Abbess Thaisia of Leushino.
I could not fail to see that the Lord Himself was guiding me along the path of my hard (monastic) life, which was spiritually almost a helpless one. Involuntarily I remembered Father Laurence's words that he had addressed to me while bidding me farewell: "The Lord Himself is guiding you, as if taking you by the hand. He has taken you out of the world and assigned you to serve Him. He will not abandon you." Not only in dreams, however, did the Lord give me clear indications of the right way to follow, but also in my everyday life. For example, He brought me to witness the fervent, meaningful prayer of an aged nun. This is how it happened.
It was a beautiful evening. After Vespers, dinner was usually served; but only a few sisters went to the trapeza for their meal most of them ate in their cells, especially the elderly ones.