Solemn profession was set for November 4, 1850, the feast of St. Charles Borromeo.
The festivities again took place in the Bussdorf Church, the Bishop celebrating the Pontifical Mass. In the Memoirs, which she had intended for her Sisters, Pauline described these ceremonies in an outburst of jubilation.
“After the Gospel we approached the altar and when we had expressed our desire to pronounce the holy vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, the Bishop responded: ‘Let us first of all beg for you the intercession of the Blessed Mother of God and of all the Saints of heaven.’ And then he began to pray the Litany of the Saints; in an earnest chorus all present answered with the priest at the altar: ‘ora pro nobis!’ During this time, we lay prostrate before the altar, our faces on the lowest step. What went on then in my soul? Tears of emotion and joyful confidence filled my eyes. I cannot recall exactly what I prayed from the innermost depths of my heart. I begged God to accept the offering, which I brought to him with such inexpressibly great joy, and begged him trustingly to help me to be faithful in the observance of my vows and to bless the Congregation. These were blessed moments! Then the Bishop, in mitre and crosier, turned to us, and three times spoke the words of blessing over us, whereupon we four Sisters, each holding a burning candle, pronounced our vows, one after the other, and received the ring which the Bishop placed on our finger.”
In this account, Pauline’s heart overflows with pious sentiments. She considers herself fortunate “to conclude her former life with death to the world, to live from now on for Christ alone.”
We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that in the same way God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
1 Thess 4:14
We are grateful to the Sisters who have passed on to us the richness of our history and heritage.
Constitutions Article 30
Proclamation of Peace Luke 2,8-14
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Prayer for Peace of His Holiness Pope Francis delivered at the Catholic Chaldean Church of Saint Simon Bar Sabbae, Tbilisi, 30 September 2016
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfilment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.
by your glorious passion,
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness;
by the power of your resurrection,
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering;
by the fidelity of your coming,
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.
unite to your cross the sufferings of the many innocent victims:
the children, the elderly, and the persecuted Christians;
envelop in paschal light those who are deeply wounded:
abused persons, deprived of freedom and dignity;
let those who live in uncertainty experience the enduring constancy of your kingdom: the exiles, refugees, and those who have lost the joy of living.
cast forth the shadow of your cross over peoples at war;
may they learn the way of reconciliation, dialogue and forgiveness;
let the peoples so wearied by bombing experience the joy of your resurrection:
raise up Iraq and Syria from devastation;
reunite your dispersed children under your gentle kingship:
sustain Christians in the Diaspora and grant them the unity of faith and love.
O Virgin Mary, Queen of peace,
you who stood at the foot of the cross,
obtain from your Son pardon for our sins;
you who never doubted the victory of his resurrection,
sustain our faith and our hope;
you who are enthroned as Queen in glory,
teach us the royal road of service and the glory of love.
Quelle: Radio Vaticana
Prayer for peace
Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life will always be that of Peace! Amen. (Pope Francis)
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