Today, Sisters of Christian Charity and their Associates around the world celebrate the feast day of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, who died on April 30, 1881. Pauline was born on June 3, 1817, in Minden, Westphalia (Germany). Her family's wealth and prestige did not close her mind to the hardships of others. As a young woman, she was particularly involved with the poverty-stricken families on the outskirts of Paderborn, Germany. She nursed their sick and brought them food. To aid them further, she opened a day-care center for the children of working mothers -- an undertaking which brought to her attention the needs of blind children and led her to found a school for the blind.
When Pauline's works of charity became too vast for her to manage alone, she founded a religious community, the Congregation of the Sisters of Christian Charity, in 1849. The story of the spread of the Congregation beyond Germany to other parts of Europe, North and South America and the Philippines is worth exploring. Discover more information about the Sisters of Christian Charity by visiting the website of the Generalate, www.sccgen.org, which will lead you to all the websites of the Congregation, including that of the Eastern Province, www.scceast.org.
Today, we pray: Father in heaven, lead us in the way of love as you led Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt. Open our hearts to others, that loving them as you Son commanded, we may be one with them in your heavenly kingdom. Amen.