Saint Maria of Paris (Skobstova) was an iconographer, mother, and monastic of our time (1891-1945). A leader in civic affairs and mother of three in her younger years, when her little daughter Anastasia died of an illness she resolved to become a mother to the larger world. Under spiritual guidance, this resolve eventually took a monastic turn. As a nun active in the world, Mother Maria ran a hospitality house for the poor and marginalized in Paris. During the Nazi occupation, this became a hospitality house for Jews. One day, Nazi officials arrived at the doors of her hospitality house and demanded that Mother Maria reveal to them any Jewish person within. She opened the door still wider to reveal an icon of the Theotokos in the entrance hall and said, "Here she is!" Mother Maria was taken to the Ravensbruck concentration camp because of her efforts to hide Jews, where she was known to minster to those around her and sustain herself spiritually by trading food for embroidery thread to sew textile icons. She was eventually martyred in the camps and was canonized by the Orthodox Church.