It could be said that Xenia Grigorievna Petrova went crazy after the death of her husband.
She walked away from a privileged life, willingly loosing everything, her home, income, property, clothing, and even identity (she went around in her departed husband uniform only responding to his name, Andrew Feodorovich).
And lived as a homeless women on the streets of Petersburg refusing alms, and bearing ridicule and insults.
But her actions, motivated by the sudden death of her husband, revealed the total emptiness of what the world around her considered “normal”. And as such lived out the words of Saint Paul.
“For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”
(1 Cor. 1:26-31)
To the world, St. Xenia’s life was really crazy. But in the presence of a loving Lord who came to save and heal humanity, it revealed a profound sanity.
By the prayers of St. Xenia, may we strive to have even the smallest portion of this mindset.
Many years to all who have her as a patron saint.
Moliben to St. Xenia Thursday 11:00am