astonishing revelation and meditation on the theological virtue of
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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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
“Faith is God.”
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.
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.
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.
will espouse you in the Faith.
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.
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
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.
soul who lives of Faith.
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.
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.
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.
Volume Two, entry for February