Pearl of Great Price
is the moving story of Mother Maria Skobtsova, a nun of the Orthodox Church, who was born into a Russian aristocratic home but who died a martyr's death in one of Hitler's concentration camps. In the intervening years, the vicissitudes of life led her through two marriages, childbirth and childrearing, and exile from her homeland-until she became an unconventional nun, devoted to the service of the destitute and the despairing in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Mother Maria was eventually consigned to Ravensbruck concentration camp because of her support of the Jews in Paris. There she continued to help those around her up until--and even by means of--her own death. Now canonized by the Orthodox Church as St. Maria, she demonstrates how to love the image of God in each person, even when surrounded by hatred, undiluted evil, and brutality.
An Eighth Day View:
The extraordinary life of Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945), a Russian nun who shunned traditional monasticism for a life of service to alcoholics, drug addicts, and the mentally and physically ill.