Saturday, June 25, 2022

Weekly program for offering our prayers and sufferings.

Our Lord explained to the mystic and victim soul Maria Valtorta that He wants each day of the week dedicated to a specific intention, for which our sufferings, pains and prayers should be offered. 

 

And let us look at the major groups for which suffering is needed. The ones for which I, too, suffered in the Passion. The Priesthood, the despairing, sinners, idolaters, and the souls waiting to return to God – that is, for you, the souls being purged; for Me, at that time, the just in Limbo.”

 

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the first three days of the week, should be dedicated to the Priesthood. “In the Priesthood I include all the consecrated of every kind and category” The Priesthood is necessary for the life of the spirit, for the flock of the faithful. Priests provide the vital elements for souls, just like the four elements needed for life on earth – light, water, air, and fire. But many of these consecrated clerics become weaker and weaker, like stems lacking the vital elements, and unwilling to absorb them to give them to the flock. So what mission do many actually perform? “The one I entrusted to the Priesthood? No. The mission of their gain and of dispersing what I have gathered together. Oh, just a wisp keeps me from striking them […] It is painful for me, the eternal Pontiff, to see that my priestly army is full of sluggards and deserters.”

 

But the best ones [the good clerics], those who were “...better than you in faith, hope, and charity, sacrifice, chastity, and detachment from all that was not Me…why have you struck and crucified these on one of ‘your’ crosses? They were already on mine and remained there willingly, for your sake as well.” You have not even wanted to suffer “…the salutary humiliation of seeing yourselves surpassed in heroism by these faithful servants of mine, whom I clasp to my heart because through them the Light and the Word have been conserved on earth, stars shining over the centuries during their parabola, so that Heaven will always shine on men and they can find it and say ‘God is there.’” [Although written in the 20th century, this could prophetically refer to the faithful “canceled priests” of the 21st century.]

 

On Wednesday we should pray and suffer for the despairing. “They are brothers and sisters. No one should be so much of a brother or sister for you as someone who is poor, alone, and sick. And those despairing are poor, with the greatest poverty. They have lost everything in losing hope in God. They are alone. There is no solitude more real than this. […] They are sick. An illness which produces death. Real death. It is necessary to heal them, restore them to God, and make them rich with God.”

 

On Thursday we should offer our prayers and afflictions for the many idolaters. “For Me, idolatry is the worship of anything which is not the true God.” In addition to the savages, there are “…many of the civilized who, while knowing that there is one Triune God, worship a thousand idols ranging from their self to the self of one of their peers and along this way have many altars and false gods named ‘money,’ ‘power,’ ‘sensuality,’ ‘rationalistic knowledge,’ and so on.”

 

[…] “I thus include in the intentions for Thursday all those who must know the Most Holy Name of God and my own…and those who are ‘Christians’ but not Catholics. The Church is one: the Church of Rome. […] On a distant Thursday evening, with the wound of betrayal in my heart…I prayed for those who, through the heresy of a wretch, would separate from the living trunk of the Roman Church, that they might once again be one with it and thus with Me and with the Father; finally I prayed for all men because I was dying for them all. […] Pray, then, for these, who are not in Me or who have gone out through the errors of their forebears or through the error of their minds, made proud by the semblance of knowledge they possess.”

 

Let Friday be dedicated to the souls in Purgatory. Suffer and offer every Friday so that the angels of the Lord can say to many of these spirits, “Come and possess God.”

 

I know […] the rejoicing which carried off the just in a whirlwind of love when I appeared on a far-off Friday and said ‘The wait is over. Come and possess God.’ […] The blessed are the gems born of the Blood which I shed to the last drop on Good Friday. To open the kingdom for a soul and introduce it into blessedness is to give Me back what is mine. Justice, then, and love for Me.” 

 

On Saturday, pray and suffer with Mother Mary for the conversion of sinners. “Let every Saturday of yours be a band of thorns surrounding your heart, so that it will be covered with roses to offer Mary.” You place a rose at Her feet for every sinner who returns to God, “…a rose with which She wipes away the tears flowing from her eyes since I made her the Mother of the human race, so hostile to Me.” 

 

Now for you, the week is over, without an hour of freedom to think of yourself. “I’ll take care of you. The Mother and I. And while you do what you can, with difficulty, in spite of your good will, the Mother and I act for your sake [...] for We love you and see that you love us.”



From The Notebooks, 1944, by Maria Valtorta, pp. 324-329.

 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Vatican II vs. the Church of the Past.

Courtesy of Pope Francis, we have a new term to describe the movement to protect the Tridentine Mass and the traditional teachings of the Church: “restorationism.” To quote from a June 14, 2022, article from the Catholic News Agency, written by Hannah Brockhaus: “There are many “restorers” in the United States who do not accept the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Tuesday. Speaking to the editors of Jesuit journals, he criticized what he called “restorationism” in the Church, which he defined as the failure to accept Vatican II, the ecumenical council held from 1962 to 1965.” Link Here.

 

Quite providentially, I recently came across a web page which purports show the differences between the "old" Church and that of the Vatican II Church. Based on a book written in 1966, shortly after the close of the Council, the sixteen documents it issued are summarized according to their consequences, in terms of the Church of the future vs. the Church of the past. 

 

Of course the True Church can never be a Church of the past, since it endures until the end of the ages, even if at times only in the hearts of the faithful – surviving through good popes and enigmatic popes, true councils and false councils. Always in its essence One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

 

At any rate the web site I came across is an apologia for the council, as evidenced by a statement on its home page: “Those participating in or who lived through the time of the Council felt a profound, exhilarating sense of renewal and virtually experienced a new Pentecost.” The particular part of the site of interest in this post is their page entitled “The Sixteen Documents and their Consequences.” Link Here

 

Some of their accusations against the Church of the “past” border on the sensational. For the Vatican II document entitled Declaration on Non-Christian Religions, they assert this of the Church of the past: “Past : Catholic missions formerly took an almost purely negative stand against the world religions. They were seen only from the viewpoint of conversion. The stand was even stronger in the case of the Moslems, who were considered militant enemies of the Church, and the Jews, who were considered an obdurate people. The Catholic attitude was permeated by an anti-Semitic strain without which there might have been no persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.”

 

So it was the fault of the pre-Vatican II Church that caused Hitler to invoke the holocaust! Regarding the negative stand regarding Muslims, explain why they are not militants to the families of these newest martyrs: “Nigeria Suspects Islamic State of Killing 40 in Catholic Church.” Link Here

 

Most of their arguments favoring the great new Church of the future, were rebutted thoroughly in the classic: In the Murky Waters of Vatican II, by Atila S. GuimarĂ£es. See my review of the book Here.

 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Shroud of Turin is Absolutely Authentic.

The Shroud of Turin is a genuine relic, as well as the Holy House of Nazareth in Loreto.


Studies purporting to demonstrate that the Shroud is not genuine continue to appear in the media and in journals. As recently as 2018 the Journal of Forensic Sciences published the results of a study conducted on the pattern of blood flow on the Shroud. They concluded the stains were the result of multiple poses; rivulets on the back of the left hand were made by a person whose arms were at a 45 degree angle, not a vertical position, “while the stains at the back—of a supposed postmortem bleeding from the same wound for a supine corpse—are totally unrealistic.” The scientists presented this paper at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. [Link.] 

 

The NBC News website publicized the findings with this spectacular headline: “Forensic research (once again) suggests the Shroud of Turin is fake.” [Link.]


Fortunately the Lord Himself has revealed the truth through the private revelations contained in Maria Valtorta’s Notebooks.


Speaking of Italy, Jesus said to Maria: “Can you say that I have not loved this land, where I have brought the relics of my life and my death; the house in Nazareth where I was conceived in an embrace of luminous ardor between the Divine Spirit and the Virgin, and the Shroud where the sweat of my Death imprinted the sign of my pain, suffered for humanity?” [July 22 1943.]


O Italy, Italy, to which I have given so much and which has forgotten Me and forgotten my benefits! And from that Piedmont, where there is a witness to God not inferior to that of the Mosaic Tabernacle – for, if there were two tablets in it written by God’s prophet, here there is the story of my Passion written with the ink of divine Blood on the linen which mercy offered to cloak my nakedness as the Immolated One. . . ” [October 23, 1943; Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region in Italy; Turin’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is the resting place of the Holy Shroud.]


The agonies of Christ on the cross were numerous, and one of the cruelest was the agony of His hands. Were they pierced at the wrist or at the palm? Actually it was both. The right hand was nailed through the wrist, while on the left hand the nail went through the palm. On the Holy Shroud only the wound on the right hand is visible, since the right hand overlays the left hand.

 


 

On December 29, 1943 the Lord explained the reason for this difference to Maria Valtorta, as explained in her Notebooks. First, holes were made into the wood of the transverse beam where the hands were to be nailed. The executioners intended to pierce the Lord “. . . by the wrist joints, immediately above the carpus, to make the attachment more secure.” This is where they pierced his right hand. But when they extended his left arm, it would not reach the hole on that side. Therefore the executioners forcibly stretched his left arm to try make it reach the pre-made hole, but it would still not reach it. The Lord told Maria, “. . . after having stretched my arm to the point of producing the tearing of my tendons, they decided to hammer the nail into the center of my palm, between the bones of the metacarpus.” 

 

Once the cross was raised, and the weight of His body was shifted downward and forward, the nail on the left palm cut greatly towards the thumb, expanding the wound on that hand more than the one on his right wrist. “And it was also the most tormenting, both because it was on the side of the heart and because the nail, on entering, broke the nerves and tendons in the hand, causing an atrocious agony which spread to my head.” 

 

A few artists and sculptors have, “out of a sense of art,” depicted Jesus with his right hand open and the left hand partially closed. They have, “. . . without so desiring, borne witness to a physical truth of my martyred Body, for the left hand really closed into a fist, both in agony and because of the breaking of the cut nerves. . .” “My agonies on the cross were numerous . . . but this agony of the hands was one of the cruelest.”

 

Maria Valtorta’s description is remarkably consistent with those of other mystics. Venerable Mary of Agreda, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, and St. Bridget of Sweden all report that the Lord’s left arm was violently extended to make it reach the hole in the wood of the Cross. Yet, Valtorta had never read books concerning “revelations” as she stated in her Autobiography.

 


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Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Risen Jesus consoles the mother of Judas Iscariot.


An overview based on private revelations to Maria Valtorta (from The Gospel as Revealed to Me formerly known as the The Poem the Man-God.)



Old Ananias, a relative of Mary of Simon – the mother of Judas Iscariot – bursts into her home in Kerioth the night of Good Friday, having run away from Jerusalem. He enters the home while shouting that her son has betrayed the Master and handed Him over to His enemies! Ananias relates in a frenzy that Judas has betrayed Him with a kiss, and that the Lord has been beaten, crowned with thorns, and crucified through the action of her son. The Master’s enemies with obscene triumph are boasting of the betrayal of the Lord for a few coins, while broadcasting the misdeeds of Judas.


Mary of Simon collapses on the floor, suddenly turning a dark color – according to the doctors her liver had burst, and the bile flowing out corrupted her blood. Neighbors were shouting that her son Judas had betrayed God; she is the mother of the betrayer of God. Old Ananias, with the help of Anne, a follower of the Lord, and assisted by only one other person willing to be near Mary, evacuated her that evening to the safety of the country home of Anne, in order to escape the constant vituperation.


She was lying in bed at Anne’s home, under her loving care. Mary’s features are altered beyond recognition, her eyes red with tears and fever. Her hair in a short time has become more white than black. Weeping, she sobs that she is the mother of the Cain . . . of God. Even the wind says it, ‘Mary of Simon you are the mother of the betrayer of the Master, who handed Him over to His executioners.’ The whole earth shouts it. She does not want to live any longer, moaning that she is the mother of Judas! “What did I give birth to?”


Anne tries her best to calm her, insisting that she is innocent and that it is certain that the Lord loves her. Anne then leaves the room to wash some of the soiled cloths that have been used to wipe the sweat and tears of Mary. After she is gone, the room is lit up by the appearance of the Risen Jesus, who calls out to Mary. But the delirious mother pays no attention to the voice. The Lord calls her gently, “Mary, Mary of Simon.” But she can only repeat, “The mother of Judas! What have I given birth to?”


Two tears well up in the eyes of the compassionate Lord, as He sits down on the edge of the bed. He lays his hand on Mary’s forehead, pushing aside the damp cloths, and He answers her question by saying that Judas was a poor wretch, that and nothing else. No matter what the world shouts, He implores, God says to have peace because He loves her. He continues: “Look at Me poor mother, gather your lost spirit and put it in My hands, I am Jesus!”


                              The Risen Lord appears to Mary Magdelene, by Fra Angelico



She opens her eyes as if exiting a nightmare; she sees Jesus and feels His hand on her forehead. But she moans and covers her face in shame, begging Jesus not to curse her. In her sorrow, she adds: “If I had known what I was giving birth to, I would have torn my womb to prevent him from being born.”


Jesus, however, tells her she would have sinned by doing that. She should not depart from her justice because of the sin of someone else. She has done her duty as a mother, and: “The mothers who have fulfilled their duty must not consider themselves responsible for the sins of their sons.” Yet she struggles to avoid the hands of Jesus that wish to caress her, saying that He should not touch her because she is the mother of a demon.


As the tears of Jesus fall on her feverish face, He says to Mary that His tears of compassion have purified her. Since His own sorrowful Passion, He had not shed his tears on anyone, but he tells her that He is weeping over her with all of His loving pity. He succeeds in holding her trembling hands; and caressed by his loving eyes, she begins to calm down. She asks the Lord if He bears any grudge against her. Jesus replies that He has love for her, that He has come to give her love and peace.


But Mary says that while He forgives, the world won’t and His Mother will hate her. Jesus responds that His Mother Mary thinks of Mary of Simon as a sister; it is true that the world is cruel, but the Blessed Virgin is the Mother of Love. Even though the mother of Judas can not show herself in the world, the Blessed Virgin herself will come to visit her when everything is at peace.


But the forlorn woman says to Jesus: “Make me die, if you love me.” The Lord asks her to give Him a period of time of her suffering, for it will be a short one. Her sorrow serves to join with His wounds – and her tears and His Blood wash the world. Grief stricken, Mary cries out that since her son betrayed Him with a kiss, will He allow her to cancel it by letting her kiss His hands? There is nothing else she can do. The Lord does not want to her to become upset by seeing the wounds that are covered by the long sleeves of His tunic. So He takes her head in His hands and lightly kisses with his divine lips the forehead of this most unhappy of all women. He blesses her with the partings words: “So be at peace, because there is nothing but love between you and Me.”


Her friend Anne has re-entered the room, dumbfounded at seeing the resurrected Lord. Jesus walks out with her into the corridor, and thanks her for taking care of Mary. His face is sad. He tells Anne that if Judas had only cast a glance of repentance at Him, He would have obtained God’s forgiveness for him. He had been sinning for months, and nothing He said or did could arrest the will of Judas to sin. Anne asked if Judas had not thought of his mother, that she would be accused of being the mother of the betrayer? The Lord replied that it was one of the reasons He had recourse to in reaching out to Judas, to try to hold him back. But Judas went so far as to hate God, and he had never loved father or mother or anyone else with true love.


Old Ananias, who had helped to bring Mary to Anne’s home, opens the door and enters. He immediately prostrates himself, giving a stifled cry: “The Lord!” He is a relative of Mary of Simon, and he dares not move, but weeps, saying: “We are of horrible blood!” The Lord tells Ananias to take heart, God is just. “Relatives who have done their duty must not consider themselves responsible for the sin of a relative.”


After a short conversation with Ananias, Jesus prepares to leave the home. He becomes as bright and handsome as He was on Mt. Tabor. A light envelopes Him, concealing His parting smile. And the corridor is instantly left without him, as Anne and Ananias kneel in adoration.  

 

Based on Chapter 628 of The Gospel as it was Revealed to Me, by Maria Valtorta.

 

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Is there life on other worlds? Yes!

The Almighty would be a very small and limited Creator if He had created the Earth as the only inhabited world!

 

Two overviews of private revelations to Maria of the Cross (Maria Valtorta). 

 

The Lord is speaking of the Book of the Apocalypse, and considers its most obscure point to be the identity of the “great Babylon.” [There are six references to this term in that book.] From a human viewpoint, commentators have exhausted their capacity to deduce with their many explanations the meaning of the “great Babylon.” But why have they never considered that this term refers to the whole Earth?

 

It is true that the Earth is really that great harlot that has fornicated with all the powers of earth and hell, and its inhabitants have prostituted themselves, body and soul, just for a moment of triumph in earthly time.

 

This Earth, of which we are so proud, is simply one of the bits of fine dust that rotates in the firmament, and it is not even the biggest one. However, it is certainly the most corrupt one.

 

With a pulse of His Will, the Almighty has brought forth a multitude of worlds from nothing, and cast them as luminous fine dust into the cosmos. Lives upon lives teem in the millions of worlds which we joyfully gaze upon during a peaceful, clear evening. The Lord God would be a very small and limited Creator if He had created the Earth as the only inhabited world!

 

And when our spirits are rejoined to God, the perfection of the Most High will appear to us, and we will be able to see the wonders of those worlds.

 

Based on Maria Valtorta, the Notebooks 1943, pp. 262-263.

 

[Note: From the context and tone of the Lord, these 'lives' are most likely plant and animal lives. When He says the Earth is the most corrupt world, this might be hyperbole to emphasize the degradation of the Earth. At any rate, man is still the apex of Creation.  See below in the second part, where the Lord states that humans are perfect creatures "superior to all beings living in time and in the world.  As an aside, it is guaranteed that as soon as scientists discover life out there, they will proceed to dogmatically inform us as to how it must have “evolved.”]



The Lord, speaking to Simon Peter, explains to him that the Earth is an altar, a huge altar. Like the other worlds strewn in the Creation, it ought to sing psalms to its Creator. It was to be an altar of unceasing praise to God, but it has become full of sin. Therefore, it must also be an altar of endless reparation, expiation, and sacrifice. 

 

Imagine the stars, planets and comets as celestial creatures that sing the praises of the Creator in a vast temple. The Earth too, like the sky, sings with its winds, streams, breezes and the voices of birds and animals. But if the praises of the celestial creatures are sufficient for the vault of heaven, the unconscious singing of the of winds, waters and animals is not sufficient for the temple of the Earth. That is because on Earth there is also man “the perfect creature, superior to all beings living in time and in the world.” 

 

Man has been gifted with matter and with spirit, and is destined to know and possess God, through grace now and in Paradise later. He has a mission and a duty that should bring him joy – to love God. To love God intelligently and voluntarily, to repay the Creator’s love that He gave to man by granting him life and a heavenly future.

 

The Lord asks Peter to consider what benefit and profit does God get from His Creation? The Lord Himself provides the Apostle the answer – none. God is infinite and Creation does not make Him greater. But God, who is “God-Love,” wanted to have love. That is why He created. What He receives from Creation is love, intelligently and freely offered by angels and men. This love is the glory of God, the joy of the angels, and the religion of men.

 

The Earth must be the Temple that loves and prays through its human inhabitants. If the great altar of the Earth should omit its praises and love, it would cease to exist. This is because once love is extinguished, expiation would also cease, and the “wrath of God” would destroy an Earth that had become a hell. “So the Earth must love in order to exist.”

 

Based on Maria Valtorta’s Poem of the Man-God, chapter 553. 

 

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Today, the salvation of the world is in Mary.

An overview of private revelations from Maria Valtorta’s Notebooks.

 

July 4, 1943. 

 

To those who in this world today still believe, Jesus says: “The salvation of the world is in Mary.”

 

We would tremble if we knew how God is withdrawing into the depths, in the face of the growing tide of crimes we commit. We are deicides, fratricides, lawbreakers, fornicators, thieves, and adulterers. We are a den of vice. We should tremble, but we have become fools. 

 

Previously, Jesus was the bridge between heaven and earth. But in the face of our obstinate evildoing, the Christ is withdrawing, just as He once withdrew from Jerusalem. For “the hour has not yet come,” and the Christ, awaiting His hour, is leaving us to our evil so that we may do it.

 

So now, Mary is the only bridge left. If she is also disdained as is her Son, we shall be crushed. For Jesus, the Son of God and Savior, will not allow the Woman, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended to conceive Him, to be disparaged. 

 

Mary clasps you to her breast, though you may be sick, unwashed and malnourished. But she cleanses you, nourishes you, and brings you to her First-Born, because she wants you to love Him. If it were not for the prayers and care of Mary, the human race would no longer exist! Jesus would have annulled it, for our way of life has touched, in truth, the depths of evil.

 

The Justice of God is wounded, and Divine Patience has passed all limits – punishment is at the ready. But Jesus, who can bring Paradise to its knees and make stars tremble, can do nothing against His Mother; for she is here, sheltering us under her mantle. 

 

He is her God, but He is also always her Baby. He rested on her Heart in the first sleep of His infancy, and at the sleep of His death. He knows all her secrets. Thus, He knows that punishing us would be a stabbing pain for Mary, the true mother of the human race, since she always hopes to lead us to her Son. He is her God, but she is His Mother. And Jesus, who is master of everything, is also the master in loving Mary.


Maria Valtorta at nineteen

June 19 and July 2, 1943.

 

The Mother does not differ from her Son, in neither human nature nor in the superhuman mission of the Redemption. Jesus, to touch the apex of pain, had to experience separation from His Father, in Gethsemane and on the Cross. This was pain carried to infinite heights and harshness. Mary too had to touch the apex of pain: during the three days of the Lord’s burial, she had to experience separation from her Son.

 

For on those days she was alone. She was left with faith, hope and charity, but her Son was absent. This was a sword that pierced and ransacked her Heart. To remain deprived of union with her Son and God was such a great agony for she who was Full of Grace, that a special grace was necessary to preserve her life. It was only by God’s will that she did not die from this separation. 

 

There are many secrets that we do not know concerning the life of the Most Pure Co-Redeemer. The secrets of Mary are in fact too pure and too divine for a human mind to know them and for man’s lips to repeat. In the Temple at Jerusalem only the Priest was allowed to enter into the Holy of Holies, where the Ark of the Covenant was. But in the Temple of the Heavenly Jerusalem, wherein dwells the Most Holy Ark that is Mary His Mother, only God Himself may go in and know the secrets therein. 

 

But the Lord will point out one of them for us, just enough to increase our veneration for the “Holiest One in Heaven, after God:” 

 

This most painful hour of her separation from God, in the great sea of sorrows which was the life of His Mother, was needed to complete what was lacking in His Passion. Mary is the Co-Redeemer, consecrated for supreme sorrow and supreme joy by her conception. Her pain, therefore, had to be such that the pain of no other human creature could ever equal it, since everything in her is inferior only to God Himself. 

 

It is arduous to strive to imitate Mary, so ask her to help you. What is impossible for man is extremely possible with God – if asked for in Mary, with Mary, and through Mary.



Overview from Maria Valtorta, the Notebooks, 1943. Her three Notebooks are as important, if not more important, than the Poem of the Man-God. While in the Poem the Lord is speaking to the people of two thousand years ago, in the Notebooks, He speaks to the people of today. 

 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Padre Pio and The Poem of the Man-God.

It is known that Padre Pio possessed the gift of the perfume of sanctity. Many have said or written that they received this gift from him, over great distances and even after his death. One day in 1942 a certain warrant officer who pitied the great sufferings of Maria Valtorta, spoke to Padre Pio about her. At that time, in between periods of his own persecution, one was allowed to speak to the saintly Friar outside of confession. The officer asked Padre Pio to obtain for her the grace of healing, or at least of lessening the suffering of the poor woman. Padre Pio replied that yes, he knows she suffers, but if he can do anything it will be for her soul. “But I can do nothing for her body, to relieve her afflictions.”


When he returned home, the warrant officer went to see Maria and told her what Padre Pio had said. Maria asked him at what time on what day had he spoken to the Friar. The answer corresponded to the moment that a great wave of perfume was felt in Maria’s home. Maria wrote in her published Notebooks: “And when not dreaming, but wide awake, I have noticed his fragrance. No garden packed with fully-blossoming flowers can emit the heavenly scents which flooded my room on the night between July 25 and 26, 1941 or the afternoon of September 21. 1942, precisely while a friend of ours was speaking to Padre Pio about me (I did not know he had left for San Giovanni Rotondo). On both occasions I later obtained the graces requested. The scent was also perceived by Marta [her aide]. It was so intense that it woke her up. It then ceased all at once, as it had come all at once.” [from Padre Pio and Maria Valtorta, pp 63-65.]


In 1961 the Holy Office had nullified the provision forbidding The Poem of the Man-God to be read by the faithful after the first edition was placed on the “Index,” by specifically granting permission to publish a totally-renewed second edition. Hence, one day in 1967, one of the spiritual daughters of Padre Pio asked him in confession for his advice on whether she should read Maria’s books. The saint replied that he does not just advise her to read them, her orders her to do so. “Non te lo consiglio, ma te lo ordino!


Following is the complete letter written to the publisher of Maria’s books, in which the above incident is reported on page 68 of Padre Pio and Maria Valtorta:


For Dr. Emilio Pisani,

beloved in Jesus!


My name is Rosi Giordani, a spiritual daughter of Padre Pio. I am from Bologna, but have been living here for many years with my mother, who was born in 1887, like Maria Valtorta. Father has been at rest for twelve years in the cemetery of this town. In 1981 I was present with mother at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Florence [in which the remains of Maria Valtorta are venerated], for the anniversary of her death. I was with dear Domenico Fiorillo. I embraced Marta [Maria’s long-time aide and friend] and listened to her lovely talk.


I am writing particularly to tell you the following: a spiritual daughter of Padre Pio from the outset, Mrs. Elisa Lucchi, known as Malvina, from Forli, a year before Padre Pio’s death asked him in confession, “Father, I have heard mention of Maria Valtorta’s books. Do you advise me to read them?” Padre Pio replied, “I don’t advise you to – I order you to!”


San Giovanni Rotondo

January 7, 1989

Rosi Giordani



Following is a direct quote from the book Padre Pio and Maria Valtorta: “Padre Pio is said to have made a prediction one day concerning the recognition which Church authorities would grant to Maria Valtorta’s work. While the persecution persisted, he said, by way of reassurance, “Someone will come who will take care of everything.” [p.8.]


Could this prophecy of St. Pio refer to the 1362 page online opus A Summa and Encyclopedia to Maria Valtorta’s Extraordinary Work by Stephen Austin, updated in 2017? (Available Here.)


The following are some quotes from the Summa related to the Poem being placed on the Index:


Because the placement of the first edition of The Poem of the Man-God on the Index was not due to any errors against faith or morals, the reasons for why it was placed on the Index were deemed by the Holy Office in 1961 as no longer applicable and they approved its publication.”


. . . the Commissioner of the Holy Office, Fr. Giraudo, O.P., effectively repealed the 1959 censure of the Poem on the Index when he stated to Fr. Berti, in 1961: “Continue to publish this second edition. We will see how the world receives it.” In fact, even before Fr. Giraudo’s statement, Fr. Gabriel Roschini, Consultant of the Holy Office, stated in that same year that the new critical second edition of the Poem “was not to be considered to be on the Index, because it was totally renewed, conformed in all to the original, and provided with notes that removed any doubt and which demonstrated the solidity and orthodoxy of the work.”


Mr. Austin’s Summa refutes, and even utterly demolishes, the arguments put forth by the opponents of the Poem. There are some educated and well-meaning Catholics who oppose it, often because they have been misled by flawed articles about the Poem, and by excerpts taken out of context. A very few even stoop to personal attacks and innuendos about the authoress, Maria Valtorta, a woman who offered her sufferings, including the invisible stigmata, to the Lord as a victim-soul. 


Reference: Padre Pio and Maria Valtorta, by Emilio Pisani, Centro Editoriale Valtortiano, 2020.


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