Sunday, September 24, 2023

Understanding Mary’s Joys.

On the Morning of May 13, 1944, after Communion in Honor of the Immaculate Heart, the Blessed Virgin said to Maria Valtorta:


"I want you to understand my joys better. You will say the Franciscan [crown] rosary more willingly [Maria was a Third Order Franciscan.]”


The Annunciation: "In the first one, I was not happy because of my glory and joy, but because the time had come for man's redemption and God's forgiveness of man. 


The Visitation: "The second one made me happy not because of the praise offered me by my cousin, but because I had begun redemption by sanctifying the Baptist by taking my Jesus, your Redeemer, to him.


The Birth of Jesus: "The blessedness of the third one was not exclusively because I had become a mother, without pain or the staining of my virginity, or because of the grace of being able to kiss God, my Son, either. But because the Earth now had the Savior.


The Adoration of the Magi: "What made me happy the fourth time was that in the three Magi I saw all of those who, from everywhere in the world and in all periods of the earth, from that moment on, would come towards the Light, towards my Lord, and would proclaim Him to be their King and their Savior and God.


The Finding of Jesus in the Temple: "The joy of the fifth event did not come exclusively from my love as a Mother who ceases to suffer because her lost Son is found again. It would have been selfishness. But it was inexpressible joy to hear the 'Gospel' echoing forth for the first time and to understand that a few years in advance it was falling into some hearts and sprouting there into an eternal plant. I rejoiced over these people instructed in advance.


Jesus Appears to Mary after His Resurrection: "The sixth joy was an even greater love for you, redeemed creatures. The Risen One told me that the Heavens were open and already inhabited by the holy ones of the Lord who had been awaiting that hour for centuries and that in those Heavens the seats of all the saved were ready. And for me, your Mother, to know that your dwelling was ready was a joy of incalculable depth.


Mary’s Assumption and Coronation: "Finally, the seventh joy was not because of my glory. But because, having been made the Queen of the Heavens by the goodness of God, as the Queen I could concern myself with you, my beloved ones, and, chosen as I was to sit at the right hand of God, I could speak, pray, and obtain graces directly for you, with powerful entreaty.


"No joy was for me alone. Selfishness, even the most just and holy, destroys love. Every joy came to me through perfect love and was spurred towards an even more perfect love.

"I am now blessed. I could not be more so because I am surrounded by the Triune embrace of God. But I still use my blessedness out of love for you. Even here I apply the law: I love God with my whole self and my neighbor as myself.341 Myself, not because I am Mary, but because Mary found grace before the Lord and is loved by Him; she is thus a holy creature in Him and of Him, part of Him.


"Oh, my theology! It has only one key word: 'Love.' I am Queen of the Heavens because I have understood this theology as no other creature has.


"Love. You will be saved. Love. Love in words or in silence. Love in action or immobility. Love in fervor or in the suffering of aridity. Love in joy and in pain. Love in victory and in weakness. Love in temptation and in freedom from the Enemy. Always love.


"Let there be a point in you, the deepest one, which, in the midst of a whole wounded, stricken, agonizing being stupefied by pain, exhausted by the devil's assaults, nauseated by life events, and tossed about like a ship in a storm, is able to remain still and alive in love. A point in you which has this one mission – to love – and fulfills it for your mind, heart, and flesh. And let that point be your sanctuary. Let the altar be there with the lamp which is always lit, with flowers which are always fresh, and with praise which is always resounding.


"Whether you weep or laugh, hope or doubt, are exhausted or not, let the holiest part of your spirit, the one living in that point consecrated for worship of God, always be able to say:


Gloria tibi, Domine. Gloria! Laudamus Te! Benedicimus Te! Adoramus Te! Glorificamus Te! Quoniam Tu solus Sanctus, Tu solus Dominus, Tu solus Altissimus. Cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus, cumque omni militia caelestis exercitus, himnum gloriae tuae canimus, sine fine dicentes: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus!


Glory to you, Lord. Glory! We praise you! Thank you! We adore you! We glorify you! Because You are the only Holy One, You are the only Lord, You alone are the Most High. With Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, with all the militia of the heavenly host, we sing the hymn of your glory, saying without end: Holy, Holy, Holy!

Glory to you, Lord. Glory! We praise you! Thank you! We adore you! We glorify you! Because You are the only Holy One, You are the only Lord, You alone are the Most High. With Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, with all the militia of the heavenly host, we sing the hymn of your glory, saying without end: Holy, Holy, Holy!

[Glory to you, Lord. Glory! We praise you! We Thank you! We adore you! We glorify you! Because You are the only Holy One, You are the only Lord, You alone are the Most High. With Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, with all the militia of the heavenly host, we sing the hymn of your glory, saying without end: Holy, Holy, Holy!]


"Before the Elevation comes praise. Before the Consummation comes praise. Be able to say your Mass. Every victim is a priest. [Maria Valtorta was a victim soul.] But one is not a priest if one does not know how to celebrate Mass. In all its parts.


"Look at my Jesus. Before being elevated and consummated, He gave praise to the Father.343 And He already knew what awaited Him.


"O Maria, let your heart sing. Let it sing even if tears rain down from your eyes. [Maria was then suffering the abandonment of Gethsemane.] Let song cover your moan and the voices of Satan, who wants to convince you to mistrust yourself to keep you from following your mission, who wants to convince you that God does not hear you to keep you from praying, who wants to convince you that you are lost in order to destroy you.


"No. You are not. Persevere. A day or an hour of faithfulness at this moment is worth more than the ten years spent in physical pain and penance, but with peace in your heart and God perceptible at your side. Persevere. 'Whoever perseveres until the end will be saved.'344 My and your Jesus says so. And I tell you so. Suffer in peace. I will come soon."

Maria Valtorta, The Notebooks 1944, May 13 1944. Order her books Here


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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Faith is God.

An astonishing revelation and meditation on the theological virtue of Faith. From the Church approved Volume Two of Luisa Piccarreta’s Book of Heaven; Nihil Obstat, St. Annibale Di Francia; Imprimatur, Archbishop G. M. Leo.


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Now, while seeing the confessor, I remembered he had told me that I was to write about Faith in the way in which the Lord had spoken to me about this virtue. While I was thinking of this, in one instant the Lord drew me so much to Himself, that I felt myself outside of myself, in the vault of the heavens together with Jesus; and He told me these exact words: “Faith is God.”


But these two words contained an immense light, such that it is impossible to explain them – but I will say what I can. In the word “Faith”, I comprehended that Faith is God Himself. Just as material food gives life to the body so that it may not die, so does Faith give life to the soul – without Faith, the soul is dead. Faith vivifies, Faith sanctifies, Faith spiritualizes man, and makes him keep his eye fixed on a Supreme Being, in such a way that he learns nothing of the things of down here; and if he learns them, he learns them in God.


Oh! the happiness of a soul who lives of Faith – her flight is always toward Heaven. In everything that happens to her, she always looks at herself in God; and so, just as in tribulation, Faith raises her in God and she does not afflict herself, nor does she lament, knowing that she is not to form her contentment here, but in Heaven; in the same way, if joy, riches, pleasures, surround her, Faith raises her in God, and she says to herself: “Oh! how much more content and rich will I be in Heaven!” So, these earthly things are a bother to her, she despises them, and tramples them underfoot.


It seems to me that to a soul who lives of Faith, it happens as to a person who possessed millions upon millions of coins, and even entire kingdoms, and someone else wanted to offer him a penny. What would he say? Would he not disdain it? Would he not throw it in his face? I add: and what if that penny were all muddy, just as earthly things are? Even more: what if that penny were only lent to him? Now, this person would say: “I enjoy and possess immense riches, and you dared to offer me this miserable penny, so muddy, and only for a short time?” I believe he would immediately remove his gaze from it, and would not accept the gift. So does the soul who lives of Faith with regard to earthy things.

I will espouse you in the Faith.

Now let us go back again to the idea of food: by taking food, the body is not only sustained, but shares in the substance of the food, which is transformed with the body itself. The same for the soul who lives of Faith: since Faith is God Himself, the soul comes to live of God Himself; and by feeding herself with God Himself, she comes to share in the substance of God; and by sharing in Him, she comes to resemble Him and to be transformed with God Himself. Therefore, it happens to the soul who lives of Faith, that, just as God is holy, the soul is holy; powerful God – powerful the soul; wise, strong and just God – wise, strong and just the soul; and so with all the other attributes of God. In sum, the soul becomes a little god. Oh! the blessedness of this soul on earth, to then be more blessed in Heaven.


I also comprehended that those words which the Lord says to His beloved souls – “I will espouse you in the Faith” – mean nothing less but that the Lord, in this mystical marriage, comes to endow the souls with His own virtues. It seems to me that it happens as to two spouses: as they join their properties together, the belongings of one can no longer be distinguished from those of the other, but both of them become the owners. However, in our case, the soul is poor – all the good comes from the Lord, who lets her share in His possessions. The life of the soul is God, Faith is God, and the soul, by possessing Faith, comes to graft all the other virtues into herself, in such a way that Faith is like a king in her heart, and the other virtues remain around It, as the subjects that serve Faith. So, without Faith, the virtues themselves are virtues that have no life.


It seems to me that God communicates Faith to man in two ways: the first is in holy Baptism; the second is when blessed God, by unleashing a particle of His substance into the soul, communicates to her the virtue of making miracles, like raising the dead, healing the sick, stopping the sun, and the like. Oh! if the world had Faith, it would change into a terrestrial paradise.


The soul who lives of Faith.


Oh! how high and sublime is the flight of the soul who exercises herself in Faith. It seems to me that by exercising herself in Faith, the soul acts like those timid little birds which, for fear of being caught by hunters, or of some other snare, establish their dwelling at the top of the trees, or in high places. Then, when they are forced to take food, they descend, take the food, and immediately fly back into their dwelling. And some of them, more cautious, take the food and don’t even eat it on the ground, but in order to be safer, they carry it up to the top of the trees, and there they swallow it. 


In the same way, the soul who lives of Faith is so timid with earthly things, that for fear of being snared, she doesn’t so much as glance at them. Her dwelling is up high – that is, above all the things of the earth, and especially in the wounds of Jesus Christ; and from within those blessed rooms [wounds] she moans, cries, prays and suffers together with her Spouse Jesus over the condition and the misery in which mankind lies. While she lives inside those holes of the wounds of Jesus, the Lord gives her a particle of His virtues, and the soul feels those virtues within herself as if they were her own. However, she realizes that, even though she sees them as her own, her possessing them is given to her, for they were communicated by the Lord.


It happens to her as to a person who has received a gift that he did not possess. Now, what does he do? He takes it and makes himself the owner of it; however, every time he looks at it, he says to himself: “This is mine, but it was given to me by so and so.” So also does the soul whom the Lord transmutes into Himself, by unleashing from Himself a particle of His Divine Being. Now, this soul, just as she abhors sin, also feels compassion for others, and prays for those whom she sees walking on the path of the precipice. She unites herself with Jesus Christ, and offers herself as victim in order to placate Divine Justice, and to spare creatures the deserved chastisements. And if the sacrifice of her life were necessary – oh! how gladly she would make it for the salvation of one soul alone.

Luisa Piccarreta, Book of Heaven, Volume Two, entry for February 28, 1899.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

The Early Christian Martyrs were RIGID in their Faith.


They did not waver in their resolve to resist the lures of paganism. They did not bend their principles, and refused to even burn some incense before the idols of Rome. They refused to show any veneration to the false gods and religions paraded before them, if they would only renounce the Lord Jesus. They would not participate in any pagan worship ceremonies, which would have allowed them to escape death in the arena for being Christians. 


They did not waffle on their moral code; the virgins would not submit to those who enticed them defile their purity. There was no thought of compromising their faith, which was firm and rigid like a rock, like that rock upon which the true Church is built. It was that very strength and rigidity of their faith in the face of tortures and martyrdom that led to the collapse of paganism, as explained below. 


If you have been graced with, or are open to, appreciating the sublimity and truth of Maria Valtorta’s revelations, read what the Lord Himself said about the fruits of that firm faith of those first Christian martyrs:



“You also fear persecutions. You no longer have the fiber of old. It’s true. But I am always Myself, children. You must not think that I can’t give you an intrepid heart in the hour of trial. Without my help, no one, even then, could have remained steadfast in the face of so much torture. And yet old men and children, young girls and mothers, and spouses and parents were able to die, encouraging others to die, as if they were going to a celebration. And it was a celebration. An eternal celebration!


“They died, and their dying was a breach in the dike of paganism. Like water which goes on eroding and eroding and slowly but inexorably breaks man’s sturdiest works, their blood, issuing forth from thousands of wounds, gnawed at the pagan wall, and like many brooks, scattered into Caesar’s militias, Caesar’s royal palace, into the circuses and spas, and among gladiators and animal keepers [...], and the cultured and common folk – everywhere, unstoppable and invincible. 


“The soil of Rome soaked up this blood, and the city rises – I might say it is cemented – with the blood and dust of my martyrs. The few hundred martyrs you are familiar with are nothing compared to the thousands and thousands still buried in the entrails of Rome, and the thousands and thousands of others who, having been burned at the stakes in the circuses, became ash scattered by the wind, or, after being torn to pieces and devoured by beasts and reptiles, became excrement which was swept up [...] as manure. 


“But if you do not know these unknown heroes of mine, I know them all, and their complete annihilation, even of their skeletons, has been what has fertilized the savage soil of the pagan world more than any manure and made it become capable of bearing the heavenly Wheat. 


“Now this soil of the Christian world is becoming pagan again, and poison germinates, not Bread. And that is why you are afraid. You have become too estranged from God to have the fortitude of old in you. 


“The theological virtues are dying in the places where they are not already dead. And you don’t even remember the cardinal virtues. In not having charity, it is only natural for you to be unable to love God to the point of heroism. In not loving Him, you do not hope in Him and do not have faith in Him. In not having faith, hope and charity, you are not strong, prudent and just. In not being strong, you are not temperate, you love the flesh more than the soul and tremble over your flesh. 


"But I can still work the miracle. Believe, too, that in every persecution the martyrs are able to be such through my aid. The martyrs – that is, those who still love Me. I then take their love to perfection and make them athletes in faith. I come to the aid of those hoping and believing in Me. Always. In any circumstance.


“The little martyr […] with his hands clasping the chalice, even beyond death, teaches you where strength is. In the Eucharist. When someone feeds on Me, as Paul states,204 he no longer lives through himself, but Jesus lives in him. And Jesus was able to endure all torments, without bending. Whoever lives by Me will thus be like Me. Strong.


“Have faith.”



Maria Valtorta, The Notebooks 1944, Feb. 29, p. 185. Available from the “Maria Valtorta’s Readers’ Group,”


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