There are a few experiences that I still treasure in my heart when I think of my participation in the Canonisation of our founder St. Vincent Pallotti. I try to bring it into words:
1. Of all the churches we visited I was most impressed by the Church of Mary Major (Maria Maggiore). The hall was in front of me, without chairs of benches. It was great!
2. The celebration of the Canonisation in the Basilica of St. Peters: When Pope John XXIII. was carried into the basilica, all sang the “Credo” and this touched my heart.
3. I was so happy to belong to those who could sing “I believe” together with all present and fully convinced.
4. When the Pope read the solemn annunciation of the act of canonisation I still today have his gentle voice in my ears and heart. He announced with nearly singing voice: “Vincenzo Pallotti”!
5. The visit of the rooms of our founder St. Vincent Pallotti, was one of the high lights of our stay in Rome.
6. During the celebration in San Salvatore in Onda I was kneeling on the left side behind in the church which was fully packed with people. I looked up to the statue of Jesus crowned with thorns, and HE seemed to say to me: “Remain faithful to your vocation!”
7. To experience our international community was another great joy for me during our stay at Rome. Usually I put myself next to Sisters from our other countries, during meals and in the bus. So I had to practice my school English. However, I was sorry that I did not have words for deeper sharing on a spiritual level.
8. Rev. Fr. Karl Heinen SAC, at that time a student at Rome, was at times the guide for our group. In front of the Capitol he gave us some information. It was very windy and hat worn a round Roman hat. I though, the wind will blow this hat away soon. Next moment the hat came into my face. We all had to laugh.
9. One other experience – on the side line - I add here: We came out of our bus in front of the church Twelve Apostles. Sr. Matthia, the superior of the Bensberg community was standing outside the bus and I overheard her saying: “O, that is Sr. Clementia”. (After I was back in Limburg, just ordering the clothing I had worn in Rome, Sr. Benigna asked me, if I was ready to be transferred to Bensberg. Then I knew, why Sr. Matthia had made that remark.-)
10. We also had an outing to Nettuno. There, for the first time in my life, I saw the see. Immediately the thought came to my mind: The depth of the ocean is a symbol of God! I was very much impressed, and for some minutes I went aside for a short meditation. – Next we visited the large cemetery of the soldiers killed in the war. We found the grave of Sr. Goretta’s Father. I was very much touched by the thousands of crosses for those young men whose lives were offered in that absurd war.
Sr. Clementia Burkard SAC
Limburg, Sept. 11, 2012
Translation: postcard from Rome to my family in Frankfurt/Main
(front side church of San Salvatore in Onda – black+white print) stamp removed
Rome, Feast of St. Agnes 1963
My dear ones, I do not have words for all that I experienced in Rome so far. How infinite good is God, that He wants to glorify His name in His creatures, that His holiness should be reflected in us! Here at Rome, to experience the Church, the holy one! the unity – it is indescribable.
This morning we followed holy Mass celebrated in the church of the holy Redeemer, where St. Vincent Pallotti is placed under the altar. Here one can receive so much grace for all and for oneself. The encounter with Holiness, ought to make us holy. We visited already many beautiful churches. I love this architectural style of the basilica.
Tomorrow we, who belong to the Pallottine Family will have an audience with the Hl. Father. Of course I prayed for all of you and your intentions. I will tell you more after we are back home. Wednesday we will visit St. Maria Goretti.
In the love of Jesus and Mary,
Yours Sr. M. Clementia
Did I mention already? This is our honeymoon trip. I am very happy!