Sr. Mary Amata (N.A Eastern Province) begins her preparation for Final Vows on June 28. Let us remember the first tertianship of our Congregation in 1866 in which Mother Pauline and four other Sisters took part. Here a summary from the biography of Alfred Hüffer :
“According to their papal approved Constitutions, the Sisters were required to return to the preparatory phase of the novitiate after a number of years to prepare for the so-called “great profession,” the solemn profession of perpetual vows.
“For the first time,” report the Chronicles, “the third novitiate was made by our beloved Reverend Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt, by Sister Mathilde Kothe, Sister Anna von Eichstaedt, Sister Augustine Ficke, and Sister Walburga Heggen. The Reverend Father Behrens, rector and novice master of the Jesuit tertianship in Paderborn, had the kindness to assume the general direction of our novitiate.” This began on April 24, 1866, the feast of the Patronage of St. Joseph, and ended on August 15, the day of Mary’s Assumption. In order to be able to apply themselves to serious preparation through prayer, meditation and other spiritual exercises, in complete seclusion, not only from the clamor of the world, but also from all the intrusions of business, the Sisters remained in quiet, isolated rooms in the convent. Later, for the “great retreat,” they occupied two more solitary sections expressly arranged for spiritual exercises in the two side cells of St. Conrad Chapel: the “St. Paul Hermitage” and the “St. Meinrad Cell.”
Everything was thus arranged in the best possible way and the novitiate spent in serious austerity, terminating blessedly in that place of peace dedicated to the memory of the dear departed Sisters. During these days, too, their “dear Reverend Mother” appeared to the four Sisters as a luminous ideal. The Chronicles recount: “She also performed completely all the exercises of the novitiate in her deep humility, considering herself only as a novice and wanting to appear as such. At the same time, however, during the entire time of this novitiate, she was a wise and loving Mother, directress and leader.” In this way the day of final profession approached.
“At the wish of the Most Reverend Bishop,” report the Chronicles, “the perpetual vow ceremony took place in St. Conrad Chapel which was festively adorned for this purpose. The Bishop offered the Holy Sacrifice, during which he delivered a deeply moving address at the Gospel to the five Sisters. His words suited perfectly the immediate preparation for the impending important action. Directly afterwards we approached the altar to offer ourselves completely and forever to our heavenly Bridegroom as an agreeable burnt offering and to place into the hands of our highly esteemed Shepherd our perpetual vows. The offering was made and, as we confidently hope, accepted by our supreme and infinitely merciful Lord. The covenant was sealed in Holy Communion.” (July 16, 1866)
The way to St. Conrad Chapelund and St. Conrad Chapel today
This Video shows some Sisters who chose a Maxim of Mother Pauline which is important for their life as SCC.
Excerpt of the Homily of Pope John Pal II
during the Beatification of Mother Pauline on April 14, 1985
The spiritual message of the new Blessed, Pauline von Mallinckrodt, can be summed up in a very relevant and concrete philosophy of life: to follow Christ unreservedly in unshakable faith; to love God and lovingly to dedicate oneself to the most lowly and poor, for the sake of Christ.
Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt had many natural gifts: a simple, friendly character; confidence and trust in others; perseverance in pursuing her goals; enduring fidelity to the fundamental choices of her life - even in trials and great difficulties - and a sense of sacrifice, by which she magnanimously sought to give of herself unreservedly to everyone.
These rich gifts with which God so liberally endowed her were completed by a deep and developed spirit of faith. This gift of grace, which she received at Baptism, developed wonderfully under the guidance of her mother and her teachers. She grew up in the peaceful environment of a family in which love and mutual respect ruled, in a climate which nevertheless was not without silent suffering, because her parents belonged to different confessions: her mother was a believing Catholic and her father a convinced Protestant. With the help of grace, Pauline's fidelity to the Lord was strengthened as she carne to terms with this situation.
However, there was also a period of crisis in her youth, a time of great anguish, full of scruples, anxieties and uncertainties. She could overcome these only by entrusting herself fully and completely to God in deep and constant prayer. And God was near to her and illumined her soul with such a clear light of faith that it can rightly be called a special "grace of faith". This new vision, given her by God, allowed her to exclaim: "I was so penetrated by this clear and solid faith that I would have believed it rather than my own eyes.”
As a contemporary of hers testifies, this faith made Pauline's character a whole - clear and transparent as light, and just as simple (cf. Schlüter). Thus already at the age of eighteen she was able to recognize with unequivocal certainty that her purpose in life was determined by a special call from God.
Hers was a conscious and courageous faith. It allowed her to endure pain, bitterness and many trials, and it showed itself in her complete and unreserved love for Jesus Christ and his Mother Mary. Full of confidence and trust she left herself in their hands. Striving for God and his greater glory she grew in grace, for she constantly drew strength from prayer in the context of a profound eucharistic life.
Her love of neighbor grew naturally and spontaneously from her love of God. With great tenderness she devoted herself to unfortunate blind children, to whom she wished to give an inner light, a ray of the divine light. She founded her Congregation of the Sisters of Christian Charity for this service of love for the sake of Christ. "Together with these children she took charge of other people who were in need of help: in her and her foundation everyone found help, consolation, and above all love. This same love made her also include education of youth among the tasks of her Congregation. She believed that this was a true missionary work, especially required by the needs of the time.
Her plans were daring; but she knew how to wait in quiet and humble restraint for the time which God would choose. Her work grew successful, though only amid continual struggles and difficulties. The time of its greatest growth also saw the coming of a destructive storm, persecution under the laws of the Kulturkampf. But here too Mother Pauline showed her interior openness to the will of God and was ready and able to encounter trials, and make her Way of the Cross.
The life of Mother Pauline is an example to us. In answer to the anxious unrest of modern man she shows us a way to inner peace: by courageously and trustingly seeing God in one's suffering brother and sister. Thus her message has relevance today too, for the search for God is always relevant.
Las Profesoras de Religión de nuestro Colegio de Buenos Aires hicieron un video para la Fiesta de la Madre Paulina. El texto de la canción es el siguiente:
Hola Paulina eres mi amiga
me quieres mucho
y también te quiero yo.
Se que estarás siempre conmigo
se que te llevo aquí en mi corazón.
Amigas vos y yo
que gran felicidad
amigas para siempre
amigas de verdad. (bis)
vas a enseñarme a ser alegre,
ayudar a los demás.
A ver a Jesús en mis amigas
y a querererlas a todas por igual.
Paderborn, August 10, 1874
Dear Sister Juliana and all the dear Sisters,
Our kind Most Reverend Bishop put me under obligation to have my picture taken and to see that you, dear Sisters are in possession of one on the feast of St. Frances de Chantal, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the foundation of our beloved Congregation. I cannot deny that I think Sister Anna and Sister Juliana are the instigators of this formal command.
I have acquiesced to the wish of the Most Reverend Bishop, and since it is not possible for me to be personally in your midst on this day, although it would certainly be an indescribable pleasure, to thank the dear Lord with you for all the kindness and blessings He has bestowed upon us during this long time, I can at least be with you with my picture.
May each of us make the firm resolution today, to strive for true sanctity, then we shall have all eternity to be united, and never be separated again.
With sincere love,
Your, Sister Pauline
We are grateful for the one photo that we have from Mother Pauline. This photo inspired many artiststo portray Mother Pauline. Here you can see some pictures.