Friday, June 23, 2017

Als Antwort auf Gottes Ruf

As part of our ongoing observance of the 200th birthday of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, we continue to post excerpts of Als Antwort auf Gottes Ruf (Bonifatius, 2016), the history of the Sisters of Christian Charity since 1881, by Sister Anna Schwanz, SCC, translated by Sister Mary Perpetua Rehle, SCC.

"The vibrant memory of Mother Pauline and the striving to live and to labor in her spirit was, and still remains today, a source of the inner unity among all the members of the Congregation. . . .  The Episcopal Informative Process came to an end on November 20, 1933.  The final signatures and seal were added to the collection of materials . . . Thus began a new phase in the beatification process. . . .

"In the meantime, the 28 volumes of Mother Pauline's writings, which had been notarized and sent to Rome in 1930, had been carefully studied by the theologians assigned by the Congregation of Rites.  A decree of December 6, 1942 officially stated 'that nothing contrary to the Faith of the Church or good morals had been found.'

"To spread devotion to Mother Pauline in America, the Western Province began the Mother Pauline League.  Above all, the children in the schools were to become acquainted with Mother Pauline's life and work, and through them also the adults.  Membership grew quickly not only in the West, but in the other Provinces where the League had spread.  The Eastern Province joined in 1940 and in South America the Liga Paulina came into existence."

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