The drought that is affecting the city of Rome and the surrounding areas of the capital has led the Holy See to take measures to save water.
The Governorate of Vatican City State has decided to turn off all the fountains, both the external ones located in St. Peter's Square, and the interior fountains including those in the Vatican Gardens.
The move is in line with the teachings of Pope Francis in his Encyclical on creation Laudate Si.
Taken from Radio Vatican, English Section
On July 16,1866 Mother Pauline and four Sisters made their Final Vows. Alfred Hüffer writes in his Biography:
After the dedication of St. Conrad Chapel and according to the exigencies of time and space, a meaningful spiritual ceremony signifying the consummation of the religious call awaited those concerned. 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.
Villa Paolina im Schmuck des Bougainvillea und des Oleander
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,
and you shall renew the face of the earth.
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!
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