By their nature women are called by God to reflect the spirit of other-worldliness in this temporal world. Although often hidden from common view by virtue of their humility, holy and righteous women have spiritually illumined the path to the heavenly realms in all times. Among them shines the image of this modern-day heroine, Blessed Euphemia of Ravanitsa, as it is presented in this biography, lovingly written by her devoted spiritual daughters.
Mother Euphemia had a wondrous charm and power of spirit. Her external appearance was a reflection of her prayerful disposition. Her outward activity was boundless: as a young lay ascetic she preached the word of God from village to village; she guided her large sisterhood and hundreds of lay people through the physical and spiritual dangers of two World Wars and the communist yoke; she founded orphanages, educated the young, and translated patristic texts for the spiritual instruction of her people.
Inwardly, Abbess Euphemia lived in the spirit of the ancient desert Fathers: in fasting, all-night vigil and sleeping only in the sitting position. For this, God granted her the gifts of clairvoyance and healing.