Oil dedicated to St Euphrasia on prayer cloth
St Euphrasia was born Rosa Eluvathingal on 17 October 1877 ,in Kerala, India She was baptised on 25 October 1877 in Our Lady of Carmel, At the age of nine, Rosa is said to have experienced an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When she was ten, she entered the boarding school attached to the first indigenous Carmelite community. As she grew older, Rosa wanted to enter the Carmelites.. Her father opposed this. Seeing her resolve, her father eventually relented and accompanied her to the convent.
Rosa was received a postulant, taking the name Sister Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Her constant poor health, however, threatened her stay in the convent, as the superiors considered dismissing her.
Euphrasia is said to have had a vision of the Holy Family, at which point the illness she had long felt ceased. Euphrasia made her solemn profession on 24 May 1900. After she took her perpetual vows, she was appointed assistant to the Novice Mistress. Though frail in health, in 1904 Euphrasia was appointed Novice Mistress of the congregation. She held this position for nine years until 1913. Euphrasia was made Mother Superior of the convent, serving as Mother Superior until 1916.
Her inner life
She endeavoured to lead a life of constant prayer and of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She became known to many people as the Praying Mother. Euphrasia spent much of her day in the convent chapel before the Blessed Sacrement, Also, she nourished a great love and devotion for the Virgin Mary. Euphrasia died on 29 August 1952 at St. Mary’s Convent. Her tomb has become a pilgrimage site as miracles have been reported by some of the faithful.
The first reported miracle was curing a carpenter from bone cancer. Thomas Tharakan from Ollur, was diagnosed with cancer. Thomas was admitted to the hospital for one week. Later before the surgery, a scan by the doctor showed no sign of tumour. Earlier, a scan report showed clear evidence of a tumour. Thomas’s sister, Rosy, later claimed that cure was the result of her prayer to Euphrasia.
The second reported miracle happened to a seven-year old child named Jewel from Aloor. The child had a tumour in his neck which made it difficult for him to swallow any food. Doctors had said that this disease was incurable. As Jewel’s family came from a poor background, their only option was to pray for divine intercession. After his grandmother prayed to Euphrasia, doctors noticed that his tumour began to shrink. Dr Sasikumar of Dhanya Hospital examined him once again and found the tumour to have disappeared. Many other doctors examined the boy and stated that there was no medical basis for this event
Once the daughter of an Ollur family was in the Ernakulam hospital looking after her husband. The lady was praying to Mother Euphrasia, “Mother, haven’t you told us you won’t forget even after death; my husband is very sick. Please help and give him healing. Praying like this she dozed off in sheer weariness. After some time when she woke up she looked at her husband. She was so shocked to see him sitting and smoking. She asked him, “What happened?” Then he said: “Well, after praying when you slept, a Sister came smiling and touched me and just went off. Immediately I got up, I felt all right. You were sleeping and since I didn’t have anything else to do, I smoked. She blurted out: “O! it is Mother Euphrasia!”