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.”
For a lot of people, this is their favorite spot in Rome.
I can still remember the first time I flew through here, in a speeding taxi, on my second transatlantic trip. It was a surprise bordering on stupefaction. From the windows I could not take my eyes off the beauty of the piazza and recognized it instantly from a photo in a book.
So many memories here. Hundreds of times I walked up Via Nazionale at night and through this piazza to Roma Termini. This is the summit of the Viminal Hill, one of the fabled seven hills of Rome.
Here were the Baths of Diocletian, the largest in all of pagan Rome. They spread from Ternini to Santa Susanna's and covered the Grand Hotel. It must have been tremendous.
The church here, Santa Maria degli Angeli, is where the royal and state funerals, weddings, are held, etc. The water is from the famed Aqua Pia aqueduct. The fountain was originally built by Blessed Pius IX.
In recent years this area has really been cleaned up. The buses no longer have a capo linea in the piazza. Now there is a super nice cinema and a large McDonald's (clean public restroom in the basement) and a nice luxury hotel.