Mass Pelagia approached Bishop Nonnus and asked that he would baptize her.
Not long after this great conversion she left town wearing sack cloth and headed to Mt Olivette in Jerusalem and became a hermit living in a cave. She practiced many penances and other spiritual exercises which helped her to grow in holiness and receive spiritual gifts. She was known as the beardless monk.
Now she is now known as St Pelagia.
Men, as you walk down the street, drive in your car, drink at the pub, sit in mass, always, always, always be in control of what your eyes are looking at, what your mind is thinking, and what your heart is desiring.
Jesus will help you.
St Nonnus, please pray for us!
Bless the Lord my soul