MARIA VALTORTA - THE POEM OF THE MAN-GOD by Maria Valtorta
Translated from Italian by Nicandro Picozzi, M.A., D.D. Revised by Patrick McLaughlin, M.A.
THE GOSPEL AS REVEALED TO ME,
the 2nd English Edition, has now replaced the First English Edition, THE POEM OF THE MAN-GOD.
The new edition is 10 softcover volumes, with larger print that is easier on the eyes to read.
The Birth and Hidden Life of Mary and Jesus
The first year of the Public Life of Jesus
The second year of the Public Life of Jesus
The third year of the Public Life of Jesus
Preparation for the Passion of Jesus
Passion and Death of Jesus
Glorification of Jesus and Mary
Farewell to the Work
10 VOLUMES--THE GOSPEL AS REVEALED TO ME,
by Maria Valtorta
(The 2nd English Edition)
Volume One, chapters 1-78
Volume Two, chapters 79-159
Volume Three, chapters 160-225
Volume Four, chapters 226-295
Volume Five, chapters 296-363
Volume Six, chapters 364-432
Volume Seven, chapters 433-500
Volume Eight, chapters 501-554
Volume Nine, chapters 555-600
Volume Ten, chapters 601-652
5 volumes--THE POEM OF THE MAN-GOD
by Maria Valtorta, the first English Edition, is now
replaced by the new 2nd English Edition.
Here are the 5 volume #'s and chapters for POEM OF THE MAN-GOD
Vol. 1 chapters 1-140
Vol. 2 chapters 141-274
Vol. 3 chapters 275-413
Vol. 4 chapters 414-538
Vol. 5 chapters 539-647
This information is very helpful to those who
wish to replace missing volumes of POEM with the
new 2nd English Edition, THE GOSPEL AS REVEALED TO ME, by Maria Valtorta.
Jesus says: "This is the Voice
of the Teacher. It roars and caresses. It roars when it is addressed
to those who do not want to be converted. It caresses when it speaks to
those who, though imperfect, have the "good will" to find God and His
Word and, having found Them, to sanctify themselves. For these it
becomes the caress of a Friend and the blessing of
Jesus." THE NOTEBOOKS 1944, Oct. 23.
"O Holy Word! Gift given to
God's beloved, a robe of fire which You encircle with splendors, Life
who become the Life of those to whom You give Yourself, may You be loved
more and more with ardor and humility.
Work in these children of
Yours and of Mary, who took them as Her own at the foot of the Cross to
bring comfort to Her Heart as a Mother whose adored Son was slain and to
give glory to Your Divine Heart, O Most Holy Word of my Lord God. Lead
them to Your Heart and to the Immaculate Heart of Your Mother, where
You slept as an infant and rested when slain, where there are still
drops of Your Blood and of Her motherly tears, so that the rest of their
humanity will vanish on contact with them, and they, luminous in Your
Light, may enter with You into the City where everything is eternal
perfection and You reign and will reign, Holy Son of God, Incarnate Word
of the Father." Prayer dictated to Maria, Dec. 7.THE NOTEBOOKS 1943
Simon Peter John
JESUS James Andrew James of Alpheus
Bartholomew Jude Matthew Judas Thomas Philip
"It is Passover evening! We have never
had such a worthy display for the consumption of the lamb. So let us
consume the supper in the spirit of peace. I see that I have upset you
considerably with My instructions of these last evenings. But, see? I
have finished! Now I will not upset you any more. Not everything has
been said of what refers to Me, but only the essential part. The
rest....you will understand later. You
will be told... Yes. There will come Who will tell you!"[...] Jesus
sits down. He does not lie down. He sits as we do. And He says: "Now
that the old rite has been accomplished, I will celebrate the new one. I
have promised you a miracle of love. It is time to work it. That is
why I have longed for this Passover. From now on this is the Victim
that will be consumed in a perpetual rite of love. My beloved friends, I
have loved you throughout
the whole life of the Earth. I have loved you for the whole eternity,
My children. And I want to love you till the end. There is nothing
greater than this. Bear that in mind. I am going away. But we shall
remain for ever united through the miracle that I will now work." Chapter 598 of Vol. 5.
Prologue to the Passion.
" And now come. Although this evening you are like one who is about to
breathe his last, come, so that I may lead you towards My sufferings.
Long is the way we shall have to cover together, because I was not
spared any sorrow: neither the pain of the flesh, nor the grief of the
mind, of the heart, of the spirit. I tasted all of them, I fed
on all of them, I quenched My thirst
with all of them, to the extent that I died of them. If you laid
your lips on Mine, you would taste the bitterness that they still retain
of so much sorrow. If you could see My Human nature in its appearance,
which is now refulgent, you would see that that refulgence emanates
from the countless wounds that like a garment of living purple covered
My limbs, lacerated, exsanguinated, beaten, pierced for your sake. My
Human nature is now refulgent. But one day it was like that of a leper,
so fiercely it had been struck and humiliated. The Man-God, Who had
in Himself the perfection of physical handsomeness, being the Son of
God and of the Immaculate Woman, to those who cast loving, curious, or
scornful, or evil glances at Him, seemed a "worm", as David says, the
scorn of mankind, the jest of people (Psalm 22:6)... ".... "Although
you are in agony, follow Me. As I am the Merciful One, I shall be able
to put also the scented honey of more serene contemplations
before your lips, poisoned by My sorrow. But you must still
prefer these ones, smeared with blood, because it is through them that
you have the Life, and you will be able to take the Life to other
people. Kiss My bleeding hand and be vigilant when meditating on Me, the Redeemer." Vol. 5, pages 520 & 522
Maria Valtorta was born on the 14th of March 1897. In the spring of 1916, 'during a tremendous period of desperation and desire', the Lord attracted her to Himself by means of a dream which was to remain 'vivid' in Maria throughout her life. But her withdrawal from the world was still remote. In 1917 Maria entered the ranks of the Samaritan Nurses, and for eighteen months offered her service at the military hospital in Florence 'to serve those who suffered... soldiers, not officers...' she felt as if she were 'sweetly obliged to draw ever closer God'.
In 1920 an act of thoughtless violence marked the beginning of her gradual immolation: she was struck in the back by a young delinquent with an iron bar stripped from a bed. Attracted by the example of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Maria offered herself as victim to the merciful Love: from that moment she grew to extraordinary heights in her love of Jesus, even to feeling His presence in her own words and actions. In the meantime she matured the decision to offer herself as victim of the divine Justice. From April 1934 she was no longer able to leave her bed...
It was in 1942 that she was visited by a pious missionary, Fr. Romuald Migliorini who was her spiritual director for four years; at his request in 1943, she agreed to write her Autobiography. Prodded by supernatural impulse on Good Friday, the 23rd of April of the same 1943, she began writing the 'dictations': her activity as writer reached intensity from 1943 to 1947, diminishing progressively until 1953.
Mostly the notebooks written by Maria Valtorta concern the life of Jesus: The Poem of the Man-God. In 1949 Maria offered to God the sacrifice of not seeing the full ecclesiastic approval of the Work, (even though Pius XII verbally approved the work before 3 priest witnesses) and she added the precious gift of her own intelligence. She died in 1961 and in 1973 with civil and ecclesiastic permission her mortal remains were transferred to the Capitular Chapel in the Grand Cloister of the Basilica of the Most Holy Annunciation in Florence, where the tomb of Maria Valtorta is still venerated. 'The Poem of the Man-God' is a great masterpiece of the life of Jesus. It is a gospel which neither substitutes nor changes the Gospel, but rather narrates it, integrating and illuminating it, with the declared purpose of reviving in men's hearts the love for Christ and His Mother.
It was 'revealed' to Maria Valtorta, called 'Little John', to place her close to the Evangelist who was the favourite disciple.
On Feb. 26, 1948, Pius
XII said: "Publish this work as
it is. There is no need to give an opinion about its
origin, whether it be
extraordinary or not. Who reads it will
is the English translation of an Italian article written by Antonio
Socci about Maria Valtorta's The
Gospel As Revealed To Me (also
known in English-speaking countries as The
Poem of the Man-God). Antonio Socci is a leading Italian journalist, author, and public
intellectual in Italy. He has his own television show, which he
hosts, and is a prominent media personality, especially for topics on
the Catholic Church. He has regularly held press conferences for
cardinals (including Cardinal Ratzinger and Cardinal Bertone).
Antonio Socci wrote an article about The
Gospel as Revealed to Me / The Poem of the Man-God that
was originally published in an Italian newspaper and which he also
published on his blog in April, 2012. For this English translation of
that article given below, we thank Catherine Loft.
Gospel As Revealed To Me by Maria Valtorta
By Antonio Socci / Published April 7, 2012
a paradox, but modern "non-believers" seem literally
fascinated by Jesus of Nazareth. Ernst Renan calls Him "a man
who is incomparable,and great, to such a point that I would
not feel like contradicting those who call Him God."
Another "anti-Christian" intellectual, Paul Louis
"In the minds of men, in the ideal world that exists
head,Jesus is immeasurable. His dimensions are beyond
comparison; His level of grandeur is hardly conceivable. The history
of the West – from the Roman Empire onwards – is ordered
around one central fact, one event-generator: the collective
representation of Jesus and of His death. Everything else came forth
from that, or adapted itself to it. Everything that has been done in
the West for so many centuries has been done in the gigantic shadow
of the Cross."
And so much do men greatly desire to learn more, that often
writers, filmmakers, and intellectuals give free rein to their
imagination in order to fabricate fables about the Gospels; to invent
theories, or often lies; and maybe even to produce films, television
series, or theatre – usually of a low-level – but which
reap a large audience, because – as the Church says –
"the whole world seeks His Face."
The Gospels, in fact, are chronicles that are rather sparse,
containing the necessary and essential facts, but leaving much to the
imagination. Saint John concludes his own Gospel, in fact, with this:
"There are still many other things done by Jesus which, if they
were written out one by one, I think that the world itself would not
suffice to contain the books that would need to be written."
Well, if it is true that all would have desired to have been
present there, to have seen Jesus of Nazareth – to have seen
His Face, "The fairest of the sons of men" – to have
listened to Him in some town's
market-square, along some dusty roads – to have been
present at His tremendous, earth-shattering miracles; then it must be
known: there exists a work – the only one of its kind in the
world; the only one of its kind in history – which fulfills
exactly this "impossible" desire.
It was for our own generation that this exceptional gift was
given. It is a work in ten volumes, about 5,000 pages –
literally overwhelming – where is re-lived, day by day, as
though broadcast live, the adventure of Jesus of Nazareth, the
God-Man who overturned human history.
It is entitled "The Gospel as it Was Revealed to Me,"
and its author is Maria Valtorta.
These pages are the fruit of several years of mystical
experiences, in which Jesus literally made those days of two thousand
years ago come back to life again for the visionary, just as if she
had been there at that time; indeed, even more so because she also
sees and hears things in those days that the apostles themselves were
not able to see, know, and relate (such as the entire, long path of
going astray from the beginning, which was known only by Jesus, Who
tried in every way and with a love unheard of, for three years, to
But who is Maria Valtorta? She was born on March 14, 1897.
Beginning in 1913, the Valtorta family was living in Florence. She
was an active member of Catholic Action and, during World War I, was
a volunteer nurse.
Still living in Florence, in 1920, [while walking with her
mother], a revolutionary struck the back of the young woman, who
happened to be there by chance, thus establishing the conditions for
her subsequent immobility.
In fact, after various painful experiences from April 1, 1934,
until her death on October 12, 1961, she spent
twenty-seven-and-a-half years "nailed" to her bed: a
"Calvary," which she lived out with heroic faith.
For this reason, fifty years after her death, the number of those
who await the opening of her beatification process is ever
increasing. Valtorta was a lady of strong character – greatly
reasonable and practical, in no way inclined towards fantastical
suggestions – who never desired nor sought after mystical
The supernatural phenomena began in 1943, just when she thought
she would not make it anymore and was close to death. On the morning
of April 23, Good Friday, Jesus entered into her life and began daily
supernatural visits to her, made by means of interior
locutions, visions, and dictations, which bound Maria – already
suffering on that bed – to an enormous transcription project:
approximately fifteen thousand handwritten pages.
Specifically, the primary work is called, "The Gospel as It
Was Revealed to Me" [originally printed in English as "The
Poem of the Man-God"]. From 1944 to 1947 – by means of
many successive visions – Maria Valtorta re-lived the whole
history of Jesus, relating every episode and even describing smells
and the wind.
These are exceptional pages, which practically contain all four
Gospels and fill in missing periods, solving so many enigmatic points
or apparent contradictions.
Reading these pages is not only an extraordinary adventure for the
mind since it reveals everything you would want to know and
illuminates every truth, but it also changes your heart and changes
Above all, it confirms the veracity of all the dogmas and
teachings of the Church, of St. John, St. Paul, and of all the
For twenty years, after having laboriously stumbled through trying
to read hundreds of biblical scholars' volumes, I can say that – with the reading of the
Work of Valtorta – two hundred years of Enlightenment-based,
idealistic, and modernist chatter about the Gospels and about the
Life of Jesus can be run through the shredder.
And this perhaps is one of the reasons why this exceptional work –
a work which moved even Pius XII – is still ignored and
"repressed" by the official intelligentsia and by clerical
In spite of that, outside the normal channels of
distribution, thanks to Emilio Pisani and Centro Editoriale
Valtortiano, the Work has been read by a sea of people – every
year, by tens of thousands of new readers – and has been
translated into 21 languages.
A renowned Biblical scholar, [Blessed] Gabriel Allegra, has
described it as "a masterpiece of world-wide Christian
literature." He also wrote about the "astonishing
Scriptural knowledge" of the author who had never studied
theology and who only had at her disposal an older, common version of
Also significantly emblematic is the judgment which was expressed
in 1952 by the Jesuit, Father Augustine Bea, an authority in the
field of exegesis, as the Rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute
in Rome, (where, several years later, Carlo Maria Martini succeeded
Bea was also a prominent personage of the Church because, after
having been the confessor of Pope Pius XII, he became a cardinal and
was one of the main protagonists of the Second Vatican Council.
Thus, in 1952, he wrote that he had examined an extract of the
Work, "…paying particular attention in my reading to the
exegetical, historical, archeological, and topographical parts."
Here is his judgment: "As regards its exegesis, in none of
the records I examined have I found errors of any relevance. I was,
moreover, very impressed by the fact that the archeological and
topographical descriptions were propounded with remarkable
All this is humanly inexplicable.
In Maria Valtorta's
Work is found a reconstruction that is so accurate and rich in
historical, geographical, and human facts about the Public Life of
Jesus, that it is impossible to explain – especially if one
considers that it came forth from the pen of a woman who was ignorant
of these subjects and of theology, who was not familiar with the Holy
Land, and who did not have any books to consult, lying sick and
immobilized on a bed in Viareggio, on the Gothic Line, during the
most ferocious months.
There are thousands of pages, overflowing with information and
with the loftiest reflections and meditations; with geographical
descriptions which only today, by going onsite, would be able to be
There are hundreds of topographical names and details and of
descriptions of places, which were unknown to everyone and which only
the latest research and archaeological excavations have brought to
light. Maria Valtorta's
Work is, in truth, inexplicableby merely human means. Even the literary style is very lofty and profound.
But above all, the Giant – Who runs through these pages
and Who fascinates by means of power, goodness, and beauty; Who
inspires, by means of words and actions – is precisely that
Jesus of Nazareth of Whom the Gospels speak. The world had not seen –
nor will ever see – anything comparable.
Originally published in "Libero", this
has been translated from the original Italian by Catherine Loft.
THE AGONIZING CRUCIFIX
To prepare you for the battle, I give youMy Agonizing Crucifix. I promise
to protect anyone who has this Crucifix against the evil forces.
Through this Crucifix, I will deliver many from captivity.
Whenever you raise this Crucifix against evil power, I will open heaven and
let My Precious Blood flow to subdue the evil power.
I will let My Precious Blood flow from all
My Sacred Wounds and cover
all who venerate My Wounds and Blood through this Crucifix.
I promise to protect any house where this
Crucifix is against any
destructive power in the hour of darkness.
I promise to perform numerous miracles through this Crucifix.
I will break their hearts of stone and pour My love on them that venerate My
I promise also to draw straying souls closer to Myself through this
Children, in the days of the evil one you will be able to go freely without
any harm through this Crucifix.
Finally, Our Lord emphasized; "Children, through this Cross I will conquer.
This Cross will soon be a victorious Cross."
Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur for the Precious Blood Devotion prayers, including the promises for the Agonizing Crucifix:
NIHIL OBSTAT: Rev. Fr. Stephen Obiukwu, Censor Deputatus,
Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria. July 1, 1999
IMPRIMATUR: His Excellency Most Rev. Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, O.P.,
Bishop of Ilorin Diocese, Ilorin, Nigeria. June 17, 2001
DEVOTION TO THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS
"The Greatest Devotion of our Time, A Call to
Holiness", this Devotion was given to a young man in Nigeria named Barnabas
Nwoye. The Lord gave him the task of receiving and making known the Devotion to
the Precious Blood. The handbook of prayers and instructions was given by our
Lord for you. Our Lord has lovingly left a great gift of protection, the gift of
the Seal of the Living God, as seen in Revelations Chapter 7 and 14. The book
includes the Chaplet of the Precious Blood, Consolation and Adoration Prayers,
The Anguished Appeals Prayers, the Mystical Prayers, Reparation Prayers,
Original Prayer to St. Michael, Powerful Invocation of Protection, Prayer for
the New Isreal, Prayer of Divine Praise and Adoration, Atonement Prayer with the
Crown of Thorns, the Chaplet of Renewal, Litany of the Saints (English/Latin),
An Alert of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, The Cross of Perfection, The Gethsemane
Hour, the Great Month of July, The Great Seal of God, a Living Tabernacle in our
Hearts, Total Dedication to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, Solemn
Blessing of the Archangel Michael (for priests only). There are
four pages of Blessed Promises for those who devoutly pray the Most Precious
Blood Devotion. The book has the Nihil Obstat. .
160 pages. (4" x 6") Price $7.00 Includes
Chaplet (12 beads per "decade') for praying the Chaplet of the Precious
The above book and chaplet is included FREE for those who purchase all 10 volumes of THE GOSPEL AS REVEALED TO
ME at the same time. The spiral comb binding makes
the prayers easier to read, by making the book open flat to free your
The dictations of Maria Valtorta's visions during the year
of 1944. Visions of the early Christian martyrs. Jesus teaches on many
topics confronting our world. The Eucharist as the greatest miracle.
Softcover, 648 pages, $40.00 US
THE NOTEBOOKS 1945-1950 by Maria Valtorta
Some chapter headings: A vision of Diomedes and the
Martyrs. The Exhaustion of the Apostolate. Commentary on Ezekiel
37:1-14. Missing Parts of the Gospel. A Vision of Martyred
Gladiators. Mercy towards sinners.
Softcover, 621 pages. $40.00
The Notebooks 1943 - by Maria Valtorta
dictations of Maria Valtorta's visions during the year of 1943. Jesus
told Maria that these notebooks are for those souls who want to be very
close to Him, like St John the apostle, who in the company of Mary,
followed Him to Calvary.
Softcover, 640 pages, $40.00 US
The Book of Azariah by Maria Valtorta
Maria's guardian angel, gave her commentaries on the Sunday Masses of
the entire liturgical year. Benefit from Azariah's purity and dazzling
knowledge. A knowledge at once practical to guide us in everyday life,
and lofty to increase our yearning for our heavenly goal.
Written not by her own desire for fame, but under
obedience to her spiritual director, this autobiography is a testimony
to Maria's heroic virtues, an important criterion when judging the
authenticity of private revelations.
THE TWENTY MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY Written by Maria Valtorta
A beautiful companion for
rosary devotions. Contains a special collection of inspiring narrations
and instructional passages for each of the 20 mysteries of the Rosary.
Three additional topics are also included: A Greeting for Mary, To Know Mary, To Pray the Hail Mary, and To Pray the Rosary.
Selections are taken from The Poem of the Man-God,The Book of Azariah, The Notebooks: 1943, The Notebooks 1944, The Notebooks 1945-1950. Texts selected by Claudia Pisani Vecchiarelli.
Softcover, 238 pages, $25.00 US
Prayers - by Maria Valtorta
An attractive small volume
containing thirty four prayers and meditations. The collection is
divided into three parts: Entreaty, Offering, and Four Dictations.
"Jesus' Holy Hour" is a Eucharistic meditation best read before the Blessed Sacrament.
"The Hour of Gethsemane" deserves special mention. Unpublished for fifty years, it reveals the
final temptation Jesus had to undergo - the temptation to flee from the
will of God.
"An Hour of Preparation for Death" Jesus scripturally walks us through His death, to prepare us for our passing.
The selections above have been taken from THE BOOK OF AZARIA, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, THE NOTEBOOKS 1944, and THE NOTEBOOKS 1945-1950.
Texts selected by Emilio and Claudia Pisani. Translated from Italian by Giovanni Liani and Doris J.M. Ballard.
Softcover, 125 pages, $18.00 US
The Virgin Mary in the Writings of Maria Valtorta
by Fr. Gabriel M. Roschini, OSM (1900-1977)
is an account of the life of The Virgin Mary to edify those who wish to
better know their Heavenly Mother in her historical daily life as well
as in her extraordinary mystical life.
Renowned mariologist Roschini said:
"Maria Valtorta of Viareggio, Italy, is one of the eighteen greatest female Marian mystics of all time."
"..the Mariology found in all of Maria Valtorta's writings--both published and unpublished--has been a real discovery for me. No other Marian writings, not even the sum total of everything I have read and studied, were able to give me as clear, as vivid, as
complete, as luminous, or as fascinating an image, both simple and
sublime, of Mary, God's Masterpiece."
Softcover, 395 pages, $27.00 US
"Peter’s tomb is not in the Vatican"
This is according to one of the visions experienced by mystic Maria Valtorta and recorded in the latest book by Catholic writer and
journalist, Antonio Socci
GIACOMO GALEAZZI (Vatican City)
St. Peter is not where we think he is. During the Second World War, the mystic, Maria Valtorta, recounted what Jesus had allowed her to “see”: Peter was never buried on the Vatican Hill, the place of his martyrdom. His remains were actually buried and looked after by Christians in what are known today as the catacombs of Ss. Marcellinus and Peter in Via Casilina in Rome. The mystic also warned Pius XII of the “black legend” that was to strike down upon him for having kept silent about the Holocaust. “In
a dictate dated December 1943, Jesus urges Pius XII to publicly
denounce the Nazi antichrist and the Jewish genocide, accepting his
consequent martyrdom. In order to avoid being accused of connivance in
the future. Which is precisely what happened.”
The prophetic warning (of which Pope
Pacelli was informed in December 1943 when no one knew about the
Holocaust yet) given by the Viareggian mystic, Maria Valtorta, is revealed in the latest work by Italian author and journalist, Antonio Socci, entitled “I giorni della tempesta” (Stormy days) published by Rizzoli. The book is a metaphysical mystery set in 2015,
that revolves around the conclave, criminal plots and the persecution
of the Church. The themes and characters are all current. The story
unfolds around a pope’s death and the beginning of a Conclave. “To me,
the sede vacante period represents uncertainty and general confusion,”
Socci explained to Vatican Insider. It is partly a metaphor of
our times, of the world and of the Church. During the suspense-filled
moments of the sede vacante period, armed with faith and having listened
to Valtorta’s explosive revelations some daring individuals begin a
race against time to find the real tomb and body of St. Peter, in the
Torpignattara catacomb. This represents the search for an enlightening,
protective and guiding fatherly presence that can ward off a looming
catastrophe. Above all for the Church (Peter represents a rediscovery of
its origins), but also for the history of all humankind, which is
searching for the meaning of life and for the world’s shady and
Socci then went on to add: “I sincerely hope that
this book will contribute to the discovery made in Maria Valtorta’s
work, particularly in "L'Evangelo come mi è stato rivelato" (THEGOSPEL AS REVEALED TO ME) Socci said he hoped “archaeological research would finally begin in the catacombs of Ss. Marcellinus and Peter,
which have recently revealed some big surprises. If the tomb of the
prince of the Apostles really was discovered there, it would probably be
the biggest archaeological find in the history of Christianity.”
The most intense parts of the book deal with the
difficult Second World War period. Mystic, Maria Valtorta, claims that
communism and Nazism were part of one single satanic force despite
appearing separate: “Jesus stresses that it is not a conflict of
ideologies. This is a battle between Heaven and hell. Hidden behind the
smokescreen of race, hegemony and rights and behind the motive of
political necessity, are in fact Heaven and hell, engaged in a fight
between one another. This is one of the first selection tests humanity
has to go through as its final hour approaches.” “As such, it invites
Christians to testify the truth until martyrdom. This goes for the Pope
as well.” And on 24 June 1943, Pope Pius XII is added to the list of
Meanwhile, word had got round in the Vatican about Maria Valtorta’s visions of St. Peter’s death and burial.
Indeed, archaeological excavations underneath the altar of the
Confession in St. Peter’s Basilica have continued for ten years now.
They began during attempts to create a burial site for Pius XI and
continued in order to look for traces of the apostle’s grave and
possibly his body’s remains. In another conversation with the Viareggian
mystic, Jesus said to her: “How you have changed since the times of the
early Christians who did not consider anything human but only looked up
to Heaven! It is true that I said you must be prudent as serpents, but
not humanly prudent. I also told you that in order to follow Me you have
to be bold. You have to fight against self love; against power when it
pursues you, because you are my followers” and also “because only one
thing is necessary: to save one’s soul, even if it means losing life in
the flesh in order to achieve eternal Life.”
During the Second World War, Jesus urged humanity to follow the example of the early martyrs.
On 29 February 1944, he said the following regarding the witnesses of
Jesus’ faith: “They were dying and their dying broke down the wall of
paganism. The blood which flowed out of the myriads of wounds caused the
walls of paganism to crumble, spilling all over Cesar’s militia,
Cesar’s palace, circuses and baths. Rome’s soil is steeped in this blood
and the city rises and one could say it is cemented with the blood and
dust of my martyrs. The few hundreds of martyrs you know are nothing
compared to the thousands that lie buried in the bowels of Rome and all
those who were burnt at the stake, their cinders blown away by the wind,
or those who were torn to pieces or swallowed up by beasts and
reptiles, turning into excrement that was brushed and thrown away like
common manure.” “Their complete annihilation, right down to the
skeleton, is what fertilised the wild soil of the pagan world, more than
any manure, preparing it to receive the Grain of Heaven.”