Mutter Pauline führt blinde Kinder zum Licht, zur Krippe.
Fenster in der Marienkapelle einer Pfarrkirche in Dortmund.
Herr Jesus Christus dein Licht heilt die Blindheit meines Herzens und entzündet stets neue Lichter in mir. Manchmal scheue ich mich, mein Licht auf den Leuchter zu stellen, weil ich vergesse, dass es dein Licht ist, von dir geschenkt zum Weiterschenken, wirkmächtig für die Ausbreitung deines Reiches. Darum bitte ich dich: Halte mich fest im Lichtkreis deiner Liebe, lass das Feuer deiner Liebe in mir wachsen, und lass meine Worte und Taten so werden, dass sie Zeugnis geben von deinem Licht, von deiner Liebe. Ich möchte ein lebendiger Hinweis auf dich sein und mithelfen, dass die Menschen in meiner Umwelt den Weg zu dir finden und dich als das Licht ihres Lebens entdecken. (Sr. Christhild)
"I will bless you and you shall be a blessing!"Gen. 12,2
The nativity scene and the Christmas tree in the Vatican, the heart of Catholicism, have a special meaning.
They usually reflect the concerns of each pontiff, and in Francis' case, migration is central. The nativity scene comes from the island of Malta. A land of migrants after World War II, it is now one of the places that receives the most migrants in the world.
CARD. GIUSEPPE BERTELLO, Governorate, Vatican City State
"The presence of a boat with which migrants brave the sea to get to Europe in search of a home and a better future is very revealing.”
The decorations of the nativity scene are typically Maltese; the architecture, the dresses, and even the boat, which is traditional fisher's boat in the island.
The 80-feet-tall tree is a wake up call for Europe, so it does not forget its migrant past. It comes from the Trentino region, in the north of Italy, a land that was also emptied by the great conflicts of the twentieth century.
MSGR. LAURO TISI, Archbishop of Trento (Italia)
"We cannot celebrate Christmas without remembering the tragedy of migrants. We cannot celebrate Christmas forgetting that we cannot find Christ when we reject immigrants.”
The Christmas tree decorations were made by children in the oncology branch of hospitals. The tree will be replaced by another forty exactly like it.
The nativity scene and the tree will decorate St. Peter's Square until January 8, 2017.
(Taken from Rome Reports)
under the Christmas tree
the little crib
you must stoop low
to see the CHILD
in a stable
you must be quiet
to hear his breathing
the seed of faith
you must let is grow
to feel the nearness of GOD.
Krippe in der Kapelle von Villa Paolina
From December 2-12, 2016 a group of formators from each Province/Region met in Paderborn for the ongoing formation of formators. The main purpose was to learn from Mother Pauline's letters essential aspects of initial and ongoing formation, having present the reality of our time and the challenges of formation of the young people who come to us today.
The following photos show a working session and the gathering at Mother Pauline's grave at the end of the meeting. More photos can be seen in the site "Photo Gallery".
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Meeting of the Formators, Paderborn, December 2016
We cannot expect that others have none but good qualities; they have their faults too. This remains an imperfect world. (1872)
We experience a far greater spiritual gain by being patient with annoying people than the time we would have gained by dealing with them abruptly. (1842)
Love conquers all. May you possess this holy love toward all. This love and solicitude must embrace all, all, all persons. (1877)
Though others be sad or serious, let your countenance always be cheerful and friendly. Thus you will eventually drive away all sadness. (1847)
Guard against any partiality, and if you have a preference, let it be for the most ragged, the most abandoned children. Exclude nor child from your heart. (1847)
Each one must respect the opinion of the other and all must discuss matters in common. Things will not go well if each one insists on her own ideas, and God's blessing will then be wanting. (1877)