Merciful God, source and goal of all life, you gave Blessed Pauline the grace to seek and do your will in all the changing circumstances of her life. Through her intercession help us to trust in your guidance and to bear witness to your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mother Adalberta Mette's biography of Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt
The source of Mother Pauline's competence and self-assurance in dealing with people was Christ. It was said of her:
Christ was the center of her life--Christ, "the kindness and love of God" (Titus 3, 4) made visible. In Christ, in the encounter with him in his Word and in the Eucharist, as well as in the "least of his brothers and sisters," she found love that does not count, that does not calculatingly repay like with like, but gives itself away out of pure mercy, without reservation, without restriction, without intention, and which gives witness of the fidelity, the mercy, the affection of God for us people. It is that love which accepts the risk to let the other free to accept this affection but in the same way knows how to awaken the best in others and may raise them to the light. She wanted every Sister of her congregation to feel impelled by this love.