God forgives him who acknowledges his sin, repents and confesses it
with a humble and sincere heart, He does not only forgive, He
rewards. Oh! How good is My Lord to those who are humble and sincere!
To those who believe in Him, and trust in Him! Clear your souls of
what encumbers them and makes them insipid. Prepare your souls to
receive the Light. As a light in darkness, It is a guide and a holy
consolation. O holy friendship with God, beatitude of His faithful
ones, wealth unequaled by anything else, who possesses you is never
alone, and never tastes the bitterness of despair.
holy friendship, you do not eradicate sorrow, because sorrow was the
destiny of a God incarnate and can thus be the destiny of man. But
you make this sorrow sweet in its bitterness, and you mingle with it
a light and a caress which relieve the cross with a celestial touch.
And when Divine Bounty grants you graces, make use of the gift
received to give glory to God. Do not be like foolish people who turn
a good thing into a harmful weapon, or like lavish persons who
convert their wealth into misery.
give Me too much sorrow, My children, behind whose faces I see the
Enemy appear, that is, he who hurls himself against My Jesus. Too
much sorrow! I would like to be the Source of Grace for everybody.
But too many among you do not want Grace. You ask for “graces”,
but with a soul devoid of Grace. How can Grace succor you if you are
great mystery of Good Friday [...] is commemorated and celebrated in
churches. But it is necessary to celebrate and commemorate it in your
hearts, and to beat your breasts like those who were descending from
Golgotha and say. “In truth, this Man was the Son of God, the
Saviour”, and say: “Jesus, for the sake of Your Name, save us”,
and say: “Father, forgive us”, and finally say: “I am not
worthy, but if You forgive me and come to me, my soul will be healed,
and I no longer want to commit sin, because I no longer wish to be
ill and hateful to You.”
children, with the words of My Son. Say to the Father for your
enemies: “Father, forgive them.” Call the Father Who has
withdrawn indignant at your errors: “Father, Father, why have You
forsaken me? I am a sinner. But if You forsake me, I will perish.
Come back, Holy Father, that I may be saved.” Entrust your eternal
good, your spirit, to the Only One Who can preserve it unhurt from
the demons: “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.”
If with humility and love you surrender your spirit to God, He will
lead it as a father leads his little one, neither will He allow
anything to hurt your spirit. Jesus, in His agony, prayed to teach
you how to pray.
consider and remember that I possessed God through an ever increasing
sorrow. It descended into Me with the Seed of God and like a gigantic
tree it has grown until it touched Heaven with its top, and hell with
its roots, when I received on My lap the lifeless remains of the
Flesh of My flesh, and I saw and counted His tortures, and I touched
His torn Heart to consume My sorrow right until the last drop. »
the Church-approved “The
Gospel as Revealed to Me,”
by Maria Valtorta. Imprimaturs
from Bishop Roman Danylak (Titular Bishop of Nysea, Rome), Bishop
Bonicilli (Abano, Italy) and Archbishop Soosa Pakian of Trimandrum.
1. Thou art nothing; thou art less than nothing, because thou art a miserable culprit, and a sinful nothing.
2. Thou canst do nothing of thyself; one thing only canst thou do,
offend Me by abusing My graces and preparing for thy soul eternal
3. Thou meritest nothing; and therefore nothing judges nothing, says nothing, asks for nothing, and complains of nothing.
4. Nothing is content with everything, because nothing merits nothing, asks for nothing, and complains of nothing.
5. Nothing demands not that others should be concerned about her; and
when Superiors are interested in her through charity, she plunges
herself in the depths of her unworthiness.
6. My spouse, thou shouldst consider thyself as a rag, but not as a
clean rag, that oftentimes is valued because it serves for drying
objects; but a rag all soiled, which causes one to shudder on looking at
it, which one will not even touch with the hands, and tries to get rid
of; or if one must take it in the hand, it is only with the tips of the
fingers so as not to get soiled. This is how thou shouldst regard
thyself in the Community if thou wouldst keep thy place.
7. Thou shouldst be constantly abyssed in the consideration of thy
nothingness, and deem thyself unworthy of all that is given thee.
8. Do not oppose in anything what Love wishes to do with thee. Even
if I grant thee great graces, receive them with humility. I have created
the world out of nothing: in the world, for example, is the sun, and
what a great work the sun effects! And there, too, is the little fly; I
have created both and both serve to My greater glory. Do not undervalue
any grace, not even the smallest; profit of all, but always through
love. Nor is this to be done with sentiment. When does a tree bear
fruits and bear them most abundantly? When its roots are buried deep in
the earth; and the deeper they are the less they are seen outside. So
shouldst thou act: hide thyself more and more in the interior life. In
the exterior a common life, exact certainly, but nothing extraordinary;
and yet in the interior all extraordinary, beginning with charity, then
humility, and then mortification.
9. Willingly let Love call thee away from the earth of thy miseries,
whenever it pleases, in order to place thee in the crown of glory of My
most sweet Heart for all eternity. The diamond is not seen when it is
within the mountain; and yet it does not cease to be there; so is it
with the soul which I keep hidden. Imitate also the Angels, who aiding
so many human beings are nevertheless unseen.
10. Finally, as long as thou remainest ingulfed in thy
nothingness,—and it is this which attracts to thee so many graces—I
shall be to thee always a God of goodness, a God of mercy, a God of
love; but the day in which thou art elated by pride, I shall become to
thee a God of justice. I tell thee this not to frighten thee, but to
warn thee, because I love thee so tenderly. If thou dost practice
humility, thou wilt find peace; if thou wilt practice it more perfectly,
thou wilt find more peace; and if thou wilt live and breathe only
humility, thou shalt be pursued by My Love, My predilection and My
favors, more than a robber is sought for by the police. O Religious
Soul, I would wish to be able to call thee My Humility, and I shall
succeed if thou art faithful to Love.
had never heard of Sister Benigna, until reading about how the Lord
recommended her works a number of times to Maria Valtorta, as mentioned
in Valtorta's Notebooks.