Thecla of Iconium

Unfamiliar to many of us, but famous in early Christianity, Thecla survived her mother’s betrayal, her betrothed’s treachery and the government’s condemnation. Her crime? She rejected marriage in favor of following Jesus. A Christian ascetic, one who submits to intense self-discipline and abstains from pleasure, Thecla was a role model for women. In all likelihood,…