"We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the
not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give
up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ.
Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to
alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it,
because it is only in this way that the Church can be effectively
renewed. How many times, indeed, has the renewal of the Church been
effected in blood? This time, again, it will not be otherwise. We must
be strong, we must prepare ourselves, we must entrust ourselves to
Christ and to His Mother, and we must be attentive, very attentive, to
the prayer of the Rosary."
-St. John Paul II interview with Catholics at
Fulda, Germany, Nov. 1980.
This was the galero rosso of Cardinal Sarto, who later gave it to his friend, Card. R. Merry del Val, his Secretary of State and the first person he created cardinal. Now kept at the Pius X Museum at Riese, his birthplace. The color of the felt has faded over time. An interesting piece of history.
the plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of the Christians
is heavy and frightening us,
therefore we ask You Lord
to assign our lives,
grant us patience and courage
to continue to witness our Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the base of any life;
give us peace and stability
to live with each other without fear, anxiety,
with dignity and joy, glory to You forever.
It is located in the upstairs of the home. There is one hallway up there, and the rooms are off the hallway. You walk down a staircase into the kitchen, which was the heart of the home. They lived in great poverty, and were greatly happy.
Image from Facebook: Things Vatican II Actually Said.
Jesus, the Son of God, manifested His charity by laying down His life
for us, so too no one has greater love than he who lays down his life
for Christ and His brothers. From the earliest times, then, some
Christians have been called upon—and some will always be called upon—to
give the supreme testimony of this love to all men, but especially to
persecutors. The Church, then, considers martyrdom
as an exceptional gift and as the fullest proof of love. By martyrdom a
disciple is transformed into an image of his Master by freely accepting
death for the salvation of the world—as well as his conformity to
Christ in the shedding of his blood. Though few are presented such an
opportunity, nevertheless all must be prepared to confess Christ before
men. They must be prepared to make this profession of faith even in the
midst of persecutions, which will never be lacking to the Church, in
following the way of the cross.”