Jul. 23rd, 2017 02:07 pm
St. Maria Skobtsova opened her door to refugees, the needy, and the lonely, feeding the bellies and minds of those hungry for food and understanding. She provided shelter, escape, and false papers for Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Paris. She wrote poetry, smoked cigarettes, drank beer, crafted embroidery, acted as mayor to defend her town’s residents, and relied on the integrity and wealth of her interior life to endure Ravensbruck and inspire her fellow captives to not succumb to despair.