On June 3, the Sisters of Christian Charity celebrate with love and joy the 200th Birthday of Blessed Pauline of Mallinckrodt. She herself begins her autobiography as follows:
"I, Pauline, daughter of Detmar Mallinckrodt of Dortmund, a Protestant, and his wife, Bernhardine von Hartmann of Paderborn, a Catholic, was born on June 3, at Minden in Westphalia; and by virtue of Catholic baptism, I am a member of Holy Chuch. After my early childhood, spent happily and pleasantly in the circle of my parents and my younger brothers George and Hermann, my father was transferred to Aix-la-Chapelle in the capacity of President in the government of the Rhine Province...."
The following photos show the baptism document and one bell of the Cathedral in Minden with the name "Pauline". The inscription of the bell is:
Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, I have your name. Pray for your city of birth Minden!
Der Bau des königlichen Palastes (Reggia) begann am 20.Januar 1752 und verlief zügig bis 1759. Da starb der König von Spanien und Karl von Bourbon kehrte nach Madrid zurück. Nach seinem Weggang erlitt der Bau der "Reggia" eine deutliche Verlangsamung. Als Luigi Vanvitelli im Jahre 1773 starb, übernahm sein Sohn Louis und andere Architekten, die in der Schule von Vanvitelli ausgebildet worden waren, die Fortsetzung des Baues. Er kam erst im 19. Jahrhundert zum Abschluss.
Reggio di Caserta
On May 20 eight Sisters from Villa Paolina could accompany the group of our Lay Associates (Amici di Paolina) to S. Angelo in Formis and Reggio Caserta.
The Fresco paintings in the Basilica Sant'Angelo in Formis is not only of interest for the artists of the Roman art. This cycle was mainly a message from God for the faithful who could not read and to whom the Word of God had to be transmitted by paintings. But also today we admire with awe this witness of faith from the 11th Century.
S.Angelo in Formis (Capua)
Even if the footsteps of the Lord
are sometimes in the midst of thorns,
or rather sharp stones,
on slippery ground, or steeply uphill –
they are still the Lord’s footsteps.
Whenever it gets too tedious,
he carries us.
(Mother Pauline 1849)
On April 30, anniversary of Mother Pauline's death in 1881, we celebrate in gratitude towards God her Feast.
source and goal of all life,
you gave Blessed Pauline the grace
to seek and do your will
in all the changing circumstances of her life.
Through her intercession help us
to trust in your guidance
and to bear witness to your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Let us imitate the meekness of Jesus, his humility, his love, his mildness, his zeal for souls and God’s honor, his spirit of penance. 1855
The cross is the real test of faith, the true foundation and source of hope, the perfect refinement of love, in a word, the way to heaven. 1859
It is precisely the cross which Jesus offers us which we ought to embrace with great willingness and not choose our own crosses. 1843
We must pray for love of the cross. Then frequently we shall see things in an entirely different light. 1855
With a joyful heart endeavor to accept little daily annoyances out if love for God, swallowing them like water. Try it. (1877
In all suffering God sends us he has his wise designs, and to those who love him everything turns out for the best. 1878