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1. Introduction........................................................................................ 1 2. Joachim and Anne Make a Vow to the Lord............................3 3. Anne, Praying in the Temp e, !a" !er #i"h $u %i ed...........& '. #ith a (antic e, Anne Announce" that )he I" a Mother................................................................................... 1* +. ,irth o% the Virgin Mary................................................................2+ -. The Puri%ication o% Anne and the .%%ering o% Mary............'* *. The )on !a" Put !i" #i"dom on !i" Mother/" Lip"...........+' 0. Mary I" Pre"ented in the Temp e...............................................-' &. 1eath o% Joachim and Anne........................................................*' 12. Mary/" (antic e Imp oring the (oming o% the (hri"t.......*& 11. Mary #i (on%ide !er Vow to the )pou"e 3od #i 3i4e !er...............................................&1 12. Jo"eph I" Appointed !u"5and o% the Virgin.......................&* 13. #edding o% the Virgin and Jo"eph......................................121'. Jo"eph and Mary arri4e in 6a7areth....................................110 1+. (onc u"ion to the Pre83o"pe ................................................121-. The Annunciation....................................................................... 12& 1*. The 1i"o5edience o% 94e and the .5edience o% Mary.........................................................13' 10. The Annunciation o% 9 i7a5eth/" Pregnancy to Jo"eph..............................................................1'0 1&. Mary and Jo"eph )et .ut %or Jeru"a em............................1+22. $rom Jeru"a em to :acharia"/ !ou"e..................................1+& 1

21. Arri4a at :acharia"/ !ou"e.....................................................1-+ 22. Mary and 9 i7a5eth )peak o% their (hi dren.....................1*2 23. The ,irth o% the ,apti"t............................................................10+ 2'. The (ircumci"ion o% the ,apti"t............................................1&+ 2+. The Pre"entation o% the ,apti"t in the Temp e. )t. Jo"eph/" Pa""ion................................................................221 2-. Mary o% 6a7areth ( ari%ie" the Matter with Jo"eph........212 2*. The (en"u" 9dict........................................................................ 21& 20. The Journey to ,eth ehem......................................................222&. The ,irth o% .ur Lord Je"u"....................................................23' 32. The Adoration o% the )hepherd"..........................................2'* 31. :acharia"/ Vi"it............................................................................ 2-' 32. Pre"entation o% Je"u" in the Temp e....................................2*' 33. Lu a5y o% the Virgin..................................................................203 3'. The Adoration o% the #i"e Men...........................................20* 3+. The $ ight into 9gypt.................................................................32+ 3-. The !o y $ami y in 9gypt.........................................................322 3*. The $ir"t #orking Le""on 3i4en to Je"u"...........................332 30. Mary the Teacher o% Je"u", Juda" and Jame"...................33& 3&. Preparation" %or Je"u"/ (oming o% Age and 1eparture %rom 6a7areth.....................................................3+2 '2. Je"u" 9;amined in the Temp e #hen !e I" o% Age........3+* '1. The 1i"pute o% Je"u" with the 1octor" in the Temp e............................................................................ 3-' '2. The 1eath o% )aint Jo"eph......................................................302 '3. (onc u"ion o% the Pri4ate Li%e................................................3&3 2

T!9 $I<)T =9A< .$ T!9 P>,LI( LI$9.........................................3&0 ''. $arewe to !i" Mother and 1eparture %rom 6a7areth. 3&0 '+. Je"u" I" ,apti"ed in the Jordan..............................................'11 '-. Je"u" I" Tempted in the 1e"ert 5y the 1e4i .....................'22 '*. Je"u" Meet" John and Jame".................................................'32 '0. John and Jame" )peak to Peter a5out the Me""iah......'3* '&. $ir"t Meeting o% Peter and the Me""iah.............................''' +2. Je"u" at ,eth"aida in Peter/" !ou"e. !e Meet" Phi ip and 6athanae .........................................'+& +1. Juda" Thaddeu" at ,eth"aida to In4ite Je"u" to the #edding at (ana.......................................................'*2 +2. Je"u" at the #edding at (ana...............................................'*& +3. Je"u" 1ri4e" the Merchant" out o% the Temp e...............'00 +'. Je"u" Meet" Juda" I"cariot and Thoma" and (ure" )imon the :ea ot.........................................................'&++. Thoma" ,ecome" a 1i"cip e...................................................+2+-. Juda" o% A phaeu", Thoma" and )imon Are Accepted a" 1i"cip e" at the Jordan.........................+1+ +*. <eturn to 6a7areth a%ter Pa""o4er with the )i; 1i"cip e"....................................................................... +2+ +0. (ure o% a , ind Man at (apernaum.....................................+31 +&. The 1emoniac o% (apernaum (ured in the )ynagogue....................................................................+'2 -2. (ure o% )imon Peter/" Mother8in8 aw.................................+'& -1. Je"u" Preache" and #ork" Mirac e" in Peter/" !ou"e.. .+-2 -2. Je"u" Pray" at 6ight..................................................................+-& 3

-3. The Leper (ured near ?ora7im..............................................+*3 -'. The Para ytic (ured in Peter/" !ou"e..................................+02 -+. The Miracu ou" 1raught o% $i"he".......................................+0& --. The I"cariot $ind" Je"u" at 3eth"emane and I" Accepted a" a 1i"cip e......................................................+&3 -*. Je"u" #ork" the Mirac e o% the ,roken , ade" at the $i"h 3ate........................................................................ +&& -0. Je"u" Preache" in the Temp e. Juda" I"cariot I" with !im.....................................................-2-&. Je"u" Teache" Juda" I"cariot..................................................-1+ *2. Je"u" Meet" John o% :e5edee at 3eth"emane................-2' *1. Je"u" with Juda" I"cariot Meet" )imon :ea ot and John.........................................................-3+ *2. Je"u", John, )imon and Juda" go to ,eth ehem..............-'2 *3. Je"u" at ,eth ehem in the Pea"ant/" !ou"e and in the 3rotto.....................................................................-'*'. Je"u" 3oe" to the !ote in ,eth ehem and Preache" %rom the <uin" o% Anne/" !ou"e.....................--3 *+. Je"u" and the )hepherd" 9 ia", Le4i and Jo"eph.............-*0 *-. Je"u" at Juttah with the )hepherd I"aac............................-00 **. Je"u" at !e5ron. :acharia"/ !ou"e. Ag ae.........................*21 *0. Je"u" at ?erioth. 1eath o% . d )au .....................................*1' *&. Je"u" on !i" #ay ,ack )top" with the )hepherd" near !e5ron.............................................................................. *32 02. Je"u" <eturn" to the Mountain #here !e $a"ted and to the <ock o% Temptation..........................................*'1 '

01. At the Jordan $ord. Meeting with the )hepherd" John, Matthia" and )imeon...................*+0 02. Juda" I"cariot Te " o% !ow !e )o d Ag ae/" Jewe " to 1iomede"................................................*-03. Je"u" (rie" on Account o% Juda" and )imon :ea ot (om%ort" !im.......................................*** 0'. Je"u" Meet" La7aru" at ,ethany............................................*0+ 0+. Je"u" 3oe" ,ack to Jeru"a em, and Li"ten" to Juda" I"cariot in the Temp e and then 3oe" to 3eth"emane..........................................*&+ 0-. Je"u" )peak" to the )o dier A e;ander at the $i"h 3ate........................................................................ 02' 0*. Je"u" and I"aac near 1oco. 1eparture toward" 9"drae on.............................................013 00. Je"u" with the )hepherd Jonah in the P ain o% 9"drae on.......................................................010 0&. <eturn to 6a7areth a%ter Lea4ing Jonah............................02&2. The 6e;t 1ay in the !ou"e in 6a7areth.............................030 &1. Je"u"/ Le""on to !i" 1i"cip e" in the . i4e83ro4e...........0'+ &2. Je"u"/ Le""on to !i" 1i"cip e" near !i" !ome..................0+2 &3. The Le""on to the 1i"cip e" in the Pre"ence o% the Mo"t !o y Virgin in the 3arden in 6a7areth.........0+0 &'. (ure o% the ,eauty o% ?ora7im. )ermon in the )ynagogue at (apernaum.......................................0-&+. Jame" o% A phaeu" I" <ecei4ed among the 1i"cip e". Je"u" Preache" near Matthew/" (u"tom" ,ench..........0*0 &-. Je"u" Preache" to the (rowd at ,eth"aida........................00& +

&*. The (a o% Matthew..................................................................0&* &0. Je"u" on the Lake o% Ti5eria". Le""on to !i" 1i"cip e" near the )ame Town..............................................................&2& &&. Je"u" Look" %or Jonathan in the !ou"e o% (hu7a at Ti5eria"..........................................&2' 122. Je"u" in the !ou"e o% !i" >nc e A phaeu" and then at !i" .wn !ome.................................................&33 121. Je"u" @ue"tion" !i" Mother a5out !i" 1i"cip e"..........&'& 122. (ure o% Johanna o% (hu7a near (ana...............................&+2 123. Je"u" on Le5anon with the )hepherd" ,enAamin and 1anie ..............................................................&-' 12'. Je"u" in the )ea8Town <ecei4e" Letter" (oncerning Jonah.....................................................&*3 12+. Je"u" Make" Peace with !i" (ou"in )imon in the !ou"e o% Mary o% A phaeu"....................................&0+ 12-. Je"u" I" 1ri4en .ut o% 6a7areth and !e (om%ort" !i" Mother. <e% ection" on $our (ontemp ation"........&&' 12*. Je"u" in the !ou"e o% Johanna o% (hu7a with !i" Mother.....................................................................1222 120. Je"u" at the Vintage in the !ou"e o% Anna. Mirac e o% a Para ytic (hi d................................................12212&. Je"u" at 1ora"/ !ou"e. 1eath o% Jonah..........................121112. Je"u" in the !ou"e o% Jaco5 near Lake Merom..........123& 111. <eturn to the Jordan $ord near Jericho.........................12'0 112. Je"u" in the !ou"e o% La7aru". Martha )peak" o% the Magda ene...................................12+-

113. In La7aru"/ !ou"e Again a%ter the Ta5ernac e". In4itation o% Jo"eph o% Arimathea...................................12-* 11'. Je"u" Meet" 3ama ie at the ,anBuet o% Jo"eph o% Arimathea......................................................12*2 11+. (ure o% the Litt e 1ying ,oy. The )o dier A e;ander. Intimation to Je"u"..................1203 11-. Je"u" )peak" to 6icodemu", at 6ight, at 3eth"emane....................................................12&1 11*. Je"u" at La7aru"/ !ou"e ,e%ore 3oing to the C ( ear #aterD..........................................................1120 110. Je"u" at the C( ear #ater D. Pre iminarie" %or Li%e in (ommon with the 1i"cip e"..........................111' 11&. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C I am the Lord =our 3od.D...............................................112122. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C =ou "ha ha4e no god" in My Pre"ence. D...............113121. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C =ou "ha not take My 6ame in 4ain. D......................11'2 122. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C !onour =our $ather and =our Mother. D..................11++ 123. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C =ou )ha 6ot $ornicate. D..............................................11*3 12'. The C Vei ed #omanD at the C( ear #aterD................11012+. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C .5"er4e !o y 1ay". D.......................................................11&' 12-. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C =ou )ha 6ot ?i . D 1eath o% 1ora"...........................1222 *

12*. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C 1o 6ot Put the Lord =our 3od to the Te"t. D The Three 1i"cip e" o% the ,apti"t..................................121' 120. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C =ou )ha 6ot (o4et =our 6eigh5our/" #i%e. D......122' 12&. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterD. !e (ure" the Mad <oman and )peak" to the <oman"................................1232 132. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C =ou )ha 6ot ,ear $a "e #itne"". D...........................12'' 131. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterDE C =ou )ha 6ot (o4et #hat ,e ong" to =our 6eigh5our. D.................12++ 132. Je"u" at the C( ear #aterD. ( o"ure................................12-2 133. Je"u" Lea4e" the C( ear #aterD and 3oe" toward" ,ethany...............................................12*3 13'. (ure o% Jeru"a, the #oman o% 1oco A%% icted with (ancer...........................................................12013+. At ,ethany in the !ou"e o% )imon :ea ot....................12&2 13-. The $ea"t o% 1edication in La7aru"/ !ou"e with the )hepherd"..............................................................132+ 13*. <eturn to the C( ear #ater D............................................132' 130. A 6ew 1i"cip e. 1eparture %or 3a i ee...........................133' 13&. .n the Mountain" near 9mmau".....................................13'2 1'2. In the !ou"e o% ( eopa", the !ead o% the )ynagogue......................................................................13'0

God created Me when His purpose first unfolded . (Prov. 8, 22.)

1. Introduction.
22nd August 1944.

Jesus orders e! "a#e a co pletel$ new note%oo#. &rite down on the first pa'e what ( dictated on )u'ust the *+th. ,he will %e spo#en of in this %oo#. ( o%e$ and ( write. -----------------16th August 1944.

Jesus sa$s! "oda$ write onl$ this. Purit$ has such a value, that the wo % of a creature can contain the .ncontaina%le /ne, %ecause ,he possessed the 'reatest purit$ that a creature of God could have. "he Most Hol$ "rinit$ descended with (ts perfections, inha%ited with (ts "hree Persons, enclosed (ts infinit$ in a s all space. 0ut (t did not de%ase (tself %$ doin' so, %ecause the love of the 1ir'in and the will of God widened this space until the$ rendered it a Heaven. )nd the Most Hol$ "rinit$ ade (tself #nown %$ (ts characteristics! "he 2ather, %ein' once a'ain the 3reator of the creature, as on the si4th da$ of 3reation, had a real, worth$ dau'hter fashioned to His perfect i a'e. "he ar# of 1

God was i pressed so co pletel$ and e4actl$ on Mar$, that onl$ in the 2irst-%orn was it 'reater. Mar$ can %e called the ,econd-%orn of the 2ather %ecause, owin' to the perfection 'ranted to Her and preserved %$ Her, and to Her di'nit$ of ,pouse and Mother of God and 5ueen of Heaven, ,he co es second after the ,on of the 2ather and second in His eternal thou'ht, which a% aeterno too# deli'ht in Her. "he ,on, %ein' also 6Her ,on7, did teach Her, %$ the $ster$ of Grace, His truth and wisdo , when He was %ut an 8 %r$o, 'rowin' in Her wo %. "he Hol$ ,pirit appeared a on'st en, for an anticipated prolon'ed Pentecost! 9ove for 6Her &ho He loved7, 3onsolation to en %ecause of the 2ruit of Her &o %, ,anctification on account of the Maternit$ of the Hol$ /ne. God, to reveal Hi self to en in the new and co plete for , which starts the :ede ption era, did not select for His throne a star in the s#$, nor the palace of a powerful an. ;either did He want the win's of an'els as the %ase of His feet. He wanted a spotless wo %. )lso 8ve had %een created spotless. 0ut she wanted to %eco e corrupt of her own free will. Mar$, &ho lived in a corrupt world < 8ve was in a pure world < did not wish to violate Her purit$, not even with one thou'ht re otel$ connected with sin. ,he #new that sin e4ists. ,he saw its various and horri%le for s and i plications. ,he saw the all, includin' the ost hideous one! deicide. 0ut ,he #new the solel$ to e4piate the and to %e, forever, the &o an who has erc$ on sinners and pra$s for their 2

rede ption. "his thou'ht will %e the introduction to other hol$ thin's that ( will 'ive for $our %enefit and the welfare of an$ people.

2. Joachim and Anne Make a o! to the "ord.

22nd August 1944.

( see the inside of a house. (n it there is an elderl$ wo an sittin' at a loo . ( would sa$, notin' that her hair, which for erl$ was certainl$ =et %lac#, is now >uite 're$ and her face, thou'h not wrin#led, has the 'ravit$ that co es with a'e, that she ust %e fift$-five $ears old. ;ot ore .(n esti atin' a wo an?s a'e, ( found $ calculations upon $ other?s face, whose i a'e is ore than ever present to e in these ti es which re ind e of her final da$s at $ %edside... "he da$ after to orrow it will %e a $ear since ( had $ last loo# at her... M$ other had a ver$ $outhful face, %ut was pre aturel$ 're$. &hen she was fift$ she was as 're$ as at the end of her life. 0ut, apart fro the aturit$ of her appearance, nothin' %etra$ed her a'e. ( could therefore %e ista#en in esti atin' the a'e of an elderl$ wo an. "he wo an ( see weavin' in a roo , %ri'ht with the li'ht co in' fro a door wide open on to a lar'e 'arden < a s all holdin' ( would call it %ecause it s oothl$ e4tends up and down a 'reen slope- the wo an is %eautiful in her definite Jewish features. Her e$es are %lac# and deep and 3

while ( do not #now wh$, the$ re ind e of the 0aptist?s. 0ut, althou'h the$ are as proud as the e$es of a >ueen, the$ are also sweet, as if a veil of %lue had %een laid on the flash of an ea'le! sweet and so ewhat sad, as of a person who thin#s of and re'rets lost thin's. Her s#in is %rown, %ut not e4cessivel$ so. Her outh, sli'htl$ lar'e, is well for ed and is otionless in an austere settin', which, however, is not a hard one. Her nose is lon' and thin, sli'htl$ droopin', an a>uiline nose, which suits her e$es. ,he is well %uilt, %ut not fat, well proportioned and ( thin# tall, =ud'in' her in a sittin' position. ( thin# she is weavin' a curtain or a carpet. "he an$coloured shuttles ove fast on the %rown coloured weft, and what has alread$ %een woven shows a prett$ plaited wor# of Gree# frets and rosettes in which 'reen, $ellow, red and deep %lue interweave and %lend as in a osaic. "he wo an is wearin' a ver$ plain dar# dress, a red violet colour, the hue of a special species of pans$. ,he stands up when she hears so eone #noc#in' at the door. ,he is reall$ tall. ,he opens the door. ) wo an as#s her! )nne, will $ou 'ive a phora@ (*). ( will fill it for $ou. e $our

"he wo an has a lovel$ five $ear old child with her, who at once clin's to )nne?s dress, and she caresses hi while 'oin' into another roo , and returns with a %eautiful copper a phora which she hands to the wo an sa$in'! Aou are alwa$s 'ood to old )nne, indeed $ou are. Ma$ God reward $ou with this son and the other children $ou will have, $ou fortunate oneB )nne si'hs. '

"he wo an loo#s at her and does not #now what to sa$ in the circu stances. "o divert attention fro the distressin' situation of which she is aware, she re ar#s! ( a leavin' )lphaeus with $ou, if $ou do not ind, so that ( will %e >uic#er and ( will fill an$ =ars and =u's for $ou. )lphaeus is ver$ pleased to sta$ and the reason is clear. )s soon as his other is 'one, )nne pic#s hi up and ta#es hi into the orchard, lifts hi up to a per'ola (2) of 'rapes as 'olden as a topaC and sa$s to hi ! 8at, eat, %ecause the$ are 'ood , and she #isses hi on his little face soiled with the =uice of the 'rapes which the child eats avidl$. "hen she lau'hs heartil$ and at once loo#s $oun'er on account of the lovel$ set of teeth she displa$s, and the =o$ that shines on her face, dispellin' her $ears, as the child as#s! )nd what are $ou 'oin' to 'ive e now@ and he 'aCes at her with lar'e wide open e$es of a deep 're$-%lue colour. ,he lau'hs and pla$s with hi %endin' on her #nees and 'oes on! &hat will $ou 'ive e if ( 'ive $ou@... if ( 'ive $ou@... 'uessB )nd the child, clappin' his little hands, with a %i' s ile responds! Disses, #isses ( will 'ive $ou, nice )nne, 'ood )nne, a a )nneB... )nne, when she hears hi sa$! a a )nne , 'ives out a real cr$ of =o$ful love and cuddles the little one declarin'! M$ darlin'B EearB EearB EearB )t each dear a #iss descends upon the ros$ chee#s. "hen the$ 'o to a cup%oard and fro a plate she ta#es so e hone$ ca#es. ( ade the for $ou, darlin' of poor )nne, %ecause $ou love e. 0ut tell e, how uch do $ou love e@ )nd the child, thin#in' of what has i pressed +

hi ost, sa$s! )s uch as the "e ple of the 9ord. )nne #isses hi a'ain on his livel$ little e$es, his little red lips and the child cuddles a'ainst her li#e a #itten. His other 'oes %ac# and forth with a full =ar and s iles without sa$in' an$thin'. ,he leaves the to their effusiveness. )n elderl$ an co es in fro the orchard. He is a little s aller than )nne, and his thic# hair is co pletel$ white. His face is of a clear co ple4ion with a s>uarel$ cut %eardF his e$es are li#e %lue tur>uoises and his e$elashes are li'ht %rown, al ost fair. His ro%e is dar# %rown. )nne does not see hi %ecause her %ac# is turned to the door and he approaches her fro %ehind >uestionin'! )nd nothin' for e@ )nne turns round and sa$s! / Joachi B Have $ou finished $our wor#@ )t the sa e ti e little )lphaeus runs to the elderl$ an?s #nees e4clai in'! )lso to $ou, also to $ou. )nd when the an %ends down to #iss hi , the child clin's to his nec#, rufflin' his %eard with his little hands and his #isses. Joachi also has his 'ift. He %rin's his left hand fro %ehind his %ac# and offers the child such a %eautiful apple, that it see s ade of the finest porcelain. , ilin' he sa$s to the child who is holdin' his hands out ea'erl$! &ait, ( will cut it for $ouB Aou cannot ta#e it as it is. (t is %i''er than $ouB &ith a s all prunin' #nife, which he carries on his %elt, he cuts the fruit into s all slices. He see s to %e feedin' a nestlin', such is the care with which he puts the orsels into the little wide open outh that unches and chews. -

9oo# at his e$es, Joachi B Eon?t the$ loo# li#e two little wavelets of the ,ea of Galilee when the evenin' wind draws a veil of cloud over the s#$@ )nne is spea#in', restin' one hand on her hus%and?s shoulder, and she is leanin' sli'htl$ on hi , too! an attitude revealin' the deep love of a wife, a love still perfect after an$ $ears of arria'e. )nd Joachi loo#s at her lovin'l$ and a'rees, sa$in'! Most %eautifulB )nd His curls@ )ren?t the$ the colour of crops dried in the sun@ 9oo#! in the there is a i4ture of 'old and copper. )hB (f we had had a child, ( would have li#ed hi thus! with these e$es and this hair... )nne has %ent down, in fact she is on her #nees and with a deep si'h she #isses the two lar'e 're$-%lue e$es. Joachi , too, si'hs. 0ut he wishes to co fort her. He puts his hand on her thic# curl$ 're$ hair and whispers to her! &e ust continue to hope. God can do ever$thin'. &hile we are alive, the iracle a$ happen, particularl$ when we love Hi and we love each other. Joachi stresses the final phrase. 0ut )nne is silent, de=ected, and she is standin', her head %owed, to conceal two tears strea in' down her face. /nl$ little )lphaeus sees the and he is confounded and 'rieved that his 'reat friend is cr$in', as he so eti es does. He lifts his hands and wipes the tears. Eon?t cr$, )nneB &e are happ$ =ust the sa e. )t least ( a , %ecause ( have $ou. )lso ( have $ou. 0ut ( have not 'iven $ou a child... ( *

thin# ( have distressed the 9ord, %ecause He has $ wo % %arren...


/ $ wifeB How can $ou have distressed Hi , $ou hol$ wo an@ 9isten. 9et us 'o once ore to the "e ple. 2or this reason. ;ot onl$ for the "a%ernaclesB 9et us sa$ a lon' pra$er... Perhaps it will happen to $ou as it did to ,arah... as it happened to )nne of 8l#anah. "he$ waited for a lon' ti e and the$ considered the selves de=ected %ecause the$ were %arren. (nstead a hol$ son was aturin' for the in the Heavens of God. , ile, $ wife. Aour cr$in' is a 'reater sorrow to e than %ein' without offsprin'... &e shall ta#e )lphaeus with us. &e shall a#e hi pra$, since he is innocent... and God will hear his pra$er and ours to'ether and will 'rant it. Aes, let us a#e a vow to the 9ord. "he offsprin' will %e His. )s lon' as He 'rants it. /h to hear e %ein' called 6 a a7B )nd )lphaeus, an astonished and innocent spectator, e4clai s! ( will call $ou soB Aes, $ darlin'... %ut $ou have $our have no %a%$... "he vision ceases here. ( understand that Mar$?s %irth c$cle has %e'un. )nd ( a ver$ happ$ %ecause ( wanted it so uch. )nd ( thin# that $ou (G) will %e happ$, too. 0efore ( %e'an to write ( heard Mother sa$ to e! ,o, M$ dear dau'hter, write a%out Me. )ll $our 'rief will %e co forted. )nd while sa$in' so ,he laid Her hand on $ head caressin' e #indl$. "hen the vision %e'an. 0ut 0 u $, and (

at first, that is, until ( heard the fift$-$ear-old wo an %ein' called %$ na e, ( did not realise that ( was in the presence of other?s Mother and conse>uentl$ of the 'race of Her %irth. -----------------(*) ) phora! a two-handled =ar co Gree#s and :o ans. onl$ used %$ the

(2) Per'ola! 'rape vines supported %$ poles and for in' a #ind of roof with their leaves. (G) (t is to %e noted that Maria 1altorta often addresses her spiritual 2ather in the course of her wor#.


Anne$ %ra&ing in the Tem'le$ (as (er )ish *ulfilled.

a#e a note.

2#rd August 1944.

0efore writin' the followin', ( wish to

"he house did not see to e the well #nown one of ;aCareth. "he location, at least, is >uite different. )lso the orchard 'arden is lar'er and %e$ond it fields can %e seen, not an$, %ut the$ are there. 9ater, when Mar$ is arried, there is onl$ the orchard, lar'e, %ut not ore than an orchard! and ( have never seen in other visions the roo that ( saw. ( do not #now whether for financial reasons Mar$?s parents disposed of part of their propert$ or whether Mar$, when she left the "e ple, oved into &

another house 'iven to her perhaps %$ Joseph. ( do not re e %er whether in past visions and instructions ( had a clear si'n that the house of ;aCareth was the house where she was %orn. M$ head is ver$ heav$ with fati'ue. )nd then, particularl$ with dictations, ( for'et the words at once, althou'h the co ands re ain recorded in $ ind and illu inate $ soul. 0ut details fade awa$ i ediatel$ . (f after one hour ( had to repeat what ( heard, with the e4ception of one or two ain sentences, ( would not #now an$thin' else. 1isions, on the contrar$, re ain clear in $ ind %ecause ( had to watch the $self . ( hear dictations %ut ( see visions. "herefore the$ re ain clear in $ ind which functioned in followin' the throu'h their various phases. ( was hopin' there would %e a declaration on $esterda$?s vision. (nstead nothin'. (a %e'innin' to see and ( write. /utside the walls of Jerusale , on the hills and a on' the olive-trees, there is a lar'e crowd. (t loo#s li#e a lar'e ar#et. 0ut there are no %ooths. "here are no shoutin' charlatans or pedlars. ;o 'a es. "here are coarse wool tents, certainl$ proof a'ainst water, han'in' on posts fi4ed to the 'round, and tied to the posts there are 'reen %ranches, providin' %oth orna ental decoration and practical coolness. /ther tents, instead, are ade entirel$ of %ranches fi4ed to the 'round and tied in rid'e fashion, thus for in' s all 'reen tunnels. .nder each tent there are people of ever$ a'e and condition, spea#in' >uietl$ and earnestl$, with the cr$ of a child %rea#in' the 12

>uietness now and a'ain. (t is ni'htfall and the li'hts of s all oil la ps are 'litterin' here and there throu'hout the odd ca p. )round the li'hts so e fa ilies are ta#in' their supper on the 'round, the others holdin' the little ones in their laps. Man$ of these tired infants fall asleep holdin' pieces of %read in their tin$ pin# fin'ers while their s all heads fall on their others? %reasts, li#e little chic#s under hens. "he others finish their eals, as %est the$ can, each with onl$ one hand free, while the other hand is holdin' the child a'ainst her heart. Meanwhile other fa ilies are not $et suppin' and are tal#in' in the di ness of twili'ht, waitin' for the food to %e read$ for eatin'. , all fires are lit here and there and wo en are %us$ around the . ,low so ewhat plaintive lulla%ies soothe children who are havin' difficult$ in 'oin' to sleep. Hi'h a%ove is a %eautiful clear s#$, which is %eco in' a deeper and deeper %lue until it loo#s li#e an enor ous %lac#-%luish soft velvet velariu . /n this cloth, a little at a ti e, invisi%le crafts en and decorators fi4 'e s and ni'ht li'hts, so e isolated, so e in odd 'eo etrical patterns, a on'st which stand out the Great 0ear and the 9ittle 0ear, in the shape of a cart, with its shaft restin' on the 'round after the o4en have %een freed fro the $o#e. "he Pole ,tar is s ilin' in all its %ri'htness. ( realise it is /cto%er %ecause the loud voice of a an sa$s so! "his onth of /cto%er is %eautiful as ver$ rarel$ in past $earsB Here is )nne co in' fro a fire with so ethin' in her 11

hands, spread over a loaf of %read which is lar'e and flat li#e a ca#e and serves also as a tra$. 9ittle )lphaeus is holdin' on to her s#irt and is prattlin' in his little voice. Joachi , when he sees )nne approachin', hastens to li'ht his la pF he is at the entrance of his little hut ade of %ranches and is spea#in' to a an a%out thirt$ $ears old, who )lphaeus 'reets fro a distance in his shrill voice sa$in'! Eadd$. )nne in her statel$ wal# passes alon' the rows of huts. ,he is statel$, $et hu %le. ,he is not hau'ht$ with an$one. ,he pic#s up the child of a ver$ poor wo an, as the urchin had fallen at her feet while runnin' li#e a little sca p. ,ince he has dirtied his face and is cr$in', )nne cleans hi , co forts hi and hands hi to his other who has run towards the and is apolo'isin'. )nne sa$s to her! /hB (t?s nothin'. ( a 'lad he did not hurt hi self . He is a lovel$ child. &hat a'e is he@ "hree $ears. He is $ second $oun'est and ( a e4pectin' another one shortl$. ( have si4 %o$s. ;ow ( would li#e to have a 'irl... ) 'irl is a lot for her other ... "he Most Hi'h has consoled $ou ver$ si'hs )nne. uch, wo anB

)nd the wo an 'oes on! Aes. ( a poor, %ut the children are our =o$ and the %i''er ones alread$ help with the wor#. )nd, Mada , (it is ver$ o%vious that )nne is of a hi'her social standin' and the wo an realises it), how an$ children have $ou 'ot@ ;one. 12

;one@ (sn?t this one $ours@ ;o, he is the son of a ver$ 'ood nei'h%our. He is consolation ... Eid $ours die or...@ ( never had an$. /hB "he poor wo an loo#s at her pitifull$. )nne sa$s 'ood%$e to her, si'hin' ver$ heavil$, and 'oes to her hut. ( have #ept $ou waitin', Joachi . ( was held up %$ a poor wo an, the other of si4 %o$s. 2anc$ thatB )nd she is e4pectin' another child shortl$. Joachi si'hs. )lphaeus? father calls hi , %ut he answers! ( a sta$in' with )nne. ( will help her. 8ver$%od$ lau'hs. 9eave hi . He does not distur% us. He is not %ound %$ the 9aw $et. Here or there he is %ut a little %ird eatin' states )nne. )nd she sits down with the child in her lap and 'ives hi so e ca#e and, ( thin#, so e roasted fish. ( can see that she does so ethin' %efore 'ivin' it to hi F perhaps she re oves a fish%one. ,he has served her hus%and first. ,he eats last. "he ni'ht is ore and ore crowded with stars and the ca p with li'hts. "hen little %$ little an$ li'hts 'o out. "he$ are the la ps of those who were the first to have supper and who now 'o to sleep. )lso the %uCCin' slowl$ decreases. ;o ore children?s voices are heard. /nl$ so e %a%ies still unweaned raise their la %-li#e little 13 $

voices see#in' their others? il#. "he ni'ht %lows her %reath over places and people and o%literates pains and e ories, hopes and ill-feelin's. ;a$, perhaps these last two survive in drea s, althou'h alleviated %$ sleep. )nne sa$s so to her hus%and while lullin' )lphaeus who is fallin' asleep in her ar s! 9ast ni'ht ( drea t that ne4t $ear ( will %e co in' to the Hol$ 3it$ for two feasts, instead of one onl$. )nd one will %e the offerin' of $ creature to the "e ple... /hB Joachi B... Eo hope, )nne. Eid $ou not perceive an$thin' else@ Eid the 9ord not whisper an$thin' to $our heart@ ;othin'. /nl$ a drea ... "o orrow is the last da$ of pra$er. )ll the offerin's have alread$ %een ade. 0ut we will renew the a'ain to orrow, sole nl$. &e shall 'ain our favour fro God %$ our faithful love. ( alwa$s thin# that it will happen to $ou as it did to )nne of 8l#anah. Ma$ God 'rant it... and ( wish ( had so eone sa$ to now! 6Go in peace. "he God of (srael has 'ranted the 'race $ou as#ed forB7 e

(f the 'race co es, $our child will tell $ou turnin' over for the first ti e in $our wo %F and it will %e the voice of an innocent, therefore the voice of God. "he ca p is now silent in dar#ness. )nne also ta#es )lphaeus to the ad=oinin' hut, and puts hi on the %ed near his little %rothers, who are alread$ asleep. "hen she lies down %eside Joachi and their la p also 'oes out! one of the little stars on earth. More %eautiful, the stars in the vault of heaven re ain watchin' over an#ind 1'

asleep. ------------Jesus sa$s! "he =ust are alwa$s wise, %ecause, as friends of God, the$ live in His co pan$ and are tau'ht %$ Hi , $es, %$ Hi , (nfinite &isdo . M$ 'randparents were =ust and therefore the$ possessed wisdo . "he$ could >uote accuratel$ fro the 0oo#, sin'in' the praises of &isdo fro its conte4t! 6,he it was ( loved and searched for fro $ $outh! ( resolved to have her as $ %ride.7 )nne of )aron was the stron' wo an of who our )ncestor spea#s. )nd Joachi , a descendant of #in' Eavid, had not sou'ht so uch char and wealth as virtue. )nne possessed a 'reat virtue. )ll hol$ attri%utes =oined to'ether li#e a sweet-s ellin' %unch of flowers to %eco e one %eautiful thin' that was! this e4ceptional 1irtue. ) real virtue, worth$ of %ein' set %efore the throne of God. Joachi had therefore arried wisdo twice, 6lovin' her ore than an$ other wo an7! the &isdo of God enshrined in the heart of a =ust wo an. )nne of )aron had not sou'ht an$thin' else %ut to =oin her life to that of an upri'ht an, certain that fa il$ =o$ lies in upri'hteousness. )nd to %e the e %odi ent of the 6stron' wo an7 she lac#ed onl$ the crown of children, the 'lor$ of the arried wo an, the =ustification of arria'e, the one of which ,olo on spea#s, as for her happiness she lac#ed children, the flowers of a tree that has %eco e one thin' with the ad=oinin' tree and o%tains 1+

thereof a%undance of new fruit, in which the two 'ood >ualities %lend into one, %ecause she had never e4perienced an$ disappoint ent on account of her hus%and. )lthou'h she was now approachin' old a'e and had %een Joachi ?s wife for an$ $ears, she was alwa$s for hi 6the spouse of his $outh, his =o$, the ost dear hind, the 'raceful fawn7, whose caresses alwa$s had the fresh char of the first nuptial evenin' and sweetl$ fascinated his love, #eepin' it as fresh as a flower sprin#led with dew, and as ardent as a fire continuousl$ #ept %urnin'. "herefore, in their affliction, their childless state, the$ spo#e to each other 6words of consolation in their thou'hts and trou%les7. )nd eternal &isdo , when the ti e ca e, %esides teachin' the in wa#in' consciousness, enli'htened the with drea s at ni'ht, visions of the poe of 'lor$ that was to co e fro the and was Most Hol$ Mar$, M$ Mother. (f their hu ilit$ ade the hesitant, their hearts tre %led in hope at the first hint of God?s pro ise. "here was alread$ certaint$ in Joachi ?s words! 6Eo hope... &e shall 'ain our favour fro God %$ our faithful love.7 "he$ were drea in' of a child! the$ 'ot the Mother of God. "he words of the %oo# of &isdo appear to %e written for the ! 60$ eans of her ( shall ac>uire 'lor$ %efore the people... %$ eans of her, i ortalit$ shall %e ine and ( shall leave an everlastin' e or$ to $ successors.7 0ut to o%tain all this the$ had to %eco e asters of a true and lastin' virtue which no event arred. 1irtue of faith. 1irtue of charit$. 1irtue of hope. 1irtue of chastit$. "he 1-

chastit$ of a arried coupleB "he$ possessed it, %ecause it is not necessar$ to %e vir'ins to %e chaste. )nd chaste nuptial %eds are 'uarded %$ an'els and fro the descend 'ood children who a#e the virtue of their parents the rule of their lives. 0ut where are the$ now@ ;ow children are not wanted, neither is chastit$. ( therefore sa$ that love and arria'e are desecrated.


)ith a Canticle$ Anne Announces that +he Is a Mother.

24th August 1944.

( see Joachi and )nne?s house once a'ain. ;othin' is chan'ed inside, with the e4ception that there are an$ %ranches full of flowers, placed in a phoras here and there, certainl$ the fruit of the prunin' of the trees in the orchard, all in %loo ! a cloud var$in' fro snow-white to the red of certain corals. )lso )nne?s wor# is different. /n the s aller of two loo s she is weavin' so e lovel$ linen cloth and is sin'in', ovin' her feet to the rh$th of the son'. ,he is sin'in' and s ilin'. )t who @ )t herself, at so ethin' she is aware of in her inside. ( have written separatel$ the slow and $et 'a$ son', so that ( i'ht follow it, for she repeats it several ti es as if she re=oices in it. ,he sin's it ore and ore loudl$ and 1*

with certaint$, li#e so eone who found a elod$ in her heart and at first whispers it softl$ and then, %ein' sure, proceeds faster and in a hi'her tone. "he slow and $et 'a$ son' (which ( a transcri%in' %ecause it is so sweet in its si plicit$) sa$s! Glor$ to the )l i'ht$ 9ord &ho had love for the children of Eavid. Glor$ to the 9ordB His supre e 'race has visited e fro Heaven

"he old tree has %orne a new %ranch and ( a %lessed. )t the 2east of 9i'hts hope scattered the seedF ;ow the fra'rance of ;isan sees it 'er inatin'. 9i#e an al ond-tree $ flesh is adorned with flowers in sprin'. (n the evenin' she perceives she is %earin' her fruit. /n that %ranch there is a rose, there is a ost sweet apple. "here is a %ri'ht star, an innocent little child. "here is the =o$ of the house, of the hus%and and wife. Praise %e to God, to $ 9ord, &ho had erc$ on e. His li'ht said to e! 6) star will co e to $ou.7 Glor$, 'lor$B Aours shall %e the fruit of this tree. "he first and last, hol$ and pure as a 'ift of the 9ord. Aours it shall %e and a$ =o$ and peace co e upon the earth. 2l$, shuttle. 2asten the $arn for the infant?s cloth. "he infant is a%out to %e %orn. Ma$ the son' of $ heart rise to God sin'in' hosannas. 10

Joachi co es in when she is a%out to repeat her son' for the fourth ti e. )re $ou happ$, )nne@ Aou loo# li#e a %ird in sprin'. &hat son' is that@ ( have never heard an$one sin' it. &here does it co e fro @ 2ro $ heart, Joachi . )nne has 'ot up and is now ovin' towards her hus%and, s ilin' happil$. ,he loo#s $oun'er and lovelier than ever. ( did not #now $ou were a poet declares her hus%and loo#in' at her with o%vious ad iration. "he$ do not loo# li#e an elderl$ couple. (n their 'lances there is the fondness of $oun' couples. ( ca e fro the other end of the orchard when ( heard $ou sin'in'. 2or $ears ( had not heard $our voice, that of a turtle-dove in love. Eo $ou ind repeatin' that son' for e@ ( would repeat it even if $ou did not as# e. "he children of (srael have alwa$s entrusted to son's the sincere cries of their hopes, =o$s and pains. ( have entrusted to a son' the tas# of tellin' $self and $ou a 'reat =o$. Aes, also of tellin' $self %ecause it is such a 'reat thin' that althou'h ( a sure of it now, it does not $et see to e to %e true..., and she %e'ins the son' over a'ain. 0ut when she co es to the point! /n that %ranch there is a rose, there is a ost sweet apple, a star..., her well tuned contralto voice at first tre %les, then it %rea#s, and with a so% of =o$ she loo#s at Joachi and raisin' her ar s she cries! ( a a other, $ darlin'B )nd she ta#es refu'e on his heart, %etween the ar s that he has held out and has now clasped around his happ$ wife. "his is the ost chaste and happ$ e %race that ( have ever seen in $ life, chaste and ardent in its chastit$. 1&

)nd the sweet reproach is whispered over )nne?s 're$ hair! )nd $ou were not tellin' e@ 0ecause ( wanted to %e sure. /ld as ( a ... to #now that ( a a other... ( could not %elieve it was true... ( did not want to 'ive $ou the ost %itter disappoint ent of all. ,ince the end of Eece %er ( have perceived that $ wo % was %eco in' new and %earin', as ( sa$, a new %ranch. 0ut now on that %ranch the fruit is certain... ,ee@ "hat linen is for the one that is co in'. (s it not the linen that $ou %ou'ht in Jerusale /cto%er@ in

Aes, it is. ( spun it while ( was waitin'... and hopin'. ( was hopin' %ecause the last da$ while ( was pra$in' in the "e ple, as close as possi%le for a wo an to %e to the House of God, and it was alread$ evenin'... re e %er that ( was sa$in'! 6) little lon'er, a little ore.7 ( could not withdraw fro the place without receivin' the 'raceB &ell, in the 'rowin' dar#ness, fro inside the sacred place, where ( was watchin' fro the depth of $ soul, to o%tain assent fro the everpresent God, ( saw a li'ht, a spar# of %eautiful li'ht depart. (t was as white as the oon and $et it had in itself all the %ri'htness of all the pearls and 'e s that are in the world. (t see ed that one of the precious stars of the 1eil, the stars placed under the feet of the 3heru%i had %eco e detached and %ri'ht with a supernatural li'ht... it see ed that %e$ond the sacred 1eil, fro the Glor$ itself, a fire started which ca e >uic#l$ towards e and while cuttin' throu'h the air, it san' with a heavenl$ voice chantin'! 6Ma$ what $ou as#ed for, co e to $ou.7 "hat is wh$ ( sin'! 6) star will co e to $ou.7 22

&hat child will ours ever %e, since it reveals itself as the li'ht of a star in the "e ple and in the 2east of 9i'hts sa$s! 6( a 7@ Eid $ou perhaps foresee ri'htl$ when $ou thou'ht ( would %e a new )nne of 8l#anah@ How shall we na e our creature, who ( perceive tal#in' to e in $ wo % as sweetl$ as the elod$ of waters, with its little heart %eatin' repeatedl$ li#e the heart of a prett$ turtledove held in one?s hands@ (f it is a %o$ we shall call hi ,a uel... (f a 'irl, ,tar. "he word that stopped $our son' to 'ive e the =o$ of learnin' that ( a a father. "he for it too# to reveal itself in the hol$ shade of the "e ple. ,tar. /ur ,tar, %ecause, ( don?t #now wh$, %ut ( thin# it is a 'irl. ( thin# that such sweet caresses can onl$ co e fro a ost sweet dau'hter. 0ecause ( do not %ear her, ( have no pain. (t is she who ta#es e on a %lue flower$ path, as if ( were supported %$ hol$ an'els and the earth was alread$ far awa$... ( have alwa$s heard wo en sa$ that it is painful to conceive and to %ear. 0ut ( have no pain. ( feel stron', $oun', fresher than when ( presented $ou with $ vir'init$ in $ far awa$ $outh. Eau'hter of God < %ecause this creature %orn of a %arren stu p, is ore of God than ours < she 'ives no pain to her other. ,he onl$ %rin's her peace and %lessin's! the fruits of God, her true 2ather. Mar$, then, we shall call herB ,tar of our sea, pearl, happiness. "he na e of the first 'reat wo an in (srael. 0ut she will never sin a'ainst the 9ord and to Hi onl$ she will 'ive her son's, %ecause she is offered to Hi ! a victi %efore %ein' %orn. 21

Aes, she is offered to Hi . Male or fe ale, as it a$ %e, after re=oicin' for three $ears over our creature, we shall 'ive it to the 9ord. 1icti s ourselves with her, for the 'lor$ of God. ( do not see or hear an$thin' else. -------------Jesus sa$s! &isdo , after enli'htenin' the with drea s at ni'ht, descended 6%reath of the power of God, pure e anation of the 'lor$ of the )l i'ht$7, and %eca e &ord for the %arren one. He, who alread$ saw His ti e for rede ption close at hand! (, 3hrist, )nne?s 'randson, al ost fift$ $ears later, %$ eans of the &ord, will wor# iracles on %arren, diseased, possessed, desolate wo en and on all the iseries of the world. 0ut in the eanti e, for the =o$ of havin' a Mother ( whisper a $sterious word in the shade of the "e ple that contained the hopes of (srael, of the "e ple now at the end of its life, %ecause a new and real "e ple is a%out to co e on earth, no lon'er containin' the hopes of one people, %ut the certaint$ of Paradise for the people of the whole world, and for centuries and centuries until the end of the world. )nd this &ord wor#s the iracle of a#in' fertile what was %arren. )nd also the iracle of 'ivin' e a Mother, &ho not onl$ had the %est disposition, as was natural ,he should have, %ein' %orn of two saints, %ut, uni>ue creature, had not onl$ a 'ood soul as an$ others still have, not onl$ a continuous increase of 'oodness %ecause of Her 'ood will, not onl$ an i aculate %od$, %ut had an i aculate soul. 22

Aou have seen the continuous 'eneration of souls fro God. ;ow thin# what ust have %een the %eaut$ of this soul which the 2ather loo#ed fondl$ on %efore ti e e4isted, which for ed the deli'ht of the "rinit$, which "rinit$ lon'ed to adorn it with its 'ifts, to present it to (tself. /hB Most Hol$ Mar$ that God created for Hi self and then for the salvation of enB 0earer of the ,aviour, Aou were the first salvation. 9ivin' Paradise, with Aour s ile Aou %e'an to sanctif$ the world. "he soul created to %e soul of the Mother of GodB &hen this vital spar# derived fro the ore livel$ thro% of the "hreefold 9ove of the "rinit$, the an'els re=oiced %ecause Paradise had never seen a %ri'hter li'ht. 9i#e a petal of a heavenl$ rose, a $stical and precious petal, that was a 'e and a fla e, the %reath of God descended to 'ive life to a %od$ >uite differentl$ than for others. (t descended so powerful in its ardour that Guilt could not conta inate it, it ca e throu'h the heavens and enclosed itself in a hol$ wo %. "he world had its 2lower, %ut did not $et #now, the true, uni>ue 2lower, that %loo s eternall$! lil$ and rose, sweet-s ellin' violet and =as ine, helianthus and c$cla en %lended to'ether and with the all the flowers on earth in one 2lower onl$! Mar$, in &ho ever$ 'race and virtue is 'athered to'ether. (n )pril the land of Palestine loo#ed li#e a hu'e 'arden and the fra'rance and colours deli'hted the hearts of en. 0ut the ost %eautiful :ose was still un#nown. ,he was alread$ flowerin' to God in the secrec$ of Her other?s wo %, %ecause $ Mother loved since ,he was conceived. 0ut onl$ when the vine 'ives its %lood to a#e 23

wine and the sweet stron' s ells fill the $ards and the nostrils, ,he would s ile to God first and then to the world, sa$in' with Her ost innocent s ile! 6Here, the 1ine that will 'ive $ou the 0unch of 'rapes to %e s>ueeCed in the winepress, so that it will %eco e eternal Medicine for $our disease, is a on'st $ou.7 ( said! 6Mar$ loved since ,he was conceivedB7 &hat is it that 'ives li'ht and #nowled'e to the soul@ Grace. &hat is it that re oves Grace@ /ri'inal sin and the ortal one. Mar$, the ( aculate, was never deprived of the re e %rance of God, of His closeness, His love, His li'ht, His wisdo . ,he was therefore a%le to understand and love when ,he was %ut flesh for in' around an i aculate soul that continued to love. 9ater, ( will let $ou conte plate entall$ the depth of Mar$?s vir'init$. Aou will have a spell of heavenl$ ecstas$, as when ( allowed $ou to consider our eternit$. (n the eanti e consider how to %ear a creature free fro the ,tain that deprives one of God, 'ives the other a superior intelli'ence and a#es a prophetess of her, althou'h she has conceived in a natural and hu an wa$. "he prophetess of her dau'hter, who she calls! 6Eau'hter of God7. )nd consider what would have happened if innocent children had %een %orn of innocent 2irst Parents, as God wanted. Man, $ou state that $ou are settin' out to %e 6super an7, and with $our vices are onl$ settin' out to %e 6superde on7. "he possi%ilit$ of e4istin' and livin' without the conta ination of ,atan, leavin' to God the ad inistration of life, #nowled'e, and 'oodness, would have %een the eans to a#e $ou 6super an7, not 2'

wishin' ore than what God had 'iven $ou and which was little less than infinite. )nd thus, in an evolution towards perfection, $ou would have %een a%le to 'enerate children, who should %e en in their %odies and sons of the (ntelli'ence in their souls! victors, stron', 'iants over ,atan, who would have %een van>uished so an$ thousand centuries %efore the hour, when he will %e hu iliated, and all his evil with hi .

,. -irth of the irgin Mar&.

26th August 1944.

( see )nne co in' out of the 'arden. ,he is leanin' on the ar of a relative, who is li#e her. ,he is o%viousl$ several onths pre'nant and she loo#s tired and her fati'ue is not alleviated %$ the sultriness, =ust as this present heat is e4haustin' e. )lthou'h the 'arden is shad$, it is ver$ hot and close. "he air can %e cut li#e a soft war dou'h, it is so heav$. "he sun?s ra$s descend fro a erciless %lue s#$ and there is so e dust a#in' the at osphere sli'htl$ dull. "he weather ust have %een dr$ for a lon' ti e, %ecause where there is no irri'ation, the land is literall$ reduced to a ver$ fine, al ost white dust. /ut in the open this shade of white is sli'htl$ pin#, whereas it is a dar# red%rown under the trees, where the soil is da p. 9i#ewise the 'round is oist alon' the s all flower-%eds, where rows of ve'eta%les are 'rowin', and around the rose 2+

%ushes, the =as ines and other flowers, and particularl$ in the front of and alon' the %eautiful per'ola, which divides the orchard in two, up to the %e'innin' of the fields, now stripped of their crops. "he 'rass of the eadow, which ar#s the %oundar$ of the propert$, is parched and thin. /nl$ at its %order, where there is a hed'e of wild hawthorn, alread$ co pletel$ studded with the ru%ies of its little fruits, is the 'rass 'reener and thic#er. "here are so e sheep therea%outs with a $oun' shepherd see#in' pasture and shade. Joachi is wor#in' around the rows of vines and olivetrees. "here are two en with hi , helpin' hi . )lthou'h an elderl$ an he is >uic# and wor#s ea'erl$. "he$ are openin' little channels at the end of a field to 'ive water to the dr$ plants, and this water a#es its wa$ 'ur'lin' %etween the 'rass and the dr$ land. "he flow for s circles that for one o ent rese %le a $ellowish cr$stal and seconds later are onl$ rin's of wet soil, around the overloaded vine %ranches and the olivetrees. )lon' the shad$ per'ola, under which 'olden %ees are %uCCin', 'reed$ for the su'ar of the 'olden 'rapes, )nne oves slowl$ towards Joachi , who hastens towards her as soon as he sees her. Aou ca e so far@ "he house is as hot as an oven. )nd $ou suffer fro it. "he onl$ sufferin' of this last hour is that of a pre'nant wo an. "he natural sufferin' of ever$%od$! an and 2-

%east. Eon?t 'et too war , Joachi . "he water we have %een hopin' for, for such a lon' ti e, and that for full$ three da$s see ed so close, has not $et co e and the countr$ is parched. &e are luc#$ to have a sprin' so near and so rich in water. ( have opened the channels. (t is a easure of relief for the plants which have witherin' leaves and are covered with dust! =ust enou'h to #eep the alive. (f it would onl$ rain... Joachi , with the ea'erness of all far ers, loo#s at the s#$, while )nne, tired, cools herself with a fan that see s to %e ade of the dr$ leaf of a pal interwoven with an$-coloured threads #eepin' it fir . )nne?s co panion interrupts! /ver there, %e$ond the Great Her on, fast clouds are arisin'. "here is a northern wind. (t will refreshen and perhaps %rin' rain. "he %reeCe has risen for three da$s and then it sets when the oon rises. (t will do the sa e a'ain. Joachi is discoura'ed. 9et us 'o %ac# ho e. 8ven here one can hardl$ %reathe, and in an$ case ( thin# it is %etter to 'o %ac#... sa$s )nne, who loo#s ore olive-hued than usual, owin' to a paleness which has co e over her face. )re $ou in pain@ ;o. 0ut ( can feel the 'reat peace that ( e4perienced in the "e ple when ( was 'ranted the 'race, and which ( felt once a'ain when ( #new ( was pre'nant. (t is li#e an ecstas$, a sweet sleep of the %od$ while the soul re=oices and cal s itself in a peace that has no %odil$ parallel. ( have loved and still do love $ou, Joachi , and when ( 2*

entered $our house and ( said to $self! 6( a the wife of a =ust an7, ( had peace! and ( felt the sa e ever$ ti e $our provident love too# care of $our )nne. 0ut this peace is different. .nderstand! ( thin# that the soul of our father Jaco% was invaded %$ a si ilar peace, li#e the soothin' 'iven %$ oil that spreads and appeases, after he drea t of the an'els. )nd, possi%l$ ore accuratel$, it is li#e the =o$ful peace of the "o%iahs after :aphael appeared to the . (f ( a%sor% $self in this feelin', it 'rows ore and ore in stren'th while ( en=o$ it. (t is as if ( were ascendin' into the %lue spaces of the s#$... )nd further ore, ( don?t #now the reason for it, %ut since ( have had this peaceful =o$ in e, ( have a son' in $ heart! old "o%iah?s son'. ( thin# it was written for this hour... for this =o$... for the land of (srael that receives it... for Jerusale -sinner and now for'iven... 0ut do not lau'h at the frenC$ of a other... %ut when ( sa$! 6"han# the 9ord for $our wealth and %less the God of centuries, that He a$ re%uild His "a%ernacle in $ou7, ( thin# that He &ho will re%uild the "a%ernacle of the true God in Jerusale will %e "his /ne who is a%out to %e %orn... )nd ( also thin# that the destin$ of $ creature was prophesied and not the fate of the Hol$ 3it$, when the son' sa$s! 6Aou shall shine with a %ri'ht li'ht! all the peoples of the world will prostrate the selves %efore $ou! the nations will co e %rin'in' 'ifts! the$ will worship the 9ord in $ou and will hold $our land as sacred, %ecause within $ou the$ invo#e the Great ;a e. Aou will %e happ$ on account of $our children, %ecause the$ will all %e %lessed and the$ will 'ather near the 9ord. 0lessed are those who love $ou and re=oice in $our peace...7 )nd ( a the first to re=oice, her happ$ other... )nne chan'es colour, when sa$in' these words and she li'hts 20

up li#e so ethin' %rou'ht fro the paleness of oonli'ht to the %ri'htness of a 'reat fire and vice versa. ,weet tears, of which she is unaware, run down her chee#s and she s iles in her =o$. )nd in the eanti e she oves towards the house, wal#in' %etween her hus%and and her relative, who listen and, deepl$ oved, are silent. "he$ a#e haste %ecause clouds driven %$ a stron' wind, rush across and 'ather in the s#$, while the plain dar#ens and shudders at the warnin' of a stor . &hen the$ reach the threshold of the dwellin', a first livid flash of li'htnin' crosses the s#$ and the ru %le of the first peal of thunder sounds li#e the roll of a hu'e dru that in'les with the arpe''io (*) of the first drops on the parched leaves. "he$ all 'o in and )nne withdraws, while Joachi , standin' at the door, tal#s with the wor#ers, who have in the eanti e =oined hi ! the conversation is a%out the lon'ed for water which is a %lessin' for the parched land. 0ut their =o$ turns into fear %ecause a ver$ violent stor is approachin' with li'htenin' and clouds threatenin' hail. (f the cloud %ursts, it will crush the 'rapes and the olives li#e a illstone. Poor eB Joachi is also an4ious for his wife, whose ti e has co e to 'ive %irth to her child. His relative reassures hi that )nne is not sufferin' at all. 0ut he is a'itated, and ever$ ti e his relative or an$ other wo an, a on'st who is )lphaeus? other, co es out of )nne?s roo and 'oes %ac# in a'ain with hot water and %asins and linens dried near the %laCin' fireplace in the lar'e #itchen, he 'oes and a#es en>uiries, %ut he does not cal down despite their reassurances. )lso the lac# of cries fro )nne 2&

worries hi . He sa$s! ( a a an and ( have never seen a child %ein' %orn. 0ut ( re e %er hearin' that the a%sence of throes is fatal. (t is 'rowin' dar# and the evenin' is preceded %$ a furious and ver$ violent stor ! it %rin's torrential rain, wind, li'htnin', ever$thin', e4cept hail, which has fallen elsewhere. /ne of the wor#ers notices the ferocit$ of the 'ale! (t loo#s as if ,atan has co e out of Gehenna with his de ons. 9oo# at those %lac# cloudsB Aou can s ell sulphur in the air and $ou can hear whistlin' and hisses, and wailin' and cursin' voices. (f it is hi , he is furious this evenin'B "he other wor#er lau'hs and scoffs! ) 'reat pre$ ust have escaped hi , or Michael has struc# hi with a new thunder%olt fro God, and he has had his horns and tail clipped and %urnt. ) wo an passes %$ and shouts! Joachi B (t is co in'. )nd it is happenin' >uic#l$ and wellB and she disappears with a s all a phora in her hands. "he stor drops suddenl$, after one last thunder%olt that is so violent that it throws the three en a'ainst the side wallF and in front of the house, in the 'arden, a %lac# s o#$ cavit$ re ains as its e or$B Meanwhile a cr$, one rese %lin' the tin$ plea of a little turtle-dove that for the ver$ first ti e no lon'er peeps %ut cooes, is heard fro %e$ond )nne?s door. )nd at the sa e ti e a hu'e rain%ow stretches its se icircle across the s#$. (t rises, or see s to rise, fro the top of Her on, which #issed %$ the sun, loo#s li#e a ost delicate pin#ish ala%aster! it 32

rises up in the clear ,epte %er s#$ and throu'h an at osphere cleaned of all i purities, it crosses over the hills of Galilee and the plain to the south, and over another ountain, and see s to rest the other end on the distant horiCon, where it drops fro view %ehind a chain of hi'h ountains. &e have never seen an$thin' li#e thisB 9oo#, loo#B (t see s to enclose in a circle the whole of the land of (srael. )nd loo#B there is alread$ a star in the s#$ while the sun has not $et set. &hat a starB (t is shinin' li#e a hu'e dia ondB... )nd the oon, over there, is a full oon, three da$s earl$. 0ut loo# how she is shinin'B "he wo en arrive =u%ilant with a plu p little %a%$ wrapped in plain linens. (t is Mar$, the Mother. ) ver$ tin$ Mar$, who could sleep in the ar s of a child, a Mar$ as lon', at ost, as an ar , with a little head of ivor$ d$ed pale pin#. Her tin$ car ine lips no lon'er cr$ %ut are set in the instinctive act of suc#in'! the$ are so s all that one cannot understand how the$ will %e a%le to ta#e a teat. Her prett$ little nose is %etween two tin$ round chee#s, and when the$ 'et Her to open Her e$es, %$ teasin' Her, the$ see two s all parts of the s#$, two innocent %lue points that loo# %ut cannot see, %etween thin fair e$elashes. )lso Her hair on Her little round head is a pin#ish %lond, li#e the colour of certain hone$s which are al ost white. Her ears are two s all shells, transparent, perfect. Her 31

tin$ hands... what are those two little thin's 'ropin' in the air and endin' up in Her outh@ 3losed, as the$ are now, the$ are two rose %uds that split the 'reen of their sepals and show their sil# within. &hen the$ are open, as now, the$ are two ivor$ =ewels, ade of pin# ivor$ and ala%aster with five pale 'arnets as nails. How will those two tin$ hands %e a%le to dr$ so an$ tears@ )nd Her little feet@ &here are the$@ 2or the ti e %ein' the$ are =ust #ic#in', hidden in the linens. 0ut now the relative sits down and uncovers Her... /h, the little feetB "he$ are a%out four centi etres lon'. 8ach sole is a coral shell, with a snow white top veined in %lue. Her toes are asterpieces of 9illiputian sculpture! the$, too, are crowned with s all scales of pale 'arnet. 0ut where will the$ find s all sandals, when those little feet of a doll will ta#e their first steps, sandals s all enou'h to fit such tin$ feet@ )nd how will those little feet %e a%le to 'o such a lon' wa$ and %ear so uch pain under the cross@ 0ut that for the ti e %ein' is not #nown, and the onloo#ers s ile and lau'h at her #ic#in', at Her well shaped le's, at Her inute plu pish thi'hs that for di ples and rin's, at Her little tu $, a cup turned upside-down, at Her tin$ perfect chest. .nder the s#in of Her %reast, as soft as fine sil#, the ove ent of Her %reathin' can %e seen and the %eatin' of Her little heart can %e heard, if, as Her happ$ father is doin' now, one la$s one?s lips there for a #iss... "his is the ost %eautiful little heart the world will ever #now! the onl$ i aculate heart of a hu an %ein'. )nd Her %ac#@ "he$ are now turnin' Her over and the$ can see the curve of Her #idne$s and then the plu p 32

shoulders and the pin# nape of Her nec#, which is so stron' that the little head lifts itself up on the arch of the inute verte%rae. (t loo#s li#e the little head of a %ird that scans the new world that it views. ,he, the Pure and 3haste /ne, protests with a little cr$ at %ein' thus e4posed to the e$es of so an$, ,he, 8ntirel$ 1ir'in, the Hol$ and ( aculate, &ho no an will ever see nude a'ain, protests. 3over, do cover this %ud of a lil$ which will never %e opened on earth and which, still re ainin' a %ud, will %ear its 2lower, even ore %eautiful than Herself. /nl$ in Heaven the 9il$ of the "rine 9ord will open all its petals. 0ecause up there, there is no particle of fault that a$ unwillin'l$ profane its spotlessness. 0ecause up there the "rine God is to %e received, in the presence of the whole 8 p$rean, the "rine God that within a few $ears, hidden in a faultless heart, will %e in Her! 2ather, ,on, ,pouse. Here ,he is a'ain, in Her linens, in the ar s of Her earthl$ father, who ,he rese %les. ;ot at the o ent. ;ow ,he is =ust a little hu an %a%$. ( ean that ,he will %e li#e hi when ,he has 'rown into a wo an. ,he has nothin' of Her other. ,he has Her father?s colour of co ple4ion and e$es and certainl$ also his hair. His hair is now white, %ut when he was $oun' it was certainl$ fair, as one can tell fro his e$e%rows. ,he has Her father?s features, ade ore perfect and 'entle, %ein' a wo an, %ut that special &o an. ,he has also the s ile, the 'lance, the wa$ of ovin' and hei'ht of Her father. "hin#in' of Jesus, as ( see Hi , ( find )nne has 'iven her hei'ht to her Grandson and her deep ivor$ colour to 33

His s#in. Mar$, instead, has not the stateliness of Her other! a tall and supple pal -tree, %ut ,he has the #indness of Her father. )lso the wo en are spea#in' of the stor and the unusual state of the oon, of the presence of the star and the rain%ow. )lon' with Joachi the$ enter the happ$ other?s roo and 'ive her her %a%$. )nne s iles at one of her thou'hts! ,he is the ,tar she sa$s. Her si'n is in Heaven. Mar$, arch of peaceB Mar$, $ ,tarB Mar$, pure oonB Mar$, our pearlB )re $ou callin' Her Mar$@ Aes. Mar$, star and pearl and li'ht and peace... 0ut it eans also %itterness... )re $ou not afraid of %rin'in' Her isfortune@ God is with Her. ,he %elon's to Hi %efore ,he e4isted. He will lead Her alon' His wa$s and all %itterness will turn into heavenl$ hone$. ;ow %e of Aour u $... for a little lon'er, %efore %ein' all of God ... )nd the vision ends on the first sleep of )nne, a and Mar$, an infant. --------------(*) )rpe''io! the soundin' of notes in rapid succession. --------------2.th August 1944.


Jesus sa$s! 3'

:ise and a#e haste, M$ little friend. ( a lon'in' to ta#e $ou with Me on the heavenl$ conte plation of Mar$?s 1ir'init$. Aou will e er'e fro this e4perience with $our soul as fresh as if $ou too were created at the o ent %$ the 2ather, a little 8ve not $et aware of the flesh. Aou will e er'e with $our soul filled with li'ht, %ecause $ou will plun'e into God?s asterpiece. Aou will e er'e with $our whole %ein' saturated in love, %ecause $ou will, have understood the de'ree to which God can love. "o spea# of the conception of Mar$, the ( aculate, eans to penetrate the s#$, li'ht, love. 3o e and read Her 'lories in the 0oo# of the )ncestor. 6God possessed e at the %e'innin' of His wor#s, fro the %e'innin', %efore the 3reation. 2ro everlastin' ( was fir l$ set, in the %e'innin', %efore earth ca e into %ein', the deep did not $et e4ist and ( was alread$ conceived. "he sprin's did not $et 'ush with water and the ountains had not $et risen in their hu'e asses, neither were the hills =ewels in the sun, when ( ca e to %irth. God had not $et ade the earth, the rivers and the foundation of the world, and ( was there. &hen He prepared the Heavens ( was present, when with i uta%le laws He enclosed the deep under the surface, when He fi4ed the Heavens fir and He suspended there the sprin's of water, when He assi'ned the sea its %oundaries and 'ave laws to the waters, when He ordered the waters not to invade the shore, when He laid down the foundations of the earth, ( was with Hi arran'in' ever$thin'. ( alwa$s pla$ed =o$full$ in His presence, ( pla$ed in the universe...7 Aou applied these words to &isdo , %ut the$ spea# of Her! the %eautiful Mother, the hol$ Mother, the 1ir'in Mother of &isdo 3+

that ( a , &ho a

now spea#in' to $ou.

( wanted $ou to write the first line of the son' at the top of the %oo# that spea#s of Her, that ,he i'ht %e conte plated and the consolation and =o$ of God i'ht %e #nownF the reason for the constant, perfect, inti ate deli'ht of this God /ne and "rine, &ho rules and loves $ou and &ho received fro an so an$ reasons for %ein' sadF the reason wh$ He perpetuated the hu an race, even when, at the first test, hu anit$ deserved to %e destro$edF the reason for the for'iveness $ou have received. "o have Mar$ that loved Hi B /hB (t was well worth while creatin' Man and allowin' hi to e4ist and decreein' to for'ive hi , to have the 0eautiful 1ir'in, the Hol$ 1ir'in, the ( aculate 1ir'in, the 9ovin' 1ir'in, the 0eloved Eau'hter, the Most Pure Mother, the 9ovin' ,pouseB God has 'iven $ou so uch and would have 'iven $ou even ore to possess the 3reature of His deli'ht, the ,un of His sun, the 2lower of His 'arden. )nd He continues to 'ive $ou so uch on account of Her, at Her re>uest, for Her =o$, %ecause Her =o$ flows into the =o$ of God and increases it with flashes that fill the li'ht, the 'reat li'ht of Paradise with %rilliant spar#les and ever$ spar#le is a 'race to the universe, to an#ind, to the %lessed souls who repl$ with a =u%ilant cr$ of alleluia to each 'eneration of divine iracle, created %$ the desire of the 0lessed "rinit$ to see the spar#lin' s ile of =o$ of the 1ir'in. God desired to put a #in' in the universe that He had created out of nothin'. ) #in', who %$ the nature of atter should %e the first a on'st all the creatures 3-

created with atter and endowed with atter. ) #in', who %$ nature of the spirit should %e little less than divine, united to Grace as he was in his first innocent da$. 0ut the ,upre e Mind, to &ho all the ost re ote events in centuries are #nown, incessantl$ sees what was, is and will %e F and while (t conte plates the past, and o%serves the present, (t penetrates deepl$ with (ts foresi'ht into the ost distant future and #nows in ever$ detail how the last an will die. &ithout confusion or discontinuit$ the ,upre e Mind has alwa$s #nown that the #in' created to %e de i'od at (ts side in Heaven, heir of the 2ather, would arrive adult in His Din'do , after livin' in the house of his other H the earth, with which he was ade H durin' his childhood, as child of the 8ternal 2ather for his da$ on earth. "he ,upre e Mind has alwa$s #nown that an would have co itted a'ainst hi self the cri e of #illin' Grace in hi self and the theft of ro%%in' hi self of Heaven. &h$ then did He create hi @ 3ertainl$ an$ as# the selves wh$. &ould $ou have preferred not to e4ist@ Eoes this da$ not deserve, in itself, to %e lived, althou'h so poor and %are, and rendered harsh %$ $our wic#edness, so that $ou a$ #now and ad ire the infinite 0eaut$ that the hand of God has sown in the universe@ 2or who would He have created the stars and planets that fl$ li#e thunder%olts and arrows, furrowin' the vault of Heaven, or dash a=esticall$ in their rush of eteors, and $et see slow, presentin' $ou with li'ht and seasons, eternall$ i uta%le and $et alwa$s uta%le. "he$ 'ive $ou a new pa'e to read on the s#$, ever$ 3*

evenin', ever$ onth, ever$ $ear, as if the$ wished to sa$! 62or'et $our restriction, forsa#e $our printed atter which is full of o%scure, putrid, dirt$, poisonous, false, swearin', corruptin' aterial and rise, at least with $our e$es, to the unli ited freedo of the fir a ent, a#e $our souls %ri'ht loo#in' at so clear a s#$. 0uild up a suppl$ of li'ht to ta#e to $our dar# prison. :ead the word that we write sin'in' our sidereal chorus, which is ore har onious than the one drawn fro a cathedral or'an. "he word that we write while shinin', the word that we write while lovin', %ecause we alwa$s %ear in ind Hi &ho 'ave us the =o$ of e4istin'. )nd we love Hi for 'ivin' us our e4istence, our %ri'htness, our ove ent, our freedo , our %eaut$ in the idst of the 'entle aCure, %e$ond which we can see an even ore su%li e %lue! Paradise. )nd we fulfill the second part of His co and ent of love, %$ lovin' $ou, our universal nei'h%ours, lovin' $ou %$ 'ivin' $ou 'uidance and li'ht, war th and %eaut$. :ead the word we sa$, the one on which we odulate our sin'in', our %ri'htness, our s ile! GodB7 2or who would He have ade the %lue sea, the irror of the s#$, the wa$ to the land, the s ile of waters, the voice of waves@ "he sea itself is a word that with the rustlin' of sil#, with the s iles of happ$ 'irls, with the si'hs of old people who re e %er and weep, with the cla our of violence, with clashes and roars alwa$s spea#s and sa$s! 6God7. "he sea is for $ou, as the s#$ and the stars are. )nd with the sea, the la#es and the rivers, the ponds and the strea s, the pure sprin's, all of which serve to nourish $ou, to >uench $our thirst, to clean $ou! and the$ serve $ou servin' their 3reator, without 30

su% er'in' $ou, as $ou deserve. 2or who would He have ade the countless fa ilies of ani als, the %eautifull$ coloured %irds, that fl$ sin'in', and other ani als that li#e servants, run, wor#, nourish $ou and succour $ou, their #in's@ 2or who would He have created the countless fa ilies of plants and flowers that loo# li#e %utterflies, li#e 'e s and otionless %irds, and the fa ilies of fruits that are li#e =ewels or =ewels cases and are a carpet for $our feet and the trees that for shelters for $our heads, a welco e rela4ation and =o$ to $our inds, $our li %s, $our si'ht and s ell@ 2or who would He have ade the inerals in the %owels of the earth and the salts dissolved in cold and %oilin' sprin's, the iodines and the %ro ines, unless one should en=o$ the , one who was not God, %ut the son of God@ /ne! an. "he =o$ of God lac#ed nothin'! God had no need. He is sufficient in Hi self. He has onl$ to conte plate Hi self to re=oice, to nourish Hi self, to live, to rest. "he whole creation has not increased %$ one ato His infinite =o$, %eaut$, life, power. He ade ever$thin' for the creature that He wanted to place as #in' in the wor# ade %$ Hi ! that creature is an. (t is worth while livin' to see such a wor# of God and to %e 'rateful to His power that 'ives $ou the opportunit$. )nd $ou ust %e 'rateful to %e alive. Aou should have %een 'rateful even if $ou had to wait till Eoo sda$ to %e redee ed, %ecause $ou have %een prevaricators, proud, lascivious and urderers in $our 2irst Parents and $ou 3&

are still so individuall$. Aet God allows $ou to en=o$ the %eaut$ of the universe, the 'oodness of the universe! and He treats $ou as if $ou were 'ood children, who are tau'ht and 'ranted ever$thin' so that their lives i'ht %e happier and ore pleasant. &hat $ou #now, $ou #now %$ the li'ht of God. &hat $ou discover, $ou discover throu'h the 'uidance of God. (n Goodness. /ther #nowled'e and discoveries that %ear the ar# of evil, co e fro the ,upre e 8vil! ,atan. "he ,upre e Mind, that #nows ever$thin', %efore an e4isted, #new that an would %e a thief and self urderer. )nd as the 8ternal Goodness has no li its in %ein' 'ood, %efore Guilt e4isted, He thou'ht of the eans to o%literate Guilt. "he eans! ( , the &ord. "he instru ent to render the eans an efficient instru ent! Mar$. )nd the 1ir'in was created in the su%li e ind of God. 8ver$thin' was created for Me, %eloved ,on of the 2ather. (-Din' should have had under $ Eivine :o$al feet carpets and =ewels such as no ro$al palace had, and son's and voices and servants and inisters around e as no soverei'n ever possessed, and flowers and 'e s, all the su%li e, the 'reatness, the #indness that a$ derive fro the thou'ht of a God. 0ut ( was to %e 2lesh as well as ,pirit. 2lesh to save the flesh. 2lesh to su%li e the flesh, ta#in' it to Heaven an$ centuries %efore its ti e. 0ecause the flesh inha%ited %$ the spirit is God?s asterpiece and Heaven had alread$ %een ade for it. (n order to %eco e flesh ( needed a Mother. "o %e God it was necessar$ that the 2ather was God. '2

"hen God created His ,pouse and said to Her! 63o e with Me. )t M$ side see what ( a doin' for our ,on. 9oo# and re=oice, eternal 1ir'in, eternal Maiden and a$ Aour s ile fill this 8 p$rean and 'ive the an'els their startin' note and teach Paradise celestial har on$. ( a loo#in' at Aou. )nd ( see Aou as Aou will %e, ( aculate &o an, &ho are now onl$ a spirit! the spirit in which ( re=oice. ( a loo#in' at Aou and ( 'ive the sea and the fir a ent the %lue of Aour e$es, the hol$ corn the colour of Aour hair, whiteness to the lil$ and a ros$ colour to the rose, li#e Aour sil#$ s#in. ( cop$ the pearls fro Aour inute teeth, ( a#e the sweet straw%erries watchin' Aour outh and ( 'ive the ni'htin'ale Aour notes and the turtle-doves Aour weepin'. )nd readin' Aour future thou'hts and listenin' to the thro%s of Aour heart, ( have the otive of 'uidance in creatin'. 3o e, M$ =o$, have the worlds as a pla$thin' as lon' as Aou will %e the dancin' li'ht of M$ thou'htF have the worlds for Aour s ile, have wreaths and nec#laces of starsF place the oon under Aour 'entle feetF a#e Galatea Aour stellar scarf. "he stars and planets are for Aou. 3o e and en=o$ loo#in' at the flowers that will %e a childish =o$ for Aour 0a%$ and a pillow for the ,on of Aour wo %. 3o e and see sheep and la %s, ea'les and doves %ein' created. ,ta$ %eside Me when ( a#e the hollows of the seas and 'rooves of the rivers and ( raise the ountains and ( adorn the with snow and forests. ,ta$ here while ( sow fudders and trees and vines, and ( a#e the olive-tree for Aou, M$ Peaceful /ne, and the vine for Aou, M$ 1ine %ranch who will %ear the 8ucharistic 0unch of 'rapes. :un, fl$, re=oice, M$ 0eaut$. )nd a$ the universe which is created hour %$ hour learn fro Aou to love Me, M$ 9ove, and a$ it %eco e ore %eautiful owin' to Aour '1

s ile, Mother of M$ ,on, 5ueen of M$ Paradise, 9ove of Aour God.7 )nd a'ain, seein' the 2ault and ad irin' the 2aultless /ne! 63o e to Me, Aou &ho wipe out the %itterness of hu an diso%edience, of hu an fornication with ,atan and of hu an in'ratitude. ( will ta#e with Aou M$ reven'e over ,atan.7 God, the 2ather 3reator, had created an and wo an with such a perfect law of love that $ou cannot even understand its perfection an$ lon'er. )nd $ou %eco e lost in wonderin' how the hu an species would have co e to %e, if an had not %een tau'ht %$ ,atan how to o%tain it. 9oo# at the fruit and seed plants. Eo the$ produce seed and fruit %$ eans of fornication, %$ eans of one fecundation out of one hundred copulations@ ;o. "he pollen e er'es fro the ale flower and driven %$ a co ple4 of eteoric and a'netic laws it proceeds to the ovar$ of the fe ale flower. "he latter opens, receives it and produces. (t does not pollute itself and then refuse it, as $ou do, to en=o$ the sa e sensation the followin' da$. (t produces and until the new season, it does not 'et pollinated and when it does, it is onl$ to produce. 9oo# at the ani als. )ll of the . Have $ou ever seen a ale ani al and a fe ale one approach each other for a sterile e %race and lascivious dealin's@ ;o. 2ro near or far, the$ fl$, crawl, =u p or run, the$ 'o, when it is ti e, to the fecundation rite. ;either do the$ evade stoppin' at the pleasure, %ut the$ 'o further, to the serious and hol$ conse>uences of the offsprin', the onl$ reason that should cause a an, a de i'od %$ his ori'in of Grace which ( have ade co plete, to accept the ani alit$ of the act, '2

necessar$ since $ou descended %$ one de'ree towards ani als. Aou do not act as plants and ani als do. Aou had as $our teacher ,atan. Aou wanted hi as $our teacher and $ou still want hi . )nd the wor#s $ou do are what one would e4pect of the teacher $ou wanted. Had $ou %een faithful to God, $ou would have had the =o$ of children, in a hol$ wa$, without pain, without e4haustin' $ourselves in o%scene and sha eful intercourses, which even %easts are unac>uainted with, althou'h %easts are without a reasonin' and spiritual soul. "o an and wo an, corrupted %$ ,atan, God decided to oppose the Man %orn of a &o an, &ho God had supersu%li ed to such an e4tent that ,he 'enerated without #nowin' an! a 2lower that 'enerates a 2lower, without the need of seed, %$ a uni>ue #iss of the ,un on the inviolated chalice of the 9il$ H Mar$. "he reven'e of GodB Hiss, / ,atan, $our hatred while ,he co es into the worldB "his 3hild has %eaten $ouB 0efore $ou were the :e%el, the "wister, the 3orruptor, $ou were alread$ %eaten and ,he was $our 3on>ueror. /ne thousand asse %led ar ies are of no avail a'ainst $our power, the ar s of en fall %efore $our scales, o Perennial /ne, and there is no wind capa%le of dispersin' the stench of $our %reath. )nd $et, the heel of this 3hild, which is so ros$ as to loo# li#e the inside of a ros$ ca ellia, and is so s ooth and soft that sil# see s coarse in co parison, and is so s all that it could enter the chalice of a tulip and a#e itself a tin$ shoe with that ve'eta%le satin, that heel is '3

crushin' $our head without an$ fear and rele'ates $ou to $our den. )nd Her cr$ causes $ou to flee awa$, althou'h $ou are not afraid of ar ies. )nd Her %reath purifies the world of $our foul s ell. Aou are defeated. Her na e, Her loo#, Her purit$ are a lance, a thunder%olt that pierces $ou and de olishes $ou and i prisons $ou in $our den in Hell, o 3ursed /ne, who deprived God of the =o$ of %ein' the 2ather of all en createdB (n vain $ou have corrupted the , who had %een created innocent, leadin' the to #nowled'e and conception %$ eans of the sensuousness of lust, deprivin' God, in His %eloved creature, of %ein' the %enefactor of the children accordin' to rules, which, had the$ %een respected, would have #ept a %alance on earth %etween se4es and races, a %alance capa%le of avertin' wars %etween peoples and cala ities %etween fa ilies. 0$ o%e$in', the$ would have also #nown love. ;a$, onl$ %$ o%e$in' the$ would have #nown love and possessed it. ) co plete and peaceful possession of this 'ift fro God, &ho fro the supernatural descends to the inferior, so that also the flesh a$ re=oice devoutl$, since it is united to the spirit and created %$ Hi &ho created the spirit. ;ow, en, what is $our love, what are $our loves@ 8ither lewdness dis'uised as love or an incura%le fear of losin' the love of $our partner throu'h her or other people?s lewdness. Aou are never sure of possessin' the heart of $our hus%and or wife, since lust entered the world. )nd $ou tre %le and cr$ and %eco e overwrou'ht with =ealous$, so eti es $ou #ill to aven'e a %etra$al, so eti es $ou despair, and so eti es $ou lac# will or even %eco e insane. ''

"his is what $ou have done, ,atan, to the children of God. "hose who $ou have corrupted, would have #nown the =o$ of havin' children without sufferin' an$ pain and would have e4perienced the =o$ of %ein' %orn without fear of d$in'. 0ut now $ou are %eaten in a &o an and %$ a &o an. 2ro now on, whoever loves Her will %eco e once a'ain God?s own, overco in' $our te ptations, to %e a%le to loo# at Her i aculate purit$. 2ro now on others, thou'h not a%le to conceive without pain, will find co fort in her. 2ro now on ,he will %e the 'uide of arried wo en and the Mother of d$in' people, so that it will %e sweet to die restin' on that %reast which is a shield a'ainst $ou, $ou 3ursed /ne, and a'ainst the wrath of God. Mar$, little voice, $ou have seen the %irth of the 1ir'in?s ,on and the assu ption of the 1ir'in to Heaven. Aou have therefore seen that the faultless ones are unaware of the pain in 'ivin' %irth as well as of the pain in d$in'. 0ut if the Most (nnocent Mother of God was 'ranted the perfection of celestial 'ifts, all those who in the 2irst Parents had re ained innocent and sons of God, would have 'enerated without throes as it was fair, havin' conceived without lust, and the$ would have died without an4iet$. "he su%li e victor$ of God over ,atan?s reven'e was to raise the perfection of the %eloved creature to a superperfection that should annul at least in one person all recollection of hu anit$, lia%le to ,atan?s poison, so that the ,on should %e 'enerated not %$ a an?s chaste e %race, %ut %$ a divine e %race that causes the spirit to chan'e colour in the ecstas$ of the 2ire. '+

"he 1ir'in?s 1ir'init$B... 3o e. 3onte plate this deep vir'init$ that 'ives ecstatic diCCiness in its conte plationB &hat is the poor enforced vir'init$ of a wo an that no an arried@ 9ess than nothin'. &hat is the vir'init$ of a wo an who wanted to %e a vir'in to %elon' to God, %ut is so in her %od$ and not in her spirit, where she allows alien thou'hts to enter and entertains allure ents of hu an thou'hts@ (t is a sha vir'init$. 0ut still ver$ little. &hat is the vir'init$ of a cloistered nun who lives onl$ for God@ 1er$ uch. 0ut it is never the perfect vir'init$ when co pared with M$ Mother?s. "here has alwa$s %een an association, also in the ost hol$ one. "he ori'inal association %etween spirit and fault. "he one that onl$ 0aptis dissolves. (t dissolves it, %ut as in the case of a wo an separated fro her hus%and %$ his death, it does not render vir'init$ co plete such as it was in the 2irst Parents %efore ,in. ) scar re ains and hurts causin' one to re e %er it, and it is alwa$s read$ to %eco e a sore li#e certain diseases that periodicall$ are ade worse %$ their virus. (n the 1ir'in there is no si'n of this dissolved association with the 2ault. Her soul appears %eautiful and intact as when the 2ather conceived Her, 'atherin' all 'races in Her. ,he is the 1ir'in. ,he is the /nl$ /ne. ,he is the Perfect /ne. "he 3o plete /ne. 3onceived as such. Generated as such. :e ained such. 3rowned such. 8ternall$ such. ,he is the 1ir'in. ,he is the ac e of intan'i%ilit$, of purit$, of 'race that is lost in the )%$ss fro which it e er'ed! in God! ost perfect (ntan'i%ilit$, Purit$, Grace. '-

"hat is the reven'e of the God "rine and /ne. )'ainst creatures desecrated He raises this ,tar to perfection. )'ainst pernicious curiosit$ He raises this 3o$ 1ir'in, contented onl$ with lovin' God. )'ainst the science of evil, this su%li e (nnocent 1ir'in. (n Her there is not onl$ no #nowled'e of de=ected love! there is not onl$ nonac>uaintance with the love that God had 'iven to arried people. Much ore. (n Her there is the a%sence of incentives, the inheritance of ,in. (n Her there is onl$ the ic$ and white-hot wisdo of divine love. ) fire that stren'thens the flesh with ice, so that it a$ %e a transparent irror at the altar where God arried a 1ir'in and does not lower Hi self %ecause His perfection e %races Her perfection, which, as it %eco es a %ride, is onl$ inferior to His %$ one point, su%=ect to Hi as a &o an, %ut without fault as He is.


The %urification of Anne and the /ffering of Mar&.

20th August 1944.

(n Jerusale ( see Joachi and )nne, to'ether with Iacharias and 8liCa%eth, co in' out fro a house, which ust %elon' to friends or relatives, and the$ are turnin' their steps towards the "e ple for the cere on$ of the Purification. )nne is carr$in' the 0a%$, all wrapped up in swaddlin' clothes, na$, all tied up in a wide 'ar ent of li'ht wool, '*

which, however, ust %e soft and war . (t is i possi%le to descri%e how carefull$ and lovin'l$ she carries and watches her little creature, liftin' the ed'e of the fine war cloth to see if Mar$ is %reathin' freel$, and then she read=usts it to protect Her fro the sharp air of a clear %ut cold winter da$. 8liCa%eth is holdin' so e parcels in her hands. Joachi is pullin' with a rope two %i' and ver$ white la %s, that are ore li#e ra s than la %s. Iacharias has nothin' in his hands. He is handso e in his linen 'ar ent, which can %e seen under a white heav$ woolen antle. Iacharias, uch $oun'er than the one alread$ seen at the %irth of the 0aptist, in his full anhood, as 8liCa%eth is a ature wo an, %ut still fresh in her appearance, and she %ends in ecstas$ over the tin$ sleepin' face ever$ ti e )nne loo#s at the 0a%$. ,he also loo#s %eautiful in her %lue al ost dar# violet dress and in her veil that covers her head and then falls on her shoulders, and on the antle which is dar#er than her dress. 0ut Joachi and )nne are certainl$ sole n in their %est clothes. .ne4pectedl$, he is not wearin' his dar# %rown tunic. (nstead he has on a lon' 'ar ent of a ver$ deep red, which we would now call ,t. Joseph?s red, and the frin'es attached to his antle are new and %eautiful. He, too, is wearin' a #ind of a rectan'ular veil on his head and it is secured with a leather %and. 8ver$thin' is new and of e4cellent >ualit$. )nne, ohB ,he is not wearin' dar# clothes toda$B Her dress is a ver$ pale $ellow, al ost the colour of old ivor$, tied at her waist, nec# and wrists with a lar'e %elt that see s of silver and 'old. Her head is covered %$ a ver$ li'ht da as# veil, held at her '0

forehead %$ a thin %ut precious plate. ,he has a fili'ree nec#lace round her nec# and %racelets at her wrists. ,he is li#e a >ueen, also %ecause of the di'nit$ with which she wears her dress, and particularl$ her cape, which is of a li'ht $ellow colour he ed with a Gree# fret %eautifull$ e %roidered in the sa e shade. Aou loo# e4actl$ as the da$ $ou 'ot arried. ( was =ust a little older than a 'irl, then, %ut ( still re e %er how %eautiful and happ$ $ou were sa$s 8liCa%eth. 0ut now ( a even ore so... and ( decided to wear the sa e dress for this rite. ( had #ept it for this... and ( was no lon'er e4pectin' to put it on for this . "he 9ord has loved $ou ver$ si'hin'. uch... sa$s 8liCa%eth the thin' ( love ost.

)nd that is wh$ ( a 'ivin' Hi "his flower of ine. How will $ou %e a%le to tear it fro ti e co es@

$our heart when the

:e e %erin' that ( did not have it and that God 'ave it to e. ( shall alwa$s %e happier now than then. &hen ( #now ,he is in the "e ple ( will sa$ to $self! 6,he is pra$in' near the "a%ernacle, ,he is pra$in' the God of (srael also for Her u $7 and ( will have peace. )nd a 'reater peace ( will have in sa$in'! 6,he %elon's entirel$ to Hi . &hen these two old %ut happ$ parents, who received Her fro Heaven, are no lon'er alive, He, the 8ternal, will still %e Her 2ather.7 0elieve e, ( a full$ convinced, this little creature is not ours. ( was not a%le to do an$thin' ore... He put Her in $ %oso , a divine '&

'ift to wipe awa$ $ tears and fulfill our hopes and our pra$ers. "hat is wh$ ,he %elon's to Hi . &e are the happ$ 'uardians... and a$ He %e %lessed for thisB "he$ have now reached the walls of the "e ple. &hile $ou 'o to ;icanor?s Gate, ( will 'o and infor the priest. )nd then ( will co e, too Iacharias sa$s. )nd he disappears %ehind an arch leadin' into a lar'e $ard surrounded %$ porches. "he 'roup continues to proceed alon' the ensuin' terraces. ( do not #now whether ( have said this %efore! the enclosure wall of the "e ple is not on level 'round %ut it rises up hi'her and hi'her %$ eans of successive terraces. 8ach terrace is reached %$ eans of a fli'ht of steps and on each terrace there are $ards and porches and %eautiful portals wrou'ht in ar%le, %ronCe and 'old. 0efore reachin' their destination the$ stop to ta#e out the contents of the parcels! ca#es, ( thin#, which are wide and flat and ver$ 'reas$, so e white flour, two doves in a s all wic#er ca'e and so e %i' silver coins! the$ are >uite heav$ %ut fortunatel$ 'ar ents did not have poc#ets in those da$s. "he$ would have ade holes in the . Here is the %eautiful Gate of ;icanor, all chiselled in heav$ %ronCe silver platin'. Iacharias is alread$ there %eside a statel$ priest dressed in linen. )nne is sprin#led with what ( suppose is lustral water and then she is instructed to ove towards the altar of the sacrifice. "he 3hild is no lon'er in her ar s. 8liCa%eth, who has stopped at this side of the Gate, has +2

ta#en Her. Joachi , instead, enters %ehind his wife, dra''in' a isera%le %leatin' la %. )nd (... ( do e4actl$ what ( did on the occasion of Mar$?s purification! ( close $ e$es not to see an$ slau'hter. ;ow )nne is purified. Iacharias whispers so ethin' to his collea'ue, who nods s ilin'. He then approaches the 'roup which has reasse %led and con'ratulatin' the other and father on their =o$ and their lo$alt$ to the pro ises, he is 'iven the second la %, the flour and the ca#es. ,o this dau'hter is sacred to the 9ord@ Ma$ His %lessin' %e with Her and with $ou. Here )nna is co in'. ,he will %e one of Her teachers. )nna of Phanuel of the tri%e of )sher. 3o e here, wo an. "his little one is offered to the "e ple as a victi of praise. Aou will %e Her teacher and ,he will 'row hol$ under $our 'uidance. )nna, alread$ co pletel$ 're$, fondles the 3hild, who has awa#ened and is loo#in' with Her innocent and surprised e$es at all the white and 'old lit up %$ the sun. "he cere on$ ust %e over. ( did not see an$ special rite for the offerin' of Mar$. Perhaps it was sufficient to tell the priest, and a%ove all God, at the sacred place. ( would li#e to 'ive the offerin' to the "e ple and 'o over there where ( saw the li'ht last $ear. "he$ 'o acco panied %$ )nna of Phanuel. "he$ do not enter the actual "e pleF since the$ are wo en and it is +1

the case of a little 'irl, it is understanda%le that the$ do not even 'o where Mar$ went to offer Her ,on. 0ut ver$ close to the wide open door, the$ loo# into the half-dar# inside fro which sweet son's of 'irls can %e heard and where precious la ps are lit and spread a 'olden li'ht on two flower %eds of white veiled heads! two real flower%eds of lilies. (n three $ears? ti e Aou will %e there too, $ 9il$ pro ises )nne to Mar$, &ho loo#s fascinated at the inside and s iles at the slow son'. Aou would sa$ that ,he understands sa$s )nna of Phanuel. ,he is a %eautiful childB ,he will %e as dear to e as if ,he were $ own. ( pro ise $ou, other. (f ( shall %e 'ranted to %e so. Aou shall, wo an Iacharias sa$s. Aou will receive Her a on'st the sacred 'irls. ( also shall %e there. ( want to %e there that da$ to tell Her to pra$ for us fro the ver$ first o ent... and he loo#s at his wife who understands and si'hs. "he cere on$ is over and )nna of Phanuel withdraws, while the others leave the "e ple spea#in' to one another. ( hear Joachi sa$! ;ot onl$ two la %s and the %est, %ut ( would have 'iven all $ la %s for this =o$ and to praise GodB ( do not see an$thin' else. ------------Jesus sa$s! +2

,olo on in his &isdo sa$s! 6&hoever is a child, let hi co e to e.7 )nd reall$ fro the stron'hold, fro the walls of her cit$, 8ternal &isdo said to the 8ternal Maiden! 63o e to Me7, lon'in' to have Her. 9ater the ,on of the Most Pure Maiden will sa$! 69et little children co e to Me %ecause the Din'do of Heaven is theirs, and those who do not %eco e li#e the will not have an$ part in M$ Din'do .7 "he voices follow one another and while the voice of Heaven cries to little Mar$! 63o e to Me7, the voice of Man sa$s, and thin#s of His Mother in sa$in' so! 63o e to Me if $ou can %e li#e children.7 ( 'ive $ou M$ Mother as a odel. Here is the perfect Maiden with the pure and si ple heart of a dove, here is the /ne &ho $ears and worldl$ contacts do not a#e defiant in the cruelt$ of a corrupted, twisted, false spirit. 0ecause ,he does not want it. 3o e to Me, loo#in' at Mar$. ,ince $ou see Her, tell e! (s Her 'lance as an infant ver$ different fro the one $ou saw ,he had at the foot of the 3ross or in the deli'ht of Pentecost or when Her e$elids closed upon Her innocent e$es for Her last sleep@ ;o. Here is the uncertain and astonished 'lance of an infant, then it will %e the a aCed and odest loo# of the )nnunciation, and then the happ$ one of the Mother in 0ethlehe , then the worshippin' 'lance of M$ first and su%li e Eisciple, then the tor ented one of the "ortured Mother on Gol'otha, then the radiant 'lance of :esurrection and Pentecost, then the veiled loo# of the ecstatic sleep of the last vision. 0ut whether it opens at the first si'ht, or closes tired on the last li'ht, after seein' so uch of =o$ and horror, Her e$e is the clear, +3

pure, placid piece of the s#$ that alwa$s shines %elow Mar$?s forehead. &rath, falsehood, pride, lewdness, hatred, curiosit$ never soil it with their s o#$ clouds. (t is the e$e that loo#s at God lovin'l$, whether it cries or lau'hs, and that for God?s sa#e fondles and for'ives and %ears ever$thin', and %$ the love of God is rendered unassaila%le to the assaults of 8vil, that so often a#es use of the e$e to penetrate the heart. (t is the pure, restful, %lessin' e$e that the pure, the saints, the lovers of God possess. ( said! 6"he la p of the %od$ is the e$e. (f $our e$e is sound, $our whole %od$ will %e filled with li'ht. 0ut if $our e$e is diseased, $our whole %od$ will %e all dar#ness.7 ,aints possessed this e$e which is the li'ht for the soul and salvation for the flesh, %ecause li#e Mar$ throu'hout their lives the$ loo#ed onl$ at God. 8ven ore! the$ re e %ered God. ( will e4plain to $ou, M$ little voice, the word of Mine. eanin' of this


The +on (as %ut (is )isdom on (is Mother1s "i's.

29th August 1944.

( see )nne once a'ain! since $esterda$ evenin' ( see her thus! sittin' at the entrance of the shad$ per'ola, %us$ at her needlewor#. ,he is wearin' a 're$ sand coloured dress, a ver$ si ple one and ver$ wide, pro%a%l$ %ecause of the 'reat heat. +'

)t the end of the per'ola the owers can %e seen cuttin' the ha$. 0ut it cannot %e first-crop ha$ %ecause the 'rapes are al ost 'olden coloured and the fruits of a lar'e apple-tree are li#e shin$ $ellow and red wa4. "he cornfield is nothin' %ut stu%%le with poppies wavin' li#e tin$ fla es and stiff and clear cornflowers shaped li#e stars and as %lue as the eastern s#$. ) little Mar$ co es forwards fro the shad$ per'ola! ,he is alread$ >uic# and independent. Her short step is stead$ and Her white sandals do not stu %le a on'st the pe%%les. Her 'raceful 'ait alread$ rese %les the sli'htl$ undulatin' step of a dove, and ,he is all white < li#e a little dove < in Her linen dress which reaches down to Her an#les. (t is a wide dress curled at the nec# %$ a %lue ri%%on and the short sleeves show ros$ and plu p forear s. ,he loo#s li#e a little an'el! Her hair is sil#$ and hone$-%londe, not ver$ curl$ %ut 'racefull$ wav$ endin' in curls! Her e$es are s#$ %lue, Her sweet little face is ros$ and s ilin'. )lso the %reeCe that throu'h Her wide sleeves inflates the shoulders of Her linen dress helps to 'ive Her the appearance of a little an'el havin' his win's half-open read$ to fl$. ,he has in Her hands poppies, cornflowers and other flowers that 'row in cornfields, %ut ( do not #now their na es. ,he is wal#in' and when ,he is near Her other ,he starts runnin', shoutin' =o$full$ and, li#e a little dove, ,he ends Her fli'ht a'ainst Her other?s #nees! she has opened the to receive Her. )nne has put her needlewor# aside so that ,he would not 'et pric#ed and has opened her ar s to e %race Her. ,o far $esterda$ evenin'. "his ++ ornin' ,he reappears

and continues as follows. Mu $, Mu $B "he little white dove is co pletel$ in the nest of Her other?s #nees, touchin' the short 'rass with Her little feet and hidin' Her face in Her other?s lap, so that onl$ Her 'olden hair can %e seen on the nape of Her nec# over which )nne %ends to #iss it fondl$. "hen ,he lifts Her head and offers Her other flowers. "he$ are all for Her u $ and of each one ,he tells the stor$ ,he has invented. "his %lue and %i' one, is a star which has co e down fro Heaven to %rin' the #iss of the 9ord to M$ u $. Here! #iss this little celestial flower there, on its heart, and $ou will see that it tastes of God. "his other one, instead, which is a paler %lue, li#e dadd$?s e$es, has written on its leaves that the 9ord loves dadd$ ver$ uch %ecause he is 'ood. )nd this tin$ little one, the onl$ one to %e found, (it is a $osote), is the one that God ade to tell Mar$ that He loves Her. )nd these red ones, does u $ #now what the$ are@ "he$ are pieces of #in' Eavid?s dress, stained with the %lood of the ene ies of (srael and sown on the %attlefields and the fields of victor$. "he$ ori'inate fro those strips of the heroic re'al dress torn in the stru''le for the 9ord. (nstead this white and 'entle one, that see s to %e ade with seven sil# cups loo#in' up to the s#$, full of perfu es, and that was 'rowin' over there, near the sprin' < dadd$ pic#ed it for Her a on'st the thorns < is +-

ade with the dress of ,olo on. He wore it, so an$ an$ $ears %efore, in the sa e onth in which his little 'randdau'hter was %orn, when he wal#ed in the idst of the ultitudes of (srael %efore the )r# and the "a%ernacle, in the splendid a=est$ of his ro%es. )nd he re=oiced %ecause of the cloud which returned to encircle his 'lor$, and he san' the canticle and the pra$er of his =o$. ( want to %e alwa$s li#e this flower, and li#e the wise #in' ( want to sin' throu'hout M$ life canticles and pra$ers %efore the "a%e acle ends Mar$. How do Aou #now these hol$ thin's, told Aou@ Aour father@ $ darlin'@ &ho

;o. ( do not #now who it is. ( thin# ( have alwa$s #nown the . Perhaps there is one who tells Me and ( do not see hi . Perhaps one of the an'els that God sends to spea# to 'ood people. Mu $, will $ou tell Me another stor$@ /h, $ dearB &hich stor$ do Aou wish to #now@ Mar$ is thin#in', deepl$ a%sor%ed in Her thou'hts. Her e4pression should %e i ortaliCed in a portrait. "he shadows of Her thou'hts are reflected on Her childish face. "here are s iles and si'hs, sunshine and clouds, thin#in' of the histor$ of (srael. "hen ,he a#es up Her ind! /nce a'ain the stor$ of Ga%riel and Eaniel, where 3hrist is pro ised. )nd ,he listens, with Her e$es closed, repeatin' in a low voice the words Her other sa$s, as if to re e %er the %etter. &hen )nne co es to the end ,he as#s! How lon' will it %e %efore we have the ( anuel@ +*

)%out thirt$ $ears,

$ darlin'.

,uch a lon' ti eB )nd ( shall %e in the "e ple... "ell Me, if ( should pra$ ver$ hard, so hard, da$ and ni'ht, ni'ht and da$, and ( wanted to %elon' onl$ to God, for all M$ life, for this purpose, would the 8ternal 2ather 'rant Me the 'race of sendin' the Messiah to His people sooner@ ( do not #now, $ dear. "he Prophet states! 6,event$ wee#s7. ( do not thin# a prophec$ can %e wron'. 0ut the 9ord is so 'ood she hastens to add, seein' tears appear on the fair e$elashes of her child, the 9ord is so 'ood that ( %elieve that if Aou do pra$ ver$ hard, so hard, He will hear Aour pra$er. ) s ile appears once a'ain on Her little face, which ,he has lifted up towards Her other and the ra$s of the sun, filterin' throu'h the vine %ranches cause Her tears to shine li#e dew-drops on ver$ thin ste s of alpine oss. "hen ( will pra$ and ( shall %e a vir'in for this. 0ut do $ou #now what that eans@ (t eans that one does not #now hu an love, %ut onl$ the love of God. (t eans that one has no other thou'ht %ut for the 9ord. (t eans to re ain children in the flesh and an'els in the heart. (t eans that one has no e$es %ut to loo# at God, and ears to listen to Hi , and a outh to praise Hi , hands to offer oneself as a victi , feet to follow Hi fast, and a heart and a life to %e 'iven to Hi . Ma$ God %less AouB 0ut then Aou will never have an$ children, and $et Aou love %a%ies and little la %s and +0

doves so uch... Eo Aou #now that@ ) %a%$ is for his other li#e a little white and curl$ la %, he is li#e a little dove with sil# feathers and coral outh to %e loved and #issed and heard sa$! 6Mu $B7 (t does not atter. ( shall %elon' to God. ( shall pra$ in the "e ple. )nd perhaps one da$ ( will see the ( anuel. "he 1ir'in who is to %e His Mother ust %e alread$ %orn, as the 'reat Prophet sa$s, and ,he is in the "e ple... ( will %e Her co panion on... and aidservant. /hB Aes. (f ( could onl$ eet Her, %$ God?s li'ht, ( would li#e to serve Her, the 0lessed /ne. )nd later, ,he would %rin' Me Her ,on, ,he would ta#e Me to Her ,on, and ( would serve Hi too... Just thin#, u $B... "o serve the MessiahBB Mar$ is overco e %$ this thou'ht that e4alts Her and a#es Her totall$ hu %le at the sa e ti e. &ith Her hands crossed over Her %reast and Her little head sli'htl$ %ent forward and flushed with e otion, ,he is li#e an infantile reproduction of the )nnunciation that ( saw. ,he resu es! 0ut will the Din' of (srael, the 9ord?s )nointed, allow Me to serve Hi @ Have no dou%ts a%out that. Eoes Din' ,olo on not sa$! 6"here are si4t$ >ueens and ei'ht$ concu%ines and countless aidens@7 Aou can see that in the Din'?s palace there will %e countless aidens servin' the 9ord. /hB Aou can see then that ( ust %e a vir'in@ ( ust. (f He wants a vir'in as His Mother, it eans that He loves vir'init$ a%ove all thin's. ( want Hi to love Me, His aiden, %ecause of the vir'init$ which will a#e Me so ewhat li#e His %eloved Mother... "his is what ( want... ( would also li#e to %e a sinner, a %i' sinner, if ( were not afraid of offendin' the 9ord... "ell Me, u $, +&

can one %e a sinner out of love of God @ 0ut what are Aou sa$in', Aou. $ dear@ ( don?t understand

( ean! to co it a sin in order to %e loved %$ God, &ho %eco es the ,aviour. &ho is lost, is saved. (sn?t that so@ ( would li#e to %e saved %$ the ,aviour to receive His lovin' loo#. "hat is wh$ * would li#e to sin, %ut not to co it a sin that would dis'ust Hi . How can He save Me if ( do not 'et lost@ )nne is du %founded. ,he does not #now what to sa$. Joachi helps her. He has approached the wal#in' noiselessl$ on the 'rass, %ehind the low hed'e of vineshoots. He has saved Aou %eforehand, %ecause He #nows that Aou love Hi and Aou want to love Hi onl$. ,o Aou are alread$ redee ed and Aou can %e a vir'in as Aou wish sa$s Joachi . (s that true, dadd$@ Mar$ e %races his #nees and loo#s at hi with Her clear %lue e$es, so li#e Her father?s and so happ$ %ecause of this hope ,he 'ets fro Her father. (t is true, $ little darlin'. 9oo#B ( was =ust %rin'in' Aou this little sparrow, that at its first fli'ht landed near the sprin'. ( could have left it there %ut its wea# win's did not have enou'h stren'th to fl$ off a'ain, and its tin$ le's could not hold it on to the slipper$ oss stones. (t would have fallen into the water. 0ut ( did not wait for that. ( too# it and now ( a 'ivin' it to Aou. Aou will do what $ou li#e with it. "he fact is that it was saved %efore it fell into the dan'er. God has done the sa e with Aou. -2

;ow, tell e, Mar$! have ( loved the sparrow savin' it %eforehand, or would ( have loved it savin' it afterwards@

ore %$ ore

Aou have loved it now, %ecause $ou did not let it 'et hurt in the cold water. )nd God has loved Aou %efore Aou sinned. ore, %ecause He has loved Aou

)nd ( will love Hi wholeheartedl$. &holeheartedl$. M$ %eautiful little sparrow, ( a li#e $ou. "he 9ord has loved us %oth e>uall$, %$ savin' us... ( will now rear $ou and then ( will let $ou 'o. )nd $ou in the forest and ( in the "e ple will sin' the praises of God, and we shall sa$! 6Please send the /ne Aou pro ised to those who e4pect Hi .7 /hB Eadd$, when are $ou ta#in' Me to the "e ple@ ,oon, $ dear. 0ut are Aou not sorr$ to leave Aour father@ Aes, ver$ uchB 0ut $ou will co e... in an$ case, if it did not hurt, what sacrifice would it %e@ )nd will Aou re e %er us@ ( alwa$s will. )fter the pra$er for the ( anuel ( will pra$ for $ou. "hat God a$ 'ive $ou =o$ and a lon' life... until the da$ He %eco es the ,aviour. "hen ( will as# Hi to ta#e $ou to the celestial Jerusale . "he vision ends with Mar$ ti'htl$ clasped in Her father?s ar s. ------------Jesus sa$s! -1

( can alread$ hear the co ents of the doctors with captious o%=ections! 6How can a little 'irl not $et three $ears old spea# thus@ (t is an e4a''eration.7 )nd the$ do not consider that the$ a#e a onster of Me %$ ascri%in' adults? actions to M$ own childhood. (ntelli'ence is not 'iven to ever$%od$ in the sa e wa$ and at the sa e ti e. "he 3hurch has fi4ed the a'e of reason at si4 $ears of a'e, %ecause that is the a'e when even a %ac#ward child can tell 'ood fro evil, at least in %asicall$ i portant atters. 0ut there are children who lon' %efore that a'e are capa%le of discernin' and understandin' and wantin' with sufficientl$ developed discretion. 9ittle ( elde 9a %ertini, :osa da 1iter%o, ;ellie /r'an, ;ennolina, a$ 'ive $ou confir ation, o difficult doctors, to %elieve that M$ Mother was a%le to thin# and spea# li#e that. ( have >uoted four na es at rando a on'st the thousands of hol$ children who populate M$ Paradise, after reasonin' on earth as adults for possi%l$ ore or fewer $ears. &hat is reason@ ) 'ift of God. God can therefore 'ive it as He wishes, to who He wishes and when He wishes. :eason in fact is one of the thin's that a#e $ou ore li#e God, the (ntelli'ent and :easonin' ,pirit. :eason and intelli'ence were 'races 'iven %$ God to Man in the 8arthl$ Paradise. How full of life the$ were, when Grace was alive, still intact and active in the spirit of the first two ParentsB (n the 0oo# of Jesus 0en ,irach it is stated! 6)ll wisdo is fro the 9ord, and it is His own forever.7 &hat wisdo , therefore, would en have had, had the$ re ained children of God@ -2

"he 'aps in $our intelli'ence are the natural fruits of $our fall fro Grace and honest$. 0$ losin' Grace $ou %anished &isdo for centuries. )s a eteor which is hidden %ehind asses of clouds, &isdo no lon'er reached $ou with its %ri'ht flashes, %ut throu'h ist which $our prevarications have rendered thic#er and thic#er. "hen 3hrist ca e and He restored Grace, the supre e 'ift of the love of God. 0ut do $ou #now how to #eep this 'e clear and pure@ ;o, $ou do not. &hen $ou do not crush it with $our individual will in sinnin', $ou soil it with $our continuous inor faults, $our wea#nesses, $our attach ent to vice. ,uch atte pts, even if the$ are not a proper arria'e with the septifor vice, are a wea#enin' of the li'ht of Grace and of its activit$. )nd then, to wea#en the a'nificent li'ht of intelli'ence that God had 'iven the 2irst Parents, $ou have centuries and centuries of corruption, which e4ert a har ful influence on the %od$ and on the ind. 0ut Mar$ was not onl$ the Pure, the new 8ve created for the =o$ of God! ,he was the super 8ve, the Masterpiece of the Most Hi'h, ,he was the 2ull of Grace, the Mother of the &ord in the ind of God. Jesus 0en ,irach sa$s! 6,ource of &isdo is the &ord.7 &ill the ,on therefore not have put His wisdo on His Mother?s lips@ (f the outh of a Prophet was purified with e %ers, %ecause he had to repeat to en the words that the &ord, the &isdo , entrusted to Hi , will 9ove not have cleansed and e4alted the speech of his infant ,pouse &ho -3

was to %ear the &ord, so that ,he should no lon'er spea# as a little 'irl and then as a wo an, %ut onl$ and alwa$s as a celestial creature elted in the 'reat li'ht and wisdo of God@ "he iracle is not in the superior intelli'ence shown %$ Mar$ in Her childhood, as afterwards it was %$ Me. "he iracle is in containin' the (nfinite (ntelli'ence, that dwelt there, within suita%le %ounds, so that crowds should not %e startled and satanic attention should not %e awa#ened. ( will tal# a'ain on this su%=ect which is part of the 6re e %rance7 which saints have of God.

0. Mar& Is %resented in the Tem'le.

#2th August 1944.

( see Mar$ %etween Her father and the streets in Jerusale .

other wal#in' in

Passers-%$ stop to loo# at the %eautiful Girl all dressed in white and wearin' a ver$ li'ht antle. "he antle, %ecause of its desi'n in %ranches and flowers, which are a little dar#er a'ainst the soft %ac#'round, see s to %e the sa e one that )nne was wearin' on the da$ of her Purification. "he onl$ difference is that while it reached down to )nne?s waist, in the case of Mar$, &ho is onl$ a little 'irl, it reaches down to Her an#les and envelops Her in a s all li'ht and %ri'ht cloud of rare %eaut$. -'

Her fair hair, loose on Her shoulders, or rather, on Her 'entle nec#, shines throu'h the veil where there is no pattern, %ut onl$ the ver$ li'ht %ac#'round. "he veil is held on Her forehead %$ a ver$ pale %lue ri%%on, on which s all lilies are e %roidered with silver threads, certainl$ the wor# of Her other. )s ( said, the snow white dress reaches down to the 'round, and Her little feet can =ust %e seen, as ,he wal#s, in Her white sandals. Her hands are li#e two a'nolia petals, peepin' fro the lon' sleeves. )part fro the %lue ri%%on, there is no other colour. (t is all white. Mar$ see s to %e dressed in snow. Joachi is wearin' the sa e 'ar ent he had on for the Purification. )nne, instead, is wearin' a ver$ dar# violet dress. )lso the antle, which also covers her head, is dar# violet. ,he is holdin' it lowered %elow her e$es. "wo poor e$es of a other, red with tears, that do not wish to weep and a%ove all do not wish to %e seen cr$in', %ut can %ut shed tears under the protection of the antle, a protection that serves its purpose with re'ard to passers%$ and also to Joachi , whose e$es, usuall$ clear, are toda$ red and dull, %ecause of the tears he has shed and is still sheddin'. He is wal#in' with a stoop, his head is covered %$ a veil worn in the fashion of a tur%an, with the folds han'in' down alon' his face. ) ver$ old Joachi . &hoever sees hi , ust thin# that he is the 'randfather or the 'reat 'randfather of the little 'irl he is holdin' %$ the hand. "he pain of losin' Her causes the poor father to dra' his feet and he is so wear$ that he loo#s twent$ $ears older. He is so sad and tired that he loo#s li#e an old sic# an. His outh tre %les -+

sli'htl$ %etween the two wrin#les that at the sides of his nose are so deep toda$. "he$ are %oth endeavourin' to conceal their tears. 0ut if the$ are successful with an$ people, the$ are not with Mar$, &ho, %ecause of Her hei'ht, sees the fro %elow, and liftin' Her head loo#s at Her father and other alternatel$. "he$ a#e an effort to s ile at Her with their tre %lin' ouths and the$ hold Her tin$ hand ti'hter ever$ ti e their little dau'hter loo#s at the and s iles. "he$ ust %e thin#in'! "here. ) s ile to %e seen one ti e less. "he$ proceed slowl$. 1er$ slowl$. "he$ see to %e wishin' to protract their =ourne$ for as lon' as possi%le. 8ver$thin' serves as a prete4t to stop... 0ut a =ourne$ ust co e to an endB )nd this one is a%out to end. .p there, at the top of this last stretch of the road, there are the "e ple walls. )nne utters a 'roan and holds Mar$?s hand ti'hter. )nne, $ dear, ( a here with $ouB a voice utters, co in' out fro the shade of a low arch %uilt over a cross-roads. )nd 8liCa%eth, who was waitin' for the , approaches her and e %races her. )nd since )nne is cr$in' she sa$s! 3o e into this friendl$ house for a little while. "hen we shall 'o to'ether. )lso Iacharias is here. "he$ all enter a low dar# roo where the onl$ li'ht is a %i' fire. "he landlad$, o%viousl$ a friend of 8liCa%eth?s, %ut un#nown to )nne, #indl$ withdraws and leaves the alone. Aou ust not thin# that ( a repentin' or ( a 'ivin' $ treasure to the 9ord unwillin'l$, e4plains )nne --

cr$in', %ut it?s $ heart... ohB how $ heart aches, $ old heart that is returnin' to its childless solitudeB (f $ou could onl$ feel... ( #now, $ dear )nne... 0ut $ou are 'ood and God will console $ou in $our solitude. Mar$ will pra$ for the peace of Her other. &on?t $ou, Mar$@ Mar$ caresses Her other?s hands and #isses the . ,he presses the to Her face to %e caressed and )nne holds Her little face ti'htl$ in her hands and #isses it repeatedl$. ,he is never tired of #issin' Her. Iacharias enters and 'reets the of the 9ord %e with the =ust. sa$in'! Ma$ the peace

Aes replies Joachi , i plore peace for us, %ecause our hearts are tre %lin' in our offer, as )%raha ?s did, while he was cli %in' the ountain, %ut we shall not find another offer to replace this one. ;either do we want it, %ecause we are faithful to the 9ord. 0ut we are sufferin', Iacharias. ,ince $ou are a priest of God, please understand us and do not %e pertur%ed. ;ever. /n the contrar$, $our sorrow which does not 'o %e$ond reasona%le li its and does not sha#e $our faith, teaches e how to love the Most Hi'h. 0ut ta#e heart. )nna, the prophetess, will ta#e care of this flower of Eavid and )aron. )t present ,he is the onl$ lil$ of Eavid?s hol$ issue in the "e ple and ,he will %e ta#en care of as a ro$al pearl. )lthou'h we are approachin' the ti e when the Messiah is to co e, and the wo en %elon'in' to the house of Eavid should %e an4ious to consecrate their dau'hters to the "e ple, %ecause the Messiah will %e %orn of a vir'in of Eavid?s issue, $et, -*

%ecause of the 'eneral wea#enin' of faith, the places of the vir'ins in the "e ple are e pt$. "he$ are too few and none of the ro$al offsprin', since ,arah of 8lisha left three $ears a'o to 'et arried. (t is true that there are still thirt$ $ears to the appointed ti e, %ut... &ell let us hope that Mar$ will %e the first of an$ vir'ins of Eavid?s offsprin' %efore the ,acred 1eil. )nd then... who #nows... Iacharias does not sa$ an$thin' else. 0ut he loo#s at Mar$ thou'htfull$. "hen he resu es! )lso ( will watch over Her. ( a a priest and ( have power in here. ( will a#e use of it for this an'el. )nd 8liCa%eth will often co e to see Her. /hB 3ertainl$B ( a in such need of God that ( will co e and tell this little Girl, so that ,he a$ tell the 8ternal /ne. )nne has ta#en heart a'ain. "o relieve her an4iet$ even ore 8liCa%eth as#s her! (s this not the veil of $our weddin'@ /r have $ou %een weavin' new %$ssus@ (t is. ( a consecratin' it to the 9ord with Her. M$ e$es are no lon'er so 'ood... and also our wealth has %een reduced %$ ta4ation and isfortunes... ( could not afford heav$ e4penses. ( have onl$ seen to Her clothin' for the ti e ,he will %e in the House of the 9ord and afterwards... 0ecause ( do not thin# that ( shall %e there to dress Her for Her weddin'... %ut ( want it to %e the hands of Her u $, even if cold and otionless, which prepare Her for the weddin' and weave Her linens and dresses. /hB &h$ thin# of thatB@ (a old, $ dear cousin. ( have never felt it so -0 uch as

( do now in $ 'reat pain. ( have 'iven the last ounce of stren'th in $ life to this flower, to %ear Her and to nourish Her, and now the pain of losin' Her is drawin' $ last stren'th awa$ and dispersin' it. Eon?t sa$ that, for Joachi ?s sa#e. Aes, $ou are >uite ri'ht. ( will tr$ and live for hus%and. $

Joachi pretends he has not heard, intent as he is on listenin' to Iacharias, %ut he has heard and he si'hs deepl$, his e$es shinin' with tears. (t is %etween the third and the si4th hour. ( thin# we ou'ht to 'o Iacharias sa$s. "he$ all 'et up to put on their antles and set off. 0ut %efore 'oin' out Mar$ #neels down on the threshold with Her ar s stretched out! a little i plorin' cheru%. 2atherB MotherB Aour %lessin', please. ,he is not cr$in', the little %rave 'irl. 0ut Her lips are tre %lin' and Her voice, %ro#en %$ a so%, rese %les ore than ever the tre %lin' cooin' of a little dove. Her face is pale, and Her e$es have the loo# of resi'ned distress which ( will see a'ain on 3alvar$ and in the ,epulchre, where it was so uch ore intense that it was i possi%le to loo# at Her without deep sufferin'. Her parents %less Her and #iss Her! once, twice, ten ti es, the$ are never satisfied... 8liCa%eth is weepin' silentl$ and Iacharias, notwithstandin' his efforts to conceal his tears, is deepl$ oved. "he$ 'o out. Mar$ is %etween Her father and -& other as

%efore. Iacharias and his wife are in front of the . "he$ are now inside the walls of the "e ple. ( will 'o to the Hi'h Priest. Aou 'o to the Great, "errace. "he$ 'o across three $ards and throu'h three halls, set one upon the other. "he$ are now at the foot of the hu'e ar%le cu%e crowned with 'old. 8ver$ do e, conve4 li#e a hu'e half oran'e, %laCes in the sun, which now, at idda$, is shinin' down directl$ on to the lar'e $ard surroundin' the sole n %uildin' and is fillin' with its daCClin' li'ht the lar'e s>uare and the wide fli'ht of steps leadin' up to the "e ple. /nl$ the porch facin' the steps, alon' the faJade, is in the shade and the ver$ hi'h %ronCe and 'old door is even dar#er and ore sole n loo#in' in so uch li'ht. Mar$ loo#s whiter than snow in so uch sunshine. ,he is now at the foot of the steps, %etween Her father and Her other. How violentl$ their hearts ust %e thro%%in'B 8liCa%eth is %eside )nne, %ut a little %ehind her, a%out half a step. .pon the %lare of silver tru pets the door rotates on its hin'es, which see to %e e ittin' the sound of a cithern, while turnin' on the %ronCe %alls. "he interior appears with its la ps in the far end and a procession is ovin' towards the door, a statel$ procession with silver tru pets, clouds of incense and li'hts. (t is now at the threshold. (n front is the Hi'h Priest... a statel$ old an, dressed in ver$ fine linen, and wearin' over his linen dress a short linen tunic and on top of it a #ind of chasu%le, so ethin' ulticoloured %etween a chasu%le and a deacon?s vest ent! purple and 'old, violet *2

and white alternate and spar#le li#e 'e s in the sun! two real 'e s are shinin' ore %ri'htl$ at the top of his shoulders. Perhaps the$ are %uc#les with their precious settin's. /n his %reast there is a lar'e etal plate shinin' with 'e s and held %$ a 'old chain. Pendants and tri in's 'lea on the he of his short tunic and 'old shines a%ove his forehead on his itre, that re inds e of the itre worn %$ /rthodo4 priests, a itre shaped as a do e instead of %ein' pointed li#e the :o an 3atholic one. "he sole n persona'e oves forward, alone, as far as the %e'innin' of the steps, in the 'olden sunshine that a#es hi loo# even ore splendid. "he others stand waitin' under the shad$ porch, in a circle outside the door. /n the left there is a 'roup of 'irls, all dressed in white, with prophetess )nna and other elderl$ ladies, o%viousl$ teachers. "he Hi'h Priest loo#s at the little Girl and s iles. ,he ust loo# ver$ tin$ at the foot of the fli'ht of steps worth$ of an 8'$ptian te pleB He lifts his ar s to the s#$ in pra$er. "he$ all %ow their heads in perfect hu ilit$ %efore the priestl$ a=est$ co unicatin' with the 8ternal Ma=est$. "hen, he %ec#ons to Mar$. )nd ,he departs fro Her other and father, and as if fascinated, cli %s the steps. )nd ,he s iles. ,he s iles in the shade of the "e ple, where the precious 1eil is han'in'... ,he is now at the top of the steps, at the feet of the Hi'h Priest, who i poses his hand on Her head. "he victi has %een accepted. &hich purer victi had the "e ple ever received@ *1

"hen he turns round and holdin' his hand on Her shoulder as if he were leadin' the i aculate little 9a % to the altar, he ta#es Her to the "e ple door. 0efore lettin' Her in, he as#s Her! Mar$ of Eavid, are Aou aware of Aour vow@ &hen ,he replies Aes in Her silver$ voice, he cries out! Go in, then. &al# in $ presence and %e perfect . Mar$ enters and is swallowed up %$ the dar#ness. "he 'roup of vir'ins and teachers, then the 9evites hide and isolate Her ore and ore... ,he can no lon'er %e seen... )lso the door is now closin' on its sweet-soundin' hin'es. "hrou'h the 'ap which is %eco in' narrower and narrower, the procession can %e seen advancin' towards the Hol$ of Holies. ;ow it is onl$ a thread. ;ow it is no ore! it is closed. "he last chord of the har onious hin'es is replied to %$ a so% fro the two old parents and %$ a =oint cr$! Mar$B Eau'hterB and then two 'roans, the one invo#in' the other! )nneB Joachi B and the$ finish whisperin'! 9et us 'ive 'lor$ to the 9ord &ho is receivin' Her in His House and is leadin' Her alon' His path. (t all ends thus. -------------------Jesus sa$s! "he Hi'h Priest had said! 6&al# in $ presence and %e perfect.7 "he Hi'h Priest did not #now that he was spea#in' to the &o an &ho is inferior in perfection onl$ to God. 0ut he was spea#in' in the na e of God, and therefore his order was a sacred one. (t is alwa$s sacred, particularl$ with re'ard to the 1ir'in 2ull of &isdo . *2

Mar$ had deserved that 6&isdo should precede Her and show (tself to Her first,7 %ecause 6fro the %e'innin' of Her da$ ,he had watched at (ts door, and wishin' to %e tau'ht, out of love, ,he wanted to %e pure to achieve perfect love and deserve to have &isdo as Her teacher.7 (n Her hu ilit$ ,he did not #now that ,he possessed &isdo %efore %ein' %orn and that the union with &isdo was %ut the continuation of the divine pulsations of Paradise. ,he could not i a'ine that. )nd when God whispered su%li e words to Her in the depths of Her heart, in Her hu ilit$ ,he considered the thou'hts of pride and raisin' Her innocent heart to God, ,he %esou'ht Hi ! 69ord, have erc$ on "h$ ,ervantB7 /hB (t is true that the "rue &ise 1ir'in, the 8ternal 1ir'in, has had onl$ one thou'ht fro the dawn of Her da$! to raise Her heart to God fro the ornin' of life and to watch for the 9ord, pra$in' %efore the Most Hi'h, as#in' for'iveness for the wea#nesses of Her heart, as Her hu ilit$ convinced Her, and ,he was not aware that ,he was anticipatin' the re>uest for for'iveness for sinners, which ,he would later a#e at the foot of the 3ross, to'ether with Her d$in' ,on. 6&hen the 'reat 9ord will decide, ,he will %e filled with the ,pirit of intelli'ence7 and will then understand Her 'reat ission. 2or the ti e %ein' ,he is onl$ a child, who in the sacred peace of the "e ple, esta%lishes and reesta%lishes closer and closer connections, affections and e ories with Her God. "his is for ever$%od$. 0ut for $ou, M$ little Mar$, has $our "eacher nothin' *3

special to tell $ou@ 6&al# in M$ presence, %e therefore perfect.7 ( a sli'htl$ odif$in' the sacred phrase and ( a 'ivin' it to $ou as an order. 0e perfect in love, perfect in 'enerosit$, perfect in sufferin'. 9oo# once a'ain at Mother. )nd consider what so an$ i'nore or wish to i'nore, %ecause sorrow is too ir#so e to their taste and their spirit. ,orrow. Mar$ suffered fro the ver$ first hour of Her life. "o %e perfect as ,he was, i plied the possession of a perfect sensitivit$. 3onse>uentl$ sacrifice was to %e ore piercin'. )nd thus ore eritorious. He who possesses purit$ possesses love, who possesses love possesses wisdo , who possesses wisdo possesses 'enerosit$ and herois , %ecause he #nows wh$ he a#es a sacrifice. :aise $our spirit, even if the cross %ends $ou, %rea#s $ou and #ills $ou. God is with $ou.

9. 3eath of Joachim and Anne.

#1st August 1944.

Jesus sa$s! 9i#e a >uic# winter twili'ht when an ice-cold wind 'athers clouds in the s#$, the lives of M$ 'randparents had a >uic# decline, after the ,un of their lives was placed to shine %efore the ,acred 1eil of the "e ple. 0ut it is said! *'

6&isdo %rin's up her own sons, and cares for those who see# her. &hoever loves her loves life, those who wait on her will en=o$ peace. "hose who serve her, inister to the Hol$ /ne and the 9ord loves those who love her. (f he trusts hi self to her he will inherit her and his descendants will re ain in possession of her %ecause she acco panies hi in his trials. 2irst of all she selects hi , then she %rin's fear and faintness on hi , plou'hin' hi with her discipline, until she has tested hi in his thou'hts and she can trust hi . (n the end she will a#e hi fir , will lead hi %ac# to the strai'ht road and a#e hi happ$. ,he will reveal her secrets to hi , ,he will place in hi treasures of science, and #nowled'e of =ustice.7 Aes, all this has %een said. "he %oo#s of wisdo a$ %e applied to all en, who will find 'uidance in the and a li'ht for their %ehaviour. 0ut happ$ are those who can %e reco'nised a on'st the spiritual lovers of &isdo . ( surrounded M$self with wise people, in M$ hu an #inship. )nne, Joachi , Joseph, Iacharias, and even ore 8liCa%eth, and then the 0aptist, are the$ not real wise people@ ;ot to ention M$ Mother, the a%ode of &isdo . *+

&isdo had inspired M$ 'randparents how to live in a wa$ which was a'reea%le to God, fro their $outh to their death, and li#e a tent protectin' fro the fur$ of the ele ents, &isdo had protected the fro the dan'er of sin. "he sacred fear of God is the root of the tree of wisdo , that thrusts its %ranches far and wide to reach with its top tran>uil love in its peace, peaceful love in its securit$, secure love in its faithfulness, faithful love in its intensit$! the total, 'enerous, effective love of saints. 6&ho loves her, loves life and will inherit 9ife7 sa$s 8cclesiasticus. "his sentence is lin#ed with Mine! 6&ho loses his life for M$ sa#e, will save it.7 0ecause we are not referrin' to the poor life of this world, %ut to the eternal life, not to the =o$s of one hour, %ut to the i ortal ones. Joachi and )nne loved &isdo with the in their trials. thus. )nd &isdo was

How an$ trials the$ e4perienced, whilst $ou, en, do not want to have to suffer and cr$, si pl$ %ecause $ou thin# that $ou are not co pletel$ wic#edB How an$ trials these two =ust people suffered, and the$ deserved to have Mar$ as their dau'hterB Political persecutions had driven the out of the land of Eavid, and ade the e4cessivel$ poor. "he$ had felt sadness in seein' their $ears fadin' throu'h without a flower that would sa$ to the ! 6( shall %e $our continuation.7 )nd afterwards, the an4iet$ of havin' a dau'hter in their old a'e when the$ were certain the$ would never see Her 'row into a wo an. )nd then the o%li'ation of tearin' Her fro their hearts to offer Her on the altar of God. )nd a'ain! their life %eca e an even ore painful silence, now that the$ *-

were accusto ed to the chirpin' of their little dove, to the noise of Her little steps, to the s iles and #isses of their creature, havin' to wait for the hour of God, their onl$ co pan$ %ein' the e ories of the past. )nd uch ore... Eiseases, cala ities of incle ent weather, the arro'ance of i'ht$ ones of the earth... so an$ %lows of %atterin' ra s on the wea# castle of their odest possessions. )nd it is not enou'h! the pain for their far awa$ creature, who was 'oin' to %e left lonel$ and poor and, notwithstandin' their cares and sacrif ices, would 'et onl$ the re ains of Her father?s propert$. )nd how will ,he find such re ains, since the$ will %e left uncultivated for an$ $ears, awaitin' Her return@ 2ears, trials, te ptations. )nd $et, lo$alt$ to God foreverB "heir stron'est te ptation! not to den$ their declinin' lives the consolation of their dau'hter?s presence. 0ut children %elon' first to God and then to their parents. 8ver$ son can sa$ what ( said to M$ Mother! 6Eo $ou not #now that ( ust %e %us$ with M$ 2ather?s affairs@7 )nd ever$ father, ever$ other ust learn the attitude to %e aintained loo#in' at Mar$ and Joseph in the "e ple, at )nne and Joachi in the house of ;aCareth, a house which was %eco in' ore and ore forlorn and sad, %ut where one thin' never di inished, %ut increased continuousl$! the holiness of two hearts, the holiness of a arria'e. &hat li'ht is left to Joachi , an invalid, and to his sorrowful wife, in the lon' and silent ni'hts of two old people who feel the$ are a%out to die@ /nl$ the little dresses, the first pair of little sandals, the si ple to$s of their little dau'hter, now far awa$, and e ories of Her, **

e ories... )nd peace when the$ sa$! 6&e are sufferin', %ut we have done our dut$ of love towards God.7 )nd then the$ were overco e %$ a supernatural =o$ shinin' with a celestial li'ht, a =o$ un#nown to the children of the world, a =o$ that does not fade awa$ when heav$ e$elashes close on two d$in' e$es! on the contrar$, it shines %ri'hter in the last hour, illu inatin' the truth that had %een hidden within the throu'hout their lives. 9i#e a %utterfl$ in its cocoon, the truth in the 'ave faint indications of its presence, =ust soft flashes, whereas now it opens its win's to the sun and shows its %eautiful decorations. )nd their lives passed awa$ in the certaint$ of a happ$ future for the selves and their descendants, their tre %lin' lips ur urin' words of praise to God. ,uch was the death of $ 'randparents. ,uch as their hol$ lives deserved. 0ecause of their holiness, the$ deserved to %e the first 'uardians of the 1ir'in 0eloved %$ God, and onl$ when a 'reater ,un showed itself at the end of their da$s, the$ realiCed the 'race God had 'ranted the . 0ecause of their holiness, )nne suffered no pain in 'ivin' %irth to her child! it was the ecstas$ of the %earer of the 2aultless /ne. ;either of the suffered the throes of death, %ut onl$ a wea#ness that fades awa$, as a star softl$ disappears when the sun rises at dawn. )nd if the$ did not have the consolation of havin' Me present, as &isdo (ncarnate, as Joseph had, ( was invisi%l$ present, whisperin' su%li e words, %endin' over their pillows, to send the to sleep, awaitin' their triu ph. ,o eone a$ as#! 6&h$ did the$ not have to suffer when *0

'eneratin' and d$in', since the$ were children of )da @7 M$ answer is! 6(f the 0aptist, who was a son of )da , and had %een conceived with the ori'inal sin, was presanctified %$ Me in his other?s wo %, si pl$ %ecause ( approached her, was no 'race to %e 'ranted to the other of the Hol$ and 2aultless /ne, &ho had %een preserved %$ God and %ore God in Her al ost divine spirit, in Her ost pure heart, and was never separated fro Hi , since ,he was created %$ the 2ather and was conceived in a wo %, and then received into Heaven to possess God in 'lor$ forever and ever@7 ( also answer! 6)n upri'ht conscience 'ives a peaceful death and the pra$ers of saints will o%tain such a death for $ou.7 Joachi and )nne had a whole life of upri'ht conscience %ehind the and such a life rose li#e a %eautiful landscape and led the to Heaven, while their Hol$ Eau'hter was pra$in' %efore the "a%ernacle of God for Her parents far awa$, who ,he had postponed to God, ,u urn 0onu , and $et ,he loved the , as the law and Her feelin' co anded, with a perfect supernatural love.

12. Mar&1s Canticle Im'loring the Coming of the Christ.

2nd +e'tember 1944.

/nl$ $esterda$ evenin', 2rida$, ( %e'an to see. ( saw nothin' %ut a ver$ $oun' Mar$, twelve $ears old at ost, *&

Her face no lon'er roundish, as is t$pical of children, %ut alread$ showin' the future outlines of a wo an in a perfect oval. )lso Her hair is no lon'er fallin' loose on Her nec# in soft curls, %ut it is plaited and two thic# %raids fall over Her shoulders down to Her waist. Her hair is a ver$ pale 'old colour, so li'ht that it see s to %e %lended with silver. Her face is ore pensive and ature, althou'h it is the face of a $oun' 'irl, a %eautiful and pure 'irl, all dressed in white. ,he is sewin' in a ver$ s all roo , which is also co pletel$ white, and throu'h the wide open window one can see the i posin' central part of the "e ple, the fli'hts of steps of the $ards and porches. 0e$ond the enclosure wall also the town can %e seen with its streets, houses, 'ardens, and in the %ac#'round the hu ped 'reen top of the Mount of /lives. Mar$ is sewin' and sin'in' in a low voice. ( do not #now whether it is a sacred son' or not. (t sa$s! 9i#e a star in clear water a li'ht is shinin' within M$ heart. (t has %een with Me since M$ childhood and it 'uides Me tenderl$ with love. (n the depths of M$ heart there is a son'. &here does it co e fro @ Man, $ou do not #now. (t co es fro where the Hol$ /ne rests. ( loo# at M$ clear star )nd ( do not want an$thin', ;ot even the sweetest and dearest thin', 84cept this sweet li'ht that is all Mine. 02

Aou %rou'ht Me down fro the Heavens a%ove, / star of Mine, into the wo % of a other, ;ow Aou live in Me, %ut %e$ond the veil ( see Aour 'lorious face, 2ather. &hen will Aou 'rant Aour servant the honour /f %ein' the hu %le aid of the ,aviour@ ,end us the Messiah fro Heaven, )ccept, Hol$ 2ather, the offer of Mar$. Mar$ is now >uiet. ,he s iles and si'hs, then ,he #neels down in pra$er. Her little face is shinin' %ri'htl$. ,he is loo#in' upwards, towards the clear %lue su er s#$ and Her face see s to %e a%sor%in' and then radiatin' all the %ri'htness in the air. /r rather, it loo#s as if fro within Her a hidden sun is radiatin' its ra$s and li'htin' up Her face, colourin' Her snow-white flesh with a li'ht ros$ hue. )nd the li'ht fro Her face spreads out towards the world and the sun shinin' on the world! a %lessin' and a pro ise of uch 'ood. &hile Mar$ is 'ettin' up after Her pra$er, with ecstatic %ri'htness still on Her face, old )nna of Phanuel enters the roo . ,he stands still, a aCed or at least wonderin' at Mar$?s attitude and appearance. "hen she calls Her! Mar$B and the Girl turns round with a s ile, a different one %ut still so %eautiful and sa$s! Peace to $ou, )nna. &ere Aou pra$in'@ )re Aour pra$ers never enou'h for Aou@ M$ pra$ers would %e enou'h. 0ut ( spea# to God. )nna, $ou cannot i a'ine how close ( feel Hi . More than 01

close, within M$ heart. Ma$ God for'ive Me M$ pride. 0ut ( do not feel lonel$. ,ee@ /ver there, in that House of 'old and snow, %ehind the dou%le 3urtain, there is the Hol$ of Holies. ;o%od$ is ever allowed to loo# at the Propitiator$, on which the 'lor$ of the 9ord rests, e4cept the Hi'h Priest. 0ut M$ worshippin' soul does not need to loo# at the e %roidered 3urtain, which >uivers at the son's of the vir'ins and 9evites and is scented with precious incense, as if ( wanted to pierce its fa%ric and see the "esti on$ shine throu'h it. ( do loo# at itB Eo not thin# that ( do not loo# at it with worshippin' e$es li#e ever$ son of (srael. Eo not thin# that pride %linds Me a#in' Me thin# what ( will now tell $ou. ( loo# at it and there is no hu %le servant a on'st the people of God that loo#s ore hu %l$ at the House of the 9ord than ( do, %ecause ( a convinced that ( a the least of all. 0ut what do ( see@ ) veil. &hat do ( thin# there is %ehind the 1eil@ ) "a%ernacle. &hat is in it@ (f ( listen to M$ heart, ( see God shinin' in His lovin' 'lor$ and He sa$s to Me! 6( love Aou7 and ( repl$ to Hi ! 6( love Aou7 and ( die and ( a recreated at each %eat of M$ heart in this reciprocal #iss... ( a a on'st $ou, M$ dear teachers and co panions. 0ut a circle of fire isolates Me fro $ou. &ithin the circle, God and M$self. )nd ( see $ou throu'h the 2ire of God and so ( love $ou... %ut ( cannot love $ou accordin' to the flesh, neither shall ( ever %e a%le to love an$one accordin' to the flesh. ( can onl$ love Hi &ho loves Me, accordin' to the spirit. "his is M$ destin$. "he secular 9aw of (srael wants ever$ 'irl to %e a wife, and ever$ wife to %e a other. 0ut, while o%e$in' the 9aw, ( ust o%e$ the 1oice that whispers to Me! 6( want Aou7F ( a a vir'in and a vir'in ( shall re ain, How shall ( succeed@ "his sweet invisi%le Presence that is with Me 02

will help Me, %ecause it is (ts desire. ( a

not afraid.

( have no lon'er M$ father and other... and onl$ God #nows how M$ love for whatever hu an %ein' %elon'ed to Me was %urnt in that pain. ;ow ( have %ut God. ( therefore o%e$ Hi un>uestionin'l$... ( would have done so also re'ardless of M$ father and other, %ecause ( have %een tau'ht %$ the 1oice that whoever wishes to follow (t, ust 'o %e$ond father and other. Parents are lovin' patrols watchin' the hearts of their children, who the$ wish to lead to happiness accordin' to their plans... and the$ are not aware of other plans leadin' to infinite happiness... ( would have left the M$ dresses and antles, to follow the 1oice that sa$s to Me! 63o e, M$ %eloved ,pouse.7 ( would have left the ever$thin', and the pearls of M$ tears, for ( would have cried havin' to diso%e$ the , and the instincts of M$ %lood, %ecause ( would have defied even death to follow the 1oice callin' Me, would have told the that there is so ethin' 'reater and sweeter than the love of a father and other and that is the 1oice of God. 0ut now, %$ His will, ( a free fro this tie of filial love. ;a$, it would not have %een a tie. M$ parents were two =ust people and God certainl$ spo#e to the as He spea#s to Me. "he$ would have followed =ustice and truth. &hen ( thin# of the , ( i a'ine the in the >uiet e4pectation a on' the Patriarchs and ( hasten with M$ sacrifice the co in' of the Messiah to open for the the 'ates of Heaven. ( a M$ own 'uide on earth, or rather God 'uides His poor servant 'ivin' Her His co ands and ( fulfill the %ecause it is a =o$ for Me to o%e$. &hen the ti e co es, ( will reveal M$ secret to the spouse... and he will accept it. 03

0ut, Mar$.... which words will Aou find to persuade hi @ Aou will have the love of a an, the 9aw and life a'ainst $ou. ( shall have God with Me... God will enli'hten the heart of the spouse... life will lose the incentives of the senses and %eco e a pure flower with the fra'rance of charit$. "he 9aw... )nna, don?t call Me a %lasphe er. ( thin# the 9aw is a%out to %e chan'ed. 0$ who , do $ou thin#, if it is divine@ 0$ the /nl$ /ne &ho can chan'e it. 0$ God. "he ti e is nearer than $ou thin#, ( tell $ou. 0ecause when ( was readin' Eaniel, a 'reat li'ht ca e to Me fro the depths of M$ heart and ( understood the eanin' of the eni' atic word. "he sevent$ wee#s will %e shortened %ecause of the pra$ers of =ust people. Eoes this ean that the nu %er of the $ears is %ein' chan'ed@ ;o. ) prophec$ is never wron'. 0ut the easure of the prophetic ti e is the course of the oon, not of the sun. "herefore ( sa$! 6;ear is the hour when the 0a%$ %orn of a 1ir'in will %e heard cr$in'.7 /hB ,ince this 9i'ht that loves Me tells Me so an$ thin's, ( wish it would tell Me where the happ$ other is, that will 'ive %irth to the ,on of God and Messiah of His peopleB 0arefooted ( would travel all over the world, neither cold nor frost, neither dust nor heat, nor wild %east nor hun'er would prevent Me fro reachin' Her and ( would sa$ to Her! 6Grant Aour servant and the servant of the servants of 3hrist to live under Aour roof. ( will turn Aour illstone and Aour press, use Me as a slave to wor# Aour illstone and to watch Aour herds, a#e Me wash the nap#ins of Aour 3hild... ( will wor# in Aour #itchen, at Aour oven, wherever Aou wish.... %ut receive Me. "hat ( a$ see Hi B )nd hear His voiceB )nd receive His 'lanceB7 )nd if 0'

,he did not want Me, ( would live at Her doorstep li#e a %e''ar, in cold and hot weather, =ust to hear the voice of the 3hild Messiah and the echo of His lau'hter, and see Hi passin' %$... )nd perhaps one da$ He would offer Me a piece of %read... /hB (f ( were d$in' with hun'er and ( were faintin' %ecause of e4tensive fastin', ( would not eat that %read. ( would hold it close to M$ heart li#e a %a' of precious pearls and ( would #iss it to scent the perfu e of 3hrist?s hand and ( would never %e hun'r$ or cold, %ecause its touch would 'ive Me ecstas$ and heat, ecstas$ and food ... Aou ou'ht to %e the Mother of the 3hrist, since Aou love Hi so uchB (s that wh$ Aou wish to re ain a vir'in@ /hB ;o. ( a iser$ and dust. ( dare not lift M$ e$es towards the Glor$. "hat is wh$, rather than the dou%le 1eil, %e$ond which ( #now dwells the invisi%le Presence of Jehovah, ( love loo#in' into M$ heart. /ver there, there is the terri%le God of ,inai. Here, within Me, ( see our 2ather, a lovin' 2ace that s iles and %lesses Me, %ecause ( a s all li#e a little %ird, that the wind sustains without feelin' its wei'ht and ( a wea# li#e the ste of a lil$ of the valle$, that can onl$ %loo and s ell sweetl$ and can present no other force to the wind %ut its scented and pure sweetness. God, M$ lovin' windB ;ot %ecause of that. 0ut %ecause the ,on of God and of a 1ir'in, the Hol$ of the Most Hol$ /ne, can %ut li#e what in Heaven He chose as his Mother and what on the earth spea#s to Hi of His Heavenl$ 2ather! Purit$. (f the 9aw pondered that, if the ra%%is, who have co plicated the 9aw with all the >ui%%les of their teachin', turned their inds to hi'her horiCons and ai ed at supernatural 0+

thin's, desertin' the hu an and lucrative affairs which cause the to for'et the supre e 8nd, the$ should, a%ove all, a#e Purit$ the ain su%=ect of their teachin', so that the Din' of (srael a$ find it when He co es. &ith the olive %ranches of the Peaceful /ne, with the Pal s of the "riu pher, spread lilies, lilies, lilies... How uch 0lood the ,aviour will have to shed to redee usB How uch indeedB 2ro the thousands of wounds that (saiah saw on the Man of ,orrows, a strea of 0lood is fallin', li#e dew fro a porous vase. Ma$ this divine 0lood not fall where there is desecration and %lasphe $, %ut into chalices of fra'rant purit$ that a$ receive it and 'ather it for the purpose of spreadin' it a on'st the diseased and leprous souls and a on'st those who are dead to God. Give lilies to wipe with their pure petals the sweat and the tears of 3hristB Give lilies for His #een desire of Mart$rdo B /hB &here will that 9il$ %e, that will %ear Aou@ &here is the 9il$ that will >uench Aour parchin' thirst, that will %eco e red with Aour 0lood, will die for the pain of seein' Aou d$in', and will cr$ over Aour %loodless 0od$@ /hB 3hristB 3hristB M$ desireB ... Mar$ is now silent, weepin' and overwhel ed. )nna is also silent for a little while and then with her clear voice of a deepl$ oved old wo an, she as#s! Have Aou an$thin' else to teach e, Mar$@ Mar$ rouses. ,he ust thin#, in Her hu ilit$, that Her teacher is reproachin' Her and ,he e4clai s! /hB 2or'ive MeB Aou are M$ teacher. ( a nothin'. 0ut this voice co es fro M$ heart. ( watch over it, to avoid spea#in'. 0ut li#e a river that under the fur$ of water %rea#s its e %an# ent, it has now overco e Me and 0-

overflowed. Please pa$ no attention to M$ words and chastise M$ presu ption. &ords of $ster$ should re ain in the depths of one?s heart, which God helps in His 'oodness. ( #now. 0ut this (nvisi%le Presence is so sweet that ( a filled with =o$... )nna, please for'ive $our little servantB )nna e %races Her while tears shine on her old wrin#led tre %lin' face. "he tears run alon' her wrin#les, li#e water alon' an uneven 'round that %eco es a tre %lin' swa p. 0ut the old teacher does not provo#e lau'hter, on the contrar$ her cr$in' e4cites the deepest respect. Mar$ is clasped in her ar s, Her little face a'ainst Her teacher?s %reast. )nd it all finishes thus. ------------Jesus sa$s! Mar$ re e %ered God. ,he drea t of God. ,he thou'ht ,he drea t. ,he was onl$ seein' a'ain what ,he had seen in the splendour of God?s Heaven, in the instant ,he was created to %e united to the %od$ conceived on the earth. ,he shared with God one of God?s properties, althou'h in a lesser de'ree, as was fittin'. "hat is the propert$ of re e %erin', seein' and foreseein', which is an attri%ute of the i'ht$ and perfect intelli'ence not i paired %$ 2ault. Man was created in the i a'e and li#eness of God. /ne of the li#enesses is the capa%ilit$, for the soul, of re e %erin', seein' and foreseein'. "his e4plains the facult$ for readin' into the future. "his facult$ so eti es co es directl$, %$ God?s will, so eti es it is a power of recollection, that rises li#e the sun in the ornin', illu inatin' a point on the horiCon of 0*

centuries, alread$ seen in the vision of God. ,uch $steries are too deep to %e full$ understood %$ $ou. 0ut consider. 3an the ,upre e (ntelli'ence, the Mind that #nows ever$thin', the ,i'ht that sees ever$thin', 'ive $ou so ethin' different fro Hi self, havin' created $ou %$ an act of His will and a %reath of His infinite love, and havin' ade $ou His children %oth %$ $our ori'in and $our destination@ He 'ives $ou it in an infinitesi al part, as the creature cannot contain the 3reator. 0ut that part is perfect and co plete, althou'h infinitesi al. &hat treasure of intelli'ence God 'ave an, )da B "he 2all i paired it, %ut M$ sacrifice reinstates it and opens the splendour of (ntelli'ence, its wealth, its science for $ou. How su%li e is the hu an ind united to God %$ His 'race, sharin' with God the facult$ of #nowled'eB... "he hu an ind united to God %$ Grace. "here is no other wa$. "hose who in>uisitivel$ see# ultrahu an secrets should re e %er that. )ll #nowled'e that does not co e fro a soul in 'race < and is not in 'race who is a'ainst God?s 9aw, which is ver$ clear in its co and ents < such #nowled'e co es fro ,atan. (t seldo corresponds to the truth when hu an atters are concerned, it never corresponds to the truth with re'ard to superhu an atters. "he Ee on is in fact the father of falsehood and can %ut lead on to the path of falsehood. "here is no other ethod of #nowin' the truth, e4cept the one that co es fro God, &ho spea#s and sa$s or re inds, as a father re inds his son of his paternal house and sa$s to hi ! 6Eon?t $ou re e %er when $ou 00

used to do this with Me, $ou saw that, $ou heard so ethin' else@ Eon?t $ou re e %er when ( used to #iss $ou 'ood%$e@ Eo $ou re e %er when $ou saw Me for the first ti e and $ou ad ired the %ri'ht li'ht on M$ face shinin' on $our vir'inal soul, which, havin' %een =ust created %$ Me was still pure and free fro the evil that later i paired $ou@ Eo $ou re e %er when $ou understood for the first ti e, in a thro% of love, what 9ove is@ &hich is the $ster$ of our 0ein' and Proceedin'@7 )nd what the li ited capa%ilit$ of a an in 'race cannot reach, the ,pirit of science clarifies and teaches. 0ut to possess the ,pirit, Grace is needed. "o possess "ruth and ,cience, Grace is re>uired. "o possess the 2ather, Grace is necessar$. Grace is a tent in which the three Persons dwell, it is a Propitiator$ on which the 8ternal 2ather rests and spea#s, not fro within a cloud, %ut revealin' His face to His faithful children. ,aints and =ust people re e %er God. "he$ re e %er the words the$ heard in the 3reatin' Mind and which the ,upre e Goodness revives in their hearts to raise the li#e ea'les to the conte plation of the "ruth and to the #nowled'e of "i e. Mar$ was full of Grace. "he whole /ne and "rine Grace was in Her. "he whole /ne and "rine Grace prepared Her li#e a 0ride for the &eddin', li#e a ;uptial 0ed for the /ffsprin', li#e a Eivine Person for Her Maternit$ and ission. ,he closes the c$cle of the Prophetesses of the /ld "esta ent and opens the period of the 6spo#es en of God7 of the ;ew "esta ent. "rue )r# of the &ord of God, loo#in' into Her 0&

i aculate heart, ,he discovered the words of eternal #nowled'e, which the fin'er of God had written there, and ,he re e %ered, as all saints do, that ,he had alread$ heard the when Her i ortal soul was %ein' created %$ God 2ather, the 3reator of all livin' %ein's... )nd if ,he did not re e %er ever$thin' of Her future ission, the reason is that God leaves so e 'aps in ever$ hu an perfection, accordin' to a 9aw of divine prudence, out of 'oodness and as a reward to creatures. Mar$, the second 8ve, had to achieve Her part of erit in %ein' the Mother of 3hrist, with a faithful 'ood will, that God e4acted also fro His 3hrist to a#e Hi a :edee er. "he spirit of Mar$ was in Heaven. Her orale and Her %od$ were on the earth and the$ had to tread on the earth and on the flesh to reach the spirit and =oin it to the ,pirit in a fruitful e %race. --------------------) note of ine. )ll da$ $esterda$ ( thou'ht ( was 'oin' to see the news of the death of Her parents %ein' 'iven to Mar$ %$ Iacharias, ( do not #now wh$. ( also thou'ht, in $ wa$, that Jesus would have dealt with the point re e %rance of God %$ the saints . "his ornin', when the vision started, ( said to $self! Here we are, the$ will now tell Her that ,he is an orphan and $ heart was alread$ tre %lin' %ecause ( would have e4perienced $ own sadness of these past da$s. (nstead there has %een a%solutel$ nothin' of what ( thou'ht ( was 'oin' to see or hear. ;ot even one word %$ ista#e. ( a ver$ happ$ a%out this %ecause it confir s that there is &2

nothin' of $ own in this wor#, not even an honest su''estion with re'ard to one situation. (t all co es fro a different source. M$ continuous fear ceases... until the ne4t ti e %ecause ( shall alwa$s %e afraid of %ein' deceived and deceivin'.

11. Mar& )ill Confide (er o! to the +'ouse 4od )ill 4i5e (er.
#rd +e'tember 1944.

&hat a terri%le ni'htB (t see ed that the de ons were raidin' the world. 3annon shots, thunder and li'htnin', dan'ers, fears, the sufferin' %ecause ( was l$in' on a %ed which was not ine. )nd in the iddle of all this, there was Mar$, li#e a sweet white flower a on'st fire and trou%les. ,he loo#ed a little older than in $esterda$?s vision, %ut still a $oun' 'irl with Her plaits of fair hair over Her shoulders. Her dress was white and Her s ile ild and co$! an inti ate s ile at the 'lorious $ster$ enclosed in Her heart. ( spent the ni'ht co parin' Her ild appearance with the ferocit$ of the world and editatin' on Her words of $esterda$ ornin', a son' of livin' charit$, as co pared to the ferocious hatred of en... "his ornin', in the >uiet of followin' scene. $ roo , ( saw the

Mar$ is still in the "e ple. ,he is now co in' out with other vir'ins fro the inner part of the "e ple. &1

"here ust have %een a cere on$ %ecause there is the scent of incense in the air of a red sunset. (t ust %e late /cto%er, %ecause the s#$, alread$ serenel$ restful as is usual in clear /cto%er da$s, is %endin' over the 'ardens of Jerusale , where the $ellow ochre leaves a%out to fall add 'old red spots to the silver$ 'reen of the olive-trees. "he crowd, na$ the host of white dressed vir'ins, crosses the rear $ard, then cli %s the steps, 'oes throu'h a porch and enters another s>uare $ard, not >uite so splendid, without an$ other door e4cept the one leadin' into it. (t ust %e the $ard allocated to the s all dwellin's of the vir'ins assi'ned to the "e ple, %ecause each 'irl oves towards her cell, li#e a little dove to its nest. "he$ loo# li#e a floc# of doves that separate after 'atherin' to'ether. "he$ are all spea#in' in low %ut =o$ful voices, %efore separatin'. Mar$ is silent. 0efore leavin' the other 'irls, ,he %ids the 'ood%$e affectionatel$ and then 'oes to Her little roo in a co er on the ri'ht hand side. /ne of the teachers, an elderl$ lad$, %ut not so old as )nna of Phanuel, =oins Her. Mar$, the Hi'h Priest wants to see Aou. Mar$ loo#s at her so ewhat surprised, %ut does not as# an$ >uestion. ,he onl$ replies! ( will 'o at once. ( do not #now whether the lar'e hall, which ,he enters, is the house of the Hi'h Priest or whether it is part of the dwellin's of the wo en assi'ned to the "e ple. ( #now it is wide and %ri'ht, tastefull$ arran'ed. (n addition to the Hi'h Priest, a statel$ an in his ro%es, there are also Iacharias and )nna of Phanuel. Mar$ %ows down on the threshold and does not enter &2

until the Hi'h Priest sa$s to Her! 3o e in, Mar$. Eo not %e afraid Mar$ loo#s up a'ain and slowl$ oves forward, not %ecause ,he is unwillin', %ut %ecause of a so ewhat unintentional 'ravit$, which a#es Her loo# ore of a wo an. )nna s iles at Her to encoura'e Her and Iacharias 'reets Her! Peace to $ou, cousin. "he Hi'h Priest o%serves Her ver$ carefull$ and then he re ar#s to Iacharias! ,he is o%viousl$ of the stoc# of Eavid and )aron... M$ child, ( a aware of Aour 'race and 'oodness, ( #now that ever$ da$ Aou are 'rowin' in 'race and #nowled'e %efore God and en. ( #now that the voice of God whispers His sweetest words to Aour heart. ( #now that Aou are the 2lower of God?s "e ple and that a third 3heru% is %efore the "esti on$ since Aou were here. )nd ( would li#e Aour perfu e to continue to rise with the incense ever$ da$. 0ut the 9aw sa$s differentl$. Aou are no lon'er a 'irl, %ut a wo an. )nd ever$ wo an ust %e a wife in (srael to %ear a son to the 9ord. Aou shall follow the co and ent of the 9aw. Eo not %e afraid, do not %lush. ( a aware of Aour ro$alt$. "he 9aw that prescri%es that each an is to %e 'iven a wo an of his own stoc# will protect Aou. 0ut even if that were not the case, ( would do so, so that Aour a'nificent %lood i'ht not %e corrupted. Eon?t Aou #now an$one of Aour stoc#, Mar$, who i'ht %e Aour hus%and@ Mar$ lifts Her face full of %lushes. Her e$es are shinin' with tears which %e'in to appear and with a tre %lin' voice ,he replies! ;o, no%od$. &3

(t is not possi%le for Her to #now an$one, %ecause ,he ca e here in Her childhood and Eavid?s race has %een struc# too severel$ and scattered too widel$ to allow the various %ranches to 'ather li#e folia'e around the ro$al pal sa$s Iacharias. &e shall then leave the choice to God. "he tears that Mar$ had restrained so far, 'ush out and fall on Her tre %lin' outh. ,he loo#s i plorin'l$ at Her teacher. Mar$ has consecrated Herself to the 9ord for His 'lor$ and for the salvation of (srael. ,he was %ut a little child =ust learnin' to read and write and ,he had alread$ ade Her vow... sa$s )nne, helpin' Her. (s that wh$ Aou are cr$in' then@ ;ot %ecause Aou wish to resist the 9aw@ Just for that... nothin' else. ( shall o%e$ $ou, Priest of God. "his confir s what ( have alwa$s %een told of Aou. How lon' have Aou %een consecrated to the 9ord@ ( have alwa$s %een, ( thin#. ( was not $et in this "e ple, and ( had alread$ 'iven M$self to the 9ord. 0ut are Aou not the little one who ca e twelve $ears a'o and as#ed e to %e allowed to enter@ &ell, then, how can Aou sa$ that Aou alread$ %elon'ed to God then@ (f ( loo# %ac#, ( find ( was consecrated... ( do not re e %er when ( was %orn, neither do ( re e %er how ( &'

%e'an to love M$ other and to sa$ to M$ father! 62ather, ( a $our dau'hter.7.. 0ut ( re e %er that ( 'ave M$ heart to God, althou'h ( do not #now when it started. Perhaps it was with the first #iss that ( was a%le to 'ive, with the first word that ( learned to sa$, with the first step that ( too#... Aes, ( thin# ( find M$ first recollection of love with M$ first stead$ step... M$ house... near the house there was a 'arden full of flowers... and there was an orchard and so e fields... and there was a sprin' of water at the rear, under the hill, and the water 'ushed out fro a hollow roc# that for ed a 'rotto... it was full of lon' and thin her%s that hun' down for in' s all 'reen waterfalls ever$where and the$ see ed to %e weepin' %ecause the thin little leaves, that see ed an e %roider$ wor#, had tin$ little drops of water on the and when the drops fell the$ tin#led li#e little %ells. )lso the sprin' see ed to %e sin'in'. )nd there were %irds on the olive and apple-trees a%ove the sprin' and white doves used to co e and wash in the clear water of the fountain... ( was no lon'er thin#in' of all that, %ecause ( had put all M$ heart in God and, with the e4ception of M$ father and other, who ( loved in life and in death, ever$ other worldl$ thin' had disappeared fro M$ heart... 0ut $ou have ade Me thin# of it... ( ust find when ( 'ave M$self to God... and the thin's of M$ first $ears co e %ac# to M$ ind... ( loved that 'rotto, %ecause ( heard a voice sweeter than the son' of the water and the war%lin' of the %irds sa$ to Me! 63o e, M$ 0eloved.7 ( loved those her%s covered with tin#lin' and spar#lin' dia ond drops, %ecause ( could see in the the si'n of M$ 9ord and ( used to sa$ to M$self! 6/ soul of Mine, see how 'reat Aour God is, He &ho ade the cedars of 9e%anon for the ea'les, has also ade these &+

little leaves that %end down under the wei'ht of a little os>uito and He ade the for the =o$ of Aour e$es and as a protection for Aour little feet.7 ( loved that silence of pure thin's! the li'ht %reeCe, the silver$ water, the purit$ of the doves... ( loved the peace that hovered over the little 'rotto, and descended fro the apple and olivetrees, now full of %losso s, then laden with %eautiful fruit... )nd ( do not #now... the voice see ed to %e sa$in' to Me, $es, =ust to Me! 63o e, specious oliveF co e, sweet appleF co e, sealed sprin'F co e, M$ dove...7 ,weet is the love of a father, sweet the love of a other... sweet their voices callin' Me... %ut this, this oneB /hB in the earthl$ Paradise ( thin# that she, who %eca e 'uilt$, heard it thus, and ( do not understand how she could prefer a hiss to this voice of love, how she could desire an$ other #nowled'e that was not God... &ith M$ lips which still tasted of M$ other?s il#, %ut with M$ heart full of celestial hone$, ( then said! 6Here ( a . ( a co in'. ( a Aours. ;o one will have M$ %od$ %ut Aou, M$ 9ord, neither will M$ soul have an$ other love...7 )nd while sa$in' so, it see ed to Me that ( was sa$in' over a'ain thin's alread$ said and that ( was fulfillin' a rite alread$ fulfilled, and the chosen ,pouse was not a stran'er to Me, %ecause ( alread$ #new His ardour and M$ si'ht had %een for ed at His li'ht and M$ capacit$ for lovin' had %een fulfilled in His e %race... &hen@ ( do not #now. 0e$ond life, ( would sa$, %ecause ( feel ( alwa$s had Hi , and that He alwa$s had Me, and that ( e4ist %ecause He wanted Me for the =o$ of His ,pirit and Mine... ;ow ( o%e$ $ou, o Priest. 0ut please tell Me how ( a to %ehave... ( have neither father nor other. Please %e M$ 'uide. &-

God will 'ive Aou Aour hus%and and he will %e a hol$ an, %ecause Aou have entrusted Aourself to God. Aou will tell hi Aour vow. )nd will he a'ree@ ( hope so. Pra$, $ child, that he a$ understand Aour heart. Go now. Ma$ God alwa$s acco pan$ Aou. Mar$ withdraws with )nna. Iacharias sta$s with the Hi'h Priest. "he vision ends thus.

12. Jose'h Is A''ointed (usband of the irgin.

4th +e'tember 1944.

( see a rich hall with a %eautiful floor, curtains, carpets and inlaid furniture. (t ust %e still part of the "e ple! there are priests in it, includin' Iacharias, and an$ en of ever$ a'e, fro twent$ to fift$ appro4i atel$. "he$ are all tal#in' in low %ut ani ated voices. "he$ see to %e an4ious a%out so ethin' ( do not #now. "he$ are dressed in their %est clothes, which see to %e new or =ust recentl$ washed and the$ are o%viousl$ dressed for so e special feast. Man$ have re oved the piece of cloth coverin' their heads, others still wear it, particularl$ the elder ones, whereas the $oun' people show their %are heads, so e dar# %lond, so e %rown, so e %lac#, onl$ one au%urn. "heir hair is ostl$ short, %ut so e wear it lon' down to their shoulders. "he$ do not all #now one another, %ecause the$ o%serve one another in>uisitivel$. &*

0ut the$ see to %e a#in so ehow, %ecause it is clear that the$ are all concerned with the sa e atter. (n a co er ( can see Joseph. He is tal#in' to a hale and heart$ elderl$ an. Joseph is a%out thirt$ $ears old. He is a handso e an with short and rather curl$ hair, dar# %rown li#e his %eard and his oustache, which cover a well shaped chin and rise towards his ros$-%rown chee#s, which are not olive-coloured as is nor al in ost people with a %rown co ple4ion. His e$es are dar#, #indl$ and deep, ver$ serious and perhaps so ewhat sad. 0ut when he s iles, as he does now, the$ %eco e 'a$ and $oun' loo#in'. He is dressed in li'ht %rown, ver$ si ple %ut ver$ tid$. ) 'roup of $oun' 9evites co es in and the$ ta#e up position %etween the door and a lon' narrow ta%le, which is a'ainst the sa e wall as the door, which is left wide open. ) sin'le curtain han'in' down to a%out twent$ centi etres fro the floor is drawn to cover the e pt$ space. "he curiosit$ of the 'roup increases. (t 'rows ore so when a hand pulls the curtain to one side to ad it a 9evite, who is carr$in' in his ar s a %undle of dr$ %ranches on which one in %losso is 'entl$ laid! it loo#s li#e a li'ht foa of white petals, with a va'ue pin#ish hue that spreads softer and softer fro the centre to the top of the li'ht petals. "he 9evite la$s the %undle of %ranches on the ta%le ver$ 'entl$ to avoid detractin' fro the iracle of the %ranch full of flowers a on' so an$ dr$ ones. &hisperin' spreads in the hall. "he$ all stretch their &0

nec#s and sharpen their e$es to see. Iacharias, who is near the ta%le with the other priests, also endeavours to see. 0ut he can see nothin'. Joseph, in his co er, 'ives a >uic# 'lance to the %undle of %ranches and when the an he was spea#in' to sa$s so ethin' to hi , he sha#es his head in denial as if to sa$! ( possi%le and s iles. ) tru pet is heard %e$ond the curtain. "he$ all %eco e >uiet and turn in an orderl$ wa$ towards the door, which is now co pletel$ clear as the curtain has %een pulled to one side. "he Hi'h Priest enters surrounded %$ elders. "he$ all a#e a deep %ow. "he Pontiff 'oes to the ta%le and %e'ins to spea#, standin' up. Men of the race of Eavid, 'athered here at $ re>uest, please listen. "he 9ord has spo#en, 'lor$ %e to Hi B 2ro His Glor$ a ra$ has descended and, li#e the sun in sprin'ti e, it has 'iven life to a dr$ %ranch which has %losso ed iraculousl$, whereas no other %ranch on earth is in %loo to-da$, the last da$ of the 2east of Eedication, and the snow that fell on the ountains in Judah has not $et elted and ever$thin' is white %etween Iion and 0ethan$. God has spo#en and has ade Hi self the father and the 'uardian of the 1ir'in of Eavid &ho has Hi alone as Her protection. ) hol$ 'irl, the 'lor$ of the "e ple, ,he deserved the word of God to learn the na e of a hus%and a'reea%le to the 8ternal /ne. )nd he ust %e ver$ =ust to %e chosen %$ the 9ord as the protector of the 1ir'in so dear to Hi B 2or this reason our sorrow in losin' Her is alleviated and all worries a%out Her destin$ as a wife cease. )nd to the an appointed %$ God we entrust with full confidence &&

the 1ir'in %lessed %$ God and %$ ourselves. "he na e of the hus%and is Joseph of Jaco% of 0ethlehe , of the tri%e of Eavid, a carpenter in ;aCareth in Galilee. Joseph! co e forward. (t is an order of the Hi'h Priest ... "here is a lot of whisperin'. Heads ove round, e$es cast in>uisitive 'lances, hands a#e si'ns! there are e4pressions of disappoint ent and relief. ,o eone, particularl$ a on'st the older people, ust %e happ$ that it was not his fate. Joseph, %lushin' and e %arrassed oves forward. He is now near the ta%le, in front of the Pontiff, who he has 'reeted reverentl$. 8ver$one ust co e here to see the na e en'raved on the %ranch. )nd ever$one ust ta#e his own %ranch to a#e sure that there is no deception. "he en o%e$. "he$ loo# at the %ranch 'entl$ held %$ the Hi'h Priest and then each ta#es his own! so e %rea# it, so e #eep it. "he$ all loo# at Joseph. ,o e loo# and are silent, others loo# and con'ratulate hi . "he elderl$ an to who Joseph was spea#in' %efore, e4clai s! ( told $ou, JosephB &ho feels less certain, is the one who wins the 'a eB "he$ have all now passed %efore the Pontiff. "he Hi'h Priest 'ives Joseph his %ranch in %loo , he la$s his hand on his shoulder and sa$s to hi ! "he spouse the 9ord has presented $ou with, is not rich, as $ou #now. 0ut all virtues are in Her. 0e ore and ore worth$ of Her. "here is no flower in (srael as %eautiful and pure as ,he is. Please, all 'o out now. Aou, Joseph, sta$ here. )nd $ou, Iacharias, since $ou are Her relative, please %rin' in the %ride. 122

"he$ all 'o out, e4cept the Hi'h Priest and Joseph. "he curtain is drawn once a'ain over the door. Joseph is standin' in a ver$ hu %le attitude, near the Priest. "here is silence, then the Priest sa$s to Joseph! Mar$ wishes to infor $ou of a vow ,he ade. Please help Her sh$ness. 0e 'ood to Her, &ho is so 'ood. ( will put $ stren'th and $ anl$ authorit$ at Her service and no sacrifice on Her %ehalf will %e heav$ for e. 0e sure of that. Mar$ enters with Iacharias and )nna of Phanuel. 3o e, Mar$ sa$s the Pontiff. Here is the spouse that God has destined to Aou. He is Joseph of ;aCareth. Aou will therefore 'o %ac# to Aour own town. ( will leave Aou now. Ma$ God 'ive Aou His %lessin'. Ma$ the 9ord protect Aou and %less Aou, a$ He show His face to Aou and have erc$ on Aou. Ma$ He turn His face to Aou and 'ive Aou peace. Iacharias 'oes out escortin' the Pontiff. )nna con'ratulates Joseph and then she 'oes out, too. "he %etrothed are now facin' each other. Mar$, full of %lushes, is standin' with Her head %owed. Joseph, who is also red in the face, loo#s at Her and tries to find the first words to %e said. He eventuall$ finds the and a %ri'ht s ile li'hts up his e$es. He sa$s! ( welco e $ou, Mar$. ( saw Aou when Aou were a little %a%$, onl$ a few da$s old... ( was a friend of Aour father?s and ( have a nephew, the son of $ %rother )lphaeus, who was a 'reat friend of Aour other. He was her little friend, %ecause he is onl$ ei'hteen $ears old, and when Aou were not $et %orn, he 121

was onl$ a little %o$ and he cheered up Aour sad other who loved hi so uch. Aou do not #now us %ecause Aou were onl$ a little 'irl when Aou ca e here. 0ut ever$one in ;aCareth loves Aou and the$ all thin# and spea# of Joachi ?s little Mar$, &hose %irth was a iracle of the 9ord, &ho ade the %arren old lad$ %losso wonderfull$... )nd ( re e %er the evenin' Aou were %orn... &e all re e %er it %ecause of the prodi'$ of a heav$ rain that saved the countr$ and of a violent stor durin' which the thunder%olts did not da a'e even a ste of heather and it ended with such a lar'e and %eautiful rain%ow that the li#e has never %een seen a'ain. )nd then... who does not re e %er Joachi ?s happiness@ He dandled Aou showin' Aou to his nei'h%ours... )s if Aou were a flower that had descended fro Heaven, he ad ired Aou and wanted ever$one to ad ire Aou, a happ$ old father who died tal#in' a%out his Mar$, &ho was so %eautiful and 'ood and &hose words were so full of wisdo end 'race... He was >uite ri'ht in ad irin' Aou and in sa$in' that there is no other wo an lovelier than Aou areB )nd Aour other@ ,he filled Aour house and the nei'h%ourhood with her son's and she san' li#e a s#$lar# in sprin'ti e when she was carr$in' Aou, and afterwards when she held Aou in her ar s. ( ade a cradle for Aou. ) tin$ little cradle, with roses carved all over it, %ecause Aour other wanted it li#e that. Perhaps it is still in the house... ( a old, Mar$. &hen Aou were %orn ( was %e'innin' to wor#. ( was alread$ wor#in'... ( would never have %elieved that ( was 'oin' to have Aou as a spouseB Perhaps Aour parents would have died a happier death if the$ had #nown, %ecause the$ were $ friends. ( %uried Aour father, ournin' over his death with a sincere heart, %ecause he 122

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Mar$ raises Her face, little %$ little, ta#in' heart, as ,he hears Joseph spea# to Her thus, and when he entions the cradle ,he s iles 'entl$ and when Joseph spea#s of Her father, ,he holds out Her hand to hi and sa$s! "han# $ou, Joseph. ) ver$ ti id and 'entle than# $ou. Joseph holds Her little =as ine hand in his short and stron' hands of a carpenter and he caresses it with an affection that e4presses ore and ore confidence. Perhaps he is waitin' for ore words. 0ut Mar$ is silent once a'ain. He then 'oes on! )s Aou #now, Aour house is still intact, with the e4ception of the part that was de olished %$ order of the consul, to %uild a road for the wa''ons of the :o ans. 0ut the fields, what is left of the -Aou #now that %ecause of Aour father?s illness uch of the propert$ had to %e disposed of- have %een rather ne'lected. 2or over three $ears the trees and the vines have never %een pruned and the land is untilled and hard. 0ut the trees that saw Aou when Aou were a little 'irl are still there, and if Aou a'ree, ( will at once ta#e care of the . "han# $ou, Joseph. 0ut $ou have $our wor# ... ( will wor# in Aour orchard in the ornin' and in the evenin'. "he da$s are 'ettin' lon'er and lon'er. 0$ sprin'ti e ( want ever$thin' to %e in order for Aour happiness. 9oo#! this is a %ranch of the al ond tree near the house. ( wanted to pic# it -the hed'e is so ruined that one can enter an$where, %ut ( will re a#e it solid and stron'- ( wanted to pic# it, %ecause ( thou'ht that if ( 123

should %e the chosen one, Aou would have %een pleased to have a flower fro Aour 'arden. 0ut ( was not e4pectin' to %e the chosen one as ( a a ;aCirite and ( have o%e$ed %ecause it is an order of the Priest, not %ecause ( wish to 'et arried. Here is the %ranch, Mar$. &ith it ( offer Aou $ heart, that, li#e it, has %loo ed up till now onl$ for the 9ord and is now %loo in' for Aou, $ spouse. Mar$ ta#es the %ranch. ,he is oved and loo#s at Joseph with a face that has %eco e ore and ore confident and %ri'ht. ,he feels certain of hi . &hen he sa$s to Her ( a a ;aCirite (*) , Her face %eco es %ri'ht and ,he ta#es coura'e! )lso ( a all of the 9ord, Joseph. ( do not #now whether the Hi'h Priest told $ou ... He onl$ told e that Aou are 'ood and pure, that Aou wish to infor e of a vow, and that ( ust %e 'ood to $ou. ,pea#, Mar$. Aour Joseph wants Aou to %e happ$ in all Aour desires. ( do not love Aou $ with %od$. ( love Aou with $ soul, hol$ 'irl 'iven to e %$ GodB Please see in e a father and a %rother, in addition to a hus%and. )nd open Aour heart to e as to a father and rel$ on e as on a %rother ... ,ince M$ childhood ( have consecrated M$self to the 9ord. ( #now this is not the custo in (srael. 0ut ( heard a voice re>uestin' M$ vir'init$ as a sacrifice of love for the co in' of the Messiah. (srael has %een waitin' for Hi for such a lon' ti eB... (t is not too uch to for'o the =o$ of %ein' a other for thatB Joseph 'aCes at Her as if he wanted to read Her heart, then he ta#es Her tin$ hands which are still holdin' the %ranch in %losso and he sa$s! ( will =oin $ sacrifice to 12'

Aours and we shall love the 8ternal 2ather so uch with our chastit$ that He will send His ,aviour to the world earlier, and will allow us to see His 9i'ht shinin' in the world. 3o e, Mar$. 9et us 'o %efore His House and ;aCareth to prepare ever$thin' for Aou, in Aour house, if Aou wish to 'o there, or elsewhere if Aou wish so. (n M$ house... "here was a 'rotto down at the %otto ... (s it still there@ (t is, %ut it is no lon'er Aours... 0ut ( will %uild another one for Aou where it will %e cool and >uiet durin' the hottest hours of the da$. ( will a#e it as uch as possi%le identical to the older one. )nd tell e! who do Aou want with Aou@ ;o%od$. ( a not afraid. )lphaeus? other, who has alwa$s co e to see Me, will #eep Me co pan$ durin' the da$. )t ni'ht ( prefer to %e alone. ;o har can %efall Me. )nd now ( a Aou@ there, too. &hen shall ( co e and 'et

&henever $ou wish, Joseph. "hen ( will co e as soon as the house is read$. ( will not touch an$thin'. ( want Aou to find it as Aour other left it. 0ut ( want it to %e %ri'ht and clean, to receive Aou without an$ sadness. 3o e, Mar$. 9et us 'o and tell the Most Hi'h that we %less Hi . ( do not see an$thin' else. 0ut ( feel in sense of confidence that Mar$ feels. ---------------12+ $ heart the

(*) He%rew who had ta#en special vows of a%stinence, see ;u %ers, +.

1#. )edding of the irgin and Jose'h.

,th +e'tember 1944.

How %eautiful Mar$ is dressed as a %ride, a on' Her =o$ful friends and teachersB "here is also 8liCa%eth a on'st the . ,he is dressed in snow-white linen, so soft and refined that it loo#s li#e precious sil#. ,he is wearin' round Her slender waist a %urin wrou'ht %elt in 'old and silver, ade of edallions held to'ether %$ little chains < each edallion is an e %roider$ of 'old threads on heav$ silver %urnished %$ a'e. Pro%a%l$ %ecause the %elt is too lon' for Her, still a 'entle 'irl, the last three edallions han' down in the front and fall a on'st the folds of the ver$ wide dress that is so lon' as to for a sort of train. /n Her feet ,he is wearin' white leather sandals with silver %uc#les. )round Her nec# the dress is held %$ a chain of s all 'old roses and silver fili'ree, reproducin' on a s aller scale the desi'n of the %elt. :unnin' throu'h lar'e holes on the loosel$ cut nec#, the chain 'athers the cloth and for s a #ind of s all frill. Mar$?s nec# e er'es fro the white pleated cloth with the 'race of a ste wrapped in a precious fa%ric and see s even ore slender and whiter than ever, the ste of a lil$ endin' in a lil$-li#e face, 12-

which is even paler than usual for the e4cite ent < and purer. "he face of a ost pure victi . Her hair no lon'er han's over Her shoulders. (t is arran'ed in a #not of plaits in a char in' st$le, and precious %urnished silver hairpins, all ade with e %roidered fili'ree at the top, hold it in position. Her other?s veil is placed over the plaits and it falls in %eautiful folds under the precious thin plate that encircles Her snow-white forehead. "he veil falls down Her sides and since Mar$ is not as tall as Her other, it falls lower than Her hips, whereas it reached )nne?s waist. ,he has nothin' on Her hands, %ut is wearin' %racelets on Her wrists. Her wrists are so thin that the heav$ %racelets of Her other cover the %ac# of Her hands and would fall to the 'round if ,he tossed Her hands. Her friends 'aCe upon Her and ad ire Her. "he$ twitter 'ail$ li#e sparrows as#in' >uestions and e4pressin' their ad iration. )re the$ Aour other?s@

"he$ are anti>ue, are the$ not@ How %eautiful, ,arah, this %elt isB )nd what a%out this veil, ,usan@ How refined it is. Just loo# at those lilies woven in itB 9et e see Aour %racelets, Mar$. &ere the$ Aour other?s@ Aes, she wore the . 0ut the$ are of M$ father?s other. 12*

/hB 9oo#. "he$ have the seal of ,olo on interwoven with thin little %ranches of pal and olive-trees and a on'st these there are lilies and roses. /hB &ho did such perfect and refined wor#@ "he$ %elon' to the House of Eavid e4plains Mar$. "he wo en of the fa il$ have worn the for centuries, when the$ 'et arried and the$ are left in herita'e to the heiress. 3ertainl$B Aou are the heiress... Eid the$ %rin' Aou ever$thin' fro ;aCareth@

;o, the$ did not. &hen M$ other died, M$ cousin too# M$ trousseau to her house to #eep it safel$. ;ow she has %rou'ht it %ac# to Me. &here is it@ &here is it@ ,how it to Aour friends. Mar$ does not #now what to do... ,he would li#e to %e #ind, %ut she is not an4ious to pull out all the thin's which are nicel$ laid in three heav$ trun#s. Her teachers co e to Her help! "he 'roo is a%out to arrive the$ point out. "his is not the o ent to cause confusion. 9eave Mar$ alone. Aou are tirin' Her. Go and 'et read$. "he chatterin' 'roup 'o awa$ so ewhat sul#il$. Mar$ can now en=o$ in peace the co pan$ of Her teachers who sa$ words of praise and %lessin' to Her. )lso 8liCa%eth has co e near. )nd as Mar$, deepl$ oved, is cr$in' %ecause )nna of Phanuel has called Her dau'hter and has #issed Her with true otherl$ love, 8liCa%eth sa$s to Her! Mar$, Aour other is not here, and $et she is present. Her soul is re=oicin' with Aours. 120

9oo#, the thin's that Aou are wearin' are 'ivin' Aou her caresses once a'ain. Aou can still find in the the flavour of her #isses. /ne da$, a lon' ti e a'o, the da$ Aou ca e to the "e ple, she said to e! 6( have prepared Her dresses and Her trousseau, %ecause ( wish to %e the one who weaves Her linens and a#es Her %ridal dresses, so that ( shall not %e a%sent on the da$ of Her =o$.7 )nd listen. (n the last da$s, when ( was assistin' her, ever$ evenin' she wanted to caress Aour first little dresses and the ones Aou are now wearin' and she would sa$! 6( can s ell the =as ine perfu e of $ little one and ( want Her to perceive here the #iss of Her u $.7 How an$ #isses on this veil that is now shadin' Aour foreheadB "here are ore #isses than threadsB... )nd when Aou will wear the cloth woven %$ her, =ust thin# that it was woven ore %$ her otherl$ love than %$ the shuttle. )nd these =ewels... )lso in hard circu stances the$ were saved %$ Aour father for Aou, that Aou i'ht %e %eautiful in this hour, as %efits a princess of the House of Eavid. 0e happ$ and cheerful, Mar$. Aou are not an orphan, %ecause Aour parents are with Aou and Aour hus%and is a father and a other to Aou, such is his perfection... Aes, that is trueB ( certainl$ cannot co plain. (n two onths he has %een here twice, and toda$ he has co e for the third ti e, facin' the rain and the wind$ weather, to ta#e orders fro Me... 2anc$! orders fro Me who a a poor wo an and uch $oun'er than he isB )nd he has denied Me nothin'. He does not even wait for Me to as#. ( thin# an an'el ust tell hi what ( want, %ecause he tells Me %efore ( can spea#. "he last ti e he said! 6Mar$, ( thin# that Aou prefer to sta$ in Aour father?s house. ,ince Aou are a dau'hter heiress, Aou can do so, if that is 12&

Aour wish. ( will co e to Aour house. However, in order to acco plish the rite, Aou will 'o for one wee# to $ %rother )lphaeus? house. Mar$ alread$ loves Aou so uch. )nd fro there the procession will start that will ta#e Aou to Aour house in the evenin' of the weddin' da$.7 &as that not ver$ #ind of hi @ (t did not even atter to hi if the people should sa$ that he has not a house which ( would li#e... ( would have li#ed it, %ecause he is there and he is so 'ood. 3ertainl$... ( prefer M$ own house... %ecause of e ories... /hB Joseph is so 'oodB &hat did he sa$ a%out Aour vow@ Aou haven?t told $et. e

He ade no o%=ection. /n the contrar$, when ( told hi the reasons, he said! 6( will =oin $ sacrifice to Aours.7 He is a hol$ $oun' an sa$s )nna of Phanuel.

"he hol$ $oun' an is co in' in =ust now in the co pan$ of Iacharias. He is reall$ a'nificent. )ll dressed in 'old $ellow he see s an eastern soverei'n. ) splendid %elt supports his %a' and his da''er, the for er of orocco e %roidered in 'old, the latter with a orocco sheath and 'old decorations. /n his head he is wearin' a tur%an, that is the usual piece of cloth worn li#e a hood, as is still custo ar$ a on'st certain people in )frica, such as the %edouins, and it is held %$ a precious rin', a thin wire of 'old, to which there are tied so e s all %unches of $rtle. He has on a new antle, with frin'es, and he wears it with 'reat di'nit$. He is spar#lin' with =o$. He has in his hands s all %unches of $rtle in %loo . 112

Peace to $ou, $ spouseB he 'reets Her. Peace to ever$one. &hen he has received a repl$ to his 'reetin's, he sa$s! ( saw Aour =o$ the da$ ( 'ave Aou a %ranch fro Aour 'arden. ( thou'ht ( should %rin' Aou so e $rtle which ( pic#ed near the 'rotto Aou love so uch. ( wanted to %rin' Aou so e of the roses that are alread$ %e'innin' to %loo near Aour house. 0ut roses do not last lon'. )fter a =ourne$ of several da$s ( would have arrived here with onl$ the thorns. )nd ( want to offer Aou, $ dear, onl$ roses and spread Aour wa$ with soft scented flowers, so that Aour feet a$ rest on the without touchin' an$thin' dirt$ or harsh. /hB "han# $ou, $ou are so 'oodB 0ut what did $ou do to #eep it so fresh@ ( tied a vase to the saddle and ( put in it the %ranches of the flowers in %ud. Eurin' the =ourne$ the$ have %urst into flower. Here the$ are, Mar$. Ma$ Aour forehead %e 'arlanded with purit$, the s$ %ol of a %ride, which, however, is uch inferior to the purit$ of Aour heart. 8liCa%eth and the teachers adorn Mar$ with a little 'arland of flowers which the$ for attachin' to the precious rin' the little white %unches of $rtle and the$ insert s all white roses which the$ ta#e fro a vase placed on a s all chest. Mar$ is on the point of ta#in' Her lar'e white antle to put it on Her shoulders, %ut Joseph precedes Her and helps Her to fasten it at the top of Her shoulders with two silver %uc#les. "he teachers then arran'e the folds with lovin' care. 8ver$thin' is read$. &hile the$ are awaitin' ( do not 111

#now what, Joseph ta#es Mar$ to one side and sa$s to Her! ( have pondered a lot on Aour vow these last da$s. ( told Aou that ( will share it with Aou. 0ut the ore ( thin# of it, the ore ( realise that a te porar$ ;aCiritis is not sufficient, even if renewed several ti es. ( have understood Aou, Mar$. ( do not $et deserve the word of 9i'ht, %ut a ur ur of it co es to e. )nd it causes e to read Aour secret, at least in its ain lines. ( a a poor i'norant an, Mar$. ) poor wor# an. ( #now nothin' of letters and ( have no treasures. 0ut ( place at Aour feet $ treasure! $ a%solute chastit$, forever, to %e worth$ of %ein' %eside Aou, 1ir'in of God, 6 $ sister spouse, enclosed 'arden, sealed fountain,7 as our )ncestor sa$s, who perhaps wrote the ,on' of ,on's seein' Aou... ( shall %e the 'uardian of this 'arden of spices in which are the ost precious fruits and fro which a sprin' of livin' water 'ushes out in a 'entle sur'e! Aour #indness, o spouse, has con>uered $ soul with Aour innocence, o ost %eautiful one. Aou are ore %eautiful than dawn, Aou are a sun that shines %ecause Aour heart shines, Aou are full of love for Aour God and for the world, to which Aou wish to 'ive a ,aviour with Aour sacrifice of a wo an. 3o e, $ %eloved spouse and he ta#es Her 'entl$ %$ the hand and leads Her towards the door. )ll the others follow the and outside the =o$ful co panions, all dressed in white and wearin' veils, =oin the . "he$ 'o throu'h $ards and porches, a on' the crowds that watch the , up to a point that is not the "e ple, %ut see s to %e a hall used for cere onies, %ecause there are la ps and rolls of parch ent as in s$na'o'ues. "he$ 'o as far as a tall lectern, al ost a des#, and the$ wait. "he others stand orderl$ %ehind the . /ther priests and 112

curious people 'ather at the end. "he Hi'h Priest enters sole nl$. "here is whisperin' a on'st the curious crowd! (s he 'oin' to arr$ the @ Aes, %ecause ,he is of ro$al and sacerdotal ran#. ) flower of Eavid and )aron, the %ride is a vir'in of the "e ple. "he 'roo is of the tri%e of Eavid. "he Pontiff =oins the ri'ht hand of the %ride with the ri'ht hand of the 'roo and he %lesses the sole nl$! Ma$ the God of )%raha , (saac and Jaco% %e with $ou. Ma$ He =oin $ou and fulfill His %lessin' in $ou 'ivin' $ou His peace and nu erous descendants with a lon' life and a happ$ death in the %oso of )%raha . He then withdraws as sole n as when he entered. "he pro ise has %een e4chan'ed. Mar$ is Joseph?s spouse. (*) "he$ all 'o out and the$ orderl$ ove to a hall where the$ stipulate the weddin' contract in which it is stated that Mar$, the dau'hter heiress of Joachi of Eavid and of )nne of )aron 'ives Joseph, as Her dowr$, Her house and the estate attached to it, Her personal propert$ and what ,he has inherited fro Her father. (t is now all over. "he %etrothed 'o out into the $ard and the$ ove toward the e4it near the dwellin's of the wo en assi'ned to the "e ple. ) co forta%le heav$ wa''on is waitin' for the . ) tent is laid over it as a shelter and Mar$?s heav$ trun#s are alread$ loaded on it. 113

)fter farewell words, #isses and tears, %lessin's and advice, Mar$ 'ets into the wa''on with 8liCa%eth, while Joseph and Iachar ias sit in the front. "he$ have ta#en off their %est antles and are all wearin' dar# ones. "he wa''on departs at the heav$ trot of a %i' dar# horse. "he "e ple walls and then the cit$ walls are recedin' and here is the countr$, new, fresh, %loo in' in the earl$ sprin'ti e sunshine, with the corn a few inches off the 'round, its little leaves, which loo# li#e e eralds, wavin' at a 'entle %reeCe, which carries the scent of peach and apple flowers, of clover flowers and of wild int. Mar$ is weepin' silentl$, under Her veil, and now and a'ain ,he re oves the tent and loo#s at the far awa$ "e ple and the cit$ ,he has left... "he vision ends thus. (*) (n (srael, also at the ti e of /ur 9ad$, a arria'e co prised two phases! the en'a'e ent and the weddin'. "he rite of the en'a'e ent, %$ which the arria'e was essentiall$ esta%lished, i plied that the $oun' couple should %e %lessed %$ a priest while holdin' each other?s ri'ht handF a le'al contract was ade in re'ard to propert$ and ri'hts. Eurin' this first phase the$ did not live to'ether. "he weddin' was the sole n acco plish ent of the contract and the couple %e'an to live to'ether. ------------Jesus sa$s! &hat does the 0oo# of &isdo sa$, sin'in' her praises@ 6&ithin wisdo is a spirit intelli'ent, hol$, uni>ue, anifold, su%tle.7 )nd it 'oes on listin' her endow ents, 11'

endin' the period with the words... 6al i'ht$, allsurve$in', penetratin' all intelli'ent, pure and ost su%tle spirits. ,he is so pure she pervades and per eates all thin's. ,he is a %reath of the power of God, hence nothin' i pure can find a wa$ into her... i a'e of His 'oodness. )lthou'h alone she can do all, herself unchan'in', she a#es all thin's new, she passes into hol$ souls, she a#es the friends of God and Prophets.7 Aou have seen how Joseph, not %$ hu an culture, %ut %$ supernatural education can read in the sealed %oo# of the ( aculate 1ir'in and how he %orders upon prophetic truths %$ his 6seein'7 a superhu an $ster$ where others could onl$ see a 'reat virtue. ,ince he is i %ued with this wisdo , which is a %reath of the power of God and a definite e anation of the )l i'ht$, he sails with a secure spirit the sea of this $ster$ of 'race which is Mar$. He penetr ates with Her spiritual contacts, in which, rather than the lips, the two spirits spea# to each other in the sacred silence of their souls, where God onl$ can hear voices and those who are well li#ed %$ God, %ecause the$ are His faithful servants and are full of Hi . "he wisdo of the Just an, which increases %$ his union and closeness to Mar$, 2ull of Grace, prepares hi to penetrate the deepest secrets of God and ena%les hi to protect and defend the fro the snares of an and de on. )nd in the eanti e it invi'orates hi . (t a#es the =ust an a saint, and the saint the 'uardian of the ,pouse and of the ,on of God. &ithout re ovin' the seal of God, he, a chaste an, now elevatin' his chastit$ to an'elical herois , can read the 11+

word of fire written %$ God on the vir'inal dia ond, and he reads what his wisdo does not repeat, %ut is 'reater than what Moses read on the stone ta%lets. )nd to prevent profane e$es fro pr$in' into the $ster$, he places hi self, seal upon the seal, as an archan'el of fire on the threshold of Paradise, within which the 8ternal 2ather ta#es His deli'ht, 6wal#in' in the cool of the evenin'7 and tal#in' to Her &ho is His love, Garden of lilies in %loo , )ir scented with perfu es, fresh ornin' 0reeCe, lovel$ ,tar, Eeli'ht of God. "he new 8ve is there, in front of hi , not %one fro his %ones, nor flesh fro his flesh, %ut co panion of his life, livin' )r# of God, &ho he receives in 'uardianship and &ho he ust return to God as pure as he received Her. 6,pouse to God7 was written in the i aculate pa'es of that $stical %oo#... )nd when in the hour of trial suspicion hissed its torture, he suffered as a an and as a servant of God, as no an suffered, %ecause of the suspected sacrile'e. 0ut this was to %e the future trial. ;ow, in this ti e of 'race, he sees and he puts hi self at the ost true service of God. "hen the stor of the trial will co e, as for all saints, to %e tested and ade coad=utors of God. &hat do $ou read in 9eviticus@ 6"ell )aron, $our %rother, that he ust not enter the sanctuar$ %e$ond the 1eil in front of the "hrone of erc$ that is over the )r#, whenever he chooses. He a$ dieF for ( appear in a cloud on the "hrone of erc$, unless he has done these thin's first! he will offer a $oun' %ull for a sacrifice for sin and a ra for holocaust, he is to wear a linen tunic and cover his na#edness with a linen 'irdle.7 11-

)nd Joseph reall$ enters the sanctuar$ of God, when and as far as God wants, %e$ond the veil that conceals the )r# on which the ,pirit of God hovers and he offers hi self and will offer the 9a %, a holocaust for the sin of the world and in e4piation of such sin. )nd he does that dressed in linen, and ortif$in' his virile li %s to a%olish their facult$ of sensation, which once, at the %e'innin' of ti es, did triu ph, i pairin' the ri'hts of God on an and which will now %e crushed in the ,on, in the Mother and in the putative father, to lead en %ac# to Grace and restore the ri'ht of God on an. He does that with his perpetual chastit$. &as Joseph not on Gol'otha@ Eo $ou thin# he is not a on'st the co-redee ers@ ( tell $ou sole nl$ that he was the first and therefore he is 'reat in the e$es of God. Great for his sacrifice, his patience, his perseverance, his faith. &hich faith is 'reater than this one that %elieved without seein' the iracles of the Messiah@ Praise %e to M$ putative father, an e4a ple to $ou of what $ou lac# ost! purit$, faithfulness and perfect love. Praise %e to the a'nificent reader of the sealed 0oo#, i %ued with &isdo to %e a%le to understand the $steries of Grace and chosen to protect the ,alvation of the world fro the snares of all ene ies.


14. Jose'h and Mar& arri5e in 6a7areth.

6th +e'tember 1944.

) ver$ %lue s#$ of a ild 2e%ruar$ is over the hills of Galilee. "he 'entle hills that ( have never seen in the earl$ histor$ of Mar$, are now instead as fa iliar to e as if ( were %orn there. "he ain road is fresh loo#in' %ecause of last ni'ht?s rain and it is neither dust$ nor udd$. (t is hard and clean as if were the street of a town and it runs %etween two hed'es of hawthorn in %loo . "he hed'es are so white that the$ loo# li#e a snowfall. "he scenar$ is %ro#en %$ the onstrous con'lo erations of cacti, with thic# leaves li#e palettes, spi#ed with stin's and decorated with the hu'e 'ranades of their peculiar fruits, 'rown without ste on the top of the leaves. 0ecause of their colour and shape, the cactus leaves alwa$s 'ive e the i pression of sea depths and coral reefs, of =ell$fish and other deep sea ani als. 0e$ond the hed'erows, there is the countr$. "he purpose of the hed'es is to fence in the 'rounds of the various owners, and thus the$ stretch in ever$ direction for in' a stran'e 'eo etrical desi'n of curves and an'les, loCen'es, s>uares, se icircles and the ost un%elieva%le acute and o%tuse an'led trian'les, a desi'n all spra$ed with white, li#e a stran'e ri%%on thrown over the countr$ =ust for fun and over which hundreds and hundreds of %irds fl$, chirp, sin', in the =o$ of love, while wor#in' to %uild their nests. (n the fields the corn is taller than in Judaea. "he eadows are full of flowers and there are hundreds of fruit-trees all in full %loo , that loo# li#e 110

clouds of ve'eta%les white, red, pin#, with all 'radations of these colours! the$ see to %e an answer to the li'ht clouds in the s#$ which the settin' sun paints pin#, li'ht lilac, periwin#le violet, opal %lue and coral oran'e. &ith the li'ht evenin' %reeCe the first petals fall fro the trees in %losso and the$ see a swar of little %utterflies searchin' for pollen on wild flowers. )nd fro tree to tree there are festoons of vines still %arren, e4cept at the top of the festoons, where there is ore sunshine, and the first little innocent, surprised, tre %lin' leaves are %e'innin' to open. "he sun is settin' peacefull$ in the s#$, which is so %eni'n in its deep %lue. "he li'ht a#es it even ore li pid and causes the snow on Mount Her on and other far awa$ ountain tops to shine. ) wa''on is ovin' alon' the road. (t is the wa''on that is carr$in' Joseph, Mar$ and Her cousins. "heir =ourne$ is at an end. Mar$ is loo#in' with the ea'erness of those who want to #now, na$ want to reco'nise what the$ have alread$ seen, %ut can no lon'er re e %er and the$ s ile when a faint e or$ co es %ac# to the and rests, li#e a li'ht, on this or that thin', on this or that point. 8liCa%eth, Iacharias and Joseph help Her to re e %er, pointin' to various places and houses. ;aCareth is alread$ showin' its houses, spread out on the undulations of its hills. 9it up fro the left %$ the settin' sun, it shows the white of its low wide little houses %ordered in pin# and sur ounted %$ terraces. ,o e of the , full$ illu inated %$ the sun, see to %e near a fire, so red are the fronts of 11&

the houses %ecause of the sun, that also li'hts up the water of the ponds and of the low wells, with practicall$ no parapets, and fro which s>uea#$ pails of water are %ein' pulled up for the houses as well as water-%a's for the orchards. 3hildren and wo en rush to the side of the road and loo# into the wa''on and 'reet Joseph who is well #nown to the . 0ut the$ are so ewhat e %arrassed and sh$ with re'ard to the other three travellers. 0ut when the wa''on enters the little town, there is no lon'er an$ e %arrass ent or sh$ness. Man$ people of all a'es are 'athered at the entrance of the villa'e under a rustic arch of flowers and %ranches, and there is an out%urst of shrill voices and a tossin' of %ranches and flowers as soon as the wa''on appears fro %ehind the corner of the last house l$in' %efore it in the countr$. (t is the wo en, 'irls and children of ;aCareth 'reetin' the %ride. "he en, ore 'rave, are standin' %ehind the e4cited and shoutin' crowd and the$ are 'reetin' sole nl$. "he wa''on is not covered now %$ the tent, which was re oved %efore reachin' the villa'e, %oth %ecause the sun was no lon'er anno$in' the and to ena%le Mar$ to see Her native land. Mar$ thus appears in all the %eaut$ of a lovel$ flower. &hite and %londe li#e an an'el, ,he s iles lovin'l$ at ever$%od$! at the children who throw Her flowers and #issesF at the 'irls of Her own a'e who call Her %$ na eF at the elderl$ wo en who %less Her with their cheerful voices. ,he %ows to the en and particularl$ to one who is perhaps the ra%%i or the elder of the town. 122

"he wa''on proceeds slowl$ alon' the ain road, followed for a considera%le distance %$ the crowd, for who the arrival is an event. "here is Aour house, Mar$ sa$s Joseph, pointin' with his whip to a little house which is =ust under the ed'e of an undulation of the hill. 0ehind the house there is a lovel$ lar'e #itchen 'arden all in %loo , at the end of which there is a s all olive-'rove. 0ehind the olive-'rove there is the usual %oundar$ hed'e of hawthorn and cactus. "he fields that once %elon'ed to Joachi , are farther %e$ond... )s Aou can see, ver$ little is left for Aou sa$s Iacharias. Aour father?s illness was a lon' and e4pensive one. )lso the e4penses to repair the da a'e done %$ the :o ans were heav$. ,ee@ "he road too# awa$ the three ain roo s and the house was cut down in siCe. (n order to enlar'e it, without e4cessive e4penses, a part of the ountain was adapted, where the 'rotto is. Joachi #ept his supplies there and )nne her loo s. Aou will do as Aou thin# %est. /hB (t does not atter if onl$ little is left. (t will %e sufficient for Me. ( will wor# ... ;o, Mar$. (t is Joseph who is spea#in'. ( will wor#. Aou will do nothin' %ut weave and sew thin's for the house. ( a $oun' and stron' and ( a Aour hus%and. Please do not hu iliate e with Aour wor#. ( shall do as $ou wish. Aes, in this case ( do want it. (n ever$thin' else Aour wishes are the law. 0ut not in re'ard to this. 121

"he$ have arrived. "he wa''on stops. "wo wo en and two en, a%out fort$ and fift$ $ears of a'e respectivel$, are at the entrance and an$ children and $oun' %o$s are with the . Ma$ God 'ive Aou peace, Mar$ sa$s the elder an and one of the wo en approaches Mar$ e %racin' and #issin' Her. He is $ %rother )lphaeus and she is Mar$, his wife, and these are their children. "he$ have co e to 'reet Aou and to tell Aou that their house is Aours if Aou wish so sa$s Joseph. Aes, co e Mar$, if it is painful for Aou to live %$ Aourself. "he countr$ is %eautiful in sprin'ti e and our house is in the iddle of fields full of flowers. )nd Aou will %e the loveliest flower there sa$s Mar$ of )lphaeus. "han# $ou, Mar$. ( would co e so willin'l$. 0ut ( a so an4ious to see and reco'nise M$ own ho e. ( left it when ( was a little 'irl, and ( have for'otten what it is li#e... ;ow ( have found it a'ain... and ( feel ( have found also M$ lost other, M$ %eloved father, and that ( can hear the echo of their words... and ( s ell the perfu e of their last %reathin'. ( feel ( a no lon'er an orphan, %ecause once a'ain ( have around Me the e %race of these walls... Please understand Me, Mar$. Mar$?s voice tre %les and Her e$es %e'in to shine with tears. Mar$ of )lphaeus replies to Her! )s Aou wish, $ dear. ( want Aou to feel that ( a Aour sister and friend, and also a other to Aou, since ( a so uch older than Aou are. "he other wo an has co e forward! Hello, Mar$. ( a 122

,arah, Aour other?s friend. ( saw Aou %ein' %orn. )nd this is )lphaeus, )lphaeus? nephew, and a 'reat friend of Aour other. &hat ( did for Aour other, ( a willin' to do for Aou, if Aou wish so. ,ee@ M$ house is the nearest to Aours and Aour fields are now ours. 0ut if Aou want to co e, co e whenever Aou wish. &e will open a passa'e throu'h the hed'e and we shall %e to'ether, $et each of us will %e at ho e. "his is $ hus%and. "han# $ou all and for ever$thin'. "han# $ou for all the 'ood $ou did to M$ parents and for $our love for Me. Ma$ God the )l i'ht$ %less $ou for it. "he heav$ trun#s are unloaded and carried into the house. "he$ 'o in. ( now reco'nise the little house of ;aCareth, as it was durin' the life of Jesus. Joseph ta#es Mar$ %$ Her hand and the$ 'o in. /n the threshold he sa$s to Her! )nd now, on this threshold, ( want a pro ise fro Aou. "hat whatever a$ happen to Aou, whatever Aou a$ need, there is no other friend who to appl$ to %ut Joseph and that, for no reason whatsoever, a$ Aou worr$ all %$ Aourself. :e e %er that ( a ever$thin' for Aou and it will %e a =o$ for e to a#e Aour life happ$ and, since happiness is not alwa$s in our power, ( will at least a#e it peaceful and safe. ( do pro ise, Joseph. "he door and windows are opened. "he last searchin' ra$s of the sun enter. Mar$ has now ta#en off Her antle and veil, %ecause, with the e4ception of the $rtle flowers, ,he has still Her %ridal dress on. ,he then 'oes into the #itchen 'arden in 123

%loo . ,he loo#s and s iles. ,till held %$ the hand %$ Joseph, ,he 'oes round the 'arden. ,he loo#s as if ,he were ta#in' possession of a lost place. )nd Joseph shows Her his wor#! ,ee@ ( du' a hole here to 'ather the rain water, %ecause these vines are alwa$s thirst$. ( cut off the oldest %ranches of this olive tree to stren'then it and ( transplanted these apple trees %ecause two of the had withered. /ver there ( planted so e fi' trees. &hen the$ 'row up the$ will shelter the house %oth fro the e4cessive heat of the sun and fro in>uisitive people. "he per'ola is the old one. ( onl$ chan'ed the rotten poles and ( did so e tri in'. (t will 'ive Aou a lot of, 'rapes, ( hope. )nd here, loo# and he leads Her proudl$ towards the side of the hill at the %ac# of the house, which li its the northern side of the 'arden, here ( du' a 'rotto and ( have reinforced it and when these little plants ta#e roots, it will %e al ost identical to the one Aou had. "here is no sprin'... %ut ( hope to conve$ a little strea there. ( will wor# in the lon' su er evenin's, when ( co e to see Aou... &hat do $ou ean@ as#s )lphaeus. )re $ou not 'ettin' arried this su er@ ;o. Mar$ wants to weave Her woollen clothes, the onl$ thin's issin' fro Her trousseau. )nd ( a'ree with Her. Mar$ is so $oun' that it does not atter if we wait for a $ear or ore. (n the eanti e ,he will 'et used to the house... &ellB Aou have alwa$s %een so ewhat different fro other people and $ou still are. ( do not #now who would not %e in a hurr$ to 'et arried to a %eautiful flower li#e 12'

Mar$, and $ou are dela$in' thin's %$


) =o$ awaited for a lon' ti e is a =o$ to %e ta#en deli'ht in ore intensel$ replies Joseph with a 'entle s ile. His %rother shru's his shoulders and as#s! &ell, then, when are $ou thin#in' of 'ettin' arried@ &hen Mar$ is si4teen. )fter the feast of the "a%ernacles. "he winter evenin's will %e sweet for the newl$ wedsB... and he s iles a'ain loo#in' at Mar$. ) s ile of a 'entle secret understandin'. ) s ile of a %rotherl$ chastit$ 'ivin' co fort. He then resu es his tour of the 'arden. "his is the %i' roo under the ountain. (f Aou a'ree, ( will use it as a wor#shop when ( co e here. (t is =oined to the house, %ut not in the house. ,o ( will not anno$ Aou with noises and disorder. However, if Aou wish otherwise... ;o, Joseph. "hat is perfectl$ all ri'ht. "he$ 'o %ac# into the house and li'ht the la ps. Mar$ is tired sa$s Joseph. 9et us leave Her in peace with Her cousins. "he$ all sa$ 'ood%$e and 'o out. Joseph sta$s for a few o ents and spea#s to Iacharias in a low voice. Aour cousin is leavin' 8liCa%eth with Aou for a little while. )re Aou happ$@ ( a . 0ecause she will help Aou... to %eco e a perfect housewife. &ith her Aou will %e a%le to arran'e Aour thin's and Aour furniture, and ( will co e ever$ evenin' to help Aou. &ith 8liCa%eth Aou can purchase the wool and whatever Aou a$ need. )nd ( will see to the e4penses. :e e %er, Aou have pro ised 12+

to co e to e for ever$thin'. Good%$e, Mar$. ,leep the first ni'ht as the landlad$ of this house and a$ the an'el of God a#e Aour sleep peaceful. Ma$ the 9ord %e alwa$s with Aou. Good%$e, Joseph. Ma$ $ou also %e under the win's of God?s an'el. "han# $ou, Joseph. 2or ever$thin'. )s far as ( can, ( will re>uite $our love with Mine. Joseph sa$s 'ood%$e to Her cousins and 'oes out. )nd the vision ends with hi .

1,. Conclusion to the %re84os'el.

Jesus sa$s! "he c$cle is over. (t has %een so sweet and 'entle and with it $our Jesus has ta#en $ou out of the tur oil of these da$s without an$ shoc#. 9i#e a %a%$ enveloped in soft woollen swaddlin' clothes and laid on soft cushions, $ou have %een i ersed in those %lissful visions so that $ou i'ht not perceive the cruelt$ of en who hate instead of lovin' one another, and %e terrorised %$ such ferocit$. Aou could no lon'er endure certain situations, and ( do not want $ou to die %ecause of the , %ecause ( ta#e care of M$ 6 outhpiece7. "he reason wh$ victi s have %een tortured %$ utter despair is a%out to cease in the world. "herefore, Mar$, the ti e of $our dreadful sufferin' for too an$ reasons in such stron' contrast with $our feelin's, will co e to an end as well. 0ut $our sufferin' will not cease! $ou are a 12-

victi . 0ut part of it! the latter, will cease. "hen the da$ will co e when ( will sa$ to $ou, as ( said to Mar$ of Ma'dala when she was d$in'! 6:est. (t is now ti e for $ou to rest. Give Me $our thorns. (t is now ti e for roses. :est and wait. ( %less $ou, o %lessed soul.7 "hat is what ( was sa$in' to $ou, and it was a pro ise which $ou did not understand, as the ti e was approachin' when $ou were to %e i ersed in, rolled over, chained and filled with thorns, in deepest dar#ness... ( a repeatin' that to $ou now, with the =o$ which onl$ the 9ove, &hich ( a , can feel when (t can stop one of (ts %eloved fro sufferin'. ( a now tellin' $ou that that ti e of sacrifice is ceasin'. )nd (, &ho #now, sa$ to $ou, on %ehalf of the world which does not #now, on %ehalf of (tal$, of 1iare''io, of this little villa'e, where $ou %rou'ht Me < editate on the eanin' of these words < ( sa$ to $ou 6than#s7 as is due to holocausts for their sacrifices. &hen ( showed $ou 3ecil$, the vir'in-spouse, ( told $ou that she %eca e i pre'nated with M$ perfu es, %ehind which she dra''ed her hus%and, %rother-in-law, servants, relatives, friends. Aou pla$ed the role of 3ecil$ in this ad world, and $ou do not #now, %ut ( a tellin' $ou, ( &ho #now. Aou %eca e saturated with Me, with M$ word, $ou infor ed people of M$ desires and the %est a on' the understood and followin' $ou, a victi , an$ ore have risen, and if $our fatherland and the places dearer to $ou are not co pletel$ ruined, that is due to the fact that an$ victi s have %een consu ed after $our e4a ple and $our inistr$. "han# $ou, M$ %lessed one. 0ut 'o on. 12*

( have 'reat need to save the earth, to %u$ the earth a'ain, and $ou victi s are the one$. Ma$ &isdo , which tau'ht saints and teaches $ou directl$, elevate $ou ore and ore in the understandin' of the ,cience of life and in its practice. Pitch $our little tent near the house of the 9ord. ;a$, pitch the pe's of $our own dwellin' in the a%ode of &isdo and live there without ever co in' out. Aou will rest, under the protection of the 9ord &ho loves $ou, li#e a %ird a on' flower$ %ranches and He will shelter $ou fro all spiritual stor s and $ou will %e in the li'ht of the 'lor$ of God, fro &ho words of peace and truth will descend for $ou. Go in peace. ( %less $ou, o %lessed soul. --------------------------( ediatel$ afterwards Mar$ sa$s! ) present to Mar$ for her feast fro Mother. ) chain of presents. )nd if there are so e thorns a on'st the , do not co plain to the 9ord &ho has loved $ou as He has loved few people. ( told $ou at the %e'innin'! 6&rite a%out Me. )ll $our sorrows will %e co forted.7 Aou can now see that it was true. "his 'ift had %een put aside for this ti e of e4cite ent, %ecause we do not ta#e care onl$ of the spirit, %ut we also loo# after atter, which is not the >ueen %ut a useful servant to the spirit in fulfillin' its ission. 0e 'rateful to the Most Hi'h, &ho is reall$ a 2ather to $ou, also in an affectionatel$ hu an sense, and lulls $ou with sweet ecstasies to conceal fro $ou what would fri'hten $ou. 9ove Me ore and ore. ( have led $ou into 120

the secrec$ of M$ earl$ $ears. Aou now #now ever$thin' a%out Mother. 9ove Me as dau'hter and sister in our destin$ of victi s. )nd love God the 2ather, God the ,on, God the Hol$ ,pirit with perfect love. "he %lessin' of the 2ather, of the ,on and of the ,pirit passes throu'h M$ hands, is scented with M$ otherl$ love for $ou and it descends and rests upon $ou. 0e supernaturall$ happ$.

16. The Annunciation.

0th March 1944.

&hat ( see. Mar$, a ver$ $oun' 'irl! ,he loo#s fifteen $ears old, at ost. ,he is in a s all rectan'ular roo ! a roo ost suita%le for a 'irl. )lon' one of the lon'er walls, there is a %ed! a low %ed, without %edstead, covered with thic# ats or carpets, which appear to %e laid on %oards or cane-trellis, %ecause the$ are ver$ stiff and without an$ curve, as is usual with our %eds. )'ainst the other wall there is a #ind of %oo#case with an oil la p, so e rolls of parch ent, so e needlewor# carefull$ folded! it see s to %e e %roider$ wor#. 0eside the %oo#case, towards the door, which opens onto the #itchen 'arden and which is now covered %$ a curtain 'entl$ oved %$ a li'ht %reeCe, there is the 1ir'in sittin' on a low stool. ,he is spinnin' so e linen which is as white as snow and as soft as sil#. Her little hands, =ust a little dar#er than linen, are whirlin' the spindle ver$ >uic#l$. Her %eautiful $oun' face is sli'htl$ %ent forward 12&

and ,he is s ilin' 'entl$ as if ,he were caressin' or followin' so e sweet thou'ht. "here is a 'reat silence in the little house and in the #itchen 'arden. "here is a 'reat peace %oth on Mar$?s face and in the surroundin' place. "here is peace and order. 8ver$thin' is neat and tid$ and the roo , althou'h ver$ odest loo#in' and ver$ odestl$ furnished -it is al ost as %are as a cell- has so ethin' austere and re'al a%out it %ecause of its cleanliness and the care with which ever$thin' is laid! the clothes on the %ed, the rolls, the la p, the copper pitcher near the la p, with a %unch of %ranches in %loo in it. ( do not #now whether the$ are peach or pear %ranches. "he$ are certainl$ %ranches of a fruit-tree, with pin#ish white flowers. Mar$ %e'ins to sin' in a low voice, then ,he raises Her voice sli'htl$. 0ut ,he does not sin' loudl$. ,till, it is a voice vi%ratin' in the little roo and one can perceive the vi%ration of Her soul in it. ( do not understand the words as the$ are spo#en in He%rew. 0ut as now and a'ain ,he repeats Jehovah ( realiCe that it is a sacred son', perhaps a psal . Mar$ is pro%a%l$ re e %erin' the son's of the "e ple. )nd it ust %e a happ$ e or$ %ecause ,he la$s Her hands in Her lap, while still holdin' the $arn and the spindle, and lifts Her head leanin' a'ainst the wall! Her face is %eautifull$ flushed and Her e$es are lost %ehind... ( wonder what sweet thou'ht. Her e$es are shinin' with tears, which appear %ut do not overflow and the$ a#e Her e$es loo# lar'er. )nd $et those e$es are s ilin', the$ are s ilin' at a thou'ht the$ can see and %$ which Mar$ is a%stracted 132

fro the earthl$ world. Mar$?s face, flushed and 'irded %$ the plaits ,he wears rolled up li#e a crown round Her head, see s a %eautiful flower, as it e er'es fro Her plain white dress. "he son' chan'es into a pra$er! Most Hi'h 9ord God, do not dela$ an$ lon'er in sendin' Aour ,ervant to %rin' peace to the world. Grant us the favoura%le ti e and the pure and prolific vir'in for the co in' of Aour 3hrist. 2ather, Hol$ 2ather, 'rant Me, Aour servant to offer M$ life for this purpose. Grant Me to die after seein' Aour 9i'ht and Aour Justice on earth and after #nowin' that our :ede ption has %een acco plished. / Hol$ 2ather, send the Pro ise of the Prophets to the earth. ,end the :edee er to Aour aidservant, so that in the hour of M$ death, Aour a%ode a$ %e opened to Me, as its 'ates have alread$ %een opened %$ Aour 3hrist for all those who have hoped in Aou. 3o e, co e, / ,pirit of the 9ord. 3o e to the faithful who are e4pectin' Aou. 3o e, Prince of PeaceB... Mar$ re ains a%sor%ed thus... "he curtain oves fast, as if so eone %ehind it ventilated it or shoo# it to draw it. )nd a pearl white li'ht i4ed with pure silver a#es the sli'htl$ $ellow walls clearer and a#es the colours of the cloths %ri'hter and Mar$?s raised face ore spiritual. )nd in such li'ht, while the curtain is still drawn on the $ster$ to %e acco plished, the )rchan'el prostrates hi self! the curtain no lon'er oves! it is han'in' stiff a'ainst the doorposts li#e a wall separatin' the inside fro the outside. "he )n'el ust necessaril$ ta#e a hu an appearance. 0ut it is a transhu anised appearance. /f what flesh is this %eautiful and 'lea in' fi'ure ade@ &ith what 131

su%stance did God for it to a#e it percepti%le to the senses of the 1ir'in@ /nl$ God can possess such su%stances and use the so perfectl$. (t is a face, a %od$, e$es, a outh, hair and hands li#e ours. 0ut the$ are not our dull atter. (t is a li'ht that has ta#en the colour of flesh, of e$es, hair, lips, a li'ht that oves and s iles, loo#s and spea#s. Hail, Mar$, full of Grace, HailB "he voice is a sweet arpe''io as of pearls thrown on a precious etal plate. Mar$ is startled and lowers Her head. )nd ,he is even ore startled when ,he sees the shinin' creature #neelin' at a%out a etre fro Her and loo#in' at Her with infinite veneration, his hands crossed over his chest. Mar$ =u ps to Her feet and ,he s>ueeCes a'ainst the wall. ,he turns pale and red alternatel$. Her face shows surprise and fear. ,he su%consciousl$ presses Her hands a'ainst Her %reast hidin' the under Her lar'e sleeves. ,he stoops, endeavourin' to conceal Her %od$ as uch as possi%le. )n attitude of 'entle odest$. ;o. Eo not fear. "he 9ord is with AouB Aou are %lessed a on'st all wo enB 0ut Mar$ continues to %e afraid. &here has that e4traordinar$ %ein' co e fro @ (s he a essen'er of God or of the Eeceiver@ Eo not fear, Mar$B repeats the )rchan'el. ( a Ga%riel, the )n'el of God. M$ 9ord has sent e to Aou. Eo not %e afraid, %ecause Aou have found 'race in the e$es of God. )nd Aou will conceive and %ear a ,on and Aou will call Hi 6Jesus7! He will %e 'reat and will %e 132

called ,on of the Most Hi'h (and such He will reall$ %e). )nd the 9ord God will 'ive Hi the throne of His )ncestor Eavid and He will rule over the House of Jaco% forever, and His rei'n will have no end. .nderstand, o Hol$ 1ir'in loved %$ God, Eau'hter %lessed %$ Hi , called to %e the Mother of His ,on, what ,on Aou will 'enerateB How can this co e a%out, since ( do not #now an@ Perhaps the 9ord God will no lon'er accept the offer of His aidservant and does not want Me a 1ir'in for His love@ ;ot %$ deed of an Aou will %e a other, Mar$. Aou are the 8ternal 1ir'in, the Hol$ 1ir'in of God. "he Hol$ ,pirit will co e upon Aou and the power of the Most Hi'h will cover Aou with its shadow. ,o the 3hild %orn of Aou will %e called Hol$ and ,on of God. /ur 9ord God can do ever$thin'. 8liCa%eth, the %arren one, in her old a'e has conceived a son who will %e the Prophet of Aour ,on, and will prepare His wa$s. "he 9ord has re oved her dis'race and her e or$ will re ain a on'st peoples to'ether with Aour na e, as the na e of her creature will %e =oined to the na e of Aour Hol$ ,on, and until the end of centuries $ou will %e called %lessed, %ecause of the 'race of the 9ord which has co e to $ou %oth and particularl$ to Aou, %$ eans of &ho Grace has co e to all peoples. 8liCa%eth is in her si4th onth and her %urden lifts her to =o$, and will lift her even ore when she hears of Aour =o$. ;othin' is i possi%le to the 9ord, Mar$, full of Grace. &hat shall ( tell $ 9ord@ 9et no thou'ht whatsoever distur% Aou. He will protect Aour interests if Aou trust in Hi . "he world, Heaven, the 133

8ternal 2ather are awaitin' Aour wordB Mar$ crosses Her hands over Her %reast and %owin' down deepl$, ,he sa$s! ( a the hand aid of the 9ord. 9et what $ou have said %e done to Me. "he )n'el shines out of =o$. He #neels in adoration %ecause he certainl$ sees the ,pirit of God descend upon the 1ir'in %ent down in assent, and he disappears without ovin' the curtain, %ut leaves it well drawn over the hol$ M$ster$.

1.. The 3isobedience of 95e and the /bedience of Mar&.

,th March 1944.

Jesus sa$s! ...Eo we not read in Genesis that God ade an the overlord of ever$thin' on the earth, that is ever$thin' e4cept God and His an'elical inisters@ Eo we not read that He ade the wo an the co panion of an in his =o$ and his do ination over all livin' %ein's@ Eo we not read that the$ were allowed to eat of ever$thin' with the e4ception of the tree of the #nowled'e of Good and 8vil@ &h$@ &hat is the eanin' of the words 6that he i'ht rule7@ )nd what is the eanin' of the tree of the #nowled'e of Good and 8vil@ Have $ou ever as#ed these >uestions, $ou an, who as# so an$ useless ones and never as# $our soul a%out heavenl$ truths@ Aour soul 13'

would tell $ou, if it were alive, %ecause a soul in 'race is held li#e a flower in the hands of $our an'el, and li#e a flower it is #issed %$ the sun and sprin#led with dew %$ the Hol$ ,pirit, &ho war s and illu inates it, spra$s and decorates it with heavenl$ li'hts. How an$ truths $our soul would tell $ou, if $ou onl$ #new how to converse with it, if $ou loved $our soul that a#es $ou li#e God, &ho is a spirit, as $our soul is a spirit. &hat a 'reat friend $ou would have if $ou loved $our soul instead of hatin' it to the e4tent of #illin' itF what a 'reat and su%li e friend with who $ou could tal# of celestial atters, since $ou en are so ea'er to tal# and $ou ruin one another with friendships which, if the$ are not unworth$ ones (as so eti es the$ are), the$ are al ost alwa$s useless and the$ turn into a vain and da a'in' tu ult of worldl$ words. Eid ( not sa$! 6(f an$one loves Me he will #eep M$ word, and M$ 2ather will love hi , and &e shall co e to hi and a#e /ur ho e with hi 7@ "he soul in 'race possesses love, and %$ possessin' love it possesses God, that is the 2ather &ho preserves it, the ,on &ho teaches it, the ,pirit &ho illu inates it. (t therefore possesses Dnowled'e, ,cience, &isdo , 9i'ht. 3onsider therefore what su%li e conversations $our soul could hold with $ou. ,uch conversations filled the silence of prisons, the silence of cells, the silence of her ita'es, the silence of the roo s of hol$ sic# people. ,uch conversations were the consolation of prisoners awaitin' art$rdo , of cloistered on#s and nuns searchin' for the "ruth, of her its lon'in' for an advanced #nowled'e of God, of sic# people in %earin', na$, in lovin' their crosses. 13+

(f $ou #new how to >uestion $our soul, $ou would %e told that the true, e4tensive eanin' < as co prehensive as creation itself < of the words 6that he i'ht rule7 is this! 6"hat an i'ht do inate ever$thin', that is his three states. "he lower state, the ani al one. "he iddle state, the oral one. "he superior state, the spiritual one. )nd all three of the are to %e directed to one sole ai ! to possess God.7 "o possess Hi %$ deservin' Hi throu'h a strict control which su%dues all the power of one?s e'o and conve$s it to one onl$ purpose! to deserve to possess God. Aour soul would tell $ou that God had for%idden the #nowled'e of 'ood and evil, %ecause He had alread$ 'ranted 'ood to His creatures 'ratuitousl$, and He did not want $ou to #now evil, %ecause it is a sweet fruit to taste, %ut once its =uice %eco es part of $our %lood, it causes a fever that #ills $ou and produces a parchin' thirst, so that the ore one drin#s of that false =uice, the ore thirst$ one %eco es. Aou a$ o%=ect! 6)nd wh$ did He put it there@7 0ecause evil is a force that ori'inated %$ itself li#e certain onstrous diseases in the ost wholeso e %od$. 9ucifer was an an'el, the ost %eautiful of all the an'els, a perfect spirit, inferior onl$ to God, and $et in his %ri'ht essence a vapour of pride arose and he did not scatter it. /n the contrar$, he condensed it %$ %roodin' over it. )nd 8vil was %orn of this incu%ation. (t e4isted %efore an. God had hurled hi out of Paradise, the cursed incu%ator of 8vil, who had desecrated Paradise. 0ut he is the eternal incu%ator of 8vil and as he can no lon'er soil Paradise, he has soiled the earth. 13-

"hat etaphorical tree proves this truth. God had said to the an and the wo an! 6Aou #now all the laws and the $steries of creation. 0ut do not infrin'e on M$ ri'ht of %ein' the 3reator of an. M$ love will suffice for the propa'ation of the hu an race and it will spread a on' $ou and will e4cite the new )da s of the race without an$ lust of the senses %ut with purel$ charita%le pulsations. ( have 'iven $ou ever$thin'. ( a onl$ #eepin' for M$self this $ster$ of the for ation of an.7 ,atan wanted to deprive an of this intellectual vir'init$ and with his veno ous ton'ue he %landished and caressed 8ve?s li %s and e$es, e4citin' reflections and a perspicacit$ which the$ did not have %efore, %ecause alice had not $et into4icated the . ,he 6saw7. )nd seein', she wanted to tr$. Her flesh was aroused. /hB (f she had called to GodB (f she had hurried to Hi sa$in'! 62atherB "he ,erpent has caressed e and ( a upset.7 "he 2ather would have purified and healed her with His %reath, which could have infused new innocence into her as it had infused life. )nd it would have ade her for'et the sna#e?s poison, na$ it would have en'endered in her a dis'ust for the ,erpent, as it happens in those who %ear an instinctive disli#e for diseases of which the$ have =ust %een cured. 0ut 8ve does not 'o to the 2ather. 8ve 'oes %ac# to the ,erpent. "he sensation is a sweet one for her. 6,eein' that the fruit of the tree was 'ood to eat and pleasin' and a'reea%le to the e$e, she too# it and ate it.7 )nd 6she understood7. ;ow Malice was inside her and was 'nawin' at her intestines. ,he saw with new e$es and heard with new ears the ha%its and voices of %easts. )nd she craved for the with insane 'reed. 13*

,he %e'an the sin %$ herself. ,he acco plished it with her co panion. "hat is wh$ a heavier sentence is laid on wo an. 0ecause of her, an has %eco e re%ellious towards God and has %eco e ac>uainted with lewdness and death. 0ecause of her, he was no lon'er capa%le of do inatin' his three rei'ns! the rei'n of the spirit, %ecause he allowed the spirit to diso%e$ GodF the oral rei'n, %ecause he allowed passions to aster hi F the rei'n of the flesh, %ecause he lowered it down to the instinctive level of %easts. 6"he ,erpent seduced e7 sa$s 8ve. 6"he wo an offered e the fruit and ( ate of it7 sa$s )da . )nd the triple 'reed has ruled the three do inions since then. /nl$ Grace can rela4 the hold of this ruthless onster. )nd if Grace is alive, na$ thorou'hl$ alive, and #ept ore and ore alive %$ the 'ood will of a faithful son, it will succeed in stran'lin' the onster and will no lon'er have an$thin' to fear. (t will not %e afraid of internal t$rants, which are the flesh and passionsF neither will it %e afraid of e4ternal t$rants, these are the world and the i'ht$ ones on the earth. (t will dread neither persecutions nor death. (t is as Paul the )postle sa$s! 6( fear none of these thin's, neither do ( care for $ life ore than ( care for $self, provided ( carr$ out the ission and the inistr$ the 9ord Jesus 'ave e, and that was to %ear witness to the Good ;ews of God?s Grace.7 K...L --------------------0th March 1944.

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( o%e$ed in M$ =o$, %ecause when ( understood the ission to which God called Me, ( was full of =o$, M$ heart opened li#e a closed lil$ and it shed that %lood which was to %eco e the soil for the 9ord?s ,eed. "he =o$ of %ein' a other.

( had consecrated M$self to God since M$ childhood, %ecause the li'ht of the Most Hi'h had shown Me the cause of evil in the world and, as far as it was in M$ power, ( wanted to re ove fro M$self ever$ trace of ,atan. ( did not #now ( was without stain. ( could not thin# ( was. "hat si ple thou'ht would have %een presu ption and pride, %ecause, since ( was %orn of hu an parents, it was not ri'ht for Me to thin# that ( was the 3hosen /ne to %e the 2aultless /ne. "he ,pirit of God had infor ed Me of the pain of the 2ather %ecause of the corruption of 8ve, who had lowered herself to the level of inferior creatures, whereas she was a creature of 'race. (t was M$ intention to soothe that pain %$ re ainin' unprofaned %$ hu an thou'hts, wishes and contacts and thus restorin' an an'elical purit$ in M$ %od$. "he palpitations of M$ heart were to %e onl$ for Hi , and onl$ for Hi M$ whole %ein'. 0ut if there was no passion of the flesh in Me, there was still the sacrifice of not %ein' a other. )lso 8ve had %een 'ranted %$ the 2ather 3reator the 'ift of aternit$, a aternit$ devoid of what now de'rades it. "he sweet and pure aternit$ without a sensual %urdenB ( e4perienced itB /f how uch did 8ve divest herself %$ 'ivin' up such wealthB More than i ortalit$. )nd do 13&

not thin# that ( a e4a''eratin'. M$ Jesus and (, His Mother, with Hi , have e4perienced the lan'uor of death. (, the sweet lan'uor of a tired person who falls asleep, Jesus, the intense lan'uor of who dies sentenced to death. ,o we also e4perienced death. 0ut onl$ (, the new 8ve, e4perienced aternit$ without an$ #ind of profanation, that ( i'ht tell the world how sweet was the destin$ of wo an called to %e a other without an$ %odil$ pain. )nd the desire of such pure aternit$ was possi%le and actuall$ e4isted in the 1ir'in wholl$ devoted to God, %ecause that aternit$ is the 'lor$ of wo an. (f $ou consider in what hi'h estee the (sraelites held a other, $ou will realise even ore what sacrifice ( had ade when ( consecrated M$self to vir'init$. ;ow the 8ternal Good 2ather 'ranted Me, His servant, this 'ift, without divestin' Me of the purit$ ( had clothed M$self in to %e a flower on His throne. )nd ( re=oiced with the dou%le =o$ of %ein' the other of a an and the Mother of God. "he =o$ of %ein' the &o an %$ eans of &ho peace was reesta%lished %etween Heaven and earth. /hB &hat a =o$ to have desired this peace for the sa#e of God and of en and to #now that it was co in' to the world throu'h Me, the poor hand aid of the )l i'ht$B &hat a =o$ to sa$! 6Men, do not cr$ an$ lon'er. ( have in Me the secret that will a#e $ou happ$. ( cannot tell what it is %ecause it is sealed in Me, in M$ heart, =ust as the ,on is enclosed in M$ inviolate wo %. 0ut ( a alread$ %rin'in' it to $ou, and the o ent when $ou will see Hi and hear His Hol$ na e is 'ettin' nearer and nearer.7 1'2

"he =o$ of havin' ade God happ$! the =o$ of the %eliever for his God ade happ$. /hB "he =o$ of re ovin' fro God?s heart the %itterness of 8ve?s diso%edience, pride and dis%eliefB M$ Jesus e4plained the fault with which the first 3ouple 'ot stained. ( redee ed that sin %$ 'oin' up the sa e sta'es as the$ descended. Eiso%edience was the %e'innin' of the downfall! 6Eo not eat and do not touch of that tree7 said God. )nd an and wo an did not respect that prohi%ition, althou'h as #in's of creation the$ were allowed to touch and eat of ever$thin' e4cept of that tree %ecause God wanted the to %e inferior onl$ to an'els. "he tree! the eans to test their o%edience. &hat does o%edience to God?s co ands i pl$@ (t i plies all possi%le 'ood, %ecause God co ands nothin' %ut 'ood. &hat is diso%edience@ (t is evil, %ecause it %rin's a%out a re%ellious ental state in which ,atan can %e active. 8ve 'oes toward the tree, which, if avoided, would have caused her welfare, if approached, would cause her ruin. ,he 'oes there led %$ the childish curiosit$ of seein' what is special a%out it, and %$ a rashness that a#es her consider God?s co and a useless one since she is stron' and pure, the >ueen of 8den, where ever$thin' is su%=ect to her and nothin' can hurt her. Her presu ption is her ruin. Presu ption is the $east of pride. )t the tree she finds the ,educer, who sin's his son' of lies to her ine4perience, to her %eautiful vir'inal ine4perience, to her %adl$ 'uarded ine4perience. 6Aou 1'1

thin# there is evil here@ ;o, there isn?t. God told $ou %ecause He wants to #eep $ou as slaves under His power. Aou thin# $ou are #in' and >ueen@ Aou are not even as free as wild ani als. )ni als can love one another with true love. Aou cannot. )ni als are 'ranted the 'ift of %ein' creators li#e God. )ni als 'enerate little ones and see their fa ilies 'row as uch as the$ li#e. Aou do not. Aou are denied this =o$. &h$ a#e $ou an and wo an if $ou have to live thus@ 0e 'ods. Aou do not #now the =o$ of %ein' two in one flesh, that creates a third one and an$ ore. Eo not %elieve God when He pro ised $ou the =o$ of posterit$ seein' $our children for in' new fa ilies, leavin' their father and other for their fa ilies. He has 'iven $ou a sha life! real life is to #now the laws of life. "hen $ou will %e li#e 'ods and will %e a%le to sa$ to God! ?&e are e>ual to Aou? .7 )nd the allure ent continued %ecause there was no will to %rea# it, on the contrar$ there was the will to continue it and to learn what did not %elon' to an. )nd the for%idden tree %eco es reall$ ortal for the hu an race %ecause fro its %ranches there han's the fruit of %itter #nowled'e that co es fro ,atan. )nd the wo an %eco es a fe ale and with the $east of ,atanic #nowled'e in her heart, she oves on to corrupt )da . &ith their %odies and souls de'raded and their orals corrupted, the$ %eca e ac>uainted with sorrow and the death of %oth their souls deprived of Grace and of their %odies divested of i ortalit$. )nd 8ve?s wound en'endered sufferin', which will not su%side until the last couple on earth are dead. ( went alon' the road of the two sinners, %ut in the 1'2

opposite direction! ( o%e$ed. ( o%e$ed in ever$ wa$. God inspired Me to %e a vir'in. ( o%e$ed. &hen ( loved vir'init$ that ade Me as pure as the first wo an %efore she et ,atan, God as#ed Me to 'et arried. ( o%e$ed, elevatin' arria'e to the de'ree of purit$ intended %$ God when He created the 2irst Parents. ( was then convinced that M$ destin$ was solitude in arria'e and the conte pt of people %ecause of M$ hol$ sterilit$, when God as#ed Me to %e a Mother. ( o%e$ed. ( %elieved that it was possi%le and that the word ca e fro God, %ecause ( was filled with peace when ( heard it. ( did not thin#! 6( deserved it.7 ( did not sa$! 6;ow the world will ad ire Me, %ecause ( a li#e God, creatin' the flesh of God.7 ;o, ( did not. ( lowered M$self in M$ hu ilit$. Jo$ 'ushed out of M$ heart li#e the ste of a rose. 0ut it was soon decorated with sharp thorns and it was clenched in the tan'le of sorrow, li#e %ranches enveloped %$ the %ear%ines of convolvuli (*). ,orrow for the pain of M$ spouse! it suffocated M$ =o$. ,orrow for the pain of M$ ,on! a thorn that pierced M$ =o$. 8ve wanted pleasure, triu ph, freedo . ( accepted sorrow, hu iliation, slaver$. ( 'ave up M$ peaceful life, the estee of M$ spouse, M$ own freedo . ( #ept nothin' for M$self. ( %eca e the aid of God in the flesh, in orals, in the spirit, rel$in' on Hi not onl$ for the vir'inal conception, %ut also for the protection of M$ honour, for the consolation of M$ spouse, for the eans suita%le to elevate hi also to the su%li ation of arria'e, so that we could restore an and wo an to their lost di'nit$. ( e %raced the will of the 9ord for M$self, M$ spouse and M$ 3reature. 1'3

( said 6Aes7 for the whole three, as ( was certain that God would not %rea# His pro ise to assist Me in M$ sorrow of a spouse who realises she is considered 'uilt$, and of a other who #nows she is 'eneratin' a ,on to deliver Hi to sorrow. ( said 6Aes7 and nothin' else. "hat 6Aes7 cancelled 8ve?s 6;o7 to God?s co and. 6Aes, M$ 9ord, as Aou wish. ( will #now what Aou want Me to #now. ( will live as Aou want Me to live. ( will re=oice if Aou wish so. ( will suffer for what Aou want Me to suffer. Aes, forever, M$ 9ord, fro the o ent Aour ra$ ade Me a Mother to the o ent Aou called Me %ac# to Aou. ?Aes?, forever ?Aes?. )ll the 'ood voices of the flesh, all the 'ood passions of the spirit were under the wei'ht of M$ perpetual ?Aes?. )nd a%ove, on a dia ond pedestal, there was M$ spirit, lac#in' win's to fl$ to Aou, %ut it was the aster of the whole ?e'o? su%dued and ade Aour servant. ,ervant in =o$, servant in sorrow. 0ut s ile, o God. )nd %e happ$. Guilt has %een defeated. (t has %een re oved and destro$ed. (t lies under M$ heel, it was washed in M$ tears and destro$ed %$ M$ o%edience. "he new "ree will %e %orn of M$ %oso and it will %ear the 2ruit that #nows all the evil %ecause (t suffered it all in (tself and will 'ive all the 'ood. )ll en will %e a%le to co e to (t and ( shall %e happ$ if the$ ta#e of (t, even if the$ do not re e %er that (t was %orn of Me. Providin' an is saved and God is loved, let it %e done to His hand aid what is done to a clod of earth on which a tree is planted! a step to ascend7. Mar$, we ust alwa$s %e steps so that other people a$ ascend to God. (t does not atter if the$ tread on us, providin' the$ are successful in reachin' the 3ross. (t is the new tree that has the #nowled'e of Good and 8vil, %ecause it tells an what is 'ood and what is evil so that 1''

he a$ choose and live and at the sa e ti e it is a edicine that cures those who are into4icated %$ the evil the$ wanted to taste. 9et our hearts %e under the feet of en, that the nu %er of the redee ed a$ increase and the 0lood of M$ Jesus not %e shed fruitlessl$. "hat is the destin$ of the aids of God. 0ut then we deserve to receive the hol$ Host in our hearts and to sa$ at the foot of the 3ross drenched with His 0lood and our tears! 6Here is, o 2ather, the i aculate Host which we offer to Aou for the salvation of the world. 9oo# at us, 2ather, elted with (t and 'ive us Aour %lessin' for (ts infinite erits.7 )nd ( 'ive $ou M$ caresses. :est now, M$ dear dau'hter. "he 9ord is with $ou. (*) ) 'enus of cli %in' plants, includin' the %indweed. ----------------Jesus sa$s! M$ Mother?s words should disperse all perple4it$ of thou'ht also in the inds ost confused and uddled %$ pseudo science K...L. ( said! 6 etaphorical tree7. ;ow ( will sa$! 6s$ %olical tree7. Perhaps $ou will understand %etter. (ts s$ %ol is clear! the inclination to 'ood and to evil of the two children of God, would %e understood %$ their %ehaviour towards the tree. 9i#e ?a>ua re'ia? that tests 'old and the scales of the 'olds ith that wei'h its carats, that tree, %$ God?s co and, %eca e a eans of testin' and it 'ave the easure of )da ?s and 8ve?s s$ %olic etal purit$. ( can alread$ hear $our o%=ection! 6&as the punish ent 1'+

not e4cessive and the childish@7

eans used to conde n the


;ot so. )ctual diso%edience in $ou, who are their heirs, is not so 'rave as if it were in the . Aou have %een redee ed %$ Me. 0ut ,atan?s poison is alwa$s read$ to rise a'ain, li#e certain diseases that never disappear co pletel$ in the %lood. "he 2irst Parents possessed Grace without ever even nearin' Eis'race. "he$ were therefore stron'er and ore fir l$ supported %$ Grace that 'enerated love and innocence. "he 'ift 'iven the %$ God was infinite. Much 'raver is therefore their fall notwithstandin' that 'ift. )lso the fruit that was offered and eaten was s$ %olical. (t was the fruit of an e4perience the$ wanted to have at ,atan?s insti'ation to %rea# God?s co and. ( had not for%idden en love. ( onl$ wanted the to love each other without aliceF as ( loved the in M$ holiness, the$ were to love each other in the holiness of affections unsoiled %$ lewdness. (t ust not %e for'otten that Grace is li'ht, and whoever possesses it #nows what is 'ood and useful to #now. Mar$, 2ull of Grace, #new ever$thin', %ecause &isdo tau'ht Her, &isdo that is Grace, and ,he #new how to live in a hol$ wa$. )lso 8ve #new what was 'ood for her to #now. 0ut not ore, %ecause it is valueless to #now what is not 'ood. 0ut she did not have faith in God?s word, and was not faithful to her pro ise of o%edience. ,he %elieved in ,atan, she %ro#e her pro ise, she wanted to #now what was not 'ood, she loved it without re'ret, she turned love into so ethin' corrupt and de'raded, which ( instead had per itted as so ethin' hol$. ) 1'-

sullied an'el, she wallowed in ud and litter, whereas she could have run happil$ a on'st the flowers of the earthl$ Paradise and she could have seen her offsprin' flourish around her, li#e a plant that is covered with flowers without %endin' its leaves into the ire. Eo not %e li#e the foolish children entioned %$ Me in the GospelF the$ heard other children sin' and the$ stopped their ears, the$ heard the pla$ the pipes and the$ did not dance, the$ heard the weep and the$ wanted to lau'h. Eo not %e narrow- inded, do not %e deniers. )ccept the 9i'ht without alice and stu%%ornness, without iron$ and dis%elief. 8nou'h said a%out that. "o a#e $ou understand how 'rateful $ou ust %e to Hi &ho died to elevate $ou to Heaven and to defeat ,atan?s concupiscence, ( wanted to spea# to $ou, in this period of preparation for 8aster, of what was the first lin# of the chain %$ which the &ord of the 2ather was dra''ed to death, the Eivine 9a % to the slau'hterhouse. ( wanted to spea# to $ou a%out it, %ecause at present ninet$ percent of $ou are li#e 8ve into4icated %$ 9ucifer?s %reath and words, and $ou do not live, to love one another, %ut to 'lut $ourselves with sensualit$, $ou do not live for Heaven %ut for filth, $ou are no lon'er creatures 'ifted with soul and reason, %ut do's without soul and without reason. Aou have #illed $our souls and perverted $our reason. ( sole nl$ tell $ou that %rutes surpass $ou in the honest$ of their love.


10. The Annunciation of 9li7abeth1s %regnanc& to Jose'h.

2,th March 1944.

"he little house of ;aCareth appears to e with Mar$ in it. Mar$, a $oun' 'irl, as when the )n'el of God appeared to Her. "his si ple si'ht fills $ soul with the vir'inal perfu e of the house. "he scent still re ains in the roo where the )n'el 'entl$ waved his 'olden win's. "hat divine perfu e was all concentrated on Mar$ to a#e a other of Her and it now e anates fro Her. (t is evenin', %ecause shadows %e'in to invade the roo into which so uch heavenl$ li'ht had descended. Mar$ is #neelin' near Her little %ed and is pra$in' with Her ar s crossed over Her %reast and Her face %owed down ver$ low. ,he is still dressed as ,he was at the o ent of the )nnunciation. 8ver$thin' is e4actl$ as it was then. "he flower$ %ranch is in its vase, the furniture in the sa e position. /nl$ the distaff and the spindle are now leanin' in a corner, the for er with its fla4, the latter with its %ri'ht thread wrapped around it. Mar$ stops pra$in' and stands up, Her face is flushed as if it were lit up %$ a fla e. Her lips are s ilin', %ut Her e$es are shinin' with tears. ,he ta#es the oil la p and li'hts it with a flint. ,he chec#s that ever$thin' is in 'ood order in the roo . ,he strai'htens up the %lan#et on the %ed as it had %een displaced. ,he adds so e water to the vase containin' the flower$ %ranch and ,he places it outside, in the cool of the ni'ht. ,he then co es %ac# in. ,he ta#es the folded e %roider$ fro the %oo#case and 1'0

the la p and 'oes out closin' the door. ,he ta#es a few steps in the little #itchen 'arden, alon' the side of the house and then 'oes into the little roo where ( saw the partin' 'ood%$e of Jesus and Mar$. ( reco'nise it althou'h so e pieces of furniture which were there previousl$ are now issin'. Mar$ disappears into another s all ad=oinin' roo , ta#in' the la p with Her, and ( a left alone in the co pan$ of the e %roider$ wor# laid on the corner of the ta%le. ( can hear Mar$?s li'ht steps ovin' to and fro, ,he then a#es a noise with water as if ,he were washin' so ethin'. "hen there is the noise of %ro#en stic#s and ( understand that ,he is li'htin' the fire. "hen ,he co es %ac# and 'oes into the little 'arden. ,he co es in once a'ain with so e apples and ve'eta%les. ,he puts the apples on the ta%le, on an en'raved etal tra$, possi%l$ ade of copper. ,he 'oes %ac# into the #itchen, (for the #itchen is certainl$ over there). ;ow the fla es of the fireplace are erril$ castin' li'ht throu'h the open door into this roo and a#e dancin' shadows on the wall. ,o e ti e 'oes %$ and Mar$ co es in with a s all %rown loaf and a %owl of hot il#. ,he sits down and dips so e s all slices of %read into the il#. ,he eats the slowl$. "hen leavin' half of the %owl of il#, ,he 'oes into the #itchen and co es %ac# with the ve'eta%les on which ,he pours so e oil and ,he eats the with the %read. ,he >uenches Her thirst with the il#. ,he then ta#es an apple and eats it. "he eal of a little 'irl. Mar$ eats and thin#s, and ,he s iles at so e inner 1'&

thou'ht. ,he loo#s up and all around the walls and see s to %e tellin' the a secret. ;ow and a'ain, ,he %eco es serious, al ost sad. 0ut soon Her s ile is %ac# on Her lips a'ain. "here is a #noc#in' at the door. Mar$ 'ets up and opens it. Joseph co es in. "he$ 'reet each other. "hen Joseph sits on a stool in front of Mar$, on the opposite side of the ta%le. Joseph is a handso e an in the pri e of life. He ust %e thirt$-five $ears old at ost. His face is fra ed %$ his dar# %rown hair and a %eard of the sa e colour and his e$es are ver$ sweet and ver$ dar#, al ost %lac#. His forehead is lar'e and s ooth, his nose thin and sli'htl$ a>uiline, his chee#s are roundish of a %rown hue, %ut not olive-coloured, on the contrar$ the$ are ros$ near the chee#-%ones. He is not ver$ tall, %ut he is stron' and well %uilt. 0efore sittin' down he has ta#en off his antle and it is the first ( have seen of its #ind, %ecause it is a full circle. (t is held close at the nec# %$ a #ind of hoo# and it has a hood. "he colour is li'ht %rown and it see s to %e ade of a cloth of coarse wool proof a'ainst water. (t loo#s li#e the antle of a ountaineer suita%le to shelter fro incle ent weather. )lso %efore sittin' down he offers Mar$ two e''s and a %unch of 'rapes, so ewhat withered, %ut well preserved. )nd he s iles sa$in'! "he 'rapes were %rou'ht to e fro 3ana. ( was 'iven the e''s %$ a 3enturion for so e repair wor# ( did to his cart. ) wheel was %ro#en and their carpenter is ill. "he$ are new laid. He too# the 1+2


the hen house. Erin# the . "he$ will do Aou 'ood. eal.

"o- orrow Joseph. ( have =ust finished M$

0ut Aou can ta#e the 'rapes. "he$ are 'ood, as sweet as hone$. ( carried the ver$ carefull$, so that the$ would not 'et spoiled. 8at the . "here are plent$ ore. (?ll %rin' the to- orrow in a little %as#et. ( couldn?t this evenin', %ecause ( ca e strai'ht fro the 3enturion?s house. &ell, then, $ou have not had an$ supper $et. ;o, ( haven?t, %ut it does not atter.

Mar$ 'ets up at once and 'oes into the #itchen and ,he co es %ac# with so e il#, so e olives and cheese. ( have nothin' else ,he sa$s. "a#e an e''. 0ut Joseph does not want it. "he e''s are for Mar$. He eats with relish his %read and the cheese and he drin#s the lu#ewar il#. He then accepts an apple. )nd his supper is over. Mar$ ta#es Her e %roider$ after cleanin' the ta%le and Joseph helps Her and he re ains in the #itchen even when ,he co es %ac# here. ( can hear hi puttin' thin's awa$. He po#es the fire %ecause it is a cool evenin'. &hen he co es in, Mar$ than#s hi . "he$ spea# to each other. Joseph tells Her how he spent the da$. He tal#s of his little nephews and he ta#es an interest in Mar$?s wor# and in Her flowers. He pro ises to %rin' Her so e %eautiful flowers which the 3enturion has pro ised hi . "he$ are flowers we haven?t 'ot here. "he$ were %rou'ht fro :o e. )nd he pro ised e 1+1

so e little plants. ;ow, when the oon is in the ri'ht >uarter ( will plant the for Aou. "he$ have lovel$ colours and a %eautiful scent. ( saw the last $ear, %ecause the$ %loo in su er . "he$ will scent the whole house for Aou. "hen ( will prune the trees when the oon is ri'ht. (t is ti e. Mar$ s iles and than#s hi . "hen there is silence. Joseph loo#s at Mar$?s fair head %owed over Her e %roider$. ) loo# of an'elical love. 3ertainl$, if an an'el were to love a wo an with the love of a hus%and, he would loo# at her thus. "hen Mar$, as if ,he were ta#in' a sudden decision, la$s the e %roider$ on Her lap and sa$s! ( also have so ethin' to tell $ou. ( never have an$thin' to sa$, %ecause $ou #now how retired ( live. 0ut toda$ ( have so e news. ( heard that our relative 8liCa%eth, Iacharias? wife, is a%out to have a child... Joseph opens his e$es wide and e4clai s! )t her a'e@ )t her a'e replies Mar$ s ilin'. "he 9ord can do ever$thin', and now He is 'ivin' this =o$ to our relative. How do $ou #now@ (s the news certain@ ) essen'er ca e. /ne who would not tell lies. ( would li#e to 'o to 8liCa%eth?s, to help her and tell her that ( a re=oicin' with her. (f $ou will allow Me... Mar$, Aou are $ lad$ and ( Aour servant. &hatever Aou do is well done. &hen would Aou li#e to 'o@ )s soon as possi%le. 0ut ( shall %e awa$ for so e onths. 1+2

)nd ( will count the da$s waitin' for Aou. Go and don?t worr$. ( will loo# after the house and Aour little 'arden. Aou will find the flowers as %eautiful as if Aou had ta#en care of the . /nl$... wait. 0efore Passover ( ust 'o to Jerusale to %u$ certain thin's for $ wor#. (f Aou can wait for a few da$s, ( will co e with Aou as far as Jerusale . ( can?t 'o an$ farther, %ecause ( ust hurr$ %ac#. 0ut we can 'o there to'ether. ( will %e happier if ( #now that Aou are not on the road %$ Aourself. &hen Aou want to co e %ac#, Aou can let e #now and ( will co e and eet Aou. Aou are so 'ood, Joseph. Ma$ the 9ord reward $ou with His %lessin's and #eep sorrow awa$ fro $ou. ( alwa$s pra$ Hi for that. "he chaste couple s ile at each other an'elicall$. "here is silence a'ain for a little while. "hen Joseph 'ets up. He puts his antle on and he covers his head with the hood. He sa$s 'ood%$e to Mar$ &ho has also 'ot up, and he 'oes out. Mar$ loo#s at hi 'oin' out and ,he si'hs rather sadl$. ,he then lifts Her e$es to Heavens. ,he is certainl$ pra$in'. ,he closes the door carefull$. ,he folds the e %roider$. ,he 'oes into the #itchen, puts out or covers up the fire. ,he a#es sure that ever$thin' is in order. ,he then ta#es the oil la p and 'oes out closin' the door. &ith Her hand ,he shields the fee%le fla e that flic#ers in the cool evenin' %reeCe... ,he enters Her roo and pra$s once a'ain. "he vision ends thus. -----------------Mar$ sa$s! 1+3

M$ dear dau'hter, when ( ca e %ac# to the realit$ of earthl$ life after the ecstas$ that had filled Me with ine4pressi%le =o$, M$ first thou'ht was for Joseph! a thou'ht as sharp as a rose thorn, that pierced M$ heart enraptured a on' the roses of Eivine 9ove, &ho had %eco e M$ ,pouse onl$ a few o ents %efore. 0$ this ti e ( loved M$ hol$ and provident 'uardian. ,ince the ti e when %$ the will of God, anifested to Me %$ the word of the Priest, ( had %eco e arried to Joseph, ( had the possi%ilit$ of #nowin' and appreciatin' the holiness of that Just an. &hen ( %eca e united to hi , M$ dis a$ at %ein' an orphan disappeared and ( no lon'er re'retted the lost retreat of the "e ple. He was as sweet as M$ deceased father. &ith hi ( felt as safe as with the Priest. )ll perple4it$ had disappeared, na$ it had %een for'otten, so far it was fro M$ vir'inal heart. ( had in fact understood that there was no reason whatsoever for hesitation or fear with re'ard to Joseph. M$ vir'init$ entrusted to Joseph was safer than a child in his other?s ar s. 0ut now, how could ( tell hi that ( was a Mother@ ( endeavoured to find suita%le words to 'ive hi the news. ) difficult tas#, as ( did not want to %oast of God?s 'ift and on the other hand there was no wa$ of =ustif$in' M$ aternit$ without sa$in'! 6"he 9ord has loved Me a on'st all wo en and has ade Me, His servant, His 0ride.7 ;either did ( wish to deceive hi %$ concealin' M$ condition fro hi . )nd while ( was pra$in', the ,pirit of &ho ( was full, said to Me! 60e silent. 8ntrust Me with the tas# of =ustif$in' Aou with Aour spouse.7 &hen@ How@ ( did not 1+'

as#. ( had alwa$s relied upon God, and ( had alwa$s allowed M$self to %e led %$ Hi e4actl$ as a flower is led awa$ %$ runnin' water. "he 8ternal 2ather had never a%andoned Me without His help. His hand had alwa$s supported, protected and 'uided Me so far. (t would do so also now. / M$ dau'hter, how %eautiful and co fortin' is faith in our 8ternal Good GodB He holds us in His ar s as in a cradle, li#e a %oat He steers us into the %ri'ht har%our of Goodness, He war s our hearts, co forts and nourishes us, He %estows rest and happiness, li'ht and 'uidance on us. :eliance in God is ever$thin', and God 'rants ever$thin' to those who trust in Hi ! He 'ives Hi self. "hat evenin' ( elevated to perfection M$ reliance as a creature. ;ow ( was a%le to do so, %ecause God was in Me. 0efore ( had the confidence of a poor creature, such as ( was! a ere nothin', even if ( was so uch loved as to %e the 2aultless /ne. 0ut now ( had a divine confidence, %ecause God was Mine! M$ ,pouse, M$ ,onB /hB &hat a =o$B "o %e /ne with God. ;ot for M$ own 'lor$, %ut to love Hi with a total union and sa$ to Hi ! 6Aou, onl$ Aou are in Me! please assist Me with Aour Eivine perfection in ever$thin' ( do.7 (f He had not said to Me! 60e silentB7, ( would pro%a%l$ have dared sa$ to Joseph, with M$ face %owed to the 'round! 6"he ,pirit has penetrated Me and now the 8 %r$o of God is in Me,7 and he would have %elieved Me, %ecause he held Me in hi'h estee and %ecause li#e those who never lie, he could not %elieve that others lied. Aes, to avoid hurtin' his feelin's in future, ( would have overco e M$ reluctance to praise M$self. 0ut ( o%e$ed 1++

the divine co and. )nd for onths after that ( felt the first wound pierce M$ heart.

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(t was the first pain in M$ destin$ of 3o-:edee er. ( offered and suffered it in atone ent and to 'ive $ou a 'uidance for si ilar circu stances in life, when it is necessar$ to suffer in silence for an event that casts a %ad li'ht on $ou in relation to those who love $ou. 8ntrust God with the protection of $our reputation and affections. (f $ou deserve God?s protection with a hol$ life, $ou can proceed safel$. 8ven if the whole world is a'ainst $ou, He will defend $ou with re'ard to those who love $ou and will cause the truth to %e #nown. ;ow rest, M$ dear, and %e dau'hter. ore and ore M$ dear

19. Mar& and Jose'h +et /ut for Jerusalem.

2.th March 1944.

( see their departure to 'o to ,t. 8liCa%eth?s. Joseph has co e with two little don#e$s to fetch Mar$! one for hi self, the other for Mar$! one of the little ani als has the usual saddle with a stran'e 'ad'et attached to it. 9ater ( 'ather that it is a #ind of a lu''a'e-rac# on which Joseph fastens a s all wooden cas#et, a s all trun# we would call it nowada$s, which he %rou'ht for Mar$?s clothes, to prevent the fro 'ettin' wet. 1+-

( hear Mar$ than# Joseph wholeheartedl$ for the provident 'ift, in which ,he pac#s what ,he ta#es out of a parcel ,he had ade up previousl$. "he$ close the door of the house and start off. (t is da$%rea#, for ( can see the ros$ dawn in the east. ;aCareth is still asleep. "he two earl$ travellers eet onl$ a shepherd who is drivin' forward his little sheep, which are trottin' alon', one a'ainst the other, =a ed in close floc#. "he$ are all %leatin'. "he little la %s with their shrill sharp voices %leat ore than the others, and want their others? %reasts even while ovin'. 0ut the others are hurr$in' towards the pastures and with their louder %leatin's the$ ur'e the little ones to follow the . Mar$ loo#s and s iles and since ,he has stopped to let the herd 'o %$, ,he %ends on the saddle and caresses the ild little %easts that pass near Her don#e$. &hen the shepherd arrives carr$in' a newl$-%orn little la % in his ar s and he stops to spea# to Mar$, ,he s iles and caresses the pin#ish little face of the la %, that is %leatin' desperatel$ and ,he e4clai s! (t?s loo#in' for its other. Here is $our other. ,he won?t leave $ou, of course she won?t, little la %. (n fact the ewe ru%s herself a'ainst the shepherd, then stands up on her hind le's and lic#s the face of her little one. "he herd passes %$ a#in' the noise of water drops fallin' on leaves. 0ehind it there is the dust raised %$ the trottin' feet of the sheep and the patterns of their footprints on the dust$ road. Joseph and Mar$ ta#e to the road a'ain. Joseph is wearin' his lar'e antle, Mar$ has on a #ind of a striped shawl, %ecause it is a ver$ cool ornin'. 1+*

"he$ are now in the countr$ and the$ are proceedin' one %eside the other. "he$ seldo spea#. Joseph is thin#in' of his %usiness, Mar$ is followin' Her own thou'hts and in Her concentration ,he s iles at the . )t ti es ,he loo#s around and s iles at the thin's ,he sees. ;ow and a'ain ,he loo#s at Joseph and then an e4pression of sad 'ravit$ dar#ens Her faceF then ,he s iles a'ain, still loo#in' at Her provident spouse who spea#s so little and when he does spea# it is onl$ to as# Her whether ,he is co forta%le and whether ,he needs an$thin'. 0$ now there are an$ people on the road, particularl$ near and inside villa'es. 0ut Mar$ and Joseph do not pa$ uch attention to the people the$ eet. "he$ proceed on their trottin' don#e$s, in the idst of the noise of the harness %ells, and the$ stop onl$ once in the shade of a thic#et, to eat so e %read and olives and to drin# at a well that runs down fro a 'rotto. "he$ stop later to ta#e shelter fro a sudden heav$ downpour fro a ver$ dar# cloud. "he$ have ta#en cover under the ountain, a'ainst a protrudin' roc# that protects the fro ost of the heav$ rain. Joseph wants Mar$ to put on his %i' antle, which is proof a'ainst water and he insists so uch that Mar$ is o%li'ed to $ield to the insistence of Her spouse, who to reassure Her of his own i unit$, covers his head and shoulders with a s all 're$ %lan#et which was on the saddle. Pro%a%l$ the don#e$?s %lan#et. ;ow Mar$ loo#s li#e a little on#, with Her face fra ed %$ the hood and the antle closed round Her nec# and coverin' all Her %od$. "he shower slac#ens and turns into a tedious driCClin' rain. Mar$ and Joseph start off a'ain alon' a udd$ 1+0

road. 0ut it is sprin'ti e and after a short while the sun a#es the =ourne$ ore co forta%le. )lso the two little don#e$s are now trottin' ore happil$ alon' the road. ( do not see an$thin' else %ecause the vision ends here.

22. *rom Jerusalem to :acharias1 (ouse.

20th March 1944.

&e are in Jerusale . ( #now the town ver$ well now, with its streets and 'ates. "he first thin' Mar$ and Joseph do is to 'o to the "e ple. ( reco'nise the sta%le where Joseph left his don#e$ on the da$ of Jesus? presentation in the "e ple. )lso now he leaves the two don#e$s there, after feedin' the , and then he 'oes with Mar$ to worship the 9ord. &hen the$ co e out, the$ enter a house which apparentl$ %elon's to people the$ #now. "he$ ta#e so e refresh ent there and Mar$ rests until Joseph co es %ac# with a little old an. "his an is 'oin' Aour wa$. Aou will not have to travel a lon' wa$ %$ Aourself to 'et to Aour relatives. Aou can trust hi %ecause ( #now hi . "he$ 'et on their don#e$s a'ain and Joseph 'oes with Mar$ as far as the Gate (it is not the one the$ entered %ut a different one) and the$ part there. Mar$ proceeds with the little old an who is as tal#ative as Joseph was silent and ta#es an interest in an$ thin's. Mar$ answers hi 1+&

patientl$. (n front of the saddle ,he has now the little trun# which Joseph?s don#e$ had carried earlier and ,he is no lon'er wearin' the lar'e antle. ;either has ,he on the shawl, which is folded on the trun#, and ,he is reall$ %eautiful in Her dar# %lue dress and white veil that protects Her fro the sun. How %eautiful ,he isB "he old an ust %e so ewhat deaf, %ecause Mar$, &ho is wont to spea# in a ver$ low voice, had to spea# loudl$ to a#e Herself heard. )nd now he is tired. He has finished with all his >uestions and news and is doCin' on the saddle, led %$ the don#e$ that is fa iliar with the road. Mar$ ta#es advanta'e of this respite to collect Her thou'hts and to pra$. (t ust %e a pra$er that ,he sin's in a low voice, loo#in' at the %lue s#$, with Her ar s crossed over Her %reast, while Her face is %ri'ht and happ$ %ecause of so e internal e otion. ( see nothin' else. )nd even now that the vision is interrupted, as it happened $esterda$, ( a left with Mother near e, visi%le to $ internal si'ht so clearl$ that ( can descri%e for $ou the li'ht ros$ hue of Her chee#s, not ver$ chu%%$ %ut 'entl$ soft, the %ri'ht red of Her little lips and Her clear %lue e$es sweetl$ shinin' %etween Her dar#-%lond e$elashes. ( can tell $ou how Her hair, divided into two on the crown of Her head, falls softl$ with three undulations on each side, as far down as to cover half of Her little ros$ ears, and then disappears with its pale shin$ 'old %ehind the veil coverin' Her head (%ecause ( see Her with Her 1-2

antle over Her head, wearin' a dress of paradisiac sil# and a dar# antle, as thin as a veil, of the sa e cloth as the dress). ( can tell $ou that Her dress is ti'ht round Her nec# %$ eans of a sheathin' inside which runs a cord the ends of which for a #not in front at the %ase of Her nec#. 9i#ewise Her dress is 'athered at Her waist %$ a thic#er cord, also of white sil#, han'in' down Her side with two tassels. ( can even tell $ou that Her dress, ti'ht as it is at Her nec# and waist, for s seven round soft folds on Her %reast, the onl$ orna ent of Her ver$ odest 'ar ent. ( can infor $ou of the chastit$ e anatin' fro all Her aspect, fro Her so delicate and har onious for s which a#e Her such an an'elical wo an. )nd the ore ( loo# at Her the ore ( suffer thin#in' of how uch the$ ade Her suffer and ( wonder how the$ could have had no erc$ on Her, so ee# and #ind, so delicate also in Her ph$sical appearance. ( loo# at Her and ( can hear once a'ain all the shoutin' on 3alvar$, also a'ainst Her, all the oc#er$ and insults, all the aledictions shouted a'ainst Her %ecause ,he was the Mother of the 3onvict. ;ow ( see Her %eautiful and tran>uil. 0ut Her present countenance does not cancel the e or$ of Her tra'ical face durin' those hours of a'on$, or that of Her desolate face in the house in Jerusale , after Jesus? death. )nd ( would li#e to %e a%le to caress and #iss Her chee#, so delicatel$ ros$ and soft, to re ove with $ #iss that re e %rance of 'rievous tears, as ,he certainl$ re e %ers as ( do. 1-1

Aou cannot %elieve how uch peace it 'ives e to have Her near e. ( thin# that to die seein' Her ust %e as sweet and even sweeter than the sweetest hour of one?s lifeti e. Eurin' the ti e that ( did not see Her thus, all for $self, Her a%sence was a 'reat sorrow to e, =ust li#e the a%sence of a other. ( now feel once a'ain the ineffa%le =o$ which was $ co panion in Eece %er and earl$ Januar$. )nd ( a happ$, notwithstandin' that the si'ht of the torture of the Passion casts a veil of 'rief on all $ happiness. (t is difficult to e4plain and a#e $ou understand what ( feel and what has %een happenin' since 2e%ruar$ the eleventh, when in the evenin' ( saw Jesus suffer in His Passion. "hat si'ht has chan'ed e co pletel$. &hether ( die now or in one hundred $ears? ti e, that vision will alwa$s %e the sa e in intensit$ and conse>uences. Previousl$ ( used to thin# of the sorrows of 3hrist, now ( live the , %ecause one word, or a 'lance at an i a'e is enou'h to a#e e suffer all over a'ain what ( suffered that evenin' and %e horrified at those torturesF and ( 'rieve over His desolate sufferin's, and even if nothin' re inds e of the , their re e %rance tears $ heart. Mar$ is %e'innin' to spea# and ( %eco e silent. -----------------Mar$ sa$s! ( will not spea# uch, %ecause Aou are ver$ tired, M$ poor dau'hter. ( onl$ wish to draw $our attention and the attention of readers to the constant ha%it of Joseph and Mine of 'ivin' priorit$ to pra$er. "iredness, haste, worries, occupations never hindered our pra$er, on the 1-2

contrar$ the$ helped it. (t was alwa$s the >ueen of our occupations, our relief, our li'ht, our hope. (f in sad o ents it was a consolation, in happ$ ones it was a son'. 0ut it was alwa$s the constant friend of our souls. (t detached us fro the earth, fro our e4ile, and it raised us up towards Heaven, our 2atherland. ;ot onl$ (, &ho %$ now had God with Me and ( had %ut to loo# at M$ %oso to worship the Hol$ of Holies, %ut also Joseph felt united to God when he pra$ed, %ecause our pra$ers were a true adoration of our whole %ein's, which elted with God %$ worshippin' Hi and %$ %ein' e %raced %$ Hi . )nd please note that not even (, althou'h ( had the 8ternal God in Me, not even ( felt e4e pted fro respectful ho a'e to the "e ple. "he deepest holiness does not e4e pt an$one fro feelin' a ere nothin' with re'ard to God and fro convertin' such nothin'ness into an endless hosanna to God?s 'lor$, since He allows us to do so. )re $ou wea#, poor, fault$@ (nvo#e the holiness of the 9ord! 6Hol$, Hol$, Hol$B7 (nvo#e the 0lessed Hol$ /ne to assist $ou in $our iser$. He will co e and instill His holiness into $ou. )re $ou hol$ and rich in erits in the e$es of God@ (nvo#e the holiness of the 9ord =ust the sa e. (t is infinite and will increase $ours. "he an'els, who are superior to the wea#nesses of an#ind, do not cease sin'in' their 6,anctus7 not even for an instant, and their supernatural %eaut$ increases with each invocation of the holiness of our God. ( itate the an'els. ;ever divest $ourselves of the protection of pra$er, which 1-3

%lunts the weapons of ,atan, the alice of the world, the incentives of the flesh and ental pride. ;ever la$ down this weapon, which causes Heaven to open and pour out (ts 'races and %lessin's. "he world needs a shower of pra$ers to %e purified fro the sins that draw punish ents fro God. )nd since onl$ few people pra$, those few ust pra$ as if the$ were an$. "he$ ust ultipl$ their livin' pra$ers to a#e up the necessar$ a ount to o%tain 'races. Pra$ers are livin' when the$ are flavoured with true love and sacrifice. M$ dear dau'hter, it is a 'ood thin', pleasin' to God and eritorious, that $ou should suffer %ecause of the sufferin's of M$ Jesus and Mine, in addition to $our own. Aour s$ pathetic love is so dear to Me. 0ut do $ou want to #iss Me@ Diss the wounds of M$ ,on. Eress the with the %al of $our love. ( suffered spirituall$ the pan's of the scour'es, of the thorns and the torture of the nails and of the cross. )nd li#ewise ( feel spirituall$ all the caresses 'iven to $ Jesus, as the$ are as an$ #isses 'iven to Me. )nd then co e. ( a the 5ueen of Heaven. 0ut ( a alwa$s the Mother... )nd ( a happ$.


21. Arri5al at :acharias1 (ouse.

1st A'ril 1944.

( a now in a ountainous place. "he$ are not hi'h ountains, neither are the$ =ust hills. "here are rid'es and cree#s as we see in our )pennines in "uscan$ and . %ria. "he ve'etation is thic# and %eautiful and there is plent$ fresh water, that #eeps the pastures 'reen and the orchards fruitful! apple and fi'-trees are ostl$ cultivated in the orchards and 'rapes near the houses. (t ust %e sprin'ti e %ecause the 'rapes are rather %i', a%out the siCe of vetch 'rains, and the apple-%losso s have alread$ sprun' and the$ loo# li#e so an$ little 'reen pelletsF on top of the fi' %ranches the first fruits can %e seen, still in the e %r$o sta'e, %ut alread$ well for ed. "he eadows are real soft ulticolored carpets. ,heep are 'raCin' or restin' on the and the$ loo# li#e white spots on the e erald of the 'rass. Mar$ on Her don#e$ is cli %in' up a rather well #ept road, pro%a%l$ the ain road. ,he is cli %in' %ecause the villa'e is hi'her up and it loo#s >uite tid$. M$ internal warner sa$s to e! "his place is He%ron. Aou spo#e to e of Montana. ( cannot help it. (t is indicated to e with this na e. ( do not #now whether He%ron is the whole area or onl$ the villa'e. "hat is what ( hear and that is what ( sa$. Mar$ is now enterin' the villa'e. (t is evenin'. ,o e wo en on their doorsteps watch the arrival of the stran'er and 'ossip with one another. "heir e$es follow Her and the$ are not happ$ until the$ see Her stop in front of one of the prettiest houses, in the centre of the 1-+

villa'e, with a #itchen 'arden in the front and rear and a well cultivated orchard around it. "he orchard continues into a lar'e eadow that rises and slopes accordin' to the sinuosit$ of the ountain and ends in a wood of tall trees, %e$ond which ( do not #now what there is. "he whole place is surrounded %$ a hed'e of %lac#%erries or wild roses. ( cannot tell e4actl$ which, %ecause, if $ou re e %er, the flowers and leaves of these two thorn$ hed'es are ver$ uch ali#e and until their %ranches %ear fruit it is eas$ to confuse the . (n front of the house, that is on the side that s#irts the villa'e, the place is enclosed %$ a s all low white wall, on top of which there are rows of rose-%ushes, at present without flowers, %ut alread$ full of %uds. (n the centre there is an iron 'ate. (t is easil$ understood that it is the house of a nota%le of the villa'e or of a well-to-do fa il$, %ecause ever$thin' shows co fort and 'reat order, if not riches and po p. Mar$ 'ets off the don#e$ and 'oes to the 'ate. ,he loo#s throu'h the iron %ars, %ut does not see an$one. ,he endeavors then to- a#e Herself heard. ) little old wo an, who ore curious than the others has followed Her, shows Her a stran'e 'ad'et that is used as a %ell. (t consists of two pieces of etal %alanced on a #ind of $o#e, at the end of which there is a rope. &hen the rope is pulled, the two etal pieces stri#e each other and 'ive the sound of a %ell or 'on'. Mar$ pulls the rope, %ut so 'entl$, that there is onl$ a faint tin#lin', which no one hears. "hen the little old wo an, whose face is all nose and slipper?-chin and whose ton'ue is worth ten put to'ether, 'ets hold of the rope and pulls it several ti es with all her i'ht. ,he a#es enou'h noise to raise a dead anB "hat?s how Aou do it, wo an. /therwise, 1--

how can the$ hear Aou@ Aou #now, 8liCa%eth is old and Iacharias also is old. ;ow he is also du %, as well as deaf. )lso the two servants are old, don?t Aou #now@ Have Aou ever %een here %efore@ Eon?t Aou #now Iacharias@ )re AouM Mar$ is rescued fro the delu'e of infor ation and >uestions %$ a little old an who suddenl$ appears pantin'. He ust %e a 'ardener or a far er, for he is holdin' a hoe in his hand and there is a prunin' #nife tied to his %elt. He opens the 'ate and Mar$ enters than#in' the little wo an %utM leavin' her fairl$ recent >uestion unanswered. &hat a disappoint ent for the curious soulB )s soon as ,he is inside Mar$ sa$s! ( a Mar$ of Joachi and )nne, fro ;aCareth. ( a $our asters? cousin . "he an %ows down and welco es Her, he then calls out in a loud voice! ,arahB ,arahB He opens the 'ate a'ain to let in the don#e$ that had %een left outside. Mar$, in fact, to 'et rid of the persistent little wo an, had slipped inside ver$ >uic#l$ and the 'ardener =ust as >uic#l$ had closed the 'ate in the face of the 'ossip. )nd while ta#in' the don#e$ in, he e4clai s! /hB &hat a 'reat happiness and what an upheaval to this householdB Heaven has 'ranted a child to the %arren one, a$ the Most Hi'h %e %lessedB 0ut seven onths a'o, Iacharias ca e %ac# du % fro Jerusale . He now a#es hi self understood %$ 'estures or %$ writin'. Perhaps Aou alread$ #now. M$ landlad$ has lon'ed so uch for Aou in this =o$ and this travailB ,he alwa$s 1-*

spo#e to ,arah a%out Aou and she would sa$! 6(f ( onl$ had little Mar$ with MeB ( wish ,he were still in the "e pleB ( would send Iacharias to fetch Her. 0ut now the 9ord wanted Her arried to Joseph of ;aCareth. ,he is the onl$ one who can co fort e in $ pain and help e to pra$ to God, %ecause ,he is so 'ood. )nd the$ all iss Her in the "e ple. /n the last feast da$, the last ti e ( went to Jerusale with Iacharias to than# the 9ord for the child He has 'iven e, Her teachers said to e! ?"he "e ple see s to %e without the 3heru%i of the Glor$ since Mar$?s voice is no lon'er heard inside these walls.? 7 He then shouts a'ain! ,arah, ,arahB M$ wife is a little deaf. 0ut co e, please, (?ll show Aou the wa$. (nstead of ,arah, a fairl$ old wo an appears at the top of the staircase on one side of the house. Her face is all wrin#les and her hair is ver$ 're$. (t ust have %een ver$ %lac# at one ti e %ecause her e$elashes and e$e%rows are still ver$ dar# and also fro the color of her face one can tell that she was swarth$. Her present ver$ o%vious pre'nant condition is a stran'e contradiction to her evident old a'e, notwithstandin' her wide and loose dress. ,he loo#s down shadin' her e$es with her hand. )s soon as she reco'niCes Mar$ she raises her ar s to the s#$ and utters an /hB of =o$ and surprise. ,he then rushes, as fast as she can, towards Mar$. )lso Mar$, who alwa$s oves ver$ >uietl$, now runs, as swift as a little deer, and reaches the foot of the staircase at the sa e ti e as 8liCa%eth. )nd ,he e %races with 'reat affection Her cousin who is cr$in' with =o$ at seein' Her. "he$ re ain e %raced for an instant and then 8liCa%eth 1-0

detaches herself e4clai in'! )hB , an e4cla ation of in'led =o$ and sorrow and she places her hands on her enlar'ed a%do en. ,he %ows her face and turns red and pale alternatel$. Mar$ and the servant hold out their hands to support her %ecause she sta''ers, as if she were unwell. 0ut 8liCa%eth, after a o ent of concentration, lifts her face which is now so %ri'ht that she loo#s uch $oun'er. ,he then loo#s at Mar$ with evident veneration as if she sees an an'el, she %ows in a deep salutation e4clai in'! Aou are %lessed a on'st all wo enB 0lessed is the 2ruit of Aour wo %B (,he sa$s e4actl$ that! two clearl$ separate sentences). How did ( deserve that the Mother of $ 9ord should co e to e, Aour servant@ "here, at the sound of Aour voice, the child leaped out of =o$ in $ wo % and when ( e %raced Aou, the ,pirit of the 9ord whispered deepest truths to $ heart. Aou are %lessed, %ecause Aou %elieved that it was possi%le for God also what does not appear possi%le to the hu an indB Aou are %lessed, %ecause %$ Aour faith Aou will acco plish the thin's the 9ord predicted to Aou and the Prophets foretold for our ti esB Aou are %lessed, for the ,alvation Aou have %rou'ht to the house of Jaco%B Aou are %lessed for the Holiness Aou have %rou'ht to $ son, who ( feel leapin' with =o$, li#e a happ$ little #id, in $ wo %, %ecause he feels free fro the %urden of 'uilt, and is called to %e the Predecessor, sanctified %efore :ede ption %$ the Hol$ /ne &ho is 'rowin' within AouB Mar$, with two tears that run down li#e two pearls fro Her spar#lin' e$es to Her s ilin' lips, with Her face raised to heaven and also Her ar s raised up, in the 1-&

attitude that Her Jesus will ta#e so often, e4clai s! M$ soul proclai s the 'reatness of the 9ord and ,he continues the canticle as it has %een handed down to us. )t the end, at the verse! He has co e to the help of (srael his servant etc. , she puts Her hands on Her %reast, #neels down stoopin' to the 'round, adorin' God. "he servant, who >uite wisel$ had disappeared when he realiCed that 8liCa%eth was not reall$ ph$sicall$ unwell, on the contrar$, she was confidin' her thou'hts to Mar$, is now co in' %ac# fro the orchard with a sole n old an, whose hair and %eard are co pletel$ white, and who 'reets Mar$ fro a distance with 'reat 'estures and loud 'uttural sounds. Iacharias is arrivin' sa$s 8liCa%eth, touchin' the shoulder of Mar$, en'rossed in pra$er. M$ Iacharias is du %. God has punished hi %ecause he did not %elieve. ( will tell Aou later. 0ut now ( hope that God will for'ive hi , %ecause Aou have co e. Aou, full of Grace. Mar$ rises and 'oes to eet Iacharias. ,he stoops to the 'round in front of hi , #issin' the he of his white ro%e that reaches down to the 'round. (t is a ver$ wide ro%e, held ti'ht to the waist %$ a lar'e e %roidered %raid. Iacharias welco es Mar$ %$ 'estures and the$ %oth ove toward 8liCa%eth. "he$ all enter a roo on the 'round floor. (t is a wide roo , tastefull$ arran'ed, where the$ a#e Mar$ sit down and the$ offer Her so e new il# < there is still foa on it < and so e s all ca#es. 8liCa%eth 'ives so e orders to the aid servant, who has appeared at last, her hands still covered with flour and 1*2

her hair whiter than usuall$ %ecause of the flour dust on it. Perhaps she was %a#in' %read. ,he 'ives orders also to the ale servant, whose na e ( hear is ,a uel, and tells hi to ta#e Mar$?s trun# to a roo which she indicates to hi . ,he thus fulfills her duties of a landlad$ towards her 'uest. (n the eanti e Mar$ is repl$in' to the >uestions Iacharias is as#in' Her, writin' the on a wa4 ta%let with a st$le. 2ro Her answers ( understand that he is as#in' Her a%out Joseph and Her arried life with hi . ( also understand that Iacharias has %een denied all supernatural li'ht a%out Mar$?s state and Her condition of Mother of the Messiah. 8liCa%eth 'oes near her hus%and and la$in' her hand on his shoulder, in a lovin' attitude, as if she were caressin' hi chastel$, she sa$s to hi ! )lso Mar$ is a other. :e=oice over Her happiness. 0ut she does not sa$ an$thin' else. ,he loo#s at Mar$. )nd Mar$ loo#s at her %ut does not encoura'e her to sa$ ore and 8liCa%eth #eeps silent. ) sweet, ver$ sweet visionB (t o%literates the horror of the si'ht of Judas? suicide. 9ast ni'ht, %efore fallin' asleep, ( saw Mar$ cr$in', %ent over the unction stone, on the dead %od$ of /ur :edee er. ,he was on His ri'ht-hand side, with Her %ac# to the openin' of the sepulcher 'rotto. "he torches lit up Her face so that ( could see Her poor face rava'ed %$ sorrow and washed %$ tears. ,he would ta#e Jesus? hand, caress it, war it a'ainst her chee#s, #iss it, stretch its fin'ers outM #iss the one %$ one, those poor otionless fin'ers. "hen ,he would caress His 1*1

face, would %end down to #iss His open outh, His halfopen e$es, His wounded forehead. "he reddish li'ht of the torches ade the wounds of the tortured %od$ appear ore real and rendered the cruelt$ of His torture and the realis of His death ore true and real. )nd ( re ained in conte plation until $ ind was clear. &hen ( ca e out of $ sopor, ( pra$ed and ( la$ down to 'o to sleep. "hen the a%ove vision %e'an. 0ut Mother said to e! Eon?t ove. Just loo#. Aou will write it to orrow (n $ sleep ( drea t it all over a'ain. &hen ( wo#e up at +.GN ( saw what ( had alread$ seen %oth when ( was awa#e and in $ sleep. )nd ( wrote while ( was seein'. "hen $ou ca e and ( as#ed $ou if ( could add the followin'. "he$ are various s#etches of Mar$?s sta$ in Iacharias? house.

22. Mar& and 9li7abeth +'eak of their Children.

2nd A'ril 1944.

(t is ornin'. ( see Mar$ sewin', sittin' in the roo on the 'round floor. 8liCa%eth is 'oin' to and fro, %us$ with the housewor#. )nd when she co es into Mar$?s roo , she never fails to 'o and caress Her fair head, which loo#s even ore fair a'ainst the rather dar# walls and in the %eautiful sun ra$s that enter throu'h the door open on to the 'arden. 8liCa%eth %ends down to loo# at Mar$?s wor# < the e %roider$ ,he had in ;aCareth < and she praises its 1*2

%eaut$. ( have also so e linen to spin sa$s Mar$. 2or $our 3hild@ ;o. ( had it alread$ when ( never thou'htM Mar$ does not sa$ an$thin' else. 0ut ( understand! Mwhen ( never thou'ht ( was to %e the Mother of God 0ut now Aou will have to use it for Hi . (s it 'ood@ 2ine@ 3hildren, Aou #now, need ver$ soft aterial. ( #now. ( had %e'unM 9ate, %ecause ( wanted to %e sure that it was not a deception of the 8vil /ne. )lthou'hM ( felt such a =o$ within e, that it could not possi%l$ co e fro ,atan. )fterM ( suffered so uch. ( a old, Mar$, reall$ old, to %e in this state. ( suffered so uch. Eon?t Aou sufferM ;o. ( don?t. ( have never %een so well. /f course. 5uite ri'ht. AouM there is no stain in Aou, as God chose Aou for His Mother. )nd that is wh$ Aou are not su%=ect to 8ve?s sufferin's. "he /ne Aou %ear is hol$. ( feel as if ( had a win' in M$ heart and not a %urden. ( see to have within Me all the flowers and all the %irds that sin' in sprin'ti e, and all the hone$ and all the sunshineM /hB ( a so happ$B 0lessed Mar$B ;either do ( feel an$ lon'er %urden, tiredness or pain, since ( saw Aou. ( see to %e new, $oun', freed fro the iseries of wo an?s flesh. M$ 1*3

child, after leapin' happil$ at the sound of Aour voice, is now >uiet in his =o$. )nd ( see to have hi , in e, as in a livin' cradle, and ( see hi sleepin' satisfied and happ$, %reathin' li#e a little %ird under the win' of its otherM ( will now start wor#in'. He will no lon'er %e a wei'ht. ( cannot see ver$ well, %utM ;ever ind, 8liCa%eth. ( will see to the spinnin' and weavin' %oth for $ou and for $our %a%$. ( a >uic# and M$ si'ht is ver$ 'ood. 0ut $ou will have to see to AourM /hB "here will %e plent$ ti eBM 2irst ( will ta#e care of $ou, since $ou are 'oin' to have $our %a%$ ver$ shortl$, and later ( will see to M$ Jesus. (t is %e$ond hu an possi%ilit$ to tell $ou how sweet are Mar$?s e4pression and voice, how %ri'ht Her e$es are with sweet happ$ tears, and how ,he s iles in pronouncin' that ;a e, loo#in' at the clear %lue s#$. ,he see s to %e enraptured si pl$ sa$in'! Jesus . 8liCa%eth e4clai s! &hat a %eautiful na eB "he na e of the ,on of God, of /ur :edee erB /hB 8liCa%ethB Mar$ %eco es sad and ,he seiCes the hands of Her relative who had laid the across her enlar'ed a%do en. "ell Me, since $ou were illu inated %$ the ,pirit of the 9ord, when ( ca e here, and $ou prophesied what the world does not #now, tell Me! what will M$ 3reature have to suffer to save the world@ "he ProphetsM /hB &hat do the Prophets sa$ of the ,avior@ (saiahM Eo $ou re e %er (saiah@ 6He is the Man of sorrows. "hrou'h His wounds we are healed. He was 1*'

pierced throu'h for our faults, crushed for our sins. Aahweh has %een pleased to crush Hi with sufferin'. )fter %ein' conde ned He was lifted upM7 &hat liftin' is he referrin' to@ "he$ call Hi the 9a % and ( cannot help thin#in' of the la % of the Passover, of the la % of Moses, and ( associate it with the serpent elevated %$ Moses on a cross. 8liCa%ethBM 8liCa%ethBM &hat will the$ do to M$ 3reature@ &hat will He have to suffer to save the world@ Mar$ is cr$in'. 8liCa%eth co forts Her. Mar$, don?t cr$. He is Aour ,on, %ut He is also the ,on of God. God will see to His ,on, and will loo# after Aou, His Mother . )nd if so an$ will %e cruel to Hi , so an$ will love Hi . ,o an$BM 2orever and ever. "he world will loo# at Aour ,on and will %less Aou with Hi . "he$ will %less Aou, for Aou are the ,prin' fro which rede ption 'ushes out. "he destin$ of Aour ,onB He will %e raised to the ran# of Din' of the whole creation. Just thin# of that, Mar$. Din', %ecause He will redee the whole creation, and as such, He will %e universal Din'. )nd He will %e loved also in the world, in its lifeti e. M$ son will precede Aours and will love Hi . "he an'el told Iacharias. )nd he wrote it down for e. How painful it is to see hi du %, $ IachariasB 0ut ( hope that when the %a%$ is %orn also the father will %e freed fro his punish ent. &ill Aou pra$, too, since Aou are the ,eat of the Power of God and the 3ause of deli'ht in the world. "o o%tain this 'race ( a#e $ offers to the 9ord, as %est ( can. ( offer $ creature! %ecause it %elon's to Hi , as He lent it to His servant to 'rant her the =o$ of %ein' called 6 other7. (t is the testi on$ of what God has done for e. ( want his na e to %e 6John7. (sn?t $ son a 'race@ )nd didn?t God 'rant 1*+

e it@ )nd God, ( a sure, will 'rant $ou the 'race. ( will pra$M with $ou . ( suffer so cr$in'. uch seein' hi du %BM 8liCa%eth is

&hen he writes, as he can no lon'er spea# to e, there see to %e ountains and oceans %etween e and $ Iacharias. )fter so an$ $ears of sweet conversation, now there is nothin' %ut silence fro his outh. )nd particularl$ now, when it would %e so nice to tal# a%out who is a%out to co e. ( even refrain fro spea#in' to avoid seein' hi 'ettin' strained in his efforts to repl$ to e %$ 'estures. ( have cried so uchB How uch did ( lon' for AouB "he people of the villa'e watch, tal# and criticise. ,uch is the world. 0ut when one has a pain or a =o$, one needs to %e understood, not criticised. 0ut now $ life see s co pletel$ i proved. ( feel a =o$ in e since Aou ca e here. ( feel that $ test is a%out to end and that ( will soon %e co pletel$ happ$. ( a ri'ht, a ( not@ ( have resi'ned $self to ever$thin'. 0ut if God would onl$ for'ive $ hus%andB (f ( could onl$ hear hi pra$ once a'ainB Mar$ caresses and co forts her and in order to divert her attention, she invites her to ta#e a little wal# in the sunn$ 'arden. "he$ wal# under a well cultivated per'ola, as far as a little rustic tower, in the holes of which doves have nested. Mar$ scatters the %irdseed lau'hin', %ecause the doves 1*-

have rushed on Her, cooin' loudl$ and flappin' noisil$, for in' iridescent circles around Her. "he$ ali'ht on Her head, shoulders, ar s and on Her hands, stretchin' their ros$ %ea#s to snatch the 'rains fro Her hands, 'racefull$ pec#in' the 1ir'in?s ros$ lips and Her teeth that shine in the sun. Mar$ ta#es the 'olden corn fro a little sac# and ,he lau'hs in the iddle of that tourna ent of intrusive 'reed. How fond the$ are of AouB points out 8liCa%eth. Aou have onl$ %een here a few da$s and the$ love Aou ore than e, althou'h ( have alwa$s ta#en care of the . "he$ continue wal#in' until the$ reach an enclosure, at the end of the orchard, where there are a%out twent$ 'oats with their little #ids. Have $ou co e %ac# fro the pasture@ Mar$ as#s a little shepherd, caressin' hi . Aes, %ecause $ father said to e! 6Go ho e, %ecause it is 'oin' to rain shortl$ and there are so e sheep a%out to la %. Ma#e sure the$ have dr$ her% and litter.7 "here he is, he is co in'. )nd he points to the wood, whence a continual tre %lin' %leatin' can %e heard. Mar$ caresses a little #id, as fair as a child, which ru%s itself a'ainst Her, and to'ether with 8liCa%eth ,he drin#s so e new il# that the little shepherd offers the . "hen the sheep arrive led %$ a shepherd as hair$ as a %ear. 0ut he is o%viousl$ a 'ood an %ecause he is carr$in' a 'roanin' sheep on his shoulders. He puts her down 'entl$ and e4plains! ,he is a%out to la %. ,he can 1**

onl$ wal# with difficult$. ( put her on $ shoulders and ( hurried all the wa$ to 'et here in ti e. "he sheep, still li pin' painfull$, is led into the fold %$ the %o$. Mar$ is sittin' on a stone and is pla$in' with the little #ids and the la %s, offerin' clover flowers to their prett$ ros$ little faces. ) %lac# and white #id puts its little hooves on Her shoulder and s ells Her hair. (t is not %read sa$s Mar$ lau'hin'. ( will %rin' $ou so e cru %s to orrow. 0e 'ood, now. /nce a'ain cheerful, 8liCa%eth also lau'hs. ----------------( see Mar$ &ho is spinnin' ver$ >uic#l$ under the per'ola, where the 'rapes are 'rowin' %i''er and %i''er. ,o e ti e ust have elapsed %ecause the apples are %e'innin' to redden on the trees and the %ees are hu in' near the fi' flowers alread$ ature. 8liCa%eth is now >uite stout, and she is wal#in' heavil$. Mar$ loo#s at her carefull$ and lovin'l$. )lso Mar$?s sides appear ore round when ,he 'ets up to pic# up the spindle which has fallen far awa$ fro Her. "he e4pression on Her face has chan'ed. (t is ore atureF %efore ,he was a 'irl, now ,he is a wo an. "he wo en 'o into the house %ecause it is now 'ettin' dar#, and the la ps are lit in the roo . &hile waitin' for supper, Mar$ %e'ins to weave. Eoes it never tire Aou@ as#s 8liCa%eth, pointin' to the loo . ;o, $ou can %e sure of that. 1*0

( a e4hausted %$ this heat. ( have not suffered an$ lon'er, %ut now the wei'ht is too heav$ for $ old #idne$s. "a#e coura'e. Aou will soon %e free. How happ$ $ou will then %e. ( a lon'in' to %e a other. M$ 3hildB M$ JesusB &hat will He %e li#e@ )s %eautiful as Aou are, Mar$. /h noB More %eautifulB He is God. ( a His aid. &hat ( eant is, will He %e fair or dar#@ &ill His e$es %e li#e a clear s#$, or li#e the e$es of a ountain deer@ ( i a'ine Hi ore %eautiful than a cheru%, with 'olden curl$ hair, His e$es the sa e color as the ,ea of Galilee when the stars %e'in to peep on the horiCon, His tin$ little outh as red as a po e'ranate that %ursts when it atures in the sun, and His chee#s as pin# as this pale rose, with two little hands that could %e contained in the hollow of a lil$, the$ are so s all and tin$, and two tin$ feet that ( can hold in the hollow of M$ hand, so soft and s ooth, even ore so than the petal of a flower. ,ee. "he idea ( for of Hi is ta#en fro all the %eautiful thin's that nature su''ests to Me. )nd ( can hear His voice. &hen He cries < %ecause M$ 3hild will cr$ a little when He is hun'r$ or sleep$, and it will alwa$s %e a 'reat pain for His Mu $ &hose heart will %e pierced ever$ ti e ,he hears Hi cr$ < when He cries, His voice will %e li#e the %leatin' that now co es fro a little la %, onl$ a few hours old, when it see#s its other?s %reast, and her war aternal fleece to sleep. &hen He lau'hs < and M$ heart in love with $ 3reature will then %e full of Heaven, for ( can %e in love with Hi , %ecause He is M$ God, and it will not %e a'ainst M$ consecrated vir'init$ 1*&

to love Hi as a lover < His voice when He lau'hs will %e li#e the err$ cooin' of a happ$ little dove which is full and content in its cos$ little nest. )nd ( thin# of Hi when He is ta#in' His first stepsM a little %ird hoppin' on a flower$ eadow. "he eadow will %e His Mother?s heart, it will %e laid under His tin$ pin# feet with all Her love, so that He a$ not tread on an$thin' that a$ hurt Hi . /h, how ( will love M$ 3hildB M$ ,onB )lso Joseph will love Hi . 0ut Aou will have to tell Joseph. Mar$?s face dar#ens, and ,he si'hs. Aes, ( will have to tell hi M ( wish Heaven would tell hi , %ecause it is so difficult to tell. ,hall ( tell hi @ &e will as# hi circu cisionM to co e for John?s

;o. ( have entrusted God with the tas# of infor in' hi of his happ$ destin$ of putative father of the ,on of God, and He will do so. "he ,pirit said to Me that evenin'! 60e silent. 8ntrust Me with the tas# of =ustif$in' Aou.7 )nd He will do so. God never lies. (t is a 'reat trial, %ut with the help of the 8ternal 2ather, it will %e overco e. ;o one ust learn fro M$ outh what the %eni'nit$ of the 9ord has done. 3ertainl$ $ou are the e4ception, %ecause the ,pirit revealed it to $ou. ( have not entioned it to an$%od$, not even to Iacharias who would have %een ver$ happ$. He thin#s $ou are a other accordin' to nature. ( #now. )nd ( decided that out of prudence. "he secrets of God are hol$. "he an'el of the 9ord did not reveal M$ 102

divine aternit$ to Iacharias. He could have done so, if God had wanted, %ecause God #new that the ti e for the (ncarnation of His &ord in Me was alread$ i inent. 0ut God hid this =o$ful li'ht fro Iacharias, who re=ected $our late aternit$ as so ethin' i possi%le. ( have co plied with the will of God, as $ou have seen. Aou perceived the secret livin' in Me. He did not perceive an$thin'. .ntil the screen of his incredulit$ does not fall %efore the power of God, he will %e separated fro supernatural li'hts. 8liCa%eth si'hs and %eco es silent. Iacharias co es in. He offers so e parch ent rolls to Mar$. (t is the hour of pra$er %efore supper. Mar$ pra$s in a loud voice in place of Iacharias. "hen the$ settle down at the ta%le. &hen Aou are no lon'er with us, how we shall re'ret havin' no lon'er an$one to pra$ for us sa$s 8liCa%eth, loo#in' at her du % hus%and. Aou will pra$ then, Iacharias sa$s Mar$. He sha#es his head and writes! ( will never %e a%le to pra$ a'ain for other people. ( %eca e unworth$ when ( dou%ted of $ God. Iacharias, $ou will pra$. God for'ives. "he old an wipes a tear and si'hs. )fter supper, Mar$ 'oes %ac# to the loo . "hat?s enou'hB sa$s 8liCa%eth. Aou will %eco e too tired. 101

Aour ti e is approachin', 8liCa%eth. ( want to prepare for $our child clothes worth$ of hi who will precede the Din' of the House of Eavid. Iacharias writes! /f who will He %e %orn@ )nd where@

Mar$ replies! &here the Prophets said, and of who the 8ternal 2ather will choose. &hatever our Most Hi'h 9ord does, is well done. Iacharias writes! &ell, in 0ethlehe thenB (n Judah. &e shall 'o and worship Hi , wo an. )nd Aou will co e to 0ethlehe , too, with Joseph. )nd Mar$, %owin' Her head over the loo co e. "he vision ends thus. --------------Mar$ sa$s! "he first charit$ towards our nei'h%ors is to %e e4erted towards our nei'h%ors. "his ust not see a pun to $ou. "here is charit$ towards God and charit$ towards our nei'h%ors. 3harit$ towards our nei'h%ors co prises also charit$ towards ourselves. 0ut if we love ourselves ore than our nei'h%ors, we are no lon'er charita%le, we are selfish. )lso in lawful atters, we ust %e so hol$ as to alwa$s 'ive priorit$ to the needs of our nei'h%or. 0e sure, M$ children, that God provides for the 'enerous %$ eans of His power and His %ount$. (t was this certaint$ that led Me to He%ron to assist M$ relative in her condition. )nd to M$ ea'erness for hu an help, God, 'ivin' %e$ond easure as He is wont, added an unforeseen 'ift of supernatural assistance. ( went to 102 sa$s! ( will

'ive aterial help and God sanctified M$ 'ood intention %$ sanctif$in', throu'h it, the fruit of 8liCa%eth?s wo %, and %$ eans of that sanctification, %$ which the 0aptist was presanctified, He relieved the ph$sical pain of the elderl$ dau'hter of 8ve, who had conceived at an unusual a'e. 8liCa%eth, a wo an of fearless faith and confident su% ission to God?s will, deserved to understand the $ster$ that was enclosed within Me. "he ,pirit spo#e to her throu'h the %ouncin' in her wo %. "he 0aptist pronounced his first speech, as the )nnouncer of the &ord, throu'h the veils and the diaphra' s of veins and flesh that separated and united hi at the sa e ti e to his hol$ other. ;either did ( den$ M$ prero'ative of %ein' the Mother of the 9ord, %ecause she was worth$ of the infor ation and the 9i'ht had revealed (tself to her. "o den$ it would have eant den$in' God the praise that it was =ust should %e 'iven to Hi , the praise that ( %ore in Me, and which, since ( could not tell an$one, ( repeated to the her%s, to the flowers, to the stars, to the sun, to the sin'in' %irds and the patient sheep, to the war%lin' waters, to the 'olden li'ht that #issed Me descendin' fro Heaven. 0ut it is sweeter to pra$ to'ether rather than sa$ our pra$ers %$ ourselves. ( would have li#ed all the world to #now of M$ destin$, not for M$ own sa#e, %ut that the$ i'ht =oin Me in praisin' M$ 9ord. Prudence for%ade e to reveal the truth to Iacharias. "hat would have i plied 'oin' %e$ond the wor# of God. )nd if ( was His ,pouse and Mother, ( was still His servant, and ( could not ta#e the li%ert$ of su%stitutin' 103

Hi and e4ceedin' Hi in a decree, si pl$ %ecause He had loved Me %e$ond easure. 8liCa%eth in her holiness understood, and was silent. 0ecause a hol$ person is alwa$s su% issive and hu %le. "he 'ift of God ust increase our 'oodness. "he ore we receive fro Hi , the ore we ust 'ive. 0ecause the ore we receive, the ore o%vious it is that He is with us and within us. )nd the ore He is with us and within us, the ore we ust endeavor to reach His perfection. "hat is wh$ ( wor#ed for 8liCa%eth, postponin' M$ own wor#. ( was not afraid that ( would not have ti e. God is the aster of ti e. He provides for those who hope in Hi , also in nor al thin's. ,elfishness does not speed atters up, it dela$s the . 3harit$ does not dela$, it speeds up. )lwa$s %ear that in ind. How uch peace there was in 8liCa%eth?s houseB (f ( had not %een worried a%out Joseph andM and $ 3hild, &ho was the :edee er of the world, ( would have %een happ$, 0ut the cross was alread$ castin' its shadow on M$ life and ( heard the voices of the Prophets li#e a #nellM M$ na e was Mar$. 0itterness was alwa$s in'led with the sweetness that God poured into M$ heart. )nd it increased ore and ore until the death of M$ ,on. 0ut when God calls us, Mar$, to the destin$ of victi s for His 'lor$, ohB it is sweet to %e 'round li#e corn in the illstone, to convert our pain into a %read that can stren'then the wea# and a#e the capa%le of reachin' HeavenB ;ow, it is enou'h. Aou are tired and happ$. :est now with M$ %lessin' 10'

2#. The -irth of the -a'tist.

#rd A'ril 1944.

"his vision of peace descends fro Heaven, a id the dis'ustin' thin's which the world nowada$s offers us, and ( do not #now how that can %e, %ecause ( a li#e a little twi' at the erc$ of the wind in $ continuous conflicts with hu an wic#edness so discordant with what lives within e. &e are still in 8liCa%eth?s house. (t is a %eautiful su er evenin', still clear in the last ra$s of the sun, and $et the s#$ is alread$ decorated with a falcated oon that loo#s li#e a silver co a attached to a lar'e deep %lue cloth. "he rose-%ushes 'ive off stron' perfu e and the %ees, li#e hu in' 'old drops, are a#in' their last fli'hts in the >uiet war evenin' air. 2ro the eadows, there is a stron' s ell of ha$ dried in the sun, it is al ost li#e that of %read, of war %read, =ust ta#en out of the oven. Perhaps it co es also fro the an$ sheets han'in' ever$where to dr$, and which ,arah is now foldin'. Mar$ is wal#in' with Her cousin, lin#in' ar s with her. "he$ 'o up and down ver$ slowl$, under the se i-dar# per'ola. 0ut Mar$ watches ever$thin' and, while ta#in' care of 8liCa%eth, ,he sees that ,arah is ill at ease in foldin' a lon' sheet which she has ta#en off a hed'e. ,it down here, and wait for e ,he sa$s to her relative. )nd ,he 'oes to help the old servant, pullin' the sheet to 10+

strai'hten it, and then foldin' it carefull$. "he$ still s ell of sun, the$ are war ,he sa$s with a s ile. )nd to a#e the old lad$ happ$, ,he adds! "his sheet, after $our %leachin', has %eco e as %eautiful as ever. Aou are the onl$ one who #nows how to do thin's so well. ,arah 'oes awa$, over=o$ed, with her load of scented sheets. Mar$ 'oes %ac# to 8liCa%eth and sa$s! 9et us ta#e a few ore steps. "he$ will do $ou 'ood. )nd as 8liCa%eth is tired, and does not wish to ove, Mar$ sa$s to her! 9et us 'o onl$ to see if $our doves are all in their nests, and if the water in their tu% is clear. &e shall then co e %ac# ho e. Eoves ust %e the favourite pets of 8liCa%eth. &hen the$ are in front of the rustic tower where all the doves are 'athered, 8liCa%eth is deepl$ ovedF in fact the hens are in the nests and the coc#s are in front of the , %ut neither of the ove, instead the$ all start cooin' loudl$ when the$ see the two wo en! a 'entle for of 'reetin'. 8liCa%eth is overco e %$ the wea#ness of her condition and %$ fears which a#e her cr$. ,he e4presses her fears to her cousin. (f ( should dieM what will happen to $ poor little doves@ Aou will not %e sta$in' here. (f Aou were to re ain in $ house, it would not atter if ( died. ( have had the 'reatest =o$ a wo an can possi%l$ have. "he =o$ which ( was no lon'er e4pectin' to have, and ( cannot even co plain of death with the 9ord, %ecause He has overwhel ed e with His %eni'nit$, a$ He %e %lessed for it. 0ut there is Iacharias-M and then there will %e the child. )n old an who would feel as thou'h he were lost in a desert without his wo an. )nd the other is 10-

so s all, that he would %e li#e a flower, conde ned to die of cold %ecause he is without his other. Poor %a%$, without the caresses of his otherBM 0ut wh$ are $ou so sad@ God has 'iven $ou the =o$ of %ein' a other, and He will not ta#e it awa$ fro $ou when it is full. 9ittle John will receive all the #isses of his u $, and Iacharias all the attentions of his faithful wife until the ver$ end of his lon' life. Aou are two %ranches of the sa e tree. /ne will not die, leavin' the other alone. Aou are 'ood, and Aou co fort e. 0ut ( a so old to have a son. )nd now that ( a a%out to have one, ( a afraid. /hB ;oB "here is Jesus here. &e ust not %e afraid where there is Jesus. M$ 3hild relieved $our pain, $ou said that $ourself, when He was =ust a %ud newl$ for ed. ;ow that He is %eco in' ore and ore ature, and He alread$ lives as M$ 3reature < ( can feel in M$ throat the %eatin' of His little heart, and ( feel as if a little nestlin' with a li'ht pulsatin' heart were restin' on M$ throat He will re ove all dan'ers fro $ou. Aou ust have faith. ( have. 0ut if ( should dieM don?t leave Iacharias at once. ( #now that Aou are concerned with Aour own house. 0ut please re ain here a little lon'er to help $ hus%and in his first da$s of sorrow. ( shall sta$ to ta#e deli'ht in $our =o$ and in the =o$ of $our hus%and, and ( will leave $ou when $ou are stron' and happ$. 0ut now %e >uiet, 8liCa%eth. 8ver$thin' will %e all ri'ht. ;othin' will happen to $our household while $ou are sufferin'. Iacharias will %e served %$ the ost 10*

lovin' aid, $our flowers will %e loo#ed after, and $our doves will %e attended to, and $ou will find the all %eautiful and happ$ to re=oice with, when their loved istress co es %ac#. 9et us 'o in now, %ecause $ou are 'ettin' paleM Aes, ( thin# ( a %e'innin' to suffer a'ain. Perhaps ti e has co e. Mar$, pra$ for e. ( will support $ou with M$ pra$er until $our la%our ends in =o$. "he two wo en slowl$ 'o %ac# into the house. 8liCa%eth withdraws to her roo s. Mar$, a capa%le and provident wo an, 'ives the necessar$ instructions, prepares ever$thin' that a$ %e necessar$, and at the sa e ti e, ,he co forts Iacharias who is worried. (n the house that is sleepless that ni'ht, and where one can hear the stran'e voices of wo en called in to help, Mar$ is watchful li#e a li'hthouse on a stor $ ni'ht. "he whole house rotates around Her, and ,he sees to ever$thin', s ilin' sweetl$. )nd ,he pra$s. &hen ,he is not called for this or that atter, ,he concentrates in pra$er. ,he is now in the roo where the$ alwa$s 'ather for their eals and to wor#. Iacharias is with Her, and he si'hs and wal#s up and down uneasil$. "he$ have alread$ pra$ed to'ether. "hen Mar$ has continued to pra$. )lso now that the old an, %ein' tired, has sat down on his %i' chair near the ta%le, and is >uiet and sleep$, ,he pra$s. )nd when ,he sees hi sleepin' with his head restin' on his ar s crossed on the ta%le, ,he ta#es Her sandals off to a#e no noise and wal#s %arefooted and, a#in' less noise than a %utterfl$ 100 $

flutterin' around the roo , ,he ta#es Iacharias? antle, and la$s it on hi so 'entl$ that he continues to sleep in the co fort of the woollen cloth that protects hi fro the cold air of the ni'ht that co es in, in 'usts fro the door, which is ver$ often opened. "hen ,he starts pra$in' a'ain, and ,he pra$s ore and ore intensel$, #neelin' down, raisin' Her ar s, when the painful cries of 8liCa%eth %eco e heart-rendin'. ,arah co es in and invites Her to 'o out. Mar$ 'oes out %arefooted into the 'arden. M$ istress wants Aou she sa$s. ( a co in'. )nd Mar$ wal#s alon' the house, 'oes upstairsM ,he loo#s li#e a white an'el, wanderin' in the peaceful starr$ ni'ht. ,he 'oes into 8liCa%eth?s roo . /hB Mar$B Mar$B &hat a painB ( can?t stand it an$ lon'er, Mar$B How uch pain one ust suffer to %e a otherB Mar$ caresses her lovin'l$, and #isses her. Mar$B Mar$B 9et e put $ hands on Aour %ell$B Mar$ ta#es the two wrin#led and swollen hands, and la$s the on Her round a%do en, pressin' the ti'htl$ with Her s ooth, slender little hands. )nd ,he spea#s in a low voice, now that the$ are alone! Jesus is here, and He hears and sees $ou. Have faith, 8liCa%eth. His hol$ heart is %eatin' ore stron'l$ %ecause He is actin' for $our 'ood. ( can feel it thro%%in' as thou'h ( were holdin' it in M$ hands. )nd ( understand the words that M$ 3hild sa$s to Me. He is now sa$in'! 6"ell the wo an not to %e afraid. /nl$ a little ore pain. )nd then, with 10&

the first ra$s of the sun, a on' the an$ roses awaitin' the ornin'?s ra$s to open out on their ste s, her house will have the ost %eautiful rose, and it will %e John, M$ Predecessor.7 8liCa%eth now presses also her face a'ainst Mar$?s %ell$, and weeps 'entl$. Mar$ stands for so e ti e in that attitude %ecause the pain see s to ease 'ivin' a o ent?s relief. )nd she %ec#ons ever$%od$ to %e >uiet. ,he re ains standin', %eautiful and white in the pale, faint li'ht of an oil la p, li#e an an'el near a person who suffers. ,he is pra$in'. ( can see Her ovin' Her lips. 0ut even if ( did not see the ove, ( would understand that ,he is pra$in' fro the enraptured e4pression on Her face. ,o e ti e 'oes %$, and 8liCa%eth is in the throes once a'ain. Mar$ #isses her a'ain, and 'oes out . ,he 'oes downstairs ver$ >uic#l$ in the oonli'ht, and 'oes to see if the old an is still sleepin'. He is sleepin', and oanin' in his sleep. Mar$ a#es a 'esture of co passion, and starts to pra$ once a'ain. More ti e passes. "he old an awa#es fro his sleep and lifts up his head, and he is confused, %ecause he does not recollect wh$ he is there. "hen he re e %ers, a#es a 'esture, and utters a 'uttural e4cla ation. He then writes! (s he not %orn $et@ Mar$ sha#es Her head in denial. Iacharias writes! How uch painB /h $ poor wo anB &ill she ana'e without d$in'@ Mar$ ta#es the hand of the old an, and reassures hi ! )t dawn, in a short while, the %a%$ will %e %orn. 8ver$thin' will %e all ri'ht. 8liCa%eth is stron'. How 1&2

%eautiful this da$ will %e < it will soon %e da$%rea# < how %eautiful this da$ will %e when the child sees the li'htB (t will %e the nicest da$ of $our lifeB "he 9ord has #ept aside 'reat 'races for $ou and $our child is the announcer of the . Iacharias sha#es his head sadl$, and points to his du % outh. He would li#e to sa$ an$ thin's, %ut cannot. Mar$ understands, and replies! "he 9ord will co plete $our =o$. 0elieve in Hi co pletel$, hope in Hi indefinitel$, love Hi totall$. "he Most Hi'h will 'rant $ou ore than $ou dare hope for. He wants this total faith fro $ou, to wash out $our past istrust. ,a$ in $our heart with e! 6( %elieve.7 ,a$ it with ever$ %eat of $our heart. "he treasures of God are opened for those who %elieve in Hi and in His powerful %ount$. "he li'ht %e'ins to filter in throu'h the partl$ open door. Mar$ opens it. Eawn a#es the dew$ earth co pletel$ white. "here is a stron' s ell of hu id earth and 'reen her%s, and the first chirpin' of the %irds, callin' one another fro %ranch to %ranch, can %e heard. "he old an and Mar$ ove towards the door. "he$ are pale %ecause of the sleepless ni'ht, and the li'ht at dawn a#es the loo# even ore pale. Mar$ puts on Her sandals, and 'oes to the foot of the staircase and listens. ) wo an loo#s out, nods, and then 'oes %ac# in. ;othin' $et. Mar$ 'oes into the roo , and co es %ac# with so e war il# which ,he 'ives to the old an. ,he 'oes to the doves, co es %ac#, and disappears into the sa e roo . Perhaps it is the #itchen. ,he oves around 1&1

watchin'. ,he loo#s as thou'h ,he had slept the perfect sleep, ,he is so >uic# and serene.


Iacharias is wal#in' up and down the 'arden ver$ nervousl$. Mar$ loo#s at hi co passionatel$. ,he then 'oes a'ain into the usual roo , and #neelin' near Her loo , ,he pra$s intensel$, %ecause the cries of 8liCa%eth are %eco in' sharper. ,he %ows down to the 'round i plorin' the 8ternal 2ather. Iacharias co es %ac# in, and seein' Her in this prostrate state, the poor old an cries. Mar$ 'ets up and ta#es hi %$ the hand. ,he is so uch $oun'er than he is, %ut ,he loo#s as thou'h ,he were the other of the poor old desolate soul, and ,he pours Her consolation on hi . "he$ are standin' thus, one %eside the other, in the sun that a#es the ornin' air ros$, and it is thus that the =o$ful news reaches the ! He is %ornB He is %ornB (t?s a %o$B Happ$ fatherB ) %o$ as %eautiful as a rose, as %eautiful as the sun, as stron' and 'ood as his otherB Jo$ for $ou, father, %lessed %$ the 9ord &ho 'ave $ou a son that $ou a$ offer hi to the "e pleB Glor$ to God, &ho has 'ranted posterit$ to this houseB 0lessed are $ou, and $our son who was %orn to $ouB Ma$ his offsprin' perpetuate $our na e for centuries, fro 'eneration to 'eneration, and a$ his descendants alwa$s %e in union with the 8ternal 9ord. Mar$ %lesses the 9ord weepin' for =o$. "hen the two receive the little one, who has %een %rou'ht to the father, that he a$ %less hi . Iacharias does not 'o to 8liCa%eth. He receives the child, who is screa in' desperatel$, %ut he does not 'o to his wife. 1&2

Mar$ instead 'oes, carr$in' with love the little one, who %eco es >uiet, as soon as ,he ta#es hi in Her ar s. "he wo an who is followin' Her notices this, and she sa$s to 8liCa%eth! &o an, $our child %eca e >uiet i ediatel$, when ,he too# hi . 9oo# how peacefull$ he is sleepin', and onl$ Heaven #nows how restless and stron' he is. 0ut loo# nowB He see s a little dove. Mar$ la$s the creature near his other and caresses her, tid$in' up her 're$ hair. "he rose is %orn ,he whispers in a low voice, and $ou are alive. Iacharias is happ$. Eoes he spea#@ ;ot $et. 0ut hope in the 9ord. :est now. ( a with $ou. ----------------Mar$ sa$s! (f M$ presence had sanctified the 0aptist, it did not nullif$ for 8liCa%eth the sentence a'ainst 8ve. 6Aou shall 'ive %irth to $our children in pain7 the 8ternal 2ather had said. /nl$ (, %ecause ( was without stain, and ( had not had an$ hu an copulation, was e4e pted fro 'eneratin' with pain. ,adness and pain are fruits of fault. (, &ho was the (nnocent /ne, had to #now also sorrow and sadness, %ecause ( was the 3o-:edee er. 0ut ( did not #now the torture of 'eneratin'. ;o. ( did not #now that torture. 0ut %elieve Me, dau'hter, that there never was, and never will %e a torture of puerper$ li#e Mine as the 1&3 sta$in'

Mart$r of a spiritual Maternit$, which was acco plished on the hardest of %eds, the %ed of M$ cross, at the foot of the scaffold of M$ d$in' ,on. &hich other is co pelled to 'enerate thus@ "o %lend the torture of Her %owels which contract spas odicall$ %ecause of the death rattle of Her d$in' 3reature, with the torture which tears Her %owels apart in the strain of overco in' the horror of havin' to sa$! 6( love $ou, co e to Me &ho a $our Mother7 to each urderer of Her ,on, %orn of the ost su%li e love that Heaven ever saw, of the love of a God with a vir'in, of the #iss of 2ire, of the e %race of 9i'ht which %eca e 2lesh, and ade the wo % of a wo an the "a%ernacle of God@ 6How uch pain to %e a otherB7 sa$s 8liCa%eth. ,o uchB 0ut nothin' when co pared to Mine. 69et e press $ hands on Aour %ell$.7 /h, if $ou alwa$s as#ed Me for that when $ou sufferB ( a the 8ternal 0earer of Jesus. He is in M$ wo %, as $ou saw last $ear, li#e the Host in the onstrance. &ho co es to Me, finds Hi . &ho leans on Me, touches Hi . &ho addresses Me, spea#s to Hi . ( a His Eress. He is M$ ,oul. M$ ,on is united to His Mother ore, uch ore now, than He was in the nine onths that He was in M$ wo %. )nd ever$ pain is appeased, ever$ hope flourishes and ever$ 'race flows for those who co e to Me and rest their heads a'ainst M$ %oso . ( pra$ for $ou. :e e %er that. "he %eatitude of %ein' in Heaven, livin' in the ra$ of God, does not cause Me to for'et M$ children who are sufferin' on the earth. )nd ( pra$. )nd all Heaven pra$s, %ecause Heaven loves. 1&'

Heaven is livin' charit$. )nd 3harit$ has erc$ on $ou. 0ut even if ( were all %$ M$self, M$ pra$er would %e sufficient for the needs of those who hope in God. 0ecause ( never stop pra$in' for $ou all, for the hol$ and the wic#ed, to 'ive =o$ to the hol$, to 'ive repentance to the wic#ed that the$ i'ht %e saved. 3o e, co e, o children of M$ sorrow. ( a waitin' for $ou at the foot of the 3ross to 'rant $ou 'races.

24. The Circumcision of the -a'tist.

4th A'ril 1944.

( see the house re=oicin'. (t is the da$ of the circu cision. Mar$ has ade sure that ever$thin' is %eautiful and in 'ood order. "he roo s are %ri'ht with li'ht, the ost %eautiful cloths, the nicest furnishin's are shinin' ever$where. "here is a lot of people. Mar$ oves a'ile a on'st the various 'roups. ,he is ver$ %eautiful in Her ost %eautiful white dress. 8liCa%eth, respected %$ ever$%od$ as a atron, is en=o$in' ost happil$ her feast. "he child is laid on her lap sated with il#. (t is now the o ent for the circu cision. &e will call hi Iacharias. Aou are old. (t is onl$ fair that the child %e called after $ou sa$ the en. ;ot at allB e4clai s 8liCa%eth. His na e is John. His 1&+

na e

ust %e the witness of the power of God. atter, his na e is to %e John.

0ut has there ever %een a John in our #inship@ (t does not &hat do $ou sa$, Iacharias@ Aou want $our na e, don?t $ou@ Iacharias sha#es his head in denial. He ta#es his ta%let and writes! His na e is John. )nd as soon as he finishes writin', he adds, with his ton'ue now free! %ecause God has 'ranted a 'reat 'race to e, his father, and to his other, and to this new servant of His who will spend his life for the 'lor$ of the 9ord, and will %e called 'reat forever in the world and in the e$es of God, %ecause he will 'ive converted hearts to the Most Hi'h 9ord. "he an'el said so, and ( did not %elieve. 0ut now ( %elieve, and the 9i'ht is now in e. "he 9i'ht is a on'st us, %ut $ou do not see it. (t is its destin$ not to %e seen, %ecause the souls of en are encu %ered and idle, %ut $ son will see (t, and will spea# of (t, and will turn to (t the hearts of the =ust in (srael. /hB 0lessed are those who %elieve in (t and will alwa$s %elieve in the &ord of the 9ord. )nd %lessed %e Aou, o 8ternal 9ord, God of (srael, %ecause Aou have visited and redee ed Aour people, and Aou have raised up for us a powerful ,aviour in the house of Aour servant Eavid. )s Aou pro ised %$ outh of the hol$ Prophets fro ancient ti es, that Aou would save us fro our ene ies, and fro the hands of all who hate us, to show Aour erc$ to our ancestors, and thus re e %er Aour hol$ covenant. "his is the oath Aou swore to our father )%raha F that Aou would 'rant us, free fro fear, deliverance fro the hands of our ene ies, to 1&-

serve Aou in Heaven and thrive in Aour presence all our da$s and he continues to the end. "he people present are ost surprised at the na e, at the iracle, at the words of Iacharias. 8liCa%eth, who at the first words of Iacharias had uttered a cr$ of =o$, is now weepin', e %racin' Mar$, &ho is caressin' her happil$. ( do not see the circu cision. ( onl$ see the %rin' %ac# John, who is screa in' at the top of his voice. ;ot even his other?s %reast can cal hi down. He is #ic#in' li#e a little colt. "hen Mar$ ta#es hi , and lulls hi , and he %eco es >uiet, and lies down peacefull$. ;ow =ust loo#B sa$s ,arah. He is >uiet onl$ when ,he pic#s hi upB "he people %e'in to 'o awa$ slowl$. (n the roo now there are onl$ Mar$, holdin' the %a%$ in Her ar s, and 8liCa%eth who is ost happ$. Iacharias co es in, and closes the door. He loo#s at Mar$ with his e$es full of tears. He wants to spea#. "hen he is silent. He oves forward. He #neels down in front of Mar$. 0less the poor servant of the 9ord he sa$s to Her. 0less hi , %ecause Aou can do so, since Aou are carr$in' Hi in Aour wo %. "he word of the 9ord was spo#en to e when ( ad itted $ error and ( %elieved ever$thin' ( had %een told. ( see Aou, and Aour happ$ destin$. ( adore the God of Jaco% in Aou. Aou are $ first "e ple, where once a'ain a priest, ( can pra$ the 8ternal 2ather a'ain. Aou are %lessed, %ecause Aou o%tained 'race for the world and Aou are now %rin'in' the ,aviour 1&*

to it. 2or'ive Aour servant if he did not see Aour a=est$ %efore. &hen Aou ca e here, Aou %rou'ht us all the 'races, %ecause ever$where Aou 'o, o 2ull of Grace, God wor#s His iracles, and hol$ are those walls which Aou enter, hol$ %eco e the ears which listen to Aour voice, and hol$ the flesh Aou touch. Hol$ the hearts, %ecause Aou 'rant 'races, Mother of the Most Hi'h, 1ir'in of the Prophets, e4pected to %rin' the ,aviour to the people of God. Mar$ s iles, full of hu ilit$ and ,he spea#s! Praise %e to the 9ord. "o Hi onl$. 2ro Hi , not fro Me, co es ever$ 'race. )nd He 'rants it to $ou, that $ou a$ love Hi , and that it a$ help $ou to reach perfection in the followin' $ears to deserve His Din'do that M$ ,on will open to the Patriarchs, to the Prophets, to the =ust of the 9ord. )nd since $ou can now pra$ %efore the Hol$, please pra$ for the aidservant of the Most Hi'h, %ecause to %e Mother of the ,on of God is %lissful, to %e Mother of the :edee er ust %e a destin$ of deepest sorrow. Pra$ for Me, %ecause ( feel M$ wei'ht of sorrow increasin' fro hour to hour. )nd ( shall have to %ear it all M$ life. )nd even if ( do not see the details, ( feel that it will %e heavier than if the whole world were placed on M$ shoulders of a wo an, and ( were to offer it to Heaven. (, ( alone, poor wo anB M$ 3hildB M$ ,onB )hB Aour son no lon'er cries if ( lull hi . 0ut shall ( %e a%le to lull Mine, to soothe His pain@M Pra$ for Me, priest of God. M$ heart shudders li#e a flower in a stor . ( loo# at en, and ( love the . 0ut ( see the 8ne $ appear %ehind their faces, and a#e the ene ies of God, and of M$ ,on JesusM 1&0

)nd the vision ends with the paleness of Mar$, and Her tears, that cause Her e$es to shine %ri'htl$. ---------------Mar$ sa$s! God for'ives hi who ac#nowled'es his sin, repents and confesses it with a hu %le and sincere heart, He does not onl$ for'ive, He rewards. /hB How 'ood is M$ 9ord to those who are hu %le and sincereB "o those who %elieve in Hi , and trust in Hi B 3lear $our souls of what encu %ers the and a#es the insipid. Prepare $our souls to receive the 9i'ht. )s a li'ht in dar#ness, (t is a 'uide and a hol$ consolation. / hol$ friendship with God, %eatitude of His faithful ones, wealth une>ualled %$ an$thin' else, who possesses $ou is never alone, and never tastes the %itterness of despair. / hol$ friendship, $ou do not eradicate sorrow, %ecause sorrow was the destin$ of a God incarnate and can thus %e the destin$ of an. 0ut $ou a#e this sorrow sweet in its %itterness, and $ou in'le with it a li'ht and a caress which relieve the cross with a celestial touch. )nd when Eivine 0ount$ 'rants $ou 'races, a#e use of the 'ift received to 'ive 'lor$ to God. Eo not %e li#e foolish people who turn a 'ood thin' into a har ful weapon, or li#e lavish persons who convert their wealth into iser$. Aou 'ive Me too uch sorrow, M$ children, %ehind whose faces ( see the 8ne $ appear, that is, he who hurls hi self a'ainst M$ Jesus. "oo uch sorrowB ( would li#e to %e the ,ource of Grace for ever$%od$. 0ut too an$ 1&&

a on' $ou do not want Grace. Aou as# for 6'races7, %ut with a soul devoid of Grace. How can Grace succour $ou if $ou are Her ene ies@ "he 'reat $ster$ of Good 2rida$ is approachin'. (t is co e orated and cele%rated in churches. 0ut it is necessar$ to cele%rate and co e orate it in $our hearts, and to %eat $our %reasts li#e those who were descendin' fro Gol'otha and sa$. 6(n truth, this Man was the ,on of God, the ,aviour7, and sa$! 6Jesus, for the sa#e of Aour ;a e, save us7, and sa$! 62ather, for'ive us7, and finall$ sa$! 6( a not worth$, %ut if Aou for'ive e and co e to e, $ soul will %e healed, and ( no lon'er want to co it sin, %ecause ( no lon'er wish to %e ill and hateful to Aou.7 Pra$, children, with the words of M$ ,on. ,a$ to the 2ather for $our ene ies! 62ather, for'ive the .7 3all the 2ather &ho has withdrawn indi'nant at $our errors! 62ather, 2ather, wh$ have Aou forsa#en e@ ( a a sinner. 0ut if Aou forsa#e e, ( will perish. 3o e %ac#, Hol$ 2ather, that ( a$ %e saved.7 8ntrust $our eternal 'ood, $our spirit, to the /nl$ /ne &ho can preserve it unhurt fro the de ons! 62ather, into Aour hands ( co it $ spirit.7 /hB (f with hu ilit$ and love $ou surrender $our spirit to God, He will lead it as a father leads his little one, neither will He allow an$thin' to hurt $our spirit. Jesus, in His a'on$, pra$ed to teach $ou how to pra$. ( a re indin' $ou of it in these da$s of His Passion. )nd $ou, Mar$, since $ou see M$ =o$ of a Mother and $ou are enraptured %$ it, consider and re e %er that ( 222

possessed God throu'h an ever increasin' sorrow. (t descended into Me with the ,eed of God and li#e a 'i'antic tree it has 'rown until it touched Heaven with its top, and hell with its roots, when ( received on M$ lap the lifeless re ains of the 2lesh of M$ flesh, and ( saw and counted His tortures, and ( touched His torn Heart to consu e M$ sorrow ri'ht until the last drop.

2,. The %resentation of the -a'tist in the Tem'le. +t. Jose'h1s %assion.
,th and 6th A'ril 1944.

"his is what ( see the ni'ht %etween the &ednesda$ and "hursda$ of the Hol$ &ee#. ( see Iacharias, 8liCa%eth, Mar$ and ,a uel 'ettin' off a co forta%le wa''on, to which also Mar$?s little don#e$ is tied. Mar$ is holdin' little John in Her ar s and ,a uel has a la % and a %as#et with a pi'eon in it. "he$ 'et off at the usual sta%le, which ust %e the haltin' place for all the pil'ri s to the "e ple, who leave their ounts there. Mar$ calls to the owner and as#s hi whether an$%od$ arrived fro ;aCareth the da$ %efore or earl$ that ornin'. ;o%od$, wo an replies the little old an. Mar$ is surprised, %ut does not sa$ an$thin' else. ,he 'ets ,a uel to fi4 her little don#e$, and then ,he =oins the two elderl$ parents, and ,he e4plains Joseph?s 221

dela$! He ust have %een held up %$ so ethin'. 0ut he will certainl$ co e toda$. ,he ta#es the child a'ain fro 8liCa%eth to who ,he had handed hi %efore, and the$ all set out for the "e ple. Iacharias is received with honour %$ the 'uards, and is 'reeted and con'ratulated %$ other priests. He is ver$ handso e toda$, in his priestl$ ro%es and his =o$ of happ$ fatherhood. He loo#s li#e a patriarch. ( thin# that )%raha ust have %een li#e hi when he re=oiced offerin' (saac to the 9ord. ( see the cere on$ of the presentation of the new (sraelite and the purification of his other. "he cere on$ is ore statel$ than Mar$?s, %ecause the priests cele%rate it sole nl$ for the son of another priest. "he$ all rush round the 'roup of wo en and the child, and are happil$ en'a'ed with the . )lso so e curious people have co e near and ( can hear their co ents. ,ince Mar$ is holdin' the child in Her ar s while the$ ove to the appointed place, the people thin# ,he is the other. 0ut a wo an sa$s! (t?s not possi%le. 3an?t $ou see that ,he is pre'nant@ "he %a%$ is onl$ a few da$s old and she is alread$ with child. )nd $et points out another one onl$ ,he can %e the other. "he other wo an is old. ,he ust %e a relative. 0ut she certainl$ cannot %e the other at her a'e. 9et us follow the , and we will see who is ri'ht. )nd their surprise %eco es even 'reater when the$ see that it is 8liCa%eth who fulfills the purification rite! she 222

offers the %leatin' la % in holocaust and the pi'eon for sin. ,he is the ;oB Aes. "he people whisper, still incredulous. "he$ whisper so uch that a pere ptor$ ,sstB co es fro the 'roup of priests present at the rite. "he$ are silent for a o ent, %ut start whisperin' even louder when 8liCa%eth, radiant with hol$ pride, ta#es the child and oves forward in the "e ple to a#e the presentation to the 9ord. (t is sheB (t?s alwa$s the &hat other who a#es the offerin'. iracle can this %e@ other. Eidn?t ( tell $ou@

&hat will that child %e, who has %een 'ranted to that wo an at such an old a'e@ &hat si'n can it %e@ Eon?t $ou #now@ sa$s one, who has =ust arrived pantin'. (t?s the son of Iacharias, the priest of the house of )aron, the one who %eca e du % when he was offerin' incense in the ,anctuar$. (t?s a $ster$B ) $ster$B )nd now he spea#s once a'ainB "he %irth of his son has untied his ton'ue. ( wonder what spirit spo#e to hi and paral$sed his ton'ue to accusto hi to %e silent a%out the secrets of GodB 223

(t is a

$ster$B &hat secret truth does Iacharias #now@

&ill his son %e the Messiah e4pected %$ (srael@ He was %orn in Judaea. ;ot in 0ethlehe vir'in. He can?t %e the MessiahB &ho is he, then@ 0ut the answer re ains in the silence of God and the people are left to their curiosit$. "he cere on$ is over. "he priests are now =o$full$ pa$in' co pli ents to the other and her child. "he onl$ one who is hardl$ noticed, na$, is avoided al ost with dis'ust when the$ %eco e aware of Her condition, is Mar$. )fter all the con'ratulations, ost of the 'o out on to the road. Mar$ wants to 'o to the sta%le to see whether Joseph has arrived. He has not. Mar$ is disappointed and worried. 8liCa%eth is an4ious a%out Her. &e can sta$ until idda$, then we ust 'o, to %e ho e %efore ni'ht. He is too $oun' to %e out at ni'ht. )nd Mar$, cal and sad! ( will sta$ in one of the $ards of the "e ple. ( will 'o to M$ teachersM ( do not #now. ( will do so ethin' Iacharias puts forward a proposal which is i ediatel$ accepted as a 'ood solution! 9et us 'o to Ie%edee?s relatives. Joseph will certainl$ loo# for Aou there. (f he should not co e there, it will %e >uite eas$ for Aou to find so eone who will acco pan$ Aou to Galilee, %ecause the fisher en fro Gennesaret are continuousl$ 'oin' to and 22' and not of a

co in' fro

that house.

"he$ ta#e the little don#e$, and 'o to Ie%edee?s relatives, who are the ver$ sa e people with who Joseph and Mar$ sta$ed four onths %efore. "he ti e passes >uic#l$, %ut there is no si'n of Joseph. Mar$ controls Her 'rief lullin' the %a%$, %ut it is o%vious that ,he is worried. )lthou'h it is so war that ever$%od$ is perspirin', ,he has not ta#en off Her antle, concerned as ,he is to conceal Her condition. )t lon' last, Joseph is announced %$ a loud #noc#in' at the door. Mar$?s face shines, cheerful a'ain. Joseph 'reets Her, %ecause ,he is the first to 'o and eet hi and 'reet hi reverentl$. "he 9ord?s %lessin' on $ou, Mar$B )nd on $ou, Joseph. )nd praised %e the 9ord that $ou have co eB Here, Iacharias and 8liCa%eth were a%out to leave, to %e at ho e %efore ni'ht. Aour essen'er arrived in ;aCareth, when ( was at 3ana, wor#in' there. ( was told the other evenin'. )nd ( left at once. 0ut althou'h ( have travelled without stoppin', ( a late, %ecause the don#e$ lost one of his shoes. Please for'ive e. ( a to %e for'iven %$ $ou, %ecause ( have %een awa$ fro ;aCareth for such a lon' ti eB 0ut see, the$ were so happ$ to have Me with the , that ( decided to please the up till now. Aou have done well, &o an. &here is the %a%$@ "he$ enter the roo where 8liCa%eth is 'ivin' suc# to 22+

little John, %efore departin'. Joseph con'ratulates the parents on the sturdiness of the child, who screa s and #ic#s, as if the$ were thrashin' hi , %ecause he has %een ta#en awa$ fro his other?s %reast to %e shown to Joseph. "he$ all lau'h at his protests. )lso Ie%edee?s relatives, who have co e in with fresh fruit, il# and %read for ever$%od$, and a lar'e tra$ of fish, lau'h and =oin in the conversation. Mar$ spea#s ver$ little. ,he is sittin' >uiet and silent in Her little co er, with Her hands on Her lap under Her antle. )lso when ,he drin#s a cup of il#, and eats a %unch of 'olden 'rapes with a little %read, ,he spea#s ver$ little, and hardl$ oves. Her loo#s at Joseph are a i4ture of pain and en>uir$. He also loo#s at Her. )nd after so e ti e, %endin' over Her shoulder, he as#s Her! )re Aou tired or are Aou not well@ Aou loo# pale and sad. ( a sorr$ ( have to part fro little John. ( a fond of hi . ( held hi on M$ heart onl$ a few after he was %ornM Joseph does not as# an$ ore >uestions. ver$ inutes

(t is ti e for Iacharias to depart. "he wa''on stops at the door and the$ all 'o towards it. "he two cousins e %race each other fondl$. Mar$ #isses the %a%$ an$ ti es %efore puttin' hi in the lap of his other, who is alread$ sittin' in the wa''on. ,he then sa$s 'ood%$e to Iacharias, and as#s hi to %less Her. &hen #neelin' %efore the priest, Her antle slips off Her shoulders, and Her fi'ure appears in the %ri'ht li'ht of the su er afternoon. ( do not #now whether Joseph notices Her 22-

fi'ure at this o ent, %ecause he is intent on sa$in' 'ood%$e to 8liCa%eth. "he wa''on leaves. Joseph 'oes %ac# into the house with Mar$, &ho sits down a'ain in the di co er. (f Aou do not ind travellin' %$ ni'ht, ( would su''est we leave at sunset. (t is ver$ war durin' the da$. "he ni'ht instead is cool and >uiet. ( a sa$in' that for Aou, %ecause ( don?t want Aou to 'et sunstro#e. (t a#es no difference to e to %e in a scorchin' sun. 0ut AouM )s $ou wish, Joseph. ( also thin# it is %etter to travel %$ ni'ht. "he house has %een all tidied up. )nd the little orchard. "he flowers are %eautiful, as Aou will see. Aou are arrivin' =ust in ti e to see the all in %loo . "he appletree, the fi'-tree, the vines are laden with fruit as was never seen %efore, and ( had to put a support for the po e'ranate, %ecause its %ranches were so heavil$ laden with fruit alread$ full$ 'rown, a thin' which has never %een seen %efore at this ti e of the $ear. "he olive-treeM Aou will have plent$ oil. (t %losso ed in a iraculous wa$, and not one flower was lost. )ll the flowers are now little olives. &hen the$ are ature, the tree will see full of dar# pearls. "here isn?t another orchard as %eautiful in the whole of ;aCareth. )lso Aour relatives are surprised. )lphaeus sa$s it is a iracle. Aour hands have wor#ed itB /hB noB Poor eB &hat can ( have done@ ( too# care of the trees and ( 'ave so e water to the flowersM Eo Aou #now@ ( %uilt a fountain for Aou down at the end, near the 'rotto, and ( put a lar'e %asin there. ,o Aou will not 22*

have to 'o out to 'et water. ( %rou'ht the water down fro the sprin' which is a%ove Matthew?s olive'rove. (t is pure and plentiful. ( %rou'ht a little strea down to Aou. ( du' a s all duct in the 'round, ( covered it properl$, and now the water co es down, sin'in' li#e a harp. ( was not happ$ that Aou should 'o to the villa'e fountain, and then carr$ %ac# ho e the =ars full of water. "han# $ou, Joseph. Aou are so 'oodB ------------Joseph and Mar$ are now silent, as if the$ were tired. )nd Joseph is also doCin'. Mar$ is pra$in'. (t is now evenin'. "he host insists that the$ should eat so ethin' %efore leavin'. Joseph, in fact, eats so e %read and fish, while Mar$ ta#es onl$ so e il# and fruit. "he$ then depart. "he$ 'et on their don#e$s. Joseph has fastened Mar$?s little trun# to his saddle, as he had done when co in' to Jerusale . )nd %efore ,he 'ets on Her don#e$, he a#es sure that Her saddle is properl$ fastened. ( see that Joseph loo#s at Mar$ when she ounts Her saddle. 0ut he does not sa$ an$thin'. "heir =ourne$ starts when the first stars %e'in to twin#le in the s#$. "he$ hurr$ to the town 'ates to reach the %efore the$ close. &hen the$ co e out of Jerusale , and the$ ta#e the ain road towards Galilee, the clear s#$ is alread$ crowded with stars. "here is sole n >uietness in the countr$. /ne can hear onl$ a few ni'htin'ales sin'in', and the %eatin' of the hooves of the two don#e$s on the 220

hard road, %a#ed %$ the sun. --------------Mar$ sa$s! (t is the eve of Maund$ "hursda$. ,o e people a$ thin# that this vision is out of place. 0ut $our 'rief of lover of M$ Jesus 3rucified is in $our heart and will re ain there even if a sweet vision is shown to $ou. (t is li#e the tepidit$ e anatin' fro a fla e, which is still fire %ut is no lon'er fire. "he fla e is fire, not its tepidit$ which co es fro it. ;o %eatific or peaceful vision will %e a%le to re ove that 'rief fro $our heart. )nd re'ard it as so ethin' precious, ore precious than $our own life. 0ecause it is the 'reatest 'ift that God can 'rant a %eliever in His ,on. 2urther, $ vision is not discordant, in all its peace, with the co e orations of this wee#. )lso M$ Joseph suffered his passion. (t %e'an in Jerusale when he noticed M$ condition. )nd it lasted several da$s, e4actl$ as it had happened to Jesus and to Me. ;either was it less painful for his soul. )nd onl$ %ecause of the holiness of M$ =ust spouse, it was contained in such a di'nified and secret for , that it has %een hardl$ noticed throu'hout centuries. /hB /ur first PassionB &ho can feel its inti ate and silent intensit$@ &ho can descri%e M$ pain when ( realised that Heaven had not $et heard M$ pra$er %$ revealin' the $ster$ to Joseph@ ( understood that he was not aware of it when ( saw that he was respectful to Me as usual. (f he had #nown that ( %ore in Me the &ord of God, he would have adored that &ord enclosed in M$ wo %, with the acts of veneration 22&

which are due to God and which he would not have failed to acco plish, as ( would not have refused to receive, not for M$ own sa#e, %ut for Hi &ho was within Me and that ( %ore, as the )r# of the )lliance carried the stone code and the vases of anna. &ho can easure M$ stru''le a'ainst the dis a$ that endeavoured to overwhel Me in order to convince Me that ( had hoped in vain in the 9ord@ /hB ( thin# it was the furious ra'e of ,atanB ( perceived dou%t risin' %ehind M$ %ac#, and stretchin' its ic$ claws to i prison M$ soul and prevent it fro pra$in'. Eou%t is so dan'erous and lethal to the spirit. (t is lethal %ecause it is the first a'ent of the deadl$ disease called 6despair7, a'ainst which we ust react with all our stren'th, so that our souls a$ not perish, and we a$ not lose God. &ho can trul$ tell Joseph?s pain, his thou'hts, the pertur%ation of his feelin's@ 9i#e a little %oat cau'ht in a 'reat stor , he was in a vorte4 of conflictin' ideas, in a tur oil of reflections, of which one was ore piercin' and painful than the other. He was, to all appearances, a an %etra$ed %$ his wife. He saw his 'ood reputation and the estee of his world collapse around hi F %ecause of Her he saw scornful fin'ers pointed at hi self and felt pitied %$ the villa'e people. )%ove all, he perceived that his love and estee for Me had fallen, struc# to death, %efore the evidence of a deed. (n this respect, his holiness shines %ri'hter than Mine. )nd ( 'ive this witness with the affection of a spouse, %ecause ( want $ou to love M$ Joseph, this wise, prudent, patient and 'ood an, who is not separated fro the $ster$ of :ede ption, on the contrar$, he is closel$ 212

connected to it, %ecause he suffered for it, consu in' hi self in sorrow for it, savin' $our ,aviour at the cost of his own sacrifice %ecause of his holiness. Had he not %een so hol$, he would have acted in a hu an wa$, denouncin' Me as an adulteress so that ( should %e stoned, and the ,on of M$ sin should perish with Me. (f he had %een less hol$, God would not have 'ranted hi His li'ht as 'uidance in his trial. 0ut Joseph was hol$. His pure spirit lived in God. His charit$ was ardent and stron'. )nd out of charit$ he saved $our ,aviour for $ou, %oth when he refrained fro accusin' Me to the elders, and when he saved Jesus in 8'$pt, leavin' ever$thin' with pro pt o%edience. "he three da$s of Joseph?s passion were short in nu %er, %ut deep in intensit$. )nd the$ were tre endous also for Me, those da$s of M$ first passion. 0ecause ( was aware of his sufferin', which ( could not alleviate, in fact ( had to o%e$ God?s co and &ho had said to Me! 60e silentB7 )nd when, after we arrived in ;aCareth, ( saw hi 'o awa$ with a laconic 'ood%$e, and %ent as if he had a'ed in a short ti e, and ( noticed that he no lon'er ca e to see Me in the evenin' as he used to do, then ( tell $ou, M$ children, that M$ heart wept ver$ %itterl$. 3losed in M$ house, all alone, in the house where ever$thin' re inded Me of the )nnunciation and the (ncarnation, and where ever$thin' re inded Me of Joseph, arried to Me with spotless vir'init$, ( had to fi'ht despair and ,atan?s insinuation, and hope, hope, hope. )nd pra$, pra$, pra$. )nd for'ive, for'ive, for'ive Joseph?s suspicion, his distur%ance and =ust despair. 211

M$ children! it is necessar$ to hope, to pra$, to for'ive to o%tain God?s intervention in our favour. Aou ust live $our passions, %ecause $ou deserved the with $our sins. ( can teach $ou how to overco e the and turn the into =o$. Hope %e$ond easure. Pra$ with confidence. 2or'ive to %e for'iven. God?s for'iveness will %e the peace $ou desire, M$ children. ( will not sa$ an$thin' else for the ti e %ein'. "here will %e silence until after the 8aster triu ph. (t is Passion ti e. Have pit$ on $our :edee er. 9isten to His cries, and count His wounds and tears. "he for er were suffered, the latter shed for $ou. 9et ever$ other vision disappear %efore that one which re inds $ou of the :ede ption acco plished on $our %ehalf.

26. Mar& of 6a7areth Clarifies the Matter !ith Jose'h.

#1st Ma& 1944.

)fter fift$-three da$s Mother shows Herself a'ain in this vision which ,he tells e to put in this %oo#. Jo$ is renewed in e. 0ecause to see Mar$ is to possess =o$. ( see the little orchard in ;aCareth. Mar$ is spinnin' in the shade of a ver$ thic# apple-tree overloaded with apples which %e'in to redden and are so ros$ and round that the$ loo# li#e so an$ chee#s of children. 0ut Mar$ is not ros$ at all. "he %eautiful colour that 212

%ri'htened Her chee#s at He%ron has disappeared. Her face is as pale as ivor$, onl$ Her lips are a curve of pale coral. .nder Her lowered e$elashes there are two dar# shadows and Her e$es are swollen as if ,he had cried. ( cannot see Her e$es, %ecause Her head is %owed, intent on Her wor# and even ore on a thou'ht which is o%viousl$ distressin' Her, in fact ( can hear Her si'hin' li#e a person sad at heart. ,he is all dressed in white, in white linen, %ecause it is ver$ war , notwithstandin' that the freshness, still intact, of the flowers a#es e understand that it is ornin'. Her head is uncovered, and the sun pla$in' a on' the apple-tree leaves, which are stirred %$ a ver$ 'entle %reeCe, filters with its thin ra$s down to the dar# %rown earth of the flower-%eds and for s s all circles of li'ht on Her %lond head, so that Her hair loo#s li#e pure 'old. "here is no noise whatsoever fro the house or fro the nei'h%ourhood. /ne can onl$ hear the %a%%lin' of the tin$ strea of water that runs down into the lar'e %asin at the %otto of the orchard. Mar$ starts at a loud resolute #noc#in' at the door. ,he la$s the distaff and spindle down and rises to 'o and open. )lthou'h Her dress is loose and wide it does not conceal the rotundit$ of Her pelvis. Joseph is standin' in front of Her. Mar$ turns pale, also in Her lips. Her face is so %loodless that it loo#s li#e a host. Mar$ loo#s at Joseph with sad en>uirin' e$es. Joseph loo#s at Her with i plorin' ones. "he$ are %oth silent, loo#in' at each other. "hen Mar$ sa$s! )t this 213

ti e, Joseph@ (s there an$thin' $ou need@ &hat do $ou want to tell Me@ 3o e in. Joseph enters and closes the door. He is still silent. ,pea#, Joseph. &hat is it $ou want fro Me@ ( want Aou to for'ive e. Joseph %ends down as if he wanted to #neel down. 0ut Mar$, &ho is alwa$s so reserved in touchin' hi , seiCes hi resolutel$ %$ his shoulders and stops hi . Mar$?s face %lushes and %lanches in rapid succession, one o ent it is all red and i ediatel$ afterwards it is as white as snow, as it was %efore. Aou want Me to for'ive $ou@ ( have nothin' to for'ive $ou, Joseph. ( can %ut than# $ou once a'ain for ever$thin' $ou have done here while ( was awa$ and for $our love for Me. Joseph loo#s at Her, and ( can see two lar'e tears wellin' up in the cavit$ of his deep e$es, the$ re ain there as if the$ were on the ri of a vase, and the$ then roll down on to his chee#s and his %eard. 2or'ive e, Mar$. ( istrusted Aou. ;ow ( #now. ( a not worth$ of havin' such a treasure. ( lac#ed in charit$, ( accused Aou in $ heart, ( accused Aou unfairl$, %ecause ( did not as# Aou to tell e the truth. ( sinned a'ainst God?s law, %ecause ( did not love Aou as ( loved $selfM /hB noB Aou have not sinnedB Aes, ( have, Mar$. (f ( had %een accused of such a cri e, ( would have defended $self. 0ut AouM ( was not 'ivin' Aou the possi%ilit$ of defendin' Aourself, %ecause ( was a%out to ta#e a decision without >uestionin' Aou. ( have %een unfair to Aou, %ecause ( offended Aou with $ 21'

suspicion. )lso a sin'le suspicion is an offence, Mar$. &ho suspects does not #now. )nd ( did not #now Aou as ( should have done. 0ut for the tor ent ( sufferedM three da$s of torture, for'ive e, Mar$. ( have nothin' for which to for'ive $ou. /n the contrar$, ( as# $ou to for'ive Me for the pain ( caused $ou. /hB Aes, it was a 'reat painB &hat a tortureB 9oo#B ( was told this ornin' that $ te ples are white haired and $ face wrin#led. "hese past da$s have %een ore than ten $ears of $ lifeB 0ut wh$, Mar$, have Aou %een so hu %le as to conceal Aour 'lor$ fro e, Aour spouse, and thus allow e to suspect Aou@ Joseph is not on his #nees, %ut he is %ent so low that he is as 'ood as #neelin' down, and Mar$ la$s Her tin$ hand on his head and s iles. ,he see s to %e a%solvin' hi . )nd ,he whispers! (f ( had not %een hu %le in the ost perfect anner, ( would not have deserved to conceive the 84pected /ne, &ho is co in' to pa$ for the sin of pride that ruined an. )nd then ( o%e$edM God had re>uested such o%edience. (t cost Me so uchM %ecause of $ou, %ecause of the pain that $ou were to suffer. 0ut ( could %ut o%e$. ( a the Hand aid of the 9ord, and servants do not discuss the orders the$ receive. "he$ fulfill the , Joseph, even if the$ cause %itter tears. Mar$ weeps >uietl$ while spea#in'. ,o >uietl$ that Joseph, %ent down as he is, does not notice it until a tear falls on the floor. He then lifts his head and < it is the first ti e ( see hi do this he presses Mar$?s little hands in his dar# stron' 21+

ones and he #isses the tips of the ros$ slender fin'ers that protrude li#e fresh %uds of a peach-tree fro the circle for ed %$ his own hands. ;ow we shall have to arran'e forM Joseph does not sa$ an$thin' else, %ut he loo#s at Mar$?s %od$ and ,he %eco es purple and sits suddenl$, to avoid Her fi'ure %ein' e4posed to e$es watchin' Her. &e shall have to a#e haste. ( will co e hereM &e will co plete the weddin'M ;e4t wee#. (s that all ri'ht@ &hatever $ou do is all ri'ht, Joseph. Aou are the head of the fa il$, ( a $our servant. ;o. ( a Aour servant. ( a the happ$ servant of $ 9ord &ho is 'rowin' in Aour wo %. Aou are %lessed a on'st all the wo en of (srael. "his evenin' ( will warn $ relatives. )nd afterM when ( a here, we will wor# to prepare ever$thin' to receiveM /hB How can ( receive God in $ house@ GodM in $ ar s@ ( will die of =o$BM ( will never dare touch Hi B ( will never %e a%leMB Aou will %e a%le, as ( will, %$ the 'race of God. 0ut Aou areM ( a childrenBM a poor an, the poorest of God?s

Jesus is co in' to us, poor people, to a#e us rich in God, He is co in' to us two, %ecause we are the poorest and we ad it it. :e=oice, Joseph. "he House of Eavid has the Din' lon' waited for and our ho e will %eco e ore splendid than ,olo on?s palace, %ecause Heaven will %e here and we shall share with God the secret of peace that en will %e ac>uainted with later. He will 'row a on' us, our ar s will %e the cradle for the :edee er and our 21-

wor# will procure %read for Hi M /hB JosephB &e will hear the voice of God callin' us 6father and MotherB7 /hB M Mar$ cries with =o$. ,uch happ$ tearsB )nd Joseph, who is now #neelin' at Her feet, is weepin' with his head al ost hidden in Mar$?s wide dress, which falls in folds on to the plain pave ent of the roo . "he vision ends here. -----------------Mar$ sa$s! ;o one ust interpret M$ pallor erroneousl$. (t was not caused %$ hu an fear. 2ro a hu an point of view ( should have e4pected to %e stoned to death. 0ut ( was not afraid %ecause of that. ( was sufferin' %ecause of Joseph?s pain. ;either was ( upset %$ the thou'ht that he i'ht accuse Me. ( was onl$ sorr$ and afraid that he i'ht %e lac#in' in charit$ if he should insist in his accusation. "hat is wh$ all M$ %lood rushed to M$ heart when ( saw hi . (t was the o ent when even a =ust an i'ht have offended Justice %$ offendin' charit$. )nd ( would have %een e4tre el$ upset if a =ust an were to co it an error since he never erred. Had ( not %een hu %le to the ver$ e4tre e li it, as ( told Joseph, ( would not have deserved to %ear within Me Hi &ho was lowerin' Hi self! God, to the hu iliation of %ein' a an in order to a#e reparation for the pride of the hu an race. ( have shown $ou that scene which is not descri%ed %$ an$ of the Gospels, %ecause ( want to draw the e4cessivel$ is'uided attention of en to the conditions which are essential to please God and receive His 21*

continuous calls to $our hearts. 2aith! Joseph %elieved the heavenl$ essen'er?s words un>uestionin'l$. He wanted %ut to %elieve, %ecause he was sincerel$ convinced that God is 'ood and that since he had hoped in the 9ord, the 9ord would not have reserved for hi the torture of %ein' %etra$ed, disappointed and sneered at %$ his nei'h%ours. He as#ed for nothin', %ut to %elieve in Me, %ecause, %ein' honest, it was painful for hi to thin# that other people were not honest. He lived accordin' to the 9aw and the 9aw sa$s! 69ove $our nei'h%our as $ou love $ourself.7 &e love ourselves so uch that we thin# we are perfect even when we are not. 3an we therefore not love our nei'h%our si pl$ %ecause we thin# he is fault$@ .nrestricted 3harit$! ) charit$ that #nows how to for'ive, that wants to for'ive, and for'ive in advance e4cusin' wholeheartedl$ the i perfections of our nei'h%ours. (t is necessar$ to for'ive i ediatel$, acceptin' ever$ e4tenuatin' circu stance. Hu ilit$, as unrestricted as charit$. Aou ust ad it that $ou can %e fault$ even in si ple thou'hts, and $ou ust not %e so proud as to refuse to sa$! 6( ade a ista#e7, %ecause such pride would %e ore har ful than the previous fault. 8ver$%od$ a#es ista#es, with the e4ception of God. &ho can sa$! 6( a never wron'7 @ )nd there is a ore difficult hu ilit$! the one that #nows how to #eep silent a%out God?s wonderful thin's in us, when it is not necessar$ to proclai the for His 'lor$, so that we i'ht not discoura'e our nei'h%our who has not received such special 'ifts fro God. (f He wants, ohB if He onl$ wants, God reveals Hi self in His servantB 210

8liCa%eth 6saw7 Me for what ( was, M$ spouse #new Me for what ( was, when it was ti e for hi to #now. 9eave to the 9ord the care of proclai in' $ou His servants. He is an4ious to do so, %ecause ever$ creature that rises to a particular ission, is a new 'lor$ which is added to His infinite 'lor$, and is a witness of what an is, as God wanted hi to %e! a lesser perfection that reflects its )uthor. :e ain in shadow and silence, $ou who are %eloved %$ Grace, so that $ou a$ hear the onl$ words of 6life7, that $ou a$ deserve to have on $ou and in $ou the ,un that shines eternall$. /hB Most 0lessed 9i'ht, God, =o$ of Aour servants, do shine on those servants of Aours that the$ a$ e4ult in their hu ilit$, praisin' Aou, onl$ Aou, %ecause Aou disperse the proud %ut raise the hu %le, who love Aou, to the splendour of Aour Din'do .

2.. The Census 9dict.

4th June 1944.

( see the house in ;aCareth once a'ain! the little roo where Mar$ usuall$ ta#es Her eals. ,he is now wor#in' at a white piece of cloth. ,he la$s Her wor# down to li'ht a la p, %ecause it is 'ettin' dar#, and ,he can no lon'er see well in the 'reenish li'ht which co es in throu'h the door half open on to the orchard. ,he closes the door, too. Her a%do en is now ver$ %i'. 0ut ,he is still so 21&

%eautiful. Her pace is alwa$s a'ile and all Her 'estures are 'entle. "here is none of the heav$ aw#ward ove ents which are 'enerall$ noticed in a wo an when she is a%out to 'ive %irth to her child. /nl$ Her face has chan'ed. ;ow ,he is the wo an . 0efore, at the ti e of the )nnunciation, ,he was a $oun' 'irl with the serene innocent face of a child. )fterwards, in 8liCa%eth?s house, when the 0aptist was %orn, Her face had %eco e ore refined and 'racefull$ ature. ;ow it is the serene %ut sweetl$ a=estic face of a wo an who has reached her full perfection in aternit$. ,he no lon'er rese %les the )nnunciation of 2lorence, so dear to $ou, 2ather. &hen ,he was a 'irl, ( saw the rese %lance. Her face is now lon'er and thinner, Her e$es are ore pensive and lar'er. (n %rief, it is li#e what Mar$ is now in Heaven. 0ecause Her countenance and a'e are once a'ain as the$ were when the ,aviour was %orn. Her $outh is the eternal $outh which not onl$ has not #nown the corruption of death, %ut has not even e4perienced the witherin' of a'e. "i e has not touched our 5ueen and Mother of the 9ord &ho created ti eF and if in Her torture at the ti e of Passion < a torture which had %e'un for Her a lon' ti e previousl$, ( could sa$ since Jesus %e'an to evan'elise < ,he loo#ed old, such a'in' was li#e a veil cast over Her incorrupti%le person. (n fact since the o ent that ,he sees Jesus risen, ,he %eco es once a'ain the fresh perfect creature ,he was %efore such torture, as if %$ #issin' His Most Hol$ &ounds ,he had drun# a %al of $outh which cancels the action of ti e, and even ore so, of sorrow. (n fact even ei'ht da$s a'o, when ( saw the descent of the Hol$ 222

,pirit on &hitsunda$, ( saw that Mar$ was 6%eautiful, ost %eautiful and all of a sudden loo#ed $oun'er7 as ( wrote and had written previousl$! 6,he loo#s li#e a %lue an'el.7 )n'els do not 'row old. "he$ are eternall$ %eautiful, %ecause the$ reflect the eternal $outh and the eternal present of God. "he an'elical $outh of Mar$, %lue an'el, is perfected now, %ut not in the secrec$ of a roo un#nown to the world and with onl$ one archan'el as witness. (t reaches the perfect a'e which ,he too# with Her to Heaven and which ,he will #eep forever in Her hol$ 'lorified %od$, when the ,pirit adorns Her with the %ridal rin' and crowns Her in the presence of ever$%od$. ( wanted to a#e this di'ression %ecause ( thou'ht that it was necessar$. ( will now revert to the description. Mar$, thus, is now reall$ a &o an full of di'nit$ and 'race. )lso Her s ile has 'ained in sweetness and a=est$. How %eautiful ,he isB Joseph co es in. He see s to %e co in' fro the villa'e, %ecause he co es in throu'h the ain door, not fro the wor#shop. Mar$ lifts Her head and s iles at hi . )lso Joseph s iles. 0ut his s ile see s to %e a forced one, as if he were worried. Mar$ loo#s at hi in>uisitivel$. ,he then 'ets up to ta#e the antle that Joseph is ta#in' off and ,he folds it and la$s it on a chest. Joseph sits at the ta%le. He rests one el%ow on it and la$s his head on one hand, while with the other hand, a%sent indedl$, he co %s and ruffles his %eard with alternate stro#es. (s there an$thin' worr$in' $ou@ as#s Mar$. 3an ( help $ou@ 221

Aou alwa$s co fort e, Mar$. 0ut this ti e, ( have a %i' pro%le M that concerns Aou. Me, Joseph. )nd what is it@ "he$ have posted an edict on the s$na'o'ue door. (t orders the census of all Palestinians. )nd ever$%od$ ust 'o and re'ister in his place of ori'in. &e ust 'o to 0ethlehe M /hB e4clai s Mar$, interruptin' hi hand on Her %oso . and puttin' one

(t?s a shoc#, isn?t it@ )nd a sad one. ( #now ;o, Joseph. "hat?s not it. ( a thin#in'M ( a thin#in' of the Hol$ ,criptures! :achel, 0en=a in?s other and Jaco%?s wife of who the ,tar will %e %orn! the ,aviour. :achel %uried in 0ethlehe , of which it is said! 60ut $ou, 0ethlehe , 8phrathah, the least of the clans of Judah, out of $ou will %e %orn the :uler.7 "he :uler who was pro ised to the House of Eavid. He will %e %orn thereM Eo AouM do Aou thin# it is alread$ the ti e@M /hB &hat shall we do@ Joseph is co pletel$ dis a$ed. He loo#s at Mar$ with two pitiful e$es. ,he realises this and s iles. 0ut ,he s iles ore at Herself than at hi . ) s ile that see s to sa$! He is a an, a =ust an, %ut a an. )nd he sees as a an. He thin#s as a an. Have pit$ on hi , o soul of Mine, and 'uide hi so that he a$ see as a spirit. 0ut Her #indness induces Her to reassure hi . ,he is not untruthful. ,he si pl$ diverts his an4iet$. ( do not #now, Joseph. M$ ti e is ver$ close. 0ut could the 9ord not dela$ it to relieve $ou fro this worr$@ He can do 222

ever$thin'. Eon?t fear. 0ut the =ourne$BM "hin# of the crowds. &ill we find 'ood lod'in's@ &ill we %e in ti e to co e %ac#@ )nd ifM if Aou are to %eco e a Mother there, what will we do@ &e have no ho e thereM &e do not #now an$%od$ an$ lon'er. Eon?t %e afraid. 8ver$thin' will %e all ri'ht. God finds a shelter for the ani al a%out to 'ive %irth. Eo $ou thin# He will not find one for His Messiah@ &e trust in Hi , don?t we@ &e alwa$s trust in Hi . "he harder the trial, the ore we trust. 9i#e two children we put our hands in His fatherl$ ones. He is our 'uide. &e rel$ entirel$ on Hi . 3onsider how He has led us with love so far. ) father, even the %est of fathers, could not do it with 'reater care. &e are His children and His servants. &e fulfill His will. ;o har can %efall us. )lso this edict is His will. &hat is 3aesar after all@ )n instru ent in the hands of God. ,ince the ti e when the 2ather decided to for'ive an, He pre-arran'ed the events so that His 3hrist a$ %e %orn in 0ethlehe . 0ethlehe , the s allest town in Judah did not $et e4ist and its 'lor$ was alread$ destined. )nd thereM a powerful an has risen, ver$ far fro here, and he con>uered us, and now he wants to #now all his su%=ects, now, while the world is in peaceM so that the 'lor$ of 0ethlehe a$ %e acco plished and the word of God a$ not %e %elied, < as it would %e if the Messiah were to %e %orn elsewhere. /hB &hat is our s all trou%le if we consider the %eaut$ of this o ent of peace@ Just thin#, Joseph! a period of ti e when there is no hatred in the worldB 3an there %e a happier hour for the risin' of the 6,tar7, the li'ht of 223

which is divine and its influence is rede ption@ /hB Eo not %e afraid, Joseph. (f the roads are not safe, if the crowds will a#e the =ourne$ a difficult one, the an'els will defend and protect us. ;ot us! %ut their Din'. (f we find no acco odation, their win's will %e our tents. ;o ishap will %efall us. (t cannot! God is with us. Joseph loo#s at Her and listens to Her, happ$. "he wrin#les on his forehead s ooth awa$. He 'ets up, no lon'er tired or worried. He s iles. Aou are %lessed, ,un of $ soulB Aou are %lessed, %ecause Aou see ever$thin' throu'h the Grace, of which Aou are fullB Eon?t let us waste ti e, then. 0ecause we ust leave as soon as possi%le, and co e %ac# as soon as possi%le, %ecause ever$thin' is read$ here for theM for theM 2or our ,on, Joseph. He ust %e such in the e$es of the world, re e %er that. "he 2ather has covered His co in' with the veil of $ster$ and we ust not lift that veil. Jesus will do it, when the ti e co esM "he %eaut$ of Mar$?s face, loo#, e4pression and voice, when ,he sa$s this Jesus cannot %e descri%ed. (t is alread$ an ecstas$. )nd the vision ends on it. --------------Mar$ sa$s! ( will not add uch alread$ a lesson. ore, %ecause M$ words are

0ut ( wish to draw the attention of wives to one point. "oo an$ arria'es %rea# up throu'h the fault of wo en, who do not possess that love, which is ever$thin'! #indness, pit$ and solace to their hus%ands. 22'

"he ph$sical sufferin' that lies heav$ on wo en does not lie heavil$ on en. 0ut all the oral worries do! necessities of wor#, decisions to %e ta#en, responsi%ilities %efore the esta%lished authorities and one?s own fa il$M ohB how an$ thin's wei'h on anB )nd how uch co fort he also needsB )nd $et, a wo an?s selfishness is such that she adds the wei'ht of useless and so eti es unfair co plaints to the %urden of her tired, disheartened, worried hus%and. )nd all this %ecause she is selfish. ,he does not love. 9ove is not the satisfaction of one?s senses and utilit$. "o love is to satisf$ hi who we love, %e$ond senses and utilit$, 'ivin' hi the help he needs so that he a$ alwa$s %e a%le to #eep his win's open in the s#ies of hope and peace. "here is another point to which ( wish to draw $ou attention. ( have alread$ spo#en of it. 0ut ( wish to insist! trust in God. "rust su arises the theolo'ical virtues. &ho trusts has faith. &ho trusts hopes. &ho trusts loves. &hen we love, we hope, we %elieve in a person, we trust. /therwise we do not. God deserves our trust. (f we trust poor en who a$ fail, wh$ should we not trust God &ho can never fail@ "rust is also hu ilit$. "he proud an sa$s! 6( will do it %$ $self. ( do not trust hi %ecause he is an incapa%le an, a liar, an over%earin' fellowM7 "he hu %le an sa$s! 6( trust hi . &h$ should ( not@ &h$ should ( thin# that ( a %etter than he is@7 )nd ore ri'htl$ he sa$s of God! 6&h$ should ( istrust Hi &ho is so 'ood@ &h$ should ( thin# that ( can do it %$ $self@7 God 'ives Hi self to the hu %le, %ut withdraws fro the proud. "rust is also o%edience. )nd God loves the o%edient 22+ an.

/%edience i plies that we ac#nowled'e ourselves as His children and we ac#nowled'e God as our 2ather. )nd a father can %ut love when he is a real father. God is our real 2ather and a perfect 2ather. "he third point ( want $ou to consider. (t is alwa$s %ased on trust. ;o event can happen unless God allows it. )re $ou powerful@ Aou %eca e so, %ecause God per itted it. )re $ou a su%=ect@ Aou are such, %ecause God per itted it. 8ndeavour, therefore, powerful one, not to turn $ourpower to $our own detri ent. (t would alwa$s %e 6$our detri ent7, even if at the %e'innin', it a$ appear detri ental to others. 0ecause if God allows, He does not over-allow, and if $ou 'o %e$ond the ar#, He will stri#e $ou and crush $ou. 8ndeavour, therefore, o su%=ect, to a#e of $our condition a a'net that will draw the protection of Heaven upon Aou. )nd never curse an$one. 9eave that to God?s care. (t is for Hi , the 9ord of all, to %less and curse His creatures. Go in peace.

20. The Journe& to -ethlehem.

,th June 1944.

( see a ain road which is ver$ crowded. 9ittle don#e$s, loaded with 'oods and chattels or with people, are 'oin' one wa$. /ther little don#e$s are 'oin' the opposite wa$. "he people are spurrin' their ounts and those on foot are wal#in' fast %ecause it is cold. 22-

"he air is clear and dr$. "he s#$ is serene, %ut ever$where there is the sharp at osphere co on to winter da$s. "he %arren countr$ see s vaster, the short 'rass in the pastures has %een nipped %$ the winter windsF on the 'raCin' 'round, the sheep are loo#in' for so e 'rass and the$ are also loo#in' for so e sunshine, as the sun is risin' ver$ slowl$. "he$ are standin' ver$ close to'ether one a'ainst the other, %ecause the$ also are cold, and the$ %leat, liftin' their heads and loo#in' at the sun as if the$ were sa$in'! 3o e >uic# %ecause it is coldB "he 'round is undulatin' and its undulations are %eco in' clearer and clearer. (t is a real hill$ place. "here are valle$s and slopes covered with 'rass, and rid'es. "he road runs throu'h the centre and 'oes southeast. Mar$ is on a little 're$ don#e$. ,he is all enveloped in a heav$ antle. (n front of the saddle there is the fittin' alread$ seen in Her =ourne$ to He%ron, and on it there is the little trun# with the %asic essential thin's. Joseph is wal#in' on the side holdin' the reins. )re $ou tired@ he as#s Her now and a'ain. Mar$ loo#s at hi s ilin' and replies! ;o, ( a not. "he third ti e ,he adds! Aou ust %e tired wal#in'. /hB MeB (t?s nothin' for e. ( was onl$ thin#in' that if ( had found another don#e$ Aou would have %een ore co forta%le, and we could have travelled faster. 0ut ( =ust could not find another one. 8ver$%od$ needs a ount nowada$s. 0ut ta#e heart. &e shall soon %e in 0ethlehe . 8phrathah is %e$ond that ountain. "he$ are %oth silent. "he 1ir'in, when ,he does not 22*

spea#, see s to concentrate on internal pra$er. ,he s iles ildl$ at one of Her thou'hts and if ,he loo#s at the crowd, ,he does not see to see it for what it is! a an, a wo an, an old an, a shepherd, a rich or a poor an, %ut onl$ for what ,he sees. )re $ou cold@ as#s Joseph when the wind starts %lowin'. ;o, than# $ou. 0ut Joseph is not too happ$. He touches Her feet, which are shod in sandals and are han'in' down alon' the side of the don#e$ and can hardl$ %e seen co in' out fro under Her lon' dress, and he ust feel the cold, %ecause he sha#es his head and ta#es a %lan#et which he has across his shoulders and envelops Mar$?s le's in it and he spreads it also on Her lap, so that Her hands a$ %e #ept war , %ein' covered %$ the %lan#et and Her antle. "he$ eet a shepherd, who cuts across the road with his herd, ovin' fro the 'raCin' 'round on the ri'ht-hand side of the road to the one of the left-hand side. Joseph %ends down to sa$ so ethin' to hi . "he shepherd nods in assent. Joseph ta#es the don#e$ and dra's it %ehind the herd into the 'raCin' 'round. "he shepherd pulls a coarse %owl out of his #napsac#, he il#s a %i' sheep with swollen udders and hands the %owl to Joseph who offers it to Mar$. Ma$ God %less $ou %oth e4clai s Mar$. Aou for $our love, and $ou for $our #indness. ( will pra$ for $ou. )re $ou co in' fro far@ 220


;aCareth replies Joseph.

)nd where are $ou 'oin'@ "o 0ethlehe . ) lon' =ourne$ for a wo an in Her state. (s ,he $our wife@ Aes, ,he is. Have $ou 'ot a place where to 'o@ ;o, we haven?t. "hat?s %adB 0ethlehe is overcrowded with people who have co e fro all over to re'ister there, or are on their wa$ to re'ister elsewhere. ( don?t #now whether $ou will find lod'in's. )re $ou fa iliar with the place@ ;ot ver$. &ellM ( will e4plain it to $ouM for HerM (and he points to Mar$). 2ind the hotel, %ut it will %e full. 0ut ( will tell $ou =ust the sa e, to 'uide $ou. (t?s in the s>uare, in the lar'est one. "his ain road will ta#e $ou to it. Aou can?t iss it. "here is a fountain in front of it, it is a lon' and low %uildin' with a ver$ %i' door. (t will %e full. 0ut if $ou do not find roo in the hotel, or in an$ of the houses, 'o round to the %ac# of the hotel, towards the countr$. "here are so e sta%les in the ountain, which are used so eti es %$ erchants to #eep their ani als there, on their wa$ to Jerusale , when the$ don?t find roo in the hotel. "he$ are sta%les, $ou #now, in the ountain! the$ are da p and cold and there are no doors. 0ut the$ are alwa$s a shelter, %ecause $our wife ,he can?t %e left on the road. Perhaps $ou will find roo there and so e ha$ 22&

to sleep on and for the don#e$. )nd

a$ God 'uide $ou.

)nd a$ God 'ive $ou =o$ answers Mar$. Joseph instead replies! Peace %e with $ou. "he$ ta#e to the road a'ain. ) wider valle$ can %e seen fro the crest the$ have cli %ed over. (n the valle$, up and down the soft slopes surroundin' it, there are an$ houses. (t is 0ethlehe . Here we are in Eavid?s land, Mar$. ;ow Aou will %e a%le to rest. Aou loo# so tired ;o. ( was thin#in' ( thin#M Mar$ 'ets hold of Joseph?s hand and sa$s to hi with a %lissful s ile! ( reall$ thin# that the ti e has co e. / 9ord of erc$B &hat shall we do@ (a @ Eon?t %e afraid, Joseph. 0e stead$. ,ee how cal 0ut Aou ust %e sufferin' a lot.

/hB ;o. ( a full of =o$. ,uch a =o$, so 'reat, so %eautiful, so uncontaina%le, that M$ heart is thu pin' and thu pin' and it is whisperin' to Me! 6He is co in'B He is co in'B7 (t sa$s so at each %eat. (t is M$ 3hild #noc#in' at M$ heart and sa$in'! 6Mother, ( a here and ( a co in' to 'ive Aou the #iss of God.7 /hB &hat a =o$, M$ dear JosephB 0ut Joseph is not =o$ful. He is thin#in' of the ur'ent need to find a shelter and he >uic#ens his pace. He 'oes fro door to door as#in' for a roo . ;othin'. "he$ are all full. "he$ reach the hotel. 8ven the rustic porches surroundin' the lar'e inner $ard are full of ca pers. 232

Joseph leaves Mar$ on the don#e$ inside the $ard and he 'oes out loo#in' in other houses. He co es %ac# thorou'hl$ disheartened. He has not found an$thin'. "he fast winter twili'ht is %e'innin' to spread its shadows. Joseph i plores the hotel-#eeper. He i plores also so e of the travellers. He points out that the$ are all health$ en, that there is a wo an a%out to 'ive %irth to a child. He %e's the to have erc$. ;othin'. "here is a rich Pharisee who loo#s at the with o%vious conte pt and when Mar$ 'oes near hi , he steps aside as if he had %een approached %$ a leper. Joseph loo#s at hi and his face %lushes with disdain. Mar$ la$s Her hand on his wrist to cal hi and sa$s! Eon?t insist. 9et us 'o. God will provide. "he$ 'o out and the$ follow the wall of the hotel. "he$ turn into a little street which runs %etween the hotel and so e poor houses. "he$ then turn %ehind the hotel. "he$ loo# for the sta%les. )t last, here are so e 'rottos, a #ind of cellars, ( would sa$, rather than sta%les, %ecause the$ are so low and da p. "he %est have alread$ %een ta#en. Joseph is utterl$ disheartened. 8hiB GalileanB an old an shouts. Eown there, at the end, under those ruins, there is a den. Perhaps there is no%od$ in it $et. "he$ hurr$ to the den . (t is reall$ a den. ) on' the ruins of an old %uildin' there is a hole, %e$ond which there is a 'rotto, an e4cavation in the ountain, rather than a 'rotto. (t see s to consist of the foundations of the old %uildin', with the roof for ed %$ ru%%le supported %$ coarse tree trun#s. 231

"here is hardl$ an$ li'ht, and to see %etter Joseph pulls out .tinder and flint and he li'hts a little la p that he ta#es out of the #napsac# he is carr$in' across his shoulders. He 'oes in and is 'reeted %$ a %ellow. 3o e in, Mar$. (t is e pt$. "here is onl$ an o4. Joseph s iles. (t?s %etter than nothin'BM Mar$ dis ounts fro Her don#e$ and 'oes in. Joseph has hun' the little la p on a nail of one of the supportin' trun#s. "he$ see the vault covered with co%we%s, the soil sta ped ra shac#le earth, with holes, ru%%ish, e4cre ent < the soil is strewn &ith straw. (n the rear, an o4 turns its head round and loo#s with his lar'e >uiet e$es while so e ha$ is han'in' fro its lips. "here is a rou'h seat and two %i' stones in a co er near a loophole. "he %lac#ness in that co er is a clear si'n that a fire is 'enerall$ lit there. Mar$, 'oes near the o4. ,he is cold. ,he puts Her hands on its nec# to feel its war th. "he o4 %ellows %ut does not stir. (t see s to understand. )lso when Joseph pushes it aside to ta#e a lar'e >uantit$ of ha$ fro the an'er and a#e a %ed for Mar$, the o4 re ains cal and >uiet. "he an'er is a dou%le one! that is, there is one out of which the o4 eats, and a%ove it there is a #ind of a shelf, with so e spare ha$, which Joseph pulls down. "he o4 a#es roo also for the little don#e$ that, tired and hun'r$ as it is, starts eatin' at once. Joseph discovers also a %attered %uc#et, turned upside down. He 'oes out, %ecause he saw a little strea outside, and he co es %ac# with so e water for the little don#e$. He then ta#es possession of a %unch of twi's in a 232

co er and he tries to sweep the floor with it. He ne4t spreads the ha$ and a#es a %ed with it near the o4, in the ost sheltered and dr$ co er. 0ut he realiCes that the poor ha$ is da p, and he si'hs. He then li'hts a fire, and with the patience of Jo%, he dries the ha$, a handful at the ti e, holdin' it near the fire. Mar$ is sittin' on the stool, ,he is tired, ,he watches and s iles. "he ha$ is now read$. Mar$ sits down ore co forta%l$ on the soft ha$, with Her %ac# leanin' a'ainst one of the tree trun#s. Joseph co pletesM the furnishin's han'in' his antle as a curtain on the hole that serves as a door. (t is a a#eshift protection. He then offers so e %read and cheese to the 1ir'in, and he 'ives Her so e water out of a flas#. ,leep now he sa$s. ( will, sit up and watch that the fire does not 'o out. "here is so e wood fortunatel$, let us hope that it will %u and last. "hus ( will %e a%le to save the oil of the la p. Mar$ lies down o%edientl$. Joseph covers Her with Her own antle and with the %lan#et that ,he had round Her feet earlier. 0ut $ouM $ou will %e cold. ;o, Mar$. (?ll %e near the fire. "r$ and rest now. "hin's will %e %etter to orrow. Mar$ closes Her e$es without insistin'. Joseph creeps into his little co er, sits on the stool, with so e dr$ shoot near hi . "he$ are ver$ few. ( do not thin# the$ will last lon'. "he$ are placed as follows! Mar$ is on the ri'ht hand 233

side, with Her %ac# to theM door, half hidden %$ the tree trun# and the o4 which has lain down on the litter. Joseph is on the left side, towards the door, and since he is facin' the fire, his %ac# is turned towards Mar$. 0ut he turns round now and a'ain to loo# at Her, and he sees ,he is l$in' >uietl$, as if ,he were sleepin'. He %rea#s the little stic#s as noiselessl$ as possi%le and throws the one at a ti e on to the little fire, so that it a$ not 'o out and a$ 'ive so e li'ht and $et a#e the wood last lon'er. "here is onl$ the di li'ht of the fire! at ti es %ri'ht at ti es ver$ faint. "he la p in fact has %een put out and in the half li'ht onl$ the whiteness of the o4 and of Joseph?s hands and face can %e seen. )ll the rest is a confused ass in the dull di li'ht. ------------------- "here is no dictation sa$s Mar$. "he vision spea#s %$ itself. (t is for $ou to understand the lesson of charit$, hu ilit$ and purit$ e anatin' fro it. :est. :est watchin', as ( used to #eep watch waitin' for Jesus. He will co e to %rin' $ou His peace.?

29. The -irth of /ur "ord Jesus.

6th June 1944

( still see the inside of the poor ston$ shelter, where Mar$ and Joseph have found refu'e, sharin' the lot of so e ani als. 23'

"he little fire is doCin' to'ether with its 'uardian. Mar$ lifts Her head slowl$ fro Her %ed and loo#s round. ,he sees that Joseph?s head is %owed over his chest, as if he were editatin', and ,he thin#s that his 'ood intention to re ain awa#e has %een overco e %$ tiredness. ,he s iles lovin'l$ and a#in' less noise than a %utterfl$ ali'htin' on a rose, ,he sits up and then 'oes on Her #nees. ,he pra$s with a %lissful s ile on Her face. ,he pra$s with Her ar s stretched out, al ost in the shape of a cross, with the pal s of Her hands facin' up and forward, and ,he never see s to tire in that position. ,he then prostrates Herself with Her face on the ha$, in an even ore ardent pra$er. ) lon' pra$er. Joseph rouses. He notices that the fire is al ost out and the sta%le al ost dar#. He throws a handful of ver$ slender heath on to the fire and the fla es are revived, he then adds so e thic#er twi's and finall$ so e stic#s, %ecause the cold is reall$ %itin'! the cold of a serene winter ni'ht that co es into the ruins fro ever$where. Poor Joseph ust %e froCen sittin' as he is near the door, if we can call a door the hole where Joseph?s antle serves as a curtain. He war s his hands near the fire, then ta#es his sandals off and war s his feet. &hen the fire is 'ail$ %laCin' and its li'ht is stead$, he turns round. 0ut he does not see an$thin', not even Mar$?s white veil that for ed a clear line on the dar# ha$. He 'ets up and slowl$ oves towards Her pallet. )re Aou not sleepin', Mar$@ he as#s. He as#s Her three ti es until ,he turns round and replies! ( a pra$in'. 23+

(s there an$thin' $ou need@ ;o, Joseph. "r$ and sleep a little. )t least tr$ and rest. ( will tr$. 0ut ( don?t 'et tired pra$in'. God %e with Aou, Mar$. )nd with $ou, Joseph. Mar$ resu es Her position. Joseph to avoid fallin' asleep, 'oes on his #nees near the fire and pra$s. He pra$s with his hands pressed a'ainst his face. He re oves the now and a'ain to feed the fire and then he resu es his ardent pra$er. )part fro the noise of the crac#lin' stic#s and the noise ade now and a'ain %$ the don#e$ sta pin' its hooves on the 'round, no other sound is heard. ) thin ra$ of oonli'ht creeps in throu'h a crac# in the vault and it see s a %lade of unearthl$ silver loo#in' for Mar$. (t stretches in len'th as the oon cli %s hi'her in the s#$ and at last reaches Her. (t is now on Her head, where it for s a halo of pure li'ht. Mar$ lifts Her head, as if ,he had a celestial call, and ,he 'ets up and 'oes on to Her #nees a'ain. /hB How %eautiful it is here nowB ,he raises Her head, and Her face shines in the white oonli'ht and %eco es transfi'ured %$ a supernatural s ile. &hat does ,he see@ &hat does ,he hear@ &hat does ,he feel@ ,he is the onl$ one who can tell what ,he saw, heard and felt in the reful'ent hour of Her Maternit$. ( can onl$ see that the li'ht around Her is increasin' ore and ore. (t see s 23-

to co e down fro Heaven, to arise fro the poor thin's around Her, a%ove all it see s to ori'inate fro Herself. Her deep %lue dress now see s of a pale $osotis %lue, and Her hands and face are %eco in' clear %lue as if the$ were placed under the 'lare of a hu'e pale sapphire. "his hue is spreadin' ore and ore on the thin's around Her, it covers the , purifies the and %ri'htens ever$thin'. (t re inds e, althou'h it is so ewhat softer, of the hue ( see in the vision of hol$ Paradise, and also of the colour ( saw in the visit of the &ise Men. "he li'ht is 'iven off ore and ore intensel$ fro Mar$?s %od$, it a%sor%s the oonli'ht. ,he see s to %e drawin' to Herself all the li'ht that can descend fro Heaven. ,he is now the Eepositor$ of the 9i'ht. ,he is to 'ive this 9i'ht to the world. )nd this %lissful, uncontaina%le, i easura%le, eternal, divine 9i'ht which is a%out to %e 'iven, is heralded %$ a dawn, a ornin' star, a chorus of ato s of 9i'ht that increase continuousl$ li#e a tide, and rise ore and ore li#e incense, and descend li#e a lar'e strea and stretch out li#e veilsM "he vault, full of crevices, of co%we%s, of protrudin' ru%%le %alanced %$ a iracle of ph$sics, the dar#, s o#e$ repellent vault, now see s the ceilin' of a ro$al hall. 8ach %oulder is a %loc# of silver, each crac# an opal flash, each co%we% a ost precious canop$ interwoven with silver and dia onds. ) hu'e 'reen liCard, hi%ernatin' %etween two stones, see s an e erald =ewel for'otten there %$ a >ueen! and a %unch of hi%ernatin' %ats is li#e a precious on$4 chandelier. "he ha$ fro the upper an'er is no lon'er 'rass %lades! it is pure silver wires 23*

>uiverin' in the air with the 'race of loose hair. "he dar# wood of the lower an'er is a %loc# of %urnished silver. "he walls are covered with a %rocade in which the white sil# disappears under the pearl$ e %roider$ of the relief, and the soilM what is the soil now@ (t is a cr$stal lit tip %$ a white li'ht. (ts protrusions are li#e roses thrown in ho a'e of the soilF the holes are precious cups fro which perfu es and scents are to arise. )nd the li'ht increases ore and ore. (t is now un%eara%le to the e$e. )nd the 1ir'in disappears in so uch li'ht, as if ,he had %een a%sor%ed %$ an incandescent curtainMand the Mother e er'es. Aes. &hen the li'ht %eco es endura%le once a'ain to $ e$es, ( see Mar$ with the new-%orn ,on in Her ar s. ) little 0a%$, ros$ and plu p, %ustlin' with His little hands as %i' as rose %uds and #ic#in' with His tin$ feet that could %e contained in the hollow of the heart of a rose! and is cr$in' with a thin tre %lin' voice, =ust li#e a new-%orn little la %, openin' His prett$ little outh that rese %les a wild straw%err$, and showin' a tin$ ton'ue that tre %les a'ainst the ros$ roof of His outh. )nd He oves His little head that is so %lond that it see s without an$ hair, a little round head that His Mu $ holds in the hollow of Her hand, while ,he loo#s at Her 0a%$ and adores Hi weepin' and s ilin' at the sa e ti e, and ,he %ends down to #iss Hi not on His innocent head, %ut on the centre of His chest, where underneath there is His little heart %eatin' for usM where one da$ there will %e the &ound. )nd His Mother is doctorin' that wound in advance, with Her i aculate 230

#iss. "he o4, wo#en up %$ the daCClin' li'ht, 'ets up with a 'reat noise of hooves and %ellows, the don#e$ turns its head round and %ra$s. (t is the li'ht that rouses the %ut ( love to thin# that the$ wanted to 'reet their 3reator, %oth for the selves and on %ehalf of all the ani als. )lso Joseph, who al ost enraptured, was pra$in' so ardentl$ as to %e isolated fro what was around hi , now rouses and he sees a stran'e li'ht filter throu'h the fin'ers of his hands pressed a'ainst his face. He re oves his hands, lifts his head and turns round. "he o4, standin' as it is, hides Mar$. 0ut ,he calls hi ! Joseph, co e. Joseph rushes. )nd when he sees, he stops, struc# %$ reverence, and he is a%out to fall on his #nees where he is. 0ut Mar$ insists! 3o e, Joseph and ,he leans on the ha$ with Her left hand and, holdin' the 3hild close to Her heart with Her ri'ht one, ,he 'ets up and oves towards Joseph, who is wal#in' e %arrassed, %ecause of a conflict in hi %etween his desire to 'o and his fear of %ein' irreverent. "he$ eet at the foot of the straw %ed and the$ loo# at each other, weepin' %lissfull$. 3o e, let us offer Jesus to the 2ather sa$s Mar$. )nd while Joseph #neels down, ,he stands up %etween two trun#s supportin' the vault, ,he lifts up Her 3reature in Her ar s and sa$s! Here ( a . /n His %ehalf, / God, ( spea# these words to Aou! here ( a to do Aour will. )nd (, Mar$, and M$ spouse, Joseph, with Hi . Here are Aour servants, / 9ord. Ma$ Aour will alwa$s %e done %$ us, in 23&

ever$ hour, in ever$ event, for Aour 'lor$ and Aour love. "hen Mar$ %ends down and sa$s! Here, Joseph, ta#e Hi , and offers hi the 3hild. &hatB (@M Me@M /h, noB ( a not worth$B Joseph is utterl$ du %founded at the idea of havin' to touch God. 0ut Mar$ insists s ilin'! Aou are well worth$. ;o one is ore worth$ than $ou are, and that is wh$ the Most Hi'h chose $ou. "a#e Hi , Joseph, and hold Hi while ( loo# for the linens. Joseph, %lushin' al ost purple, stretches his ar s out and ta#es the 0a%$, &ho is screa in' %ecause of the cold and when he has Hi in his ar s, he no lon'er persists in the intention of holdin' Hi far fro hi self, out of respect, %ut he presses Hi to his heart and %ursts into tears e4clai in'! /hB 9ordB M$ GodB )nd he %ends down to #iss His tin$ feet and feels the cold. He then sits on the 'round, and holds Hi close to his chest and with his %rown tunic and his hands he tries to cover Hi , and war Hi , defendin' Hi fro the %itterl$ cold wind of the ni'ht. He would li#e to 'o near the fire, %ut there is a cold draft there co in' in fro the door. (t is %etter to sta$ where he is. ;o, it is %etter to 'o %etween the two ani als which serve as a protection a'ainst the air and 'ive out war th. "hus, he 'oes %etween the o4 and the don#e$, with his %ac# to the door, %endin' over the ;ew-0orn to for with his %od$ a shelter, the two sides of which are a 're$ head with lon' ears, and a hu'e white uCCle with a stea in' nose and two 'entle soft e$es. Mar$ has opened the trun# and has pulled out the linens 2'2

and swaddlin' clothes. ,he has %een near the fire war in' the . ,he now oves towards Joseph and envelops the 0a%$ with lu#ewar linen and then with Her veil to protect His little head. &here shall we put Hi now@ ,he as#s. Joseph loo#s round, thin#in'M &ait he sa$s. 9et us ove the ani als and their ha$ over here, we will then pull down that ha$ up there and arran'e it in here. "he wood on the side will protect Hi fro the air, the ha$ will serve as a pillow and the o4 will war Hi a little with its %reath. "he o4 is %etter than the don#e$. (t is ore patient and >uiet. )nd he %ustles a%out, while Mar$ is lullin' the 0a%$, holdin' Hi close to Her heart, and la$in' Her chee# on His tin$ head to war it. Joseph a#es up the fire, without econo $ this ti e, to have a 'ood %laCe, and he war s the ha$ and as it dries up, he #eeps it near his chest, so that it will not 'et cold. "hen, when he has 'athered enou'h to a#e a little attress for the 3hild, he 'oes to the an'er and sorts it out as if it were a cradle. (t is read$ he sa$s. ;ow we would need a %lan#et, %ecause the ha$ stin's, and also to cover Hi . "a#e M$ antle sa$s Mar$. Aou will %e cold. /hB (t does not atterB "he %lan#et is too coarse. "he antle is soft and war . ( a not cold at all. Eon?t let Hi suffer an$ lon'erB Joseph ta#es the wide antle of soft dar# %lue wool, he dou%le folds it and la$s it on the ha$, leavin' a strip 2'1

han'in' out of the is read$.

an'er. "he first %ed for the ,aviour

)nd the Mother, with Her sweet, 'raceful 'ait, oves to the an'er, la$s Hi in it, and covers Hi with the strip of Her antle. ,he arran'es it also around His %are head, al ost co pletel$ covered %$ the ha$, fro which it is protected onl$ %$ Mar$?s thin veil. /nl$ His little face, the siCe of a an?s fist, is left uncovered. Mar$ and Joseph, %endin' over the an'er, are %lissfull$ happ$ watchin' Hi sleep His first sleep, %ecause the war th of the clothes and of the ha$ has appeased His cr$in', and ade Hi sleep$. -------------------Mar$ sa$s! ( pro ised $ou that He would co e to %rin' $ou His peace. Eo $ou re e %er the peace $ou en=o$ed at 3hrist asB &hen $ou saw Me with M$ 3hild@ "hen it was $our ti e of peace. ;ow it is $our ti e of pain. 0ut $ou #now %$ now. (t is %$ eans of pain that we achieve peace and ever$ 'race for ourselves and our nei'h%ors. Jesus-Man %eca e Jesus-God a'ain, after the tre endous sufferin' of His Passion. He %eca e Peace, once ore. Peace fro Heaven, fro where He had co e and fro where He now pours out His peace for those who love Hi in the world. 0ut in the hours of His Passion, He, Peace of the world, was deprived of that peace. He would not have suffered if He had had it. )nd He had to suffer! and to suffer e4cruciatin'l$, to the ver$ end. (, Mar$, redee ed wo an %$ 2'2 eans of M$ divine

Maternit$. 0ut that was onl$ the %e'innin' of wo an?s rede ption. 0$ refusin' a hu an arria'e in accordance with M$ vow of vir'init$, ( had re=ected all lustful satisfactions, deservin' thus 'race fro God. 0ut it was not $et sufficient, %ecause 8ve?s sin was a four %ranched tree! pride, avarice, 'lutton$ and lust. )nd all four were to %e cut off, %efore a#in' the roots of the tree sterile. 0$ deepl$ hu iliatin' M$self, ( defeated pride. ( a%ased M$self %efore ever$%od$. ( a not referrin' to M$ hu ilit$ towards God. ,uch hu ilit$ is due to the Most Hi'h %$ ever$ creature. 8ven His &ord had it. (t was necessar$ for Me, a wo an, to have it. 0ut have $ou ever considered what hu iliation ( had to suffer fro en, without defendin' M$self in an$ wa$@ 8ven Joseph, who was a =ust an, had accused Me in his heart. "he others, who were not =ust, had co itted a sin of dispara'e ent with re'ard to M$ condition, and the ru or of their words had co e li#e a %itter wave to %rea# up a'ainst M$ hu anit$. )nd the$ were the first of the infinite hu iliations ( was to suffer in M$ life as Mother of Jesus and of an#ind. Hu iliations of povert$, of a refu'ee, hu iliations for reproaches of relatives and friends who, %ein' unaware of the truth, =ud'ed Me a wea# wo an with re'ard to M$ %ehavior as a Mother towards Jesus, when He was a $oun' an, hu iliations durin' the three $ears of His pu%lic life, cruel hu iliations in the hour of 3alvar$, hu iliation in havin' to ad it that ( could not afford to %u$ a place and the perfu es for the %urial of $ ,on. 2'3

( overca e the avarice of the 2irst Parents renouncin' M$ 3reature %efore the ti e. ) other never renounces her creature unless she is forced to. &hether her heart is as#ed to renounce her creature %$ her countr$ or %$ the love of a spouse or even %$ God Hi self, she will resent and stru''le a'ainst the separation. (t is natural. ) son 'rows in our wo % and the tie that lin#s hi to us can never %e co pletel$ %ro#en. 8ven if the u %ilical cord is cut, there is a nerve that alwa$s re ains! it departs fro the other?s heart and is 'rafted into the son?s heart! it is a spiritual nerve, ore livel$ and sensitive than a ph$sical one. )nd a other feels it stretchin' even to e4ceedin'l$ severe pan's if the love of God or of a creature or the need of the countr$ ta#e her son awa$ fro her. )nd it %rea#s, tearin' her heart, if death snatches her son fro her. )nd ( renounced M$ ,on fro the ver$ o ent ( had Hi . ( 'ave Hi to God. ( 'ave Hi to $ou. ( deprived M$self of the 2ruit of M$ wo % to a#e a ends for 8ve?s theft of God?s fruit. ( defeated 'lutton$, %oth of #nowled'e and of en=o$ ent, %$ a'reein' to #now onl$ what God wanted Me to #now, without as#in' M$self or Hi ore than what ( was told. ( %elieved un>uestionin'l$. ( overca e the innate personal deli'ht of en=o$ ent %ecause ( denied M$self ever$ sensual pleasure. ( confined flesh, the instru ent of ,atan, to'ether with ,atan, under M$ heel and ade of the a step to rise towards Heaven. HeavenB M$ ai . &here God was. M$ onl$ hun'er. ) hun'er which is not 'lutton$, %ut a necessit$ %lessed %$ God, &ho wants us to crave for Hi . 2''

( defeated lust, which is 'lutton$ carried to the e4tre e of 'reed. 0ecause ever$ unrestrained vice leads to a %i''er vice. )nd 8ve?s 'lutton$, which was alread$ %la eworth$, led her to lust. (t was no lon'er enou'h for her to en=o$ pleasure %$ herself. ,he wanted to ta#e her cri e to a refined intensit$ and thus she %eca e ac>uainted with lust and was a istress of lust for her co panion. ( reversed the ter s and instead of descendin' ( have alwa$s ascended. (nstead of causin' other people to descend, ( have alwa$s attracted the towards Heaven! of M$ honest co panion, ( ade an an'el. ;ow that ( possessed God and His infinite wealth with Hi , ( hastened to divest M$self of it sa$in'! 6Here ( a ! a$ Aour will %e done for Hi and %$ Hi .7 He is chaste who chastises not onl$ his flesh %ut also his affections and his thou'hts. ( had to %e the 3haste /ne in order to annul the /ne who had %een .nchaste in her flesh, her heart and her ind. )nd ( never a%andoned M$ reservedness, not even %$ sa$in' of M$ ,on! 6He is Mine, ( want Hi 7, since He %elon'ed onl$ to Me on earth, as He %elon'ed onl$ to God in Heaven. )nd $et all this was not sufficient to achieve for wo an the peace lost %$ 8ve. ( o%tained that for $ou at the foot of the 3ross! when ( saw Hi d$in', &ho $ou saw %ein' %orn. &hen ( felt M$ %owels %ein' torn apart %$ the cr$ of M$ d$in' 3reature, ( %eca e void of all fe ininit$. ( was no lon'er flesh, %ut an an'el. Mar$, the 1ir'in ,pouse of the ,pirit, died that o ent. "he Mother of Grace re ained, &ho 'ave $ou the Grace ,he 'enerated fro Her torture. "he fe ale reconsecrated 6wo an7 %$ 2'+

e on 3hrist as ni'ht, achieved at the foot of the 3ross the eans to %eco e a creature of Heaven. "his ( did for $ou, deprivin' M$self of all satisfactions, even of hol$ ones. )nd whereas $ou had %een reduced %$ 8ve to fe ales not superior to the ates of ani als, ( ade of $ou, if $ou onl$ wish so, saints of God. ( ascended for $ou. )s ( had done for Joseph, ( lifted $ou hi'her up. "he ?roc# of 3alvar$ is M$ Mount of /lives. 2ro there ( too# M$ leap to carr$ to Heaven the re-sanctified soul of wo an to'ether with M$ flesh, now 'lorified %ecause it had %orne the &ord of God and had destro$ed in Me the ver$ last trace of 8ve. (t had destro$ed the last root of that tree with four poisonous %ranches, a root stuc# in the sensualit$ that had dra''ed an#ind to fall and that will 'o on %itin' at $our intestines until the end of ti e and to the last wo an. 2ro there, where ( now shine in the ra$ of 9ove, ( call $ou and ( show $ou the Medicine to control $ourselves! the Grace of M$ 9ord and the 0lood of M$ ,on. )nd $ou, M$ voice, rest $our soul in the li'ht of this dawn of Jesus, to 'ain stren'th for the future crucifi4ions which will not %e spared $ou, %ecause we want $ou here and one co es here throu'h pain, %ecause we want $ou here and the hi'her one co es the ore one has suffered to o%tain Grace for the world. Go in peace. ( a with $ou.


#2. The Adoration of the +he'herds.

.th June 1944. 95e of Cor'us Christi.

( a writin' in the presence of $ Jesus-Master. He is here for e, all for e. He has co e %ac#, after such a lon' ti e, all for e. Aou will sa$! How@ Aou have %een hearin' and seein' for al ost a onth and $ou sa$ that He is with $ou after a lon' ti e@ ( will repl$ once a'ain tellin' $ou what ( have alread$ told $ou several ti es %oth %$ word of outh and in writin'. "here is a difference %etween seein' and hearin'. )nd a%ove all there is a difference %etween seein' and hearin' on %ehalf of other people, and seein' and hearin' all for $self, e4clusivel$ for $self. (n the for er case ( a a spectator and ( repeat what ( see and hear, %ut if that 'ives e =o$ %ecause the$ are alwa$s thin's which %rin' 'reat =o$, it is also true that it is, so to sa$, an e4ternal =o$. "he word is a %ad e4pression of what ( feel so clearl$. 0ut ( cannot find a %etter one. (n %rief, =ust i a'ine that $ =o$ is li#e that of one who reads a lovel$ %oo# or sees a %eautiful scene. /ne is oved, en=o$s it, ad ires its har on$ and thin#s! How lovel$ it is to %e in the place of this personB (nstead in the latter case, that? is, when ( hear and see for $self, then ( a that person.- "he word that ( hear is for e, the person ( see is for e. (t is He and (, Mar$ and (, John and (. )live, real, true, close to each other. ;ot in front of e, as if ( were watchin' a fil %ein' shown, %ut %eside $ %ed, or ovin' a%out $ 2'*

roo , or leanin' on pieces of furniture, or sittin', or standin', li#e real people alive, as $ 'uests, which is >uite different fro a vision on %ehalf of ever$%od$. (n a word all that is ine . )nd Jesus is here toda$, in actual fact He has %een here since Aesterda$ afternoon, in His usual white woollen 'ar ent, which is rather ivor$-white, and is so different in wei'ht and shade fro the a'nificent one which He wears in Heaven and which see s to %e ade of i aterial linen, and is so white that it see s to %e woven with $arn as clear as li'ht. He is here with His lon' taperin' fin'ers which are white ver'in' to old ivor$, with His handso e lon' pale face in which His do inatin' sweet e$es of dar# sapphire shine %etween His thic# %rown e$elashes spar#lin' with %lond-red reflections. He is here with His lon' soft hair, which is %ri'hter %lond-red where e4posed to li'ht and dar#er in the deep folds. He is hereB He is hereB )nd He is s ilin' at e while ( write a%out Hi . )s He used to do at 1iare''ioM and as He stopped doin' as fro the Hol$ &ee#M causin' all the distress which al ost %eca e a fever of despair, when in addition to the 'rief of %ein' deprived of Hi ( was also %ereft of the co fort of livin' where at least ( had seen Hi and ( could sa$! He used to lean there, to sit down here, here He %ent to la$ His hand on $ head and where $ relatives had died. /hB unless one has e4perienced that, one cannot understandB (t is not a >uestion of pretendin' to have all that. &e #now ver$ well that the$ are 'ratuitous 'races and that we do not deserve the , neither can we e4pect the to last when the$ are 'ranted to us. &e #now that. 2'0

)nd the ore the$ are 'iven to us, the ore we lower ourselves in hu ilit$, ac#nowled'in' our dis'ustin' iser$ as co pared with the (nfinite 0eaut$ and Eivine &ealth which %estows itself upon us. 0ut what do $ou thin#, 2ather@ Eoes a son not wish to see his father and other@ /r a wife her hus%and@ )nd when death or a lon' a%sence prevents the fro seein' their dear ones, do the$ not suffer and do the$ not find co fort %$ livin' where the$ lived, and if the$ have to leave that place, do the$ not suffer twice as uch, as the$ lose also the place where their love was reciprocated %$ the a%sent relative@ 3an those who suffer thus %e reproached@ ;o. )nd what a%out e@ (s Jesus not $ 2ather and ,pouse@ Eearer, uch dearer than the dearest father and spouse@ )nd that He is such to e, $ou can =ud'e %$ how ( %ehaved at $ other?s death. ( suffered, $ou #now@ ( still weep, %ecause ( loved her, notwithstandin' her character. 0ut $ou #now how ( 'ot over that difficult hour. Jesus was there. )nd He was dearer to e than $ other. ,hall ( tell $ou so ethin'@ ( suffered and ( a sufferin' ore now %ecause of $ other?s death, which too# place ei'ht onths a'o, than ( suffered then . 0ecause durin' these last two onths ( have %een without Jesus for e and without Mar$ for e, and also now, if "he$ leave e for a o ent, ( feel ore than ever the desolation of %ein' a sic# orphan and ( fall a'ain into the deep hu an 'rief of those cruel da$s. ( a writin' while Jesus is loo#in' at e and therefore ( a not e4a''eratin' or distortin' an$thin'. (n an$ case it is not $ custo , and even if it were, it would %e 2'&

i possi%le to persist in it while He is watchin'


( have written this here, where it is not $ ha%it to do so, %ecause with re'ard to Mar$?s visions ( never interpose $ poor e'o, as ( alread$ #now that ( ust continue descri%in' Her 'lories. &as Her Maternit$ not a crown of 'lories ever$ o ent@ ( a ver$ ill and it is %urdenso e for e to write. )nd afterwards ( feel e4tre el$ wea#. 0ut in order to a#e Her #nown, so that ,he a$ %e loved ore, ( disre'ard ever$thin'. )re $ shoulders achin'@ (s $ heart 'ivin' in@ ) ( sufferin' fro a rac#in' headache@ (s $ te perature risin'@ (t does not atterB 9et Mar$ %e #nown, %eautiful and dear as ( see Her throu'h God?s #indness and Hers, and that is enou'h for e. 9ater ( see a ver$ wide countr$. "he oon is at its Cenith and she is sailin' s oothl$ in a s#$ crowded with stars. "he$ loo# li#e dia ond studs fi4ed to a hu'e canop$ of dar# %lue velvet and the oon is s ilin' in the iddle of the with her %i' white face, fro which strea s of li'ht descend and a#e the earth white. "he %arren trees see taller and dar#er a'ainst so white a 'round, whereas the low walls which rise here and there on the %oundaries, loo# as white as il# and a little house far awa$ see s a %loc# of 3arrara ar%le. /n $ ri'ht ( see a place enclosed %$ a thorn-%ush hed'e on two sides and %$ a low ru''ed wall on the other two. "he wall supports a #ind of low wide shed, which inside the enclosure is %uilt in asonr$ and part in wood, as if in su er the wooden part should %e re oved and the shed should %eco e a porch. 2ro the enclosure inter ittent short %leatin's can %e heard now and a'ain. 2+2

(t ust %e the little sheep which drea or perhaps sense that it is al ost da$%rea# %ecause of the ver$ %ri'ht oonli'ht. "he %ri'htness is intense to an e4cessive de'ree and it is increasin' ore and ore as if the planet were co in' near the earth or were spar#lin' %ecause of a $sterious fire. ) shepherd loo#s out of the door, and liftin' one ar to his forehead to shield his e$es, he loo#s up. (t see s i pro%a%le that one should protect one?s e$es fro oonli'ht. 0ut the oonli'ht in this case is so %ri'ht that it %linds people, particularl$ those who co e out fro a dar# enclosure. 8ver$thin' is cal . 0ut the %ri'ht oonli'ht is surprisin'. "he shepherd calls his co panions. "he$ all co e to the door! a 'roup of hair$ en of various a'es. ,o e are =ust teena'ers, so e are alread$ white haired, "he$ co ent on the stran'e event and the $oun'er ones are afraid. /ne in particular, a %o$ a%out twelve $ears old, starts cr$in', and the older shepherds =eer at hi . &hat are $ou afraid of, $ou fool@ the oldest an sa$s to hi . 3an?t $ou see that the air is ver$ >uiet@ Have $ou never seen clear oonli'ht@ Aou have alwa$s %een tied to $our other?s apronstrin's, haven?t $ou@ 0ut there are an$ thin's for $ou to seeB /nce, ( had 'one as far as the 9e%anon ountains, even farther. Hi'h up. ( was $oun', and wal#in' was a pleasure. )nd ( was also rich, thenM one ni'ht ( saw such a %ri'ht li'ht that ( thou'ht 8li=ah was a%out to co e %ac# in his chariot of fire. )nd an old an, he was the old an then < said to e! 6) 'reat adventure is a%out to ta#e place in the world.7 (t was for us a isadventure, %ecause the :o an 2+1

soldiers ca e. /hB Man$ thin's $ou will see, if $ou live lon' enou'h. 0ut the little shepherd is no lon'er listenin' to hi . He loo#s as if he is no lon'er fri'htened, %ecause he leaves the threshold and steals fro %ehind the shoulders of a %rawn$ herds an, %ehind who he had previousl$ sou'ht shelter, and 'oes out on to the 'rass$ fold in front of the shed. He loo#s up and wal#s a%out li#e a sleepwal#er or one h$pnotised %$ so ethin' that co pellin'l$ attracts hi . )t a certain o ent he shouts! /hB and re ains petrified with his ar s sli'htl$ stretched out. His ates loo# at one another du %founded. 0ut what is the atter with the fool@ sa$s one. ( will send hi %ac# to his other to orrow. ( don?t want ad people as 'uardians of the sheep sa$s another. )nd the old an who had spo#en earlier sa$s! 9et us 'o and see %efore we =ud'e hi . 3all also the others who are sleepin' and %rin' $our stic#s. (t i'ht %e a wild ani al or so e ro%%erM "he$ 'o in, the$ call the other shepherds and the$ co e out with torches and clu%s. "he$ =oin the %o$. "here, there he whispers s ilin'. )%ove the tree, loo# at the li'ht that is co in'. (t see s to %e co in' on the ra$ of the oon. "here it is, it is co in' near. How %eautiful it isB ( can onl$ see a rather %ri'hter li'ht. ,o can (. 2+2

,o can ( sa$ the others. ;o. ( see so ethin' li#e a %od$ sa$s one who ( reco'nise to %e the shepherd who 'ave the il# to Mar$. (t isM it is an an'elB shouts the %o$. Here he is, he is co in' down, he is co in' nearM EownB /n $our #nees %efore the an'el of GodB ) lon' and venera%le /hB co es fro the 'roup of shepherds, who fall down face to the 'round and the older the$ are, the ore the$ appear to %e crushed %$ the reful'ent apparition. "he $oun' ones are on their #nees, loo#in' at the an'el who is co in' nearer and nearer, and then he stops id-air a%ove the enclosure wall, wavin' his lar'e win's, a pearl$ %ri'htness in the white oonli'ht surroundin' hi . Eo not fear. ( a not %rin'in' $ou isfortune. ( announce $ou a 'reat =o$ for the people of (srael and for all the people of the world. "he an'elic voice is the har on$ of a harp and of sin'in' ni'htin'ales. "oda$, in the 3it$ of Eavid, the ,aviour has %een %ornB (n sa$in' so, the an'el spreads out his win's wider and wider, ovin' the as a si'n of overwhel in' =o$, and a strea of 'olden spar#s and precious stones see to fall fro the ! a real rain%ow descri%in' a triu phal arch a%ove the poor shed. M the ,aviour, &ho is 3hrist. "he an'el shines with a %ri'hter li'ht. His two win's, now otionless, pointed upri'ht towards the s#$ li#e two still sails on the sapphire of the sea, see two %ri'ht fla es ascendin' to Heaven. 2+3

M 3hrist, the 9ordB "he an'el 'athers his spar#lin' win's and covers hi self with the as if the$ were a coat of dia onds on a dress of pearls, he %ows down in adoration, with his ar s crossed over his heart, while his head %ent down as it is, disappears in the shade of the tops of the folded win's. /nl$ an o%lon' %ri'ht otionless for can %e seen for a few o ents. 0ut now he stirs. He spreads out his win's, lifts his head, %ri'ht with a heavenl$ s ile, and sa$s! Aou will reco'nise Hi fro the followin' si'ns! in a poor sta%le, %ehind 0ethlehe , $ou will find a %a%$ in swaddlin' clothes, in a an'er for ani als, %ecause no roof was found for the Messiah in the cit$ of Eavid. "he an'el %eco es 'rave, al ost sad, in sa$in' that. 0ut fro the Heavens an$ an'els < ohB how an$B < co e down, all li#e hi < a ladder of an'els descendin' and re=oicin' and di in' the oonli'ht with their heavenl$ %ri'htness. "he$ all 'ather round the announcin' an'el, flutterin' their win's, e4halin' perfu es, pla$in' notes in which the ost %eautiful voices of creation find a recollection, %ut elevated to unifor perfection. (f paintin' is the e4pression of atter to %eco e li'ht, here elod$ is the e4pression of usic to 'ive en a hint of the %eaut$ of God. "o hear this elod$ is to #now Paradise, where ever$thin' is har on$ of love which e anates fro God to a#e the %lessed souls happ$, and then fro the returns to God to sa$ to Hi ! &e love AouB "he an'elical Glor$ spreads throu'hout the >uiet countr$ in wider and wider circles and the %ri'ht li'ht with it. )nd the %irds =oin their sin'in' to 'reet the earl$ 2+'

li'ht, and the sheep add their %leatin's for the earl$ sun. 0ut, as previousl$ in, the 'rotto for the o4 and the don#e$, ( love to %elieve that the ani als are 'reetin' their 3reator, &ho has co e down a on' the to love the %oth as a Man and as God. "he sin'in' slowl$ fades awa$, as well as the li'ht, and the an'els ascend to HeavenM "he shepherds co e %ac# to realit$. Eid $ou hear@ ,hall we 'o and see@ )nd what a%out the ani als@ /hB ;othin' will happen to the B &e are 'oin' to o%e$ God?s wordBM 0ut where shall we 'o@ Eidn?t he sa$ that He was %orn toda$@ )nd that the$ did not find lod'in's in 0ethlehe @ (t?s the shepherd who 'ave the il#, who is spea#in' now. 3o e with e, ( #now where He is. ( saw the wo an and ( felt sorr$ for Her. ( told the where to 'o, for Her sa#e, %ecause ( thou'ht the$ i'ht not find lod'in's, and ( 'ave the an so e il# for Her. ,he is so $oun' and %eautiful, and ,he ust %e as 'ood and #ind as the an'el who spo#e to us. 3o e. 9et us 'o and 'et so e il#, cheese, la %s and tanned hides. "he$ ust %e ver$ poorM and ( wonder how cold He ust %e &hose na e ( dare not entionB )nd i a'ineB ( spo#e to the Mother as ( would have spo#en to a poor wifeBM "he$ 'o into the shed and the$ co e out shortl$ 2++

afterwards, so e with little flas#s of il#, so e with little nets interwoven with esparto containin' s all whole round cheeses, so e with %as#ets, each containin' a little %leatin' la % and so e with tanned hides. ( a ta#in' the a sheep. ,he la %ed a onth a'o. Her il# is ver$ 'ood. (t will %e useful if the wo an should have no il#. ,he see ed a $oun' 'irl to e and so paleB ) =as ine face in oonli'ht sa$s the shepherd who 'ave the il#. )nd he leads the . "he$ set out in the oonli'ht aided %$ their torches, after closin' the shed and the enclosure. "he$ 'o alon' countr$ paths, a on' thorn-%ush hed'es stripped %$ winter. "he$ 'o round 0ethlehe . "he$ reach the sta%le not the wa$ Mar$ ca e, %ut fro the opposite direction, so that the$ do not pass in front of the %etter sta%les, instead the$ find this one first. "he$ 'o near the hole. Go inB ( wouldn?t dareB Aou 'o inB ;o. )t least have a loo#. Aou, 9evi, who saw the an'el first, o%viousl$ %ecause $ou are %etter than we are, loo# in. 0efore the$ said he was adM %ut now it suits the if he dare what the$ do not. "he %o$ hesitates, %ut then he a#es up his ind. He 'oes near the hole, pulls the antle a little to one side, 2+-

loo#sM and re ains enraptured. &hat can $ou see@ the$ as# hi voices. an4iousl$ in low

( can see a %eautiful $oun' wo an and a an %endin' over a an'er and ( can hearM ( can hear a little %a%$ cr$in', and the wo an is spea#in' to Hi in a voiceM ohB what a voiceB &hat is ,he sa$in'@ ,he is sa$in'! 6Jesus, little oneB Jesus, love of Aour Mu $B Eon?t cr$, little ,on..7.. ,he is sa$in'! 6/hB (f ( could onl$ sa$ to Aou! ?"a#e so e il#, little one?. 0ut ( have not 'ot an$ $et..7.. ,he sa$s! 6Aou are so cold, M$ loveB )nd the ha$ is stin'in' AouB How painful it is for Aour Mu $ to hear Aou cr$in' so, without %ein' a%le to help AouB.7.. ,he sa$s! 6,leep, soul of MineB 0ecause it %rea#s M$ heart to hear Aou cr$in' and see Aour tearsB7 and ,he #isses Hi , and ,he ust %e war in' His little feet with Her hands, %ecause ,he is %ent with Her ar s in the an'er. 3all HerB 9et the hear $ou. ( won?t. Aou should call Her, %ecause $ou %rou'ht us here and $ou #now HerB "he shepherd opens his oanin' noise. outh, %ut he onl$ utters a faint

Joseph turns round and co es to the door. &ho are $ou@ ,hepherds. &e %rou'ht $ou so e food and so e wool. &e have co e to worship the ,aviour. 2+*

3o e in. "he$ 'o in, and the sta%le %eco es %ri'hter %ecause of the li'ht of the torches. "he older en push the $oun' ones in front of the . Mar$ turns round and s iles. 3o e ,he sa$s. 3o eB , and ,he invites the with Her hand and Her s ile, and ,he ta#es the %o$ who saw the an'el and ,he draws hi to Herself, a'ainst the an'er. )nd the %o$ loo#s, and is happ$. "he others, invited also %$ Joseph, ove forward with their 'ifts and the$ place the at Mar$?s feet with few deep-felt words. "he$ then loo# at the 0a%$ &ho is weepin' a little and the$ s ile oved and happ$. )nd one of the , so ewhat %older than the rest, sa$s! Mother, ta#e this wool. (t?s soft and clean. ( prepared it for $ child who is a%out to %e %orn. 0ut ( offer it to Aou. 9a$ $our ,on in this wool. (t will %e soft and war . )nd he offers the sheep hide, a %eautiful hide, well covered with white soft wool. Mar$ lifts Jesus, and puts it round Hi . )nd ,he shows Hi to the shepherds, who, #neelin' on the ha$ on the 'round, loo# at Hi ecstaticall$B "he$ %eco e %older, and one su''ests! He should %e 'iven a outhful of il#, %etter still, so e water and hone$. 0ut we have no hone$. &e 'ive it to little %a%ies. ( have seven children, and ( #nowM "here is so e il# here. "a#e it, &o an. 0ut it is cold. (t should %e war . &here is 8lias@ He 2+0

has the sheep. 8lias ust %e the shepherd who 'ave the il#. 0ut he is not there. He re ained outside and is loo#in' fro the hole, %ut he cannot %e seen in the dar# ni'ht. &ho led $ou here@ )n an'el told us to co e, and 8lias showed us the wa$. 0ut where is he now@ "he sheep declares his presence with a %leat. 3o e in. Aou are wanted. He enters with his sheep, e %arrassed %ecause the$ all loo# at hi . (t?s $ouB sa$s Joseph, who reco'niCes hi , and Mar$ s iles at hi sa$in'! Aou are 'ood. "he$ il# the sheep and with the he of a piece of linen dipped into the war crea $ il#, Mar$ oistens the lips of the 0a%$ &ho suc#s the sweet crea . "he$ all s ile, and even ore so, when Jesus falls asleep in the war th of the wool, with the little %it of linen still %etween His lips. 0ut Aou can?t sta$ here. (t?s cold and da p. )ndM there is too stron' a s ell of ani als. (t?s not 'oodM it?s not 'ood for the ,aviour. ( #now replies Mar$ with a deep si'h. 0ut there is no roo for us in 0ethlehe . "a#e heart, &o an. &e will loo# for a house for Aou. ( will tell $ istress sa$s 8lias. ,he is 'ood. ,he will receive Aou, even if she had to 'ive Aou her own roo . )s soon as it is da$li'ht, ( will tell her. Her house 2+&

is full of people. 0ut she will find roo

for Aou.

2or M$ 3hild, at least. Joseph and ( can lie also on the floor. 0ut for the 9ittle /neM Eon?t worr$, &o an. ( will see to it. )nd we will tell an$ people what we were told. Aou will lac# nothin'. 2or the ti e %ein', ta#e what our povert$ can 'ive Aou. &e are shepherdsM &e are poor, too. )nd we cannot reward $ou sa$s Joseph. /hB &e don?t want it. 8ven if Aou could afford it, we would not want it. "he 9ord has alread$ rewarded us. He pro ised peace to ever$%od$. "he an'els said! 6Peace to en of 'ood will.7 0ut He has alread$ 'iven it to us, %ecause the an'el said that this 3hild is the ,aviour, &ho is 3hrist, the 9ord. &e are poor and i'norant, %ut we #now that the Prophets sa$ that the ,aviour will %e the Prince of Peace. )nd he told us to co e and adore Hi . "hat is wh$ He 'ave us His peace. Glor$ %e to God in the Most Hi'h Heaven and 'lor$ to His 3hrist here, and Aou are %lessed, &o an, &ho 'ave %irth to Hi ! Aou are hol$, %ecause Aou deserved to %ear Hi B Give us orders as our 5ueen, %ecause we will %e happ$ to serve Aou. &hat can we do for Aou@ Aou can love M$ ,on, and alwa$s cherish the sa e thou'hts as $ou have now. 0ut what a%out Aou@ (s there an$thin' Aou wish@ Have Aou no relatives who Aou would li#e to infor that He has %een %orn@ Aes, ( have the . 0ut the$ are far awa$. "he$ are at 2-2

He%ronM ( will 'o sa$s 8lias. &ho are the$@ Iacharias, the priest, and M$ cousin 8liCa%eth. Iacharias@ /hB ( #now hi well. (n su er ( 'o up those ountains %ecause the pastures are rich and %eautiful, and ( a a friend of his shepherd. &hen ( #now $ou are settled, ( will 'o to Iacharias. "han# $ou, 8lias. Aou need not than# e. (t is a 'reat honour for e, a poor shepherd, to 'o and spea# to the priest and sa$ to hi ! 6"he ,aviour has %een %orn.7 ;o. Aou ust sa$ to hi ! 6Aour cousin, Mar$ of ;aCareth, has said that Jesus has %een %orn, and that $ou should co e to 0ethlehe .7 ( will sa$ that. Ma$ God reward Aou. ( will re e %er $ou, 8lias, and ever$ one of $ou. &ill Aou tell Aour 0a%$ a%out us@ ( certainl$ will. ( a 8lias. , )nd ( a 9evi. , )nd ( a ,a uel. , )nd ( Jonah. , )nd ( (saac. , )nd ( "o%ias. , )nd ( Jonathan. , )nd ( Eaniel. , )nd ( ,i eon. , M$ na e is John. , ( a Joseph and $ %rother 0en=a in, we are twins. ( will re e %er $our na es. &e ust 'oM 0ut we will co e %ac#M )nd we will 2-1

%rin' others to worship Hi . How can we 'o %ac# to the sheep-fold, leavin' the 3hild@ Glor$ %e to God &ho has shown Hi to usB &ill Aou let us #iss His dress@ as#s 9evi, with an an'elic s ile. )nd Mar$ lifts Jesus slowl$, and sittin' on the ha$, envelops the tin$ little feet in a linen, and offers the to %e #issed. )nd the shepherds %ow down to the 'round and #iss the tin$ feet, veiled %$ the linen. "hose with a %eard clean it firstF al ost ever$one is cr$in', and when the$ have to 'o, the$ wal# out %ac#wards, leavin' their hearts thereM "he vision ends thus, with Mar$ sittin' on the straw with the 3hild on Her lap and Joseph who, leanin' with his el%ow on the an'er, loo#s and adores. -----------------Jesus sa$s! ( will spea# toda$. Aou are ver$ tired, %ut have a little ore patience. (t is the eve of 3orpus 3hristi. ( could spea# to $ou a%out the 8ucharist and the saints who %eca e apostles of (ts cult, as ( spo#e to $ou of the saints who were apostles of the ,acred Heart. 0ut ( want to spea# to $ou of so ethin' else and of a class of worshippers of M$ 0od$ who are the forerunners of (ts cult. "hat is! the shepherds. "he$ were the first worshippers of M$ 0od$ of the &ord, &ho had %eco e Man. 2-2

/nce ( told $ou and also M$ 3hurch sa$s this, the Hol$ (nnocents are the proto art$rs of 3hrist. ;ow ( tell $ou that the shepherds are the first worshippers of the 0od$ of God. )nd the$ have all the >ualifications to %e the worshippers of M$ 0od$, o 8ucharistic souls. 2ir faith! the$ %elieve the an'el pro ptl$ and un>uestionin'l$. Generosit$! the$ 'ive all their wealth to their 9ord. Hu ilit$! the$ approach people, who fro the hu an point of view, are poorer than the$, and the$ do so with a odest attitude that does not hu iliate the , and the$ profess the selves their servants. Eesire! what the$ are una%le to offer, the$ endeavor to o%tain %$ eans of charita%le wor#. Pro pt o%edience! Mar$ wishes to infor Iacharias and 8lias 'oes at once. He does not postpone the atter. 9ove finall$! the$ suffer in departin' fro the 'rotto and $ou sa$! 6"he$ leave their hearts there.7 )nd $ou are ri'ht. 0ut should the sa e not happen with M$ ,acra ent@ )nd there is another point, and it is entirel$ for $ou! note to who the an'el reveals hi self first and who deserves to hear Mar$?s love effusions. 9evi! the %o$. God shows Hi self to those who have a child?s soul and He shows the also His $steries and allows the to hear His divine words and Mar$?s. )nd those with a child?s soul have also 9evi?s hol$ darin' and the$ sa$! 69et us #iss Jesus? dress.7 "he$ sa$ that to Mar$. 0ecause it is alwa$s 2-3

Mar$ &ho 'ives $ou Jesus. ,he is the 0earer of the 8ucharist. ,he is the 9ivin' P$4. &ho 'oes to Mar$, finds Me. &ho as#s Her for Me receives Me fro Her. &hen a creature sa$s to Mar$! 6Give e Aour Jesus that ( a$ love Hi 7, M$ Mother?s s ile causes Heaven?s colors to chan'e into a ore livel$ %ri'htness %ecause of its 'reater deli'ht. ,a$, therefore, to Her! 69et e #iss Jesus? dress, let e #iss His wounds.7 )nd dare even ore! 69et e rest $ head on Aour Jesus? Heart, that ( a$ deli'ht in (t.7 3o e. )nd rest. 9i#e Jesus in His cradle, %etween Jesus and Mar$.

#1. :acharias1 isit.

0th June 1944.

( see the %i' roo where ( have alread$ seen the eetin' of the Ma'i with Jesus and their adoration. ( understand that ( a in the hospita%le house where the Hol$ 2a il$ has %een received. )nd ( see Iacharias? arrival. 8liCa%eth is not there. "he landlad$ runs out into the lo%%$ to eet the arrivin' 'uest and she shows hi to a door. ,he #noc#s, and then withdraws discreetl$. Joseph opens the door, and he utters a cr$ of =o$ when he sees Iacharias. He ta#es hi into a little roo , as s all as a corridor. Mar$ is suc#lin' the 3hild. ,he will not %e 2-'

lon'. ,it down, $ou ust %e tired. )nd he a#es roo for his 'uest on his couch, and sits %eside hi . ( hear Joseph as#in' after little John and Iacharias replies! He is 'rowin' as stron' as a little colt. 0ut he is teethin' now and he is sufferin' a little. "hat is wh$ we did not want to %rin' hi . (t is ver$ cold, and that is wh$ 8liCa%eth did not co e either. ,he could not leave hi without il#. ,he was ver$ upset, %ut the season is so ri'orousB (t is ri'orous indeed replies Joseph. "he an $ou sent e told e that $ou were ho eless when He was %orn. Aou ust have suffered a lot. Aes, >uite a lot. 0ut our fears were 'reater than our disco fort. &e were afraid the 3hild?s health i'ht %e in=ured. )nd we had to sta$ there for the first da$s. &e lac#ed nothin', for ourselves, %ecause the shepherds 'ave the 'ood news to the people of 0ethlehe , and an$ of the %rou'ht us 'ifts. 0ut we had no house, not even a decent roo , a %edM and Jesus cried so uch, particularl$ at ni'ht, %ecause the wind was %lowin' in fro all directions. ( used to li'ht a little fire. /nl$ a little one, %ecause the s o#e ade Jesus cou'hM and it was still cold in an$ case. "wo ani als do not 'ive out uch heat, especiall$ when the cold air co es in fro all directionsB &e had no war water to wash Hi , nor dr$ clothes to chan'e Hi . Aes, He suffered >uite a lotB )nd Mar$ suffered seein' Hi suffer. ( sufferedM so $ou can i a'ine His Mother?s an'uishB ,he fed Hi with il# and tears, il# and loveM ;ow here it is uch %etter. ( had ade for Hi such a co forta%le cradle and Mar$ 2-+

had fitted it with a soft little attress. 0ut it is in ;aCarethB )hB (f He were %orn there, it would have %een differentB 0ut 3hrist was to %e %orn in 0ethlehe . (t was prophesied. Mar$ co es in, ,he heard their voices. ,he is all dressed in white wool. ,he has ta#en off the dar# dress ,he was wearin' durin' the =ourne$ and in the 'rotto, and ,he is all white, as ( have seen Her dressed %efore. ,he is not wearin' an$thin' on Her head, and ,he is holdin' Jesus in Her ar s! He is sleepin', sated with il#, in His pure white swaddlin' clothes. Iacharias stands up reverentl$ and %ows down in veneration. He then 'oes nearer, and loo#s at Jesus with the 'reatest respect. He %ends down, not so uch to see Hi %etter, as to pa$ Hi ho a'e. Mar$ offers the 3hild to hi , and Iacharias ta#es Hi with such adoration that he see s to %e holdin' up a onstrance. (t is in fact the Host that he ta#es in his hands, the Host alread$ offered and that will %e sacrificed after %ein' 'iven to en as a nourish ent of love and rede ption. Iacharias hands Jesus %ac# to Mar$. "he$ all sit down, and Iacharias e4plains once a'ain to Mar$ the reason wh$ 8liCa%eth has not co e and how upset she was. Eurin' the past onths she has prepared so e linens for Aour %lessed ,on. ( have %rou'ht the to Aou. "he$ are downstairs in the wa''on. He rises and 'oes out, then co es %ac# with a lar'e parcel and a s aller one. Joseph relieves hi of the 2--

heavier one and Iacharias starts pullin' his 'ifts fro %oth of the ! a soft handwoven woollen %lan#et, so e linens and little dresses. "hen fro the other one, so e hone$, so e snow-white flour, %utter, apples for Mar$ and ca#es %a#ed %$ 8liCa%eth and an$ ore little thin's which are a to#en of the otherl$ love of the 'rateful cousin for the $oun' Mother. Please tell 8liCa%eth that ( a ver$ 'rateful to her, as ( a 'rateful to $ou, too. ( would have %een so happ$ to see her, %ut ( understand the situation. )nd ( would also have loved to see little JohnM 0ut Aou will see hi Aou. in sprin'. &e will co e and see

;aCareth is too far awa$ re ar#s Joseph. ;aCareth@ 0ut $ou ust sta$ here. "he Messiah ust 'row up in 0ethlehe . (t is Eavid?s town. "he Most Hi'h, throu'h 3aesar?s will, %rou'ht Hi to the town in Eavid?s land, the hol$ land of Judaea. &h$ ta#e Hi to ;aCareth@ Aou #now in what opinion the Jews hold the ;aCarenes. "his 3hild is to %e in future $ears the ,avior of His people. "he capital town ust not scorn its Din' %ecause He co es fro a despised land. Aou #now as well as ( do how captious the ,anhedrin is and how disdainful its three ain castes areM )nd then, here, near e, ( will %e a%le to help $ou so ehow, and put ever$thin' ( have, not so uch in the wa$ of aterial thin's, %ut of oral 'ifts, at the service of this ;ew-0orn 0a%$. )nd when He is old enou'h to understand, ( will %e ver$ happ$ to %e His teacher, as ( will %e for $ own son, so that later, when He is 'rown up, He will %less e. &e 2-*

ust consider that He is destined for 'reat thin's and, conse>uentl$, He ust %e in a position to present Hi self to the world with all the necessar$ eans to win His 'a e. He will certainl$ possess &isdo . 0ut also the si ple fact that He was educated %$ a priest, will a#e Hi ore a'reea%le to the difficult Pharisees and ,cri%es and will render His ission easier. Mar$ loo#s at Joseph, and Joseph loo#s at Mar$. )%ove the ros$ innocent head of the 3hild, sleepin' unaware of it all, there is a silent e4chan'e of >uestions. )nd the$ are >uestions full of sadness. Mar$ is thin#in' of Her little house, Joseph is concerned a%out his wor#. Here, where onl$ a few da$s a'o the$ were co pletel$ un#nown, the$ ust start fro scratch. Here the$ have none of the dear thin's the$ left at ho e, and which the$ had prepared with so uch love for the 3hild. )nd Mar$ sa$s so! How can we do that@ &e have left ever$thin' there. Joseph had wor#ed so hard for M$ Jesus, without sparin' la%or or one$. He wor#ed at ni'ht, so that durin' the da$ he could wor# for other people and thus earn enou'h to %u$ the %est wood, the softest wool, the finest linen, and prepare ever$thin' for Jesus. He %uilt %eehives, and he even wor#ed as a ason to a#e certain odifications in the house, so that the cradle could %e placed in M$ roo and re ain there until Jesus had 'rown up and the cradle could then %e replaced %$ a %ed, %ecause Jesus will sta$ with Me until He is an adolescent Joseph can 'o and 'et what $ou left there )nd where will we put it@ Aou #now, Iacharias, that we 2-0

are poor. &e have onl$ our wor# and our ho e. )nd the$ %oth ena%le us to live without starvin'. 0ut hereM perhaps we will find so e wor#. 0ut we will alwa$s have the pro%le of a house. "his 'ood wo an cannot 'ive us hospitalit$ forever. )nd ( cannot sacrifice Joseph ore than he has alread$ sacrificed hi self for M$ sa#eB /hB MeB (t?s nothin' for eB ( a concerned with Mar$?s 'rief. Her 'rief in not livin' in Her own houseM "wo %i' tears well fro Mar$?s e$es. ( thin# that house ust %e as dear to Her as Paradise, %ecause of the $ster$ which was acco plished in it. ( spea# little, %ut ( understand a lot. (f it wasn?t for that, ( would not %e upset. ( will wor# twice as uch, that?s all. ( a $oun' and stron' enou'h to wor# twice as uch as ( used to and see to ever$thin'. )nd if Mar$ does not suffer too uchM and if $ou sa$ that we ust do soM well, here ( a . ( will do whatever $ou thin# is %est. Provided that it will help Jesus. (t will certainl$ help. "hin# it over, and $ou will see the reasons. (t is also said that the Messiah will %e called ;aCareneM o%=ects Mar$. "rue. 0ut at least, until He is 'rown up, let Hi 'row up in Judaea. "he Prophet sa$s! 6)nd $ou, 0ethlehe 8phrathah, will %e the 'reatest, %ecause out of $ou will co e the ,avior.7 He does not spea# of ;aCareth. Perhaps that title was 'iven to Hi for so e reason un#nown to us. 0ut this is His land. Aou sa$ so, $ou, priest, and weM we listen to $ou with 2-&

sad hearts, and we %elieve $ou. 0ut how painful it isBM &hen shall ( see that house where ( %eca e a Mother@ Mar$ is weepin', silentl$. )nd ( understand Her 'rief. /hB ( do understand. "he vision ends on Mar$?s weepin'. -------------------Mar$ then sa$s! ( #now that $ou understand. 0ut $ou will see Me cr$in' ore %itterl$. 2or the ti e %ein', ( want to relieve $our spirit %$ showin' $ou Joseph?s holiness. He was a an, that is, he had no other help for his spirit, e4cept his holiness. ( had all the 'ifts of God, in M$ condition of ( aculate. ( did not #now ( was such. 0ut the 'ifts were active in M$ soul, and 'ave Me spiritual stren'th. 0ut he was not i aculate. Hu anit$ was in hi with all its heav$ wei'ht and he had to rise towards perfection with all that %urden, at the cost of continuous efforts of all his faculties to reach perfection and %e a'reea%le to God. /hB M$ hol$ spouseB Hol$ in ever$thin', also in the ost hu %le thin's in life. Hol$ for his an'elical chastit$. Hol$ for his hu an honest$. Hol$ for his patience, his activit$, for his constant serenit$, for his odest$, for ever$thin'. His holiness shines also in this event. ) priest sa$s to hi ! 6Aou ou'ht to settle here7 and he replies, full$ aware of the 'reater hardships he would have to face! 6(t is nothin' for Me. ( a concerned with Mar$?s 'rief. (f it was not for that, ( would not %e upset. Provided that it will help Jesus.7 Jesus, Mar$! his an'elical loves. M$ hol$ spouse loved nothin' else on earth. )nd he sacrificed hi self to that love. 2*2

"he$ elected hi protector of 3hristian fa ilies, of wor#ers and an$ other cate'ories. 0ut he should %e appointed protector not onl$ of d$in' people, of arried couples, of wor# en, %ut also of those consecrated to God. &ho, of all the people in the world consecrated to the service of God, has consecrated hi self as he did, to the service of his God, acceptin' ever$thin', fore'oin' ever$thin', %earin' ever$thin', fulfillin' ever$thin' with >uic#ness, with a cheerful ind, a constant hu our@ "here is no one li#e hi . )nd ( wish to draw $our attention to another point, na$ two points. Iacharias is a priest. Joseph is not. 0ut $ou ust note how he, who is not a priest, has a ore heavenl$ soul than the priest. Iacharias thin#s in a hu an wa$, and in a hu an wa$ he e4pounds the ,criptures %ecause he allows hi self to %e led %$ his 'ood hu an sense, and it is not the first ti e he does so. )nd he was punished for it. 0ut he relapses, althou'h less 'ravel$. &ith re'ard to John?s %irth he said! 6How can that happen, if ( a old, and $ wife is %arren@7 ;ow he sa$s! 6"o s ooth His wa$, 3hrist is to %e %rou'ht up here.7 )nd with that su%tle root of pride that persists also in the %est people, he thin#s that he can %e useful to Jesus. ;ot useful in the sense that Joseph wanted to %e, %$ servin' Hi , %ut %$ teachin' Hi M God for'ave hi , %ecause of his 'ood intention. 0ut did the 6Master7 need teachers@ ( endeavored to a#e hi see the truth of the prophecies. 0ut he felt he was ore learned than ( was and ade use 2*1

of such feelin' in his own wa$. ( could have insisted and outdone hi . 0ut this is the other point ( wanted to draw $our attention to < ( respected the priest %ecause of his di'nit$, not %ecause of his #nowled'e. (n 'eneral, a priest is alwa$s enli'htened %$ God. ( said! 6in 'eneral7. He is enli'htened when he is a real priest. (t is not his ro%e that consecrates hi ! it is his soul. "o =ud'e whether one is a real priest, one ust consider what co es out of his soul. )s M$ Jesus said, the thin's that sanctif$ or conta inate co e out fro the soul, and the$ characterise the whole %ehavior of a person. ,o, when one is a real priest, he is 'enerall$ inspired %$ God. &e ust have a supernatural charit$ and pra$ for the others, who are not such. 0ut M$ ,on has alread$ placed $ou at the service of this rede ption, so ( will sa$ no ore. 0e happ$ to suffer, so that the nu %er of real priests a$ increase. )nd rel$ peacefull$ on the word of hi who 'uides $ou. )nd %elieve and o%e$ his advice. /%edience alwa$s saves $ou, even if the advice 'iven to $ou is not co pletel$ perfect. )s $ou #now, we o%e$ed. )nd we did well. (t is true that Herod confined the slau'hter of the children to 0ethlehe and its surroundin's. 0ut could ,atan not have spread and propa'ated such hatred uch farther and wider and have induced all the i'ht$ ones in Palestine to co it a si ilar cri e in order to #ill the future Din' of the Jews@ He could have done that and it would have happened in 3hrist?s earl$ da$s, when the repeated iracles had drawn the attention of %oth the crowds and of those in power. (f such an event had ta#en place, how could we have crossed the whole of Palestine, 2*2

to 'o fro ;aCareth to 8'$pt, the hospita%le land for persecuted Jews, and a#e such a =ourne$ with a little child, and while persecution was ra'in'@ (t was easier to flee fro 0ethlehe , even if the fli'ht was e>uall$ painful. /%edience alwa$s saves $ou. :e e %er that. )nd respect for a priest is alwa$s a si'n of a 3hristian education. &oe to those priests who lose their apostolic ardourB )lso Jesus said that. 0ut woe also to those who thin# that the$ are ri'ht in despisin' the B 0ecause the$ consecrate and hand out the "rue 0read that descends fro Heaven. )nd that contact a#es the hol$, =ust li#e a sacred chalice, even if the$ are not totall$ hol$. "he$ will answer to God for it. Aou ust consider the as such and not worr$ a%out an$thin' else. Aou ust not %e ore strict than $our 9ord Jesus, &ho, at their co and, leaves Heaven and descends to %e raised %$ their hands. Aou ust learn fro Hi . )nd if the$ are %lind, if the$ are deaf, if their souls are paral$Ced and their thou'hts are unsound, if the$ are lepers full of faults in stron' contrast with their ission, if the$ are li#e corpses in sepulchers, then call Jesus that He a$ heal the and revive the . 3all Hi with $our pra$ers, and $our sufferin', o victi souls. "o save a soul is to predestine one?s own soul to Heaven. 0ut to save the soul of a priest is to save a lar'e nu %er of souls, %ecause ever$ hol$ priest is a net that dra's souls to God. )nd to save a priest, that is to sanctif$! re-sanctif$, is to create this $stical net. 8ach pre$ is a li'ht to %e added to $our eternal crown. Go in peace. 2*3

#2. %resentation of Jesus in the Tem'le.

1st *ebruar& 1944.

( see a couple of people departin' fro a ver$ odest house. ) ver$ $oun' other co es down an outside staircase holdin' in her ar s a child enveloped in a white cloth. ( reco'niCe our Mother. ,he is alwa$s the sa e! pale and %londe, a'ile and so #ind in Her %ehavior. ,he is dressed in white, with a pale %lue antle and a white veil on Her head. ,he is carr$in' Her 3hild so carefull$. Joseph is waitin' for Her at the foot of the steps with a little 're$ don#e$. Joseph is dressed entirel$ in li'ht %rown! %oth his tunic and his antle %ein' the sa e color. He loo#s at Mar$ and s iles at Her. &hen Mar$ arrives near the little don#e$, Joseph places the ani al?s %ridle on his left ar , he ta#es for a o ent the 3hild, &ho is sleepin' peacefull$, and thus allows Mar$ to sit ore co forta%l$ on the don#e$?s saddle. He then hands Jesus %ac# to Her and the$ set out. Joseph is wal#in' %eside Mar$, holdin' the %ridle all the ti e and ensurin' that the don#e$ 'oes strai'ht on without stu %lin'. Mar$ is holdin' Jesus in Her lap, and lest He i'ht feel cold, ,he spreads the ed'e of Her antle over Hi . Joseph and Mar$ spea# ver$ little %ut the$ often s ile at each other. 2*'

"he road, which is not a odel road, winds alon' a countr$ ade %arren %$ the season of the $ear. /nl$ a few other travellers eet the on the road or overta#e the . "hen ( see so e houses and the walls around a town. "he$ 'o in throu'h a 'ate and start wal#in' on the pave ent which is all %ro#en up, and ver$ irre'ular. Pro'ress is now uch ore difficult, %oth %ecause the traffic causes the don#e$ to stop ever$ o ent and %ecause the holes where stones are issin' a#e the poor ani al =er# continuousl$ and thus Mar$ and the 3hild are also distur%ed. "he road is not flat. (t is uphill, althou'h %ut sli'htl$. (t is a narrow road runnin' %etween hi'h houses with s all narrow low doors and onl$ a few windows on the road. Hi'h a%ove, the s#$ can %e seen peepin' with an$ thin %lue strips %etween the houses, na$ %etween the terraces. Eown in the street there are an$ people and uch shoutin'. "he$ eet other people on foot or ridin' don#e$s or leadin' loaded don#e$s and a crowd followin' a cu %erso e ca el caravan. )t a certain o ent, a patrol of :o an le'ionaries passes %$ with a 'reat noise of hooves and ar s and the$ disappear %e$ond an arch %uilt across a narrow ston$ road. Joseph turns left alon' a wider and ore pleasant road. ( can see the e %attled town walls, with which ( a alread$ fa iliar, at the end of the street. Mar$ dis ounts fro the little don#e$ near a 'ate where there is a #ind of stall for other don#e$s. ( sa$ stall %ecause it is a #ind of shed, or %etter still, a #ind of shed, 2*+

spread with strawF there are also so e poles with rin's to which the ani als are tied. Joseph 'ives so e coins to a little an who has 'one up to hi and with the he %u$s so e ha$ and he draws a pail of water fro a rustic well in the co er. He then feeds the don#e$. He =oins Mar$ and the$ %oth enter the enclosure of the "e ple. )t first, the$ turn their steps towards an arcade where the erchants are, to who Jesus later will 'ive a 'ood lashin'! the vendors of la %s and doves and the one$chan'ers. Joseph %u$s two little white pi'eons. He does not chan'e an$ one$! he o%viousl$ has what is re>uired. "he$ then a#e for a side door, with ei'ht steps, as all the doors see to have, %ecause the centre of the "e ple is raised a%ove the surroundin' 'round. "he door opens into a 'reat hall li#e the doors of our houses in towns, to 'ive $ou an idea, onl$ this one is lar'er and ore ornate. (n the hall there are on the ri'ht and on the left two #inds of altars, that is two rectan'ular constructions, the purpose of which ( do not understand at first. "he$ are li#e low %asins, %ecause the internal part is lower than the e4ternal ri , which is a few centi eters hi'her. ) priest approaches the , ( do not #now whether he was called %$ Joseph or whether he did so of his own accord. Mar$ offers Her two little pi'eons and since ( #now their fate, ( turn $ e$es elsewhere. ( watch the decorations of the ver$ heav$ portal, of the ceilin' and of the hall. 0ut ( 'et the i pression, %$ a side 'lance, that the priest spra$s Mar$ with so e water. (t ust %e water, %ecause ( do not see an$ stains on Her dress. "hen Mar$, &ho 2*-

had 'iven the priest a handful of coins to'ether with the two pi'eons (( had for'otten to ention that), 'oes into the real "e ple, in the co pan$ of the priest. ( a watchin' ever$thin'. (t is a ost ornate place. ,culptured an'els? heads, pal s and decorations adorn the colu ns, the walls and the ceilin'. 9i'ht co es in throu'h stran'e lon' narrow windows, o%viousl$ without panes, %uilt dia'onall$ with re'ard to the walls. ( suppose the idea is to #eep the rain out. Mar$ oves forward to a certain point. ,he then stops. ) few eters fro Her, there are ore steps on top of which there is a #ind of altar, %e$ond which there is another construction. ( now realiCe that ( thou'ht ( was in the "e ple, instead ( was in the part surroundin' the real "e ple, that is the Hol$, %e$ond which no one can proceed, apparentl$, e4cept the priests. &hat ( therefore thou'ht was the "e ple, is %ut an enclosed vesti%ule, which on three sides encircles the "e ple, in which the "a%ernacle is enclosed. ( do not #now whether ( have ade $self understood. 0ut ( a neither an architect nor an en'ineer. Mar$ offers the 3hild, &ho has wo#en up and is turnin' His innocent e$es towards the priest, with the astonished loo# of infants a few da$s old. "he priest ta#es Hi in his ar s and raises Hi , with ar s full$ stretched out, towards the "e ple, standin' a'ainst the #ind of altar placed on top of the steps. "he rite is over. "he 3hild is handed %ac# to His Mother and the priest 'oes awa$. "here is a 'roup of onloo#ers. ) on'st the 2** a little old

an, %ent with a'e and li pin', a#es his wa$ leanin' on a stic#. He ust %e ver$ old, ( would sa$ over ei'ht$. He 'oes near Mar$, and as#s Her to 'ive hi the 3hild for one o ent. Mar$ satisfies hi , s ilin'. ,i eon, who ( alwa$s thou'ht %elon'ed to the sacerdotal class, and is instead a si ple %eliever, at least accordin' to his 'ar ents, ta#es the 3hild and #isses Hi . Jesus s iles at hi with the t$pical s ile of suc#lin's. He see s to watch hi in>uisitivel$, %ecause the old an is cr$in' and lau'hin' at the sa e ti e and his tears for a spar#lin' e %roider$ runnin' alon' his wrin#les and %eadin' his lon' white %eard, towards which Jesus stretches His little hands. He is Jesus, %ut still a child, and whatever oves in front of Hi , draws His attention so that He wants to 'et hold of it to see what it is. Mar$ and Joseph s ile and so do all the others who praise the %eaut$ of the 3hild. ( hear the words of the hol$ old an and ( see the astonished 'aCe of Joseph, the deepl$ oved loo# of Mar$ as well as the 'lances of the little crowd, partl$ surprised and oved, partl$ lau'hin' at the words of the old an. ) on'st the latter there are so e %earded and conceited e %ers of the ,anhedrin, who sha#e their heads 'ivin' ,i eon an ironic pit$in' loo#. "he$ ust thin# he is a dotard. Mar$Os s ile fades into paleness when ,i eon entions sorrow. )lthou'h ,he #nows, that word pierces Her soul. ,he 'oes closer to Joseph, to %e co forted, ,he presses Her 3hild to Her %reast passionatel$ and li#e a thirst$ 2*0

soul, ,he ta#es in the words of )nna of Phanuel, who %ein' a wo an, has erc$ on Her sufferin' and pro ises Her that the 8ternal 2ather will soothe the hour of sorrow with a supernatural stren'th. &o an, He &ho 'ave a ,avior to His people, will not lac# the power to send His an'el to console Aour tears. "he 'reat wo en of (srael never lac#ed the help of the 9ord and Aou are far 'reater than Judith and Jael. /ur God will 'ive Aou a heart of the ost pure 'old to withstand the stor of sorrow, so that Aou will %e the 'reatest wo an in 3reation! the Mother. )nd Aou, 3hild, re e %er e in the hour of Aour ission. )nd the vision ends here. --------------2nd *ebruar& 1944.

Jesus sa$s! "wo teachin's, applica%le to ever$%od$, derive fro description 'iven %$ $ou. the

"he for er! truth is not revealed to a priest en'rossed in rites, %ut a%sent with his spirit, it is instead revealed to a si ple %eliever. "he priest, alwa$s in contact with Eivinit$, devoted to what concerns God and to ever$thin' which is a%ove the flesh, should have realiCed at once who was the 3hild &ho was %ein' offered that ornin' in the "e ple. 0ut it was necessar$ for hi to have a livin' spirit, in order to realiCe it. ) ere ro%e coverin' a drows$ spirit, if not a dead spirit, was not sufficient. 2*&

"he ,pirit of God can thunder if (t wants, and rouse li#e a thunder%olt and sha#e li#e an earth>ua#e the dullest spirit. (t can. 0ut 'enerall$, as (t is an orderl$ ,pirit, as God is /rder in each Person and wa$ of actin', (t inspires and spea#s, not where there is sufficient erit to deserve its effusion < in which case (ts effusions would %e ost rare and not even $ou would #now their li'ht < %ut where (t sees the 6'ood will7 to deserve such effusion. How is such will e4erted@ &ith a life devoted, as far as possi%le, entirel$ to God! in faith, o%edience, purit$, charit$, 'enerosit$ and in pra$er. ;ot in practices! in pra$er. "here is less difference %etween ni'ht and da$ than there is %etween practices and pra$er. "he latter is co union of the spirit with God, fro which $ou e er'e with fresh stren'th and a decision to %elon' ore and ore to God. "he for er are co on ha%it e4erted for various purposes, which are alwa$s selfish, and the$ leave $ou e4actl$ as $ou were, na$, the$ a''ravate $our %urden with the faults of falsehood and slu''ishness. ,i eon had such 'ood will. He had not %een spared trou%les and trials in his life. 0ut he had not lost his 'ood will. )'e and isfortunes had not i paired or sha#en his faith in the 9ord and in His pro ises, neither did his 'ood will to %e ore and ore worth$ of God tire or falter. )nd God sent Hi the ra$ of the ,pirit to 'uide hi to the "e ple, that he i'ht see the 9i'ht that had co e to the world, %efore his e$es of a faithful servant closed to the li'ht of the sun, awaitin' to %e reopened to the ,un of God 'lowin' in the Heavens, which ( had reopened when ( ascended after $ Mart$rdo . 6Pro pted %$ the Hol$ ,pirit7 sa$s the Gospel. /hB (f 202

en onl$ #new what a perfect 2riend the Hol$ ,pirit isB &hat Guide, what "eacherB (f the$ onl$ loved and invo#ed Hi , this love of the Most Hol$ "rinit$, this 9i'ht of 9i'ht, this 2ire of 2ire, this (ntelli'ence, this &isdo B How uch ore the$ would #now of what is necessar$ to #nowB 9oo#, Mar$F listen, M$ children. ,i eon waited all his lon' life %efore 6seein' the 9i'ht7 and %efore #nowin' that God?s pro ise was fulfilled. 0ut he never dou%ted. He never said to hi self! 6(t is useless to persevere in hopin' and pra$in'.7 He =ust persevered. )nd he deserved 6to see7 what neither the priest nor the proud and dull e %ers of the ,anhedrin saw! the ,on of God, the Messiah, the ,avior in the flesh of a 3hild &ho war ed hi and s iled at hi . He received the s ile of God fro the lips of a 3hild, his first reward for an honest and pious life. "he other lesson! the words of )nna. ,he also, a prophetess, saw in Me, a new-%orn 0a%$, the Messiah. )nd this is >uite natural, considerin' her prophetic prero'ative. 0ut listen to what she sa$s to M$ Mother, oved %$ faith and charit$. )nd use her words as a li'ht for $our souls that >uiver in these da$s of dar#ness and in this 2east of 9i'ht. 6&ho 'ave a ,avior will not lac# the power to send His an'el to console Aour tears.7 3onsider that God 'ave Hi self to o%literate ,atan?s wor# in $our souls. )nd will He not %e a%le now to defeat the satans that torture $ou@ &ill He not %e a%le to wipe $our tears routin' these satans and sendin' $ou once a'ain the peace of His 3hrist@ &h$ do $ou not as# Hi with faith@ ) real over%earin' faith, a faith %efore which 201

the ri'our of God, indi'nant at $our an$ faults, a$ turn into a s ile and He a$ 'rant $ou His for'iveness, which is relief, and His %lessin' which will %e a rain%ow in this world su% er'ed in a delu'e of %lood which $ou wanted $ourselves. :e e %er! the 2ather, after punishin' en with the Eelu'e, said to Hi self and to His Patriarch! 6;ever a'ain will ( curse the earth %ecause of an, %ecause his heart contrives evil fro his infanc$. ;ever a'ain will ( stri#e down ever$ livin' thin' as ( have done.7 )nd He has %een faithful to His word. He has not sent a Eelu'e a'ain. 0ut how an$ ti es have $ou said to $ourselves and to God! 6(f we are spared this ti e, if Aou save us, we shall never a#e wars a'ain, never a'ain7, and after, $ou have alwa$s ade ore terrif$in' ones@ How an$ ti es, o false en, who have no respect either for God or for $our own word@ )nd $et God would help $ou once a'ain, onl$ if the lar'e ass of the faithful would invo#e Hi with faith and ardent love. 9a$ $our worries at the feet of God! $ou who are too few to counter%alance the an$ who #eep God?s ri'our alive, $ou who have re ained devoted to Hi , notwithstandin' the dreadful ti es which are increasin' fro da$ to da$. He will send $ou His an'el, as He sent the ,avior to the world. Eo not %e afraid. 0e united to the 3ross. (t has alwa$s defeated the snares of the de on, who with the cruelties of en and the sadness of life endeavors to drive to desperation, that is, to separation fro God, the hearts he cannot con>uer in an$ other wa$.


##. "ullab& of the irgin.

20th 6o5ember 1944.

"his ornin' ( wo#e up in the 'entlest wa$. ( was still doCin' when ( heard the ost pure voice ( have ever heard sin' a slow lulla%$ ver$ sweetl$. "he son' was so slow and archaic that it sounded a 3hrist as pastoral. ( followed the elod$ and the voice, en=o$in' the ore and ore until ( awo#e co pletel$. ( then understood full$ what was ta#in' place, and ( said! Hail, Mar$, full of GraceB %ecause it was Mother sin'in'. )nd ,he raised Her voice after sa$in' to e! ( 'reet $ou, too. 3o e and %e happ$B )nd ( saw HerM in the house in 0ethlehe , in Her roo , intent on lullin' Jesus to sleep. (n the roo , there were Mar$?s loo and so e needlewor#. ( thin# Mar$ had stopped wor#in' to 'ive the 3hild suc# and chan'e His swaddlin' %ands, < ( should sa$ His clothes, %ecause He was alread$ a few onths old. ( would sa$ si4, or ei'ht onths at ost. Perhaps Mar$ was thin#in' of resu in' Her wor# after the 3hild had fallen asleep. (t was evenin'. "he sun was settin' and there were an$ s all 'olden clouds in the clear s#$. ,o e herds were 'oin' %ac# to their folds, %rowsin' on the last 'rass of a flower$ eadow and %leatin' with their heads uplifted. "he 3hild was a%out to fall asleep. He see ed a little restless, as if He had teethin' trou%le, or so e other inor pain of childhood. 203

( wrote the son' on a piece of paper as well as ( could, in the di li'ht of a ver$ earl$ ornin', and ( will now cop$ it. 9ittle 'olden clouds < see the herds of the 9ord /n the eadow full of flowers < another herd is watchin'. 0ut if ( had all the herds < that e4ist in the world, "he la %#in dearest to Me < Aou would alwa$s %e. ,leep, sleep, sleep, sleep, 3r$ no oreM Man$ 'litterin' stars < are twin#lin' in the s#$. Ma$ Aour sweet 'entle e$es < shed no ore tears. Aour e$es of sapphire < are the stars of M$ heart. Aour tears a#e Me cr$ < ohB cr$ no ore. ,leep, sleep, sleep, sleep, 3r$ no oreM )ll the spar#lin' an'els < that in Heaven %e, 2or a wreath around Aou, innocent 3hild < enraptured %$ Aour face. 0ut Aou?re cr$in' for Aour Mu $ < Mu $, Mu $, Mu . "o sin' Aour lulla%$ < lulla, lulla, lu. ,leep, sleep, sleep, sleep, 3r$ no oreM "he s#$ will soon %e red < and dawn will soon %e %ac#, )nd Mu $ had no rest < to ensure Aou do not cr$. Ma a when awa#e Aou?ll call Me < ,on ( will repl$. ) #iss of love and life < (?ll 'ive $ou with M$ %reast. ,leep, sleep, sleep, sleep, 20'

3r$ no


Aou do need Aour Mu $ < also if Aou drea of Heaven. 3o e, do co eB .nder M$ veil < ( will a#e Aou sleep. M$ %reast is Aour pillow < Aour cradle M$ ar s, Eo not fear, M$ dear < (? here with AouM ,leep, sleep, sleep, sleep, 3r$ no oreM (?ll alwa$s %e with Aou < Aou?re the life of M$ heart He is sleepin' li#e a flower < :estin' on M$ %reast He is sleepin' 0e >uietB < His 2ather perhaps He sees, )nd the si'ht wipes the tears < /f $ sweet Jesus. He ,leeps, sleeps, sleeps, sleeps, )nd He cries no oreM (t is i possi%le to descri%e the 'raceful char of the scene. (t is onl$ a other lullin' Her little one. 0ut she is that Mother, and He is that 9ittle /neB Aou can therefore i a'ine what 'racefulness, what love, what purit$, what Paradise is in this little, 'reat, sweet scene, the e or$ of which a#es e so happ$ and is confir ed %$ the elod$ ( continuousl$ sin', so that $ou a$ also hear it. 0ut ( do not have the ost pure silver$ voice of Mar$, the vir'inal voice of the 1ir'inBM )nd ( will sound li#e a crac#ed or'an. (t does not atter. ( will do $ %est. &hat a %eautiful pastoral it would %e, to %e sun' round the 3ri% at 3hrist asB Mar$ at first roc#ed the wooden cradle ver$ slowl$. )fterwards, when ,he saw that Jesus was not cal in' down, ,he too# Hi in Her ar s, sittin' near the open window, with the cradle %eside Her, and swin'in' li'htl$ 20+

to the rh$th of the son', ,he repeated the lulla%$ twice, until Jesus closed His little e$es, He turned His head round on to His Mother?s %reast and fell asleep thus, His little face restin' on the cos$ war th of His Mother?s %reast, one hand also on Her %reast near His ros$ chee#, the other one rela4ed on Her lap. Mar$?s veil shaded Her Hol$ 3reature. "hen Mar$ 'ot up ost carefull$ and laid Jesus in the cradle, ,he covered Hi with s all linens, ,he spread a veil to protect Hi fro flies and the fresh air, and ,he re ained conte platin' Her sleepin' "reasure. ,he held one hand over Her heart, while the other was leanin' on the cradle, read$ to roc# it if necessar$, and ,he s iled happil$, sli'htl$ %ent while dar#ness and silence were fallin' on the earth and were invadin' Her little vir'inal roo . &hat peaceB &hat %eaut$B ( a so happ$B (t is not a 'rand vision and it will perhaps %e considered >uite useless in the ass of the other visions, as it does not reveal an$thin' special. ( #now. 0ut it is a real 'race to e and ( consider it such, %ecause it a#es $ spirit placid, pure, lovin', as if it were created a'ain %$ Mother?s hands. ( thin# that $ou will li#e it as well, in that sense. &e are little children . 0etter thusB Jesus li#es us. 9et the others, who are learned and co plicated, thin# what the$ li#e and let the sa$ that we are childish . &e do not ind, do we@


#4. The Adoration of the )ise Men.

20th *ebruar& 1944.

M$ internal voice warns


3all the conte plations $ou are a%out to receive and which ( will tell $ou, 6"he Gospels of faith7, %ecause the$ will clarif$ for $ou and other people the power of faith and its fruits and will confir $ou in the faith in God. ( see 0ethlehe , s all and white, 'athered li#e a %rood of chic#ens under the stars...it is ni'ht. "here is no%od$ in the streets, as it is so late. ( notice that the ni'ht li'ht is increasin'F it descends fro a s#$ crowded with stars, which are so %eautiful in the eastern s#$! the$ are so %ri'ht and lar'e and see in'l$ so near that it is possi%le to reach out and touch those flowers spar#lin' in the velvet of the vault of Heaven. ( raise $ e$es to see the source of the increasin' li'ht. ) star of such unusual siCe that the oon see s s all in co parison, is ovin' forward in the s#$ of 0ethlehe . )nd all the others see to vanish and a#e roo for it, as aidservants do when their >ueen passes %$! its %ri'htness is such that it outshines the all. 2ro the sphere, which loo#s li#e a hu'e pale sapphire lit up internall$ %$ a sun, a trail departs in which %lond topaCes, 'reen e eralds, opalescent opals, %lood-red flashes of ru%ies and 'entle spar#lin's of a eth$sts in'le with the prevailin' pale sapphire. )ll the stones on earth are in the trail that sweeps the s#$ with a fast and undulatin' ove ent as if it were alive. 0ut the prevailin' color is the one e anatin' fro the 'lo%e of the star! the heavenl$ pale sapphire hue which 20*

co es down and a#es the houses, the streets, the 'round of 0ethlehe , the ,avior?s cradle, loo# li#e %lue silver. (t is no lon'er the poor town, which %$ our standards is s aller than a countr$ villa'e. (t is a fantastic town of a fair$ tale, all in silver. )nd the water of the fountains and of the vessels is li>uid dia ond. )nd with a %ri'hter radiation of li'ht the star stops over the little house on the narrowest side of the s>uare. ;either the people dwellin' in it, nor the people in 0ethlehe see it, %ecause the$ are all asleep in their closed houses, %ut the star >uic#ens its shinin' pulsations and the trail vi%rates and wavers faster and faster drawin' a #ind of se icircle in the s#$. )nd the s#$ li'hts up %ecause of the net of stars drawn %$ the trail, a net full of precious =ewels which shine and color all the other stars with the ost 'raceful hues, as if the$ were co unicatin' their own =o$ to the . "he little house is transfi'ured %$ the li>uid fire of 'e s. "he roof of the s all terrace, the dar# stone steps, the little door, are li#e a %loc# of pure silver spra$ed with dia ond and pearl dust. ;o ro$al palace on earth has ever had or ever will have a staircase li#e this one, %uilt to %e used %$ an'els and %$ a Mother &ho is the Mother of God. "he little feet of the ( aculate 1ir'in can ali'ht on that white splendor, the little feet which are destined to rest on the steps of God?s throne. 0ut the 1ir'in does not #now. ,he is awa#e near Her ,on?s cradle and is pra$in'. "here are splendors in Her soul which outdo the splendor with which the star is decoratin' aterial thin's. 200

2ro the ain road a cavalcade is approachin'. Harnessed horses are led %$ hand, dro edaries and ca els %ear riders or are carr$in' loads. "heir hooves a#e the sound of water that rustles and %rea#s a'ainst the stones of a torrent. &hen the$ reach the s>uare, the$ all stop. "he cavalcade, lit up %$ the star, is a fantas$ of splendor. "he harnesses of the ost rich ounts, the clothes of the riders, their faces, their %a''a'e, ever$thin' shines and the li'ht of the star increases the splendor of etals, leathers, sil#s, 'e s, coats. 8$es are radiant and ouths s ilin' %ecause another splendor shines in their hearts! the splendor of a supernatural =o$. &hile the servants ove towards the carvansar$ with the ani als, three e %ers of the caravan dis ount fro their ounts, which a servant ta#es awa$ at once, and the$ wal# towards the house. )nd the$ prostrate the selves, touchin' the 'round with their foreheads, to #iss the soil. "he$ are three persona'es of power as is >uite o%vious fro their ver$ rich attire. /ne of the , of a ver$ dar# co ple4ion, who dis ounts fro a ca el, envelops hi self in a scia a (8thiopian 'ar ent) of pure %ri'ht sil#, held ti'ht to his waist %$ a precious 'irdle, fro which a da''er or sword han's with a =ewelstudded hilt. /f the other two, who dis ount fro two splendid horses, one is wearin' a %eautiful striped ro%e, the do inant color of which is $ellow, fashioned li#e a lon' do ino with hood and cordon, which loo#s li#e a piece of 'old fili'ree owin' to the ver$ rich 'olden e %roider$. "he third one is wearin' a sil# shirt puffin' out of lon' lar'e trousers, narrow at the an#les. He is enveloped in a ver$ fine shawl which rese %les a flower$ 'arden, so %ri'ht are the flowers decoratin' it. /n his 20&

head he has a tur%an held %$ a little chain covered with dia ond settin's. )fter veneratin' the house where the ,avior is, the$ rise and 'o to the caravansar$ (s>uare and hotel for caravans) where the servants have #noc#ed and had the door opened. )nd the vision ends here. (t starts a'ain, three hours later, with the scene of the Ma'i adorin' Jesus. (t is da$ti e now. "he sun is shinin' in the afternoon s#$. /ne of the servants of the three Ma'i crosses the s>uare and cli %s the steps of the little house. He 'oes in. He co es out and 'oes %ac# to the hotel. "he three Ma'i co e out, each followed %$ his own servant. "he$ cross the s>uare. "he occasional passers-%$ turn round to loo# at the statel$ persona'es who are wal#in' ver$ slowl$ and sole nl$. ) full >uarter of an hour has elapsed since the servant ca e out and thus the inha%itants of the little house have had ti e to prepare to receive the 'uests. "he Ma'i are even ore richl$ dressed than the ni'ht %efore. "heir sil#s shine, the 'e s spar#le, a %i' %unch of precious feathers, covered with even ore precious chips, >uivers and shines on the head of the &ise Man wearin' the tur%an. /ne of the servants is carr$in' an inlaid coffer, the etal reinforce ents of which are all en'raved 'oldF the second servant is holdin' a %eautifull$ wrou'ht chalice covered with a pure 'old lid which is even ore finel$ finishedF the third servant has a #ind of wide low a phora, also in 2&2

'old, the cover of which is shaped li#e a p$ra id at the top of which there is a dia ond. "he 'ifts appear to %e heav$, %ecause the servants are carr$in' the with so e effort, particularl$ the one with the coffer. "he Ma'i cli % the steps and 'o in. "he$ enter a roo that e4tends fro the road to the %ac# of the house. "he little #itchen 'arden at the %ac# can %e seen thou'h a window which is open to the sun. "here are doors in the other two walls, and the owners, that is a an, a wo an and so e %o$s and $oun'er children cast sidelon' 'lances throu'h the . Mar$ is sittin' with the 3hild in Her lap and Joseph is standin' near Her. 0ut ,he also 'ets up and %ows when ,he sees the Ma'i enterin'. ,he is all dressed in white. ,he is so %eautiful in Her plain white dress which covers Her fro Her nec# down to Her feet, fro Her shoulders to Her slender wrists. ,he is so %eautiful with Her head crowned with Her %lond plaits, Her face ore ros$ for the e otion, with Her e$es s ilin' so sweetl$ while Her outh 'ives a 'reetin'! Ma$ God %e with $ou , that the three Ma'i stop for a o ent, co pletel$ astonished. "he$ then proceed and prostrate the selves at Her feet. )nd the$ as# Her to sit down. "he$ do not sit down, althou'h ,he as#s the to do so. "he$ re ain #neelin', rela4in' on their heels. 0ehind the , also on their #nees, are the three servants. "he$ are i ediatel$ after the threshold. "he$ have placed three 'ifts the$ were carr$in' in front of the Ma'i, and now the$ are waitin'. "he three &ise Men conte plate the 3hild, &ho ( thin# 2&1

ust %e nine to twelve onths old. He is so livel$ and stron'. He is sittin' on His Mother?s lap and s iles and prattles with a shrill voice li#e a little %ird. He is all dressed in white li#e His Mother, with tin$ sandals on His little feet. His dress is a ver$ si ple one! a s all tunic, fro which His restless feet protrude, and His plu p little hands which would li#e to 'et hold of ever$thin', and a%ove all, a ost %eautiful little face in which two dar# %lue e$es shine, and a prett$ outh with di ples at the sides shows its first tin$ teeth when it s iles. His prett$ little curls are so %ri'ht and soft that the$ see 'old dust. "he oldest of the Ma'i spea#s on %ehalf of the all. He e4plains to Mar$ that one ni'ht the previous Eece %er, the$ saw a new star of an unusual %ri'htness appear in the s#$. "he aps of the s#$ had never shown or entioned such a star. (ts na e was un#nown %ecause it had no na e. 0orn out of the %oso of God, it had flourished to tell en a %lessed truth, a secret of God. 0ut en had not paid an$ attention to it, %ecause their souls were steeped in ud. "he$ did not lift their e$es to God neither could the$ read the words that He writes with stars of fire in the vault of Heaven. Ma$ He %e %lessed for ever. "he$ had seen it and had striven to understand its eanin'. "he$ were happ$ to 'ive up the little sleep the$ usuall$ 'ranted the selves and for'ettin' even their food, the$ devoted the selves entirel$ to stud$in' the Codiac. )nd the con=unctions of the stars, the ti e, the season, the calculation of the hours passed and of the astrono ic co %inations had told the the na e and 2&2

secret of the star. (ts na e! 6Messiah7. (ts secret! 6"he Messiah had co e to our world.7 )nd the$ had set out to worship Hi . 8ach of the un#nown to the others. /ver ountains, across deserts, alon' valle$s and rivers, travellin' %$ ni'ht the$ had co e towards Palestine, %ecause the star was ovin' in that direction. 8ach of the un#nown to the others. 2or each of the , fro three different points on earth, it was 'oin' in that direction. )nd then the$ et %e$ond the Eead ,ea. God?s will had 'athered the there, and the$ then proceeded to'ether, understandin' one another, notwithstandin' that each spo#e his own lan'ua'e! %$ a iracle of the 8ternal 2ather the$ were a%le to understand and spea# the lan'ua'e of each countr$. "he$ had 'one to'ether to Jerusale , %ecause the Messiah was to %e the Din' of Jerusale , the Din' of the Jews. 0ut over the s#$ of that cit$, the star had concealed itself and the$ felt their hearts %rea#in' with pain and had e4a ined the selves to ascertain whether the$ had failed to deserve God. 0ut when their consciences reassured the , the$ had applied to #in' Herod and had as#ed hi in which ro$al palace the Din' of the Jews was %orn %ecause the$ had co e to adore Hi . )nd the #in' had 'athered the chief priests and the scri%es and had as#ed the where the Messiah i'ht %e %orn. )nd the$ replied! (n 0ethlehe , in Judah . )nd the$ had co e towards 0ethlehe and as soon as the$ left the Hol$ 3it$, the star had reappeared to the , and the ni'ht %efore their arrival in 0ethlehe its %ri'htness had increasedF the whole s#$ was a%laCe. "hen the star had stopped over this house en'ulfin' all the 2&3

li'ht of the other stars in its ra$. )nd the$ had understood that the Eivine ;ew-0orn 0a%$ was there. )nd now the$ were worshippin' Hi , offerin' their 'ifts, and a%ove all, their hearts, which never cease than#in' God for the 'race 'ranted to the F neither would the$ ever stop lovin' His ,on &hose hol$ hu an %od$ the$ had now seen. 9ater the$ intened to 'o %ac# to #in' Herod, %ecause he also wanted to adore Hi . (n the eanti e, here is the 'old which %efits a #in' to possess, here is the incense which %efits a God, and here, Mother, here is the $rrh %ecause Aour 3hild is a Man as well as God and He will e4perience the %itterness of the flesh and of hu an life as well as the inevita%le law of death. /ur souls, full as the$ are of love, would prefer not to utter those words and we would rather thin# that His flesh is also eternal as His ,pirit. 0ut, &o an, if our writin's and a%ove all our souls are ri'ht, He is Aour ,on, the ,avior, the 3hrist of God and conse>uentl$, to save the world, He will have to ta#e upon Hi self the evil of the world, of which one of the punish ents is death. "his $rrh is for that hour. "hat His hol$ flesh a$ not %e su%=ect to the rot of putrefaction, %ut a$ preserve its inte'rit$ until its resurrection. )nd on account of this 'ift, a$ He re e %er us and save His servants %$ allowin' the to enter His Din'do . (n the eanti e that we a$ %e sanctified, will Aou, Mother, trust Aour 9ittle /ne to our love. "hat His heavenl$ %lessin' a$ descend upon us, while we #iss His feet. Mar$, &ho has overco e the fri'ht caused %$ the words of the &ise Man, and has hidden with a s ile the sadness of the doleful allusion, offers the 3hild. ,he la$s 2&'

Hi in the ar s of the oldest one, who #isses Hi and receives His caress, and he then hands Hi over to the other two. Jesus s iles and pla$s with the little chains and frin'es of the ro%es of the three Ma'i and He loo#s curiousl$ at the open coffer, full of a $ellow spar#lin' su%stance, and He s iles at the rain%ow produced %$ the sun shinin' on the %rilliant top of the lid of the $rrh. "he$ then hand %ac# the 3hild to Mar$ and the$ stand up. Mar$ also 'ets up. "he$ %ow to one another, after the $oun'est has 'iven an order to the servant, who 'oes out. "he three Men 'o on spea#in' for a little while. "he$ cannot a#e up their inds to depart fro the house. "ears shine in their e$es. )t last the$ ove towards the door, acco panied %$ Mar$ and Joseph. "he 3hild wanted to 'et down and 'ive His hand to the oldest of the three, and He wal#s thus, held %$ His hands %$ Mar$ and the &ise Man, %oth of who %end down to stead$ Hi . Jesus wal#s with a hesitant step, li#e all children, and He lau'hs #ic#in' His little feet on the strip of the floor lit up %$ the sun. &hen the$ reach the threshold--it ust not %e for'otten that the roo is as lon' as the house--the Ma'i ta#e leave #neelin' down once a'ain #issin' Jesus? feet. Mar$, %endin' down over the 3hild, ta#es His hand and 'uides it, in a %lessin' 'esture over the head of each &ise Man. (t is alread$ a si'n of the cross, traced %$ Jesus? little fin'ers, 'uided %$ Mar$. "he three Men 'o down the steps. "he caravan is alread$ there waitin' for the . "he horses? studs shine in the 2&+

settin' sun. People have 'athered in the little s>uare watchin' the unusual si'ht. Jesus lau'hs clappin' His hands. His Mother has lifted Hi up on the wide parapet of the landin' and is holdin' Hi a'ainst Her %reast with Her ar so that He a$ not fall. Joseph has 'one down with the Ma'i and is holdin' the stirrup to each of the while the$ ount their horses and the ca el. ,ervants and asters are now all on horse%ac#. "he startin' co and is 'iven. "he three Men %ow down as low as the nec#s of their ounts in a final 'esture of ho a'e. Joseph %ows down. )lso Mar$ %ows and then ,he 'uides Jesus? hand a'ain in a 'esture of 'ood%$e and %lessin'. Jesus sa$s! )nd now what shall ( tell $ou, o souls who feel $our faith is d$in'@ "hose &ise Men fro the 8ast had nothin' to assure the of the truth. ;othin' supernatural. )ll the$ had was an astrono ic calculaton and their own considerations ade perfect %$ a strictl$ honest life. )nd $et the$ had faith. 2aith in ever$thin'! in science, in their own conscience, in God?s 'oodness. ,cience ade the %elieve in the si'n of the new star, which could onl$ %e 6the one7 e4pected %$ an#ind for centuries! the Messiah. 0ecause of their consciences the$ had faith in the voices of their consciences, which heard heavenl$ 6voices7 sa$in' to the ! 6"hat is the star announcin' the advent of the Messiah.7 0ecause of God?s 'oodness, the$ %elieved that God would not deceive the , and since their intention was honest, He would help the 2&-

in ever$ wa$ to reach their ai . )nd the$ were successful. ) on' so an$ people fond of stud$in' si'ns, the$ were the onl$ ones who understood that si'n, %ecause their souls were an4ious to #now the words of God for an honest purpose, the ain care of which was to praise and honor God i ediatel$. "he$ did not see# an$ personal advanta'e. /n the contrar$, the$ have to face hardships and eet e4penses %ut the$ do not as# for an$ hu an reward. "he$ onl$ as# God to re e %er the and save the for eternal life.

)s the$ have no desire for an$ future hu an rewards, so the$ have no hu an worr$, when the$ decide on their =ourne$. Aou would have had hundreds of pro%le s! 6How will ( %e a%le to a#e such a lon' =ourne$ in countries and a on' peoples spea#in' different lan'ua'es@ &ill the$ %elieve e or will the$ put e in prison as a sp$@ &hat help will the$ 'ive e to cross the deserts, rivers and ountains@ )nd the heat@ )nd the winds of the hi'hlands@ )nd the alarial fever alon' sta'nant arshes@ )nd the floods and heav$ rains@ )nd the different food@ )nd the different lan'ua'es@ )nd ... and... and...7 "hat is how $ou reason. 0ut the$ do not reason li#e that. &ith sincere, hol$ darin' the$ sa$! 6Aou, o God, can read our hearts and Aou see the purpose we are ai in' at. &e trust to Aour hands. Grant us the superhu an =o$ of adorin' Aour ,econd Person, &ho has %eco e 2lesh to save the world.7
"hat is all. )nd the$ set out fro the far awa$ (ndies. Jesus then tells e that when He sa$s the (ndies, He eans eridional )sia where "ur#e$, )f'hanistan and 2&*

Persia are located in our 'eo'raph$. 2ro the Mon'olian chains of ountains which are the do inions of ea'les and vultures, where God spea#s with roars of winds and torrents and writes words of $ster$ on the i ense pa'es of 'laciers. 2ro the land where the ;ile rises and then flows with its 'reen %lue waters to the aCure heart of the Mediterranean, neither ountains, nor woods, nor sands, dr$ oceans ore dan'erous than the seas, can stop the fro proceedin'. )nd the star shines upon the at ni'ht, preventin' the fro sleepin'. &hen one see#s God, natural ha%its ust $ield to superhu an considerations and necessities. "he star 'uides the fro the north, the east and the south, and %$ a iracle of God, it proceeds for the three of the towards one point. )nd %$ another iracle of God, after an$ iles it 'athers the at that point and %$ a further iracle, it anticipates the Pentecost &isdo , %estowin' on the the 'ift of understandin' and a#in' the selves understood, as it happens in Paradise, where onl$ one lan'ua'e is spo#en! God?s. "he$ are dis a$ed onl$ for a o ent, when the star disappears and since the$ are hu %le, %ecause the$ are reall$ 'reat, the$ do not thin# it is due to the wic#edness of other people, as the corrupted people of Jerusale did not deserve to see the star of God. 0ut the$ thin# the$ had failed to deserve God the selves, and the$ e4a ine the selves with trepidation and contrition read$ to %e' for'iveness. 0ut their consciences reassure the . "heir souls were accusto ed to editation and each of the had a ost sensitive conscience, refined %$ constant attention, and 2&0

%$ sharp introspection, which ade of the interior a irror on which even the sli'htest faults of dail$ actions are reflected. "heir conscience has %eco e their teacher, a voice that warns and cries not at the least error, %ut at the least inclination towards errors, at ever$thin' hu an, at the satisfaction of one?s 6e'o7. 3onse>uentl$, when the$ place the selves %efore that teacher and that severe clean irror, the$ #now that it will not lie. (t reassures the and 'ives the heart. 6/hB How sweet it is to feel that there is nothin' a'ainst God in usB "o feel that He is #indl$ loo#in' at the soul of His faithful son and %lesses hi . 2aith, trust, hope, stren'th and patience are increased %$ such a feelin'. "he stor is ra'in' =ust now. 0ut it will pass, %ecause God loves e and He #nows that ( love Hi , and He will not fail to help e a'ain.7 "hat is how those spea# who en=o$ the peace that co es fro an upri'ht conscience, that is the >ueen of ever$ action of theirs. ( said that the$ were 6hu %le %ecause the$ were reall$ 'reat.7 &hat happens, instead, in $our lives@ "here a an is never hu %le not %ecause he is 'reat, %ut %ecause he is ore do ineerin' and a#es hi self i'ht$ %$ eans of his arro'ance and %ecause of $our sill$ idolatr$. "here are so e wretched en who, si pl$ %ecause the$ are the %utlers of so e over%earin' fellow, or ushers in so e office, or officials in so e s all villa'e, that is, servants of those who e plo$ed the , put on the airs of de i'ods. )nd the$ arouse pit$B... "he three &ise Men were reall$ 'reat. 2irstl$, %ecause of their supernatural virtues, secondl$ %ecause of their science, last %ecause of their wealth. 0ut the$ feel that 2&&

the$ are nothin'! dust on the dust of the earth, in co parison with the Most Hi'h God, &ho with a s ile creates the worlds and scatters the li#e 'rains of corn to satisf$ the e$es of the an'els with the =ewels of the stars.

"he$ feel the$ are a ere nothin' as co pared to the Most Hi'h God &ho created the planet on which the$ live and He ade it ost varied. )n (nfinite ,culptor of %oundless wor#s, with a touch of His thu %, He placed a rin' of hills here, the %one structure of ountain rid'es and pea#s there, li#e verte%rae of the earth, of this enor ous %od$, the veins of which are the rivers, it %asins the la#es, its hearts the oceans, its dresses the forests, its veils the clouds, its decorations the cr$stal 'laciers, its 'e s the tur>uoises and e eralds, the opals and the %er$ls of all the waters that sin', with the woods and the winds, the 'reat chorus of praise to their 9ord.
0ut the$ feel the$ are nothin' with re'ard to their wisdo as co pared to the Most Hi'h God, fro &ho their wisdo co es and &ho 'ave the ore powerful e$es than those two pupils %$ eans of which the$ see thin's! the e$es of their souls, which #now how to read in thin's the word not written %$ hu an hands, %ut en'raved %$ God?s thou'ht. )nd the$ feel the$ are nothin' with re'ard to their wealth! an ato as co pared to the wealth of the /wner of the universe, &ho scatters etals and 'e s in the stars and planets and 'rants super-natural une4hausted riches to the hearts of those who love Hi . )nd when the$ arrive %efore the poor house, in the 322

poorest town in Judah, the$ do not sha#e their heads sa$in'! 6( possi%le7, %ut the$ %end their %ac#s, their #nees, and a%ove all their hearts and the$ adore. "here, %ehind that poor wall, there is God. "he God the$ have alwa$s invo#ed, %ut never had the least hope of seein'. )nd the$ invo#e Hi for the welfare of all an#ind, and 6their7 eternal welfare. /hB that was their onl$ wish. "o see Hi , #now Hi , possess Hi in the life where there are no ore dawns and sunsetsB He is there, %ehind that poor wall. &ill His heart of a 3hild, which is still the heart of a God, perceive those three hearts, which prostrated in the dust of the road are cr$in'! 6Hol$, Hol$, Hol$, 0lessed the 9ord our God. Glor$ to Hi in the Hi'hest Heaven and peace to His servants. Glor$, 'lor$, 'lor$ and %lessin's.7@ "he$ are wonderin' with lovin' tre or. )nd durin' the whole ni'ht and the followin' ornin' the$ prepare with the ost ardent pra$er their souls for the co union with the 3hild-God. "he$ do not 'o to that altar, which is the vir'inal lap holdin' the Eivine Host, with their souls full of hu an worries, as $ou do. "he$ for'et to eat and to sleep, and if the$ wear the ost %eautiful ro%es, it is not for hu an ostentation, %ut to honor the Din' of #in's. (n ro$al palaces the di'nitaries wear the ost %eautiful clothes. )nd should the Ma'i not 'o to that Din' in their %est 'ar ents@ &hich 'reater opportunit$ is there for the @ /hB (n their far awa$ countries, an$ a ti e the$ had to adorn the selves for en li#e the selves. "o welco e and honor the . (t is onl$ fair, therefor, that the$ should 321

prostrate purples and =ewels, sil#s, and precious feathers at the feet of the ,upre e Din'. (t is fair to put at His sweet little feet the fi%res of the earth, the 'e s of the earth, the feathers of the earth, the etals of the earth H the$ are all His wor# H so that all these thin's of the earth a$ adore their 3reator. )nd the$ would %e happ$ if the 9ittle 3reature should order the to lie down on the 'round and %eco e a livin' carpet for His little %a%$ steps, and if He tra pled on the , since He left the stars to co e down to the , who are %ut dust.

"he$ were hu %le, 'enerous and o%edient to the 6voices7 fro )%ove. "he$ tell the to ta#e 'ifts to the ;ew-0orn Din'. )nd the$ ta#e 'ifts. "he$ do not sa$! 6He is rich and does not need the . He is God and will not die.7 "he$ o%e$. )nd the$ are the first to help the ,avior in His povert$. How useful that 'old will %e for Hi &ho is a%out to %e a fu'itiveB How eanin'ful that $rrh is for Hi &ho will soon %e #illedB How pious that incense is for Hi &ho will have to s ell the stench of hu an lewdness ra'in' round His infinite purit$B
"he$ were hu %le, 'enerous, o%edient and respectful to one another. 1irtues alwa$s 'enerate other virtues. 2ro the virtues directed to God, derive the virtues re'ardin' our nei'h%ors. :espect, which is charit$. "he oldest is entrusted with the tas# of spea#in' on %ehalf of the all, he is the first to receive the ,avior?s #iss and to hold Hi %$ His little hand. "he others will %e a%le to see Hi a'ain. He will not, %ecause he is old and the da$ for his return to God is not far awa$. He will see 3hrist after His heart-rendin' death and will follow Hi , to'ether with the other %lessed souls, in His return to Heaven. 0ut he 322

will never see Hi a'ain in this world. Ma$, therefor, the war th of His little hand entrusted to his wrin#led one, %e a viaticu for hi . "here is no env$ in the others. /n the contrar$, their veneration for the old &ise Man increases. He certainl$ deserved ore than the$ did, and for a lon'er period of ti e. "he God-(nfant #nows. "he &ord of the 2ather does not spea# $et, %ut ever$ action of His is a word. )nd a$ His innocent word %e %lessed, %ecause it desi'nated hi as His favorite. 0ut, M$ dear children, there are two vision. ore lessons in this

"he %ehavior of Joseph who #nows how to #eep 6his7 place. He is present as the 'uardian of Purit$ and Holiness. 0ut not as the usurper of their ri'hts. (t is Mar$ with Jesus who receives the ho a'e and the words. Joseph re=oices %ecause of Her and does not 'rieve %ecause he is a secondar$ fi'ure. Joseph is a =ust an! he is the Just Man. )nd he is alwa$s =ust. )lso at the present o ent. "he fu es of the feast do not 'o to his head. He re ains hu %le and =ust. He is happ$ for the 'ifts. ;ot for hi self, %ut %ecause he thin#s that with the he will %e a%le to a#e his ,pouse?s and the sweet 3hild?s lives ore co forta%le. "here is no 'reed in Joseph. He is a wor# an and will continue to wor#. 0ut he is an4ious that 6"he$7, his two loves, should %e ore co forta%le. ;either he nor the Ma'i #now that those 'ifts serve for a fli'ht and a life in e4ile, when riches vanish li#e clouds scattered %$ winds, as well as for their return to their countr$, where the$ 323

have lost ever$thin', custo ers and household furnishin's, and where onl$ the walls of their house have %een saved, which were protected %$ God, %ecause there He was united to the 1ir'in and %eca e 2lesh. Joseph is hu %le, in fact, althou'h he is the 'uardian of God and of the Mother of God and ,pouse of the Most Hi'h, he holds the stirrups of these vassals of God. He is a poor carpenter, %ecause sustained hu an pressures have deprived Eavid?s heirs of their ro$al wealth. 0ut he is alwa$s the offsprin' of a #in', and has the anners of a #in'. )lso of hi it ust %e said! 6He was hu %le, %ecause he was reall$ 'reat.7 ) last, #ind, si'nificant lesson. (t is Mar$ who ta#es the hand of Jesus, &ho does not $et #now how to %less, and ,he 'uides it in the hol$ 'esture. (t is alwa$s Mar$ who ta#es Jesus? hand and 'uides it. 8ven now. ;ow Jesus #nows how to %less. 0ut so eti es His pierced hand falls down tired and disheartened, %ecause He #nows that it is useless to %less. Aou destro$ M$ %lessin'. (t falls also indi'nant, %ecause $ou curse Me. (t is Mar$ then &ho re oves the disdain fro M$ hand with Her #isses. /hB the #iss of M$ MotherB &ho can resist that #iss@ )nd then, with Her slender, %ut lovin'l$ irresti%le fin'ers, ,he ta#es M$ wrist and forces Me to %less. ( cannot re=ect M$ Mother, %ut $ou ust 'o to Her, and a#e Her $our )dvocate.

,he is M$ 5ueen, %efore %ein' $ours, and Her love for $ou a#es such allowances that no one can possi%l$ i a'ine or understand. )nd even without an$ word, %ut onl$ with Her tears, and the e or$ of M$ 3ross, the

si'n of which ,he a#es Me trace in the air, ,he pleads $our cause and e4horts Me! 6Aou are the ,avior. "herefore save.7 "hat is, M$ dear children, the 6Gospel of faith7 in the vision of the scene of the Ma'i. Meditate on it and i itate it. 2or $our own 'ood.

#,. The *light into 9g&'t.

9th June 1944.

M$ spirit sees the followin' scene. (t is ni'ht. Joseph is sleepin' in his little %ed in his ver$ s all roo ! the peaceful sleep of a an after a hard da$?s honest and dili'ent wor#. ( can see hi in the dar# roo , %ecause a thin ra$ of oonli'ht filters in throu'h the window shutters left a=ar, either %ecause Joseph is too war in the little roo or %ecause he wants to %e wo#en %$ the earl$ ra$s of li'ht at da$%rea# and 'et up at once. He is l$in' on one side and is s ilin' at so e vision he sees in his drea . 0ut his s ile turns into an e4pression of an4iet$. He is now si'hin' deepl$ as if he had a ni'ht are and he awa#es with a start. He sits up on his %ed, ru%s his e$es and loo#s around. He loo#s at the little window where the fee%le li'ht co es in. (t is the dead of ni'ht %ut he 'rasps his ro%e which is l$in' at the %otto of the %ed, and still sittin' on the %ed he pulls it on over the white short32+

sleeved tunic which he is wearin' ne4t to his s#in. He pulls the %lan#et awa$, puts his feet on the floor and loo#s for his sandals. He puts the on and ties the . He stands up and 'oes towards the door facin' his %ed, not the one at the side of his %ed leadin' into the %i' roo where the Ma'i were received. He #noc#s ver$ 'entl$, a ver$ soft #noc#in' with the tips of his fin'ers. He ust have heard a voice as#in' hi to enter %ecause he opens the door carefull$ and sets it a=ar without a#in' an$ noise. 0efore 'oin' to the door he has lit a s all one-fla ed oil la p, li'hts his wa$ with it. He 'oes in. "he roo is a little lar'er than his own, and there is a low %ed in it, near a cradle, with a ni'ht la p in a corner, the flic#erin' fla e of which see s a little star with a soft 'olden li'ht that allows one to see without distur%in' an$ sleeper. 0ut Mar$ is not sleepin'. ,he is #neelin' near the cradle in Her li'ht dress and is pra$in', watchin' Jesus &ho is sleepin' peacefull$. Jesus is the sa e a'es as ( saw Hi in the vision of the Ma'i! a 3hild a%out one $ear old, %eautiful, ros$ and fair haired. He is sleepin' with His curl$ head sun# in the pillow and a clench-fist under His chin. )re Aou not sleepin'@ Joseph as#s Her in a low surprised voice. &h$ not@ (s Jesus not well@ /h, noB He is all ri'ht. ( a pra$in'. 9ater ( will sleep. &h$ have $ou co e, Joseph@ Mar$ spea#s, #neelin' on the sa e spot. Joseph spea#s in a ver$ low voice lest he should awa#en the 3hild, %ut it is an e4cited voice. &e ust 'o awa$ 32-

fro here at once. (t ust %e at once. Prepare the coffer and a sac# with ever$thin' Aou can put in the . (?ll prepare the rest, (?ll ta#e as uch as ( can...&e will flee at dawn. ( would 'o even sooner %ut ( ust spea# to the landlad$... 0ut wh$ this fli'ht@ ( will tell $ou later. (t?s %ecause of Jesus. )n an'el said to e! 6"a#e the 3hild and His Mother and escape to 8'$pt.7 Eon?t waste an$ ti e. (? 'oin' to prepare what ( can. "here is no need to tell Mar$ not to waste ti e. )s soon as ,he heard Joseph ention an an'el, Jesus and fli'ht, ,he understood that Her 3reature was in dan'er and ,he =u ped to Her feet, Her face whiter than wa4, holdin' one hand a'ainst Her heart, co pletel$ distressed. )nd ,he %e'an to ove a%out, >uic# and a'ile, la$in' the clothes in the coffer and in a lar'e sac# which ,he places on Her %ed still untouched. )lthou'h ,he is disheartened, ,he does not lose Her head! ,he acts >uc#l$ %ut orderl$. ;ow and a'ain, when passin' near the cradle, ,he loo#s at the 3hild &ho is sleepin' cal l$. Eo $ou need help@ Joseph as#s now and a'ain, peepin' into the roo throu'h the door a=ar. ;o, than# $ou. replies Mar$ ever$ ti e. /nl$ when Her sac# is full, and it is o%viousl$ ver$ heav$, ,he calls Joseph to help Her to close it and ta#e if off the %ed. 0ut Joseph does not want and help, he prefers to do it %$ hi self, and he ta#es the lon' sac# into his little roo . 32*

,hall ( ta#e also the woollen %lan#ets@ as#s Mar$. "a#e as uch as $ou can. &e will lose the rest. Eo ta#e as uch as Aou can. "hin's will %e useful %ecause...%ecause we will have to sta$ awa$ for a lon' ti e, Mar$B... Joseph is ver$ sad in sa$in' so. )nd one can easil$ i a'ine how Mar$ feels. ,he folds Her %lan#ets and Joseph?s, si'hin' deepl$. Joseph ties the %lan#ets with a rope and while doin' so, he sa$s! &e will leave the >uilts and the ats. 8ven if ( ta#e three don#e$s ( cannot overload the . &e will have a lon' and unco forta%le =ourne$, partl$ in the ountains and in the desert. 3over Jesus well. "he ni'hts will %e cold %oth up in the ountains and in the desert. ( have ta#e the 'ifts of the Ma'i %ecause the$ will %e ver$ useful down there. ( a 'oin' to spend all the one$ ( have to %u$ two don#e$s. &e cannot send the %ac#, so ( will have to %u$ the . ( will 'o now, without awaitin' dawn. ( #now where to find the . Aou finish preparin' ever$thin'. )nd he 'oes out. Mar$ 'athers a few ore thin's, then, after loo#in' at Jesus, ,he 'oes out and co es %ac# with so e little dresses which appear to %e still da p! perhaps the$ were washed the da$ %efore. ,he folds the , wraps the up in a cloth, and adds the to the other thin's. "here is nothin' else. ,he loo#s round and in a corner ,he sees one of Jesus? to$s! a little sheep carved in wood. ,he pic#s it up so%%in', and #isses it. /n the wood there are traces of Jesus? little teeth and the ears of the little sheep are all ni%%led. Mar$ caresses the thin' without an$ value, a plain piece of li'ht wood, which, however, is of 'reat value to Her, %ecause it tells Her of Joseph?s love for 320

Jesus and spea#s to Her of Her 3hild. ,he adds it to the other thin's placed on the closed coffer. ;ow there is reall$ nothin' else. 84cept Jesus in the little cradle. Mar$ thin#s ,he ou'ht also to prepare the 3hild. ,he 'oes to the cradle and sha#es it a little to wa#e up the 0a%$. 0ut He whi pers a little, turns round and continues to sleep. Mar$ pats His curls 'entl$. Jesus opens His little outh $awnin'. Mar$ %ends down and #isses His chee#. Jesus wa#es up co pletel$. He opens His e$es, sees His Mother and s iles and stretches His little hands towards Her %reast. Aes, love of Aour Mu $. Aes, Aour il#. 0efore the usual ti eM 0ut Aou are alwa$s read$ to suc# Aour Mu $?s %reast, M$ little hol$ 9a %B Jesus lau'hs and pla$s, #ic#in' His little feet out of the %lan#ets, ovin' His ar s happil$ in a t$pical childish st$le, so %eautiful to see. He pushes His feet a'ainst His Mu $?s sto ach, He arches His %ac# leanin' His fair head on Her %reast, and then throws Hi self %ac# and lau'hs, holdin' with His hands the laces that tie Mar$?s dress to Her nec#, endeavorin' to open it. He loo#s ost %eautiful in His little linen shirt, plu p and as ros$ as a flower. Mar$ %ends down and in that position, loo#in' throu'h the cradle, as if for protection, ,he s iles and cries at the sa e ti e, while the 3hild prattles, utterin' words which are not the words of all little childrenF a on' the the word Mu $ is repeated ver$ clearl$. He loo#s at Her, surprised to see Her cr$in'. He stretches one little hand towards the shin$ traces of tears and it 'ets wet 32&

while pattin' Her face. )nd, ver$ 'racefull$, He leans once a'ain on His Mother?s %reast, He clin's to it and pats it with His hand. Mar$ #isses His hair, ta#es Hi up in Her ar s, sits down and dresses Hi . His little woollen dress has now %een put on Hi and His sandals have %een tied on His feet. ,he nurses Hi and Jesus avidl$ suc#s His Mother?s 'ood il#, and when He feels that onl$ a little is co in' fro Her ri'ht %reast, He loo#s for the left one, lau'hin' while doin' so and loo#in' up at His Mother. "hen He falls asleep a'ain on Her %reast, His ros$ round little chee# restin' a'ainst Her white round %reast. Mar$ rises ver$ slowl$ and la$s Hi on the >uilt on Her %ed. ,he covers Hi with Her antle, ,he 'oes %ac# to the cradle and folds its little %lan#ets. ,he wonders whether ,he ou'ht to ta#e also the little attress. (t?s so s all. (t can %e ta#en. ,he puts it, to'ether with the pillow, near the other thin's alread$ on the coffer. )nd ,he cries over the e pt$ cradle, poor Mother, persecuted in Her 9ittle 3reature. Joseph co es %ac#. )re $ou read$@ (s Jesus read$@ Have Aou ta#en His %lan#ets and His little %ed@ &e can?t ta#e His cradle, %ut He ust have at least His little attress! poor 0a%$, &hose death the$ are see#in'B Joseph shouts Mar$, while ,he 'rasps his ar . Aes, Mar$, His death. Herod wants Hi deadM %ecause he is afraid of Hi , that filth$ %east, %ecause of his hu an #in'do he is afraid of this innocent 3hild. ( do not #now what he will do when he realiCes that He has escaped. 0ut we will %e far awa$ %$ that ti e. ( don?t 312

thin# he will reven'e hi self %$ see#in' Hi as far as Galilee. (t would %e ver$ difficult for hi to find out that we are Galileans, least of all that we are fro ;aCareth and who we are precisel$. .nless ,atan helps hi to than# hi for %ein' his faithful servant. 0utM if that should happenM God will help us =ust the sa e. EonOt cr$, Mar$. "o see Aou cr$in' is a 'reater pain for e than havin' to 'o into e4ile. 2or'ive Me, Joseph. ( a not cr$in' for M$self, or for the few thin's ( a losin'. ( a cr$in' for $ouM Aou alread$ have had to sacrifice $ourself so uchB )nd now once a'ain $ou will have no custo ers, no ho e. How uch ( a costin' $ou, JosephB . How uch@ ;o, Mar$. Aou do not cost e. Aou co fort e. )lwa$s. Eon?t worr$ a%out the future. &e have the 'ifts of the Ma'i. "he$ will serve for the first da$s. 9ater ( will find so e wor#. ) 'ood clever wor# an will alwa$s a#e his wa$. Aou have seen what happened here. ( haven?t 'ot enou'h ti e for all the wor# ( have. ( #now. 0ut who will relieve $our ho esic#ness for $our native land@ )nd what a%out Aou@ &ho will relieve Aour lon'in' for Aour ho e which is so dear to Aou@ Jesus. Havin' Hi , ( have what ( had there. )nd (, havin' Jesus, have $ native land, in which ( had hope up to so e onths a'o. ( have $ God. Aou can see that ( lose nothin' of what is dear to e a%ove all thin's. "he onl$ i portant thin' is to save Jesus, and then we have ever$thin'. 8ven if we should never see 311

this s#$ a'ain, or this countr$ or the even dearer countr$ of Galilee, we shall alwa$s have ever$thin', %ecause we shall have Hi . 3o e, Mar$, it is dawnin'. (t is ti e to sa$ 'ood%$e to our hostess and load our thin's. 8ver$thin' will %e all ri'ht. Mar$ 'ets up o%edientl$. ,he puts on Her antle while Joseph a#es up a last parcel and 'oes out with it. Mar$ lifts the 3hild 'entl$, envelops Hi in a shawl and clasps Hi to Her heart. ,he loo#s at the walls that have 'iven Her hospitalit$ for so e onths and ,he touches the caressin'l$ with one hand. Happ$ house, that deserved to %e loved and %lessed %$ Mar$B ,he 'oes out. ,he 'oes throu'h Joseph?s little roo , into the %i' roo . "he landlad$, in tears, #isses Her 'ood%$e and, liftin' the ed'e of the shawl, she #isses the forehead of the 3hild &ho is sleepin' cal l$. "he$ 'o down the outside steps. "he first li'ht of dawn ena%les the to see faintl$. (n the di li'ht, three little don#e$s can %e seen. "he stron'est is loaded with the 'oods and chattels. "he other two are saddled. Joseph is %us$ fastenin' the coffer and %undles on the pac#-saddle of the first one. ( can see his carpenter?s tools tied in a %undle on top of the sac#. )fter ore tears and 'ood%$es, Mar$ ounts the little don#e$, while the landlad$ is holdin' Jesus in her ar s, and #issin' Hi once a'ain. ,he then hands Hi %ac# to Mar$. )lso Joseph ounts after t$in' his don#e$ to the one loaded with the 'oods, in order to %e free to hold the reins of Mar$?s don#e$. "he fli'ht %e'ins while 0ethlehe , still drea in' of the 312

phantas a'oric scene of the Ma'i, is sleepin' peacefull$, unaware of what is i pendin' over it. )nd the vision ends thus. ------------Jesus sa$s! )nd also this series of visions ends thus. &ith the per ission of e4actin' doctors we have %een showin' $ou the scenes which preceded, acco panied and followed M$ co in'. )nd we did so, not for their own sa#e, as the$ are well #nown, althou'h the$ have %een distorted %$ ele ents superi posed throu'hout centuries, alwa$s as a conse>uence of the entalit$ of en, who in order to 'ive 'reater praise to God < and are therefore for'iven < a#e unreal what would %e so lovel$ to leave real. ,uch wa$ of seein' thin's in their realit$ does not di inish M$ Hu anit$ or Mar$?s, neither does it offend M$ Eivinit$ or the Ma=est$ of the 2ather or the 9ove of the Most Hol$ "rinit$. /n the contrar$, the erits of M$ Mother and M$ perfect hu ilit$ shine %ri'htl$ and so does the o nipotent #indness of the 8ternal 9ord. 0ut we have shown $ou these scenes in order to %e a%le to appl$ to $ou and to other people the supernatural eanin' derivin' fro the and 'ive it to $ou as a rule of life.

"he Eecalo'ue is the 9awF and M$ Gospel is the Eoctrine that a#es the 9aw clearer for $ou and ore lovin' to follow. "he 9aw and M$ Eoctrine would %e sufficient to a#e saints of en. 0ut $ou are so ha pered %$ $our hu anit$ < it reall$ overwhel s $our souls too uch < that $ou cannot follow M$ wa$s and $ou fallF or $ou stop

disheartened. Aou 'o on sa$in' to $ourselves and to those who would li#e to assist $ou, >uotin' the e4a ples of the Gospel for $ou! 60ut Jesus, %ut Mar$, %ut Joseph (and so on for all the saints) were not li#e us. "he$ were stron', the$ were i ediatel$ co forted in their sorrow, also in the little sorrow which the$ e4perienced, the$ did not feel passions. "he$ were alread$ %ein's out of this world.7 "hat little sorrowB "he$ did not feel passionsB

,orrow has %een our faithful friend and it had all the ost varied for s and na es. PassionsM do not use a word wron'l$, %$ callin' passions the vices which islead $ou. 0e sincere and call the 6vices7, and capital ones in addition. (t is not true that we did not #now the . &e had e$es to see and ears to hear, and ,atan caused those vices to dance in front of us and around us, showin' the to us with their heap of filth in action, or te ptin' us with his insinuations. 0ut, since we fir l$ wanted to please God, his filth and insinuations, instead of achievin' the purpose intended %$ ,atan, o%tained the ver$ opposite. )nd the ore he wor#ed, the ore we too# shelter in the li'ht of God, dis'usted as we were with the udd$ dar#ness which he showed to the e$es of our %odies and of our souls.
0ut we did not i'nore in our hearts passions, in their philosophical settin'. &e loved our countr$, and in our countr$ we loved our little ;aCareth a%ove ever$ other town in Palestine. &e were fond of our house, of our relatives and friends. &h$ should we not@ &e did not %eco e slaves to our feelin's %ecause nothin' is to %e our aster e4cept God. 0ut our feelin's were our 'ood 31'

co panions. M$ Mother uttered a cr$ of =o$ when, after a%out four $ears, ,he went %ac# to ;aCareth and entered Her house, and #issed the walls where Her 6$es7 had opened Her %oso to receive the ,on of God. Joseph =o$full$ 'reeted his relatives and his little nephews, who had 'rown in nu %ers and in $ears, and he re=oiced when he saw that his fellow citiCens re e %ered hi and the$ sou'ht hi %ecause of his a%ilit$. ( M$self appreciated friendship and %ecause of Judas? %etra$al, ( suffered as for a oral crucifi4ion. )nd wh$ not@ ;either M$ Mother nor Joseph ever placed ore love for their ho e or their relatives %efore the will of God. )nd ( never spared a word, if it was to %e said, capa%le of drawin' upon Me the hatred of the Jews and the ani osit$ of Judas. ( #new, and ( could have %rou'ht it a%out, that so e one$ would %e sufficient to su%=ect hi to Me. ;ot to Me, a :edee er! to Me, a rich an. ( had ultiplied the loaves of %read and if ( wanted, ( could ultipl$ also one$. 0ut ( did not co e to o%tain hu an satisfactions to an$%od$. 9east of all to the ones ( had called. ( had preached sacrifice, detach ent, a pure life, hu %le positions. &hat #ind of a Master would ( have %een and what Just an, if ( had 'iven one$ to one of the for his ental and ph$sical satisfaction, onl$ %ecause that was the eans to #eep hi @

"hose who a#e the selves 6s all7 are 'reat in M$ Din'do . "hose who wish to %e 6'reat7 in the e$es of the world are not suita%le to rei'n in M$ Din'do . "he$ are straw for the %eds of the de ons. 0ecause the 'reatness of the world is the antithesis of the 9aw of God. "he world calls 6'reat7 those who, %$

eans which

al ost alwa$s are illicit, #now how to 'et the %est positions and to do so, the$ use their nei'h%or as a stool on which the$ then cli %, crushin' hi . "he world calls 6'reat7 those who #now how to #ill in order to rei'n, and the$ #ill ateriall$ or orall$, and the$ usurp positions and countries and fatten the selves, %leedin' %oth individuals and co unities. "he world often calls 6'reat7 cri inals. ;o. 6Greatness7 is not to %e found in cri inalit$. (t is in 'oodness, in honest$, in love, in =ustice. Aou can see which poisonous fruit $our 6'reat ones7 offer $ou, fruit which the$ have pic#ed in the wic#ed devilish 'arden inside the B
( onl$ wish to spea# a%out the last vision, and o it the rest, %ecause in an$ case, it is useless, as the world does not want to hear the truth concernin' it. "he last vision clarifies a detail >uoted twice in the Gospel %$ Matthew, a sentence which is repeated twice! 6Get up, ta#e the 3hild and His Mother with $ou, and escape into 8'$pt7F 6Get up, ta#e the 3hild and His Mother with $ou and 'o %ac# to the land of (srael.7 )nd $ou saw that Mar$ was %$ Herself in Her roo with the 3hild. Mar$?s vir'init$ after Her deliver$ and Joseph?s chastit$ have %een stron'l$ denied %$ those who %ein' putrid ud the selves, are not prepared to ad it that one li#e the can %e as pure and clear as li'ht. "he$ are wretched people whose souls are so corrupted and their inds so prostituted to the flesh, that the$ are incapa%le of thin#in' that one li#e the can respect a wo an seein' in her not her flesh %ut her soul, neither can the$ elevate the selves to live in a supernatural at osphere, cravin' not for what is flesh, %ut onl$ for what is God. 31-

&ell, ( wish to tell those deniers of the ost %eautiful thin's, those wor s incapa%le of %eco in' %utterflies, those reptiles covered with the slaver of their own lewdness, incapa%le of understandin' the %eaut$ of a lil$, ( wish to tell the that Mar$ was and re ained a vir'in, and that onl$ Her soul was arried to Joseph, e4actl$ as Her spirit was united onl$ to the ,pirit of God %$ &hose deed ,he conceived Her /nl$ ,on! (, Jesus 3hrist, the /nl$ 0e'otten ,on of the 2ather and of Mar$. "his is not a tradition e %ellished afterwards, out of lovin' respect for the 0lessed 1ir'in &ho was M$ Mother. (t is the truth and has %een #nown since earl$ ti es. Matthew was not %orn after centuries. He was a conte porar$ of Mar$. Matthew was not a poor i'norant an %rou'ht up in a forest and li#el$ to %elieve an$ idle stor$. He was a cler# in the ta4ation office, as $ou would sa$ nowada$s, he was an e4cise an, as we said then. He could see, hear, understand, and tell the truth fro the false. Matthew did not hear thin's reported %$ third parties. He heard the directl$ fro Mar$?s lips to &ho he applied for infor ation, pro pted %$ his love for his Master and for the truth. ( do not %elieve that those repudiators of Mar$?s inviola%ilit$ will dare thin# that ,he a$ have lied. M$ own relatives could have 'iven Her the lie, had there %een other children! Ja es, Judas, ,i on and Joseph were disciples to'ether with Matthew. "herefore Matthew could have easil$ co pared their versions, had there %een ore than one account. 31*

0ut Matthew does not sa$! 6Get up and ta#e $our wife.7 He sa$s! 6"a#e His Mother.7 0efore he sa$s! 6) vir'in %etrothed to Joseph7F 6Joseph Her spouse7. ;either those repudiators of Purit$ should tell Me that it was a wa$ of spea#in' particular to the Jews, as if to sa$ 6wife7 was a dis'race. ;o, deniers of Purit$. )t the ver$ %e'innin' of the 0i%le we read! 6)nd he will =oin hi self to his wife.7 ,he is called 6co panion7 up to the o ent of the sensual consu ation of the arria'e, and afterwards she is called 6wife7 in various circu stances and in different chapters. )nd these are the e4pressions referred to the wives of the sons of )da . )nd so ,arah is called the 6wife7 of )%raha ! 6,arah $our wife7. )nd! 6"a#e $our wife and $our two dau'hters7 is said of 9ot. )nd in the %oo# of :uth it is written! 6"he Moa%itess, the wife of Mahalon7. )nd in the first %oo# of the Din's it is said! 68l#anah had two wives7. )nd further on! 68l#anah then had intercourse with his wife Hannah7. )nd a'ain! 68li %lessed 8l#anah and his wife7. )nd a'ain in the 0oo# of the Din's it is said! 60athshe%a, the wife of .riah the Hittite, %eca e the wife of Eavid and %ore hi a son.7 )nd what do $ou read in the %lue %oo# of "o%ias, what the 3hurch sin's to $ou at $our weddin', to advise $ou to %e hol$ in $our arria'e@ Aou read! 6;ow when "o%ias arrived with his wife and his sonM 7F and a'ain! 6"o%ias succeeded in escapin' with his son and with his wife.7 )nd in the Gospels, that is in ti es conte porar$ with 3hrist, when therefore the$ wrote in a ode st$le of lan'ua'e, as co pared to the ancient #ind, and therefore no error of transcription could %e suspected, it said and =ust %$ Matthew in 3hapter 22! 6M and the first, after arr$in' his wife died and left his wife to his %rother.7 310

)nd Mar# at 3hapter *N! 6"he an who divorces his wifeM7 )nd 9u#e called 8liCa%eth the wife of Iacharias for four ti es runnin', and in the ei'hth 3hapter of his Gospel he sa$s! 6Johanna, the wife of 3huCa7. )s $ou can see, this na e was not a word %anished %$ those who wal#ed in the wa$s of the 9ord, it was not an i pure word not worth$ of %ein' uttered and least of all written when there was a ention of God and of His wonderful wor#. )nd the an'el, sa$in'! 6"he 3hild and His Mother7, proves to $ou that Mar$ was His real Mother. 0ut ,he was not a wife of Joseph. ,he re ained forever! 6"he vir'in %etrothed to Joseph7. )nd this is the last teachin' of the vision. )nd it is a halo which shines on the heads of Mar$ and Joseph. "he (nviolate 1ir'in. "he =ust and chaste an. "he two lilies a on'st who ( 'rew up, receivin' onl$ the perfu e of purit$. ( could spea# to $ou, little John, a%out Mar$?s 'rief at %ein' torn awa$ fro Her house and Her fatherland. 0ut there is no need for words. Aou understand and $ou die of 'rief. Give Me $our sorrow. "hat is all ( want. (t is 'reater than an$thin' else $ou could 'ive Me. (t is 2rida$ toda$, Mar$. "hin# of M$ 'rief and of M$ Mother?s on Gol'otha in order to %e a%le to %ear $our cross. /ur peace and love re ain with $ou.


#6. The (ol& *amil& in 9g&'t.

2,th Januar& 1944 ;at midnight<.

"he sweet vision of the Hol$ 2a il$. "he place is in 8'$pt. ( have no dou%t %ecause ( see the desert and a p$ra id. ( see a s all house with a sin'le floor, a 'round floor, co pletel$ white. ) poor house of ver$ poor people. "he walls are =ust plastered and whitewashed. "here are two doors, one near the other, leadin' into the onl$ two roo s of the house which, for the ti e %ein', ( do not enter. "he little house is in the iddle of a s all piece of sand$ 'round, enclosed %$ a fence of canes fi4ed into the 'round, a ver$ wea# protection a'ainst thievesF it can serve onl$ as a protection a'ainst cats or stra$ do's. /n the other hand, who would thin# of stealin' where it is >uite visi%le that there is not even the shadow of riches@ "he little piece of 'round, enclosed %$ the cane hed'e, has %een patientl$ cultivated as a little 'arden, notwithstandin' that the earth is arid and poor. (n order to a#e the hed'e a little thic#er and less scant$, the$ have 'rown so e creepers which appear to %e odest convolvuli, onl$ on one side there is a shru% of =as ine in full %loo and a %ush of co on roses. (n the #itchen 'arden ( see so e ver$ odest ve'eta%les in the centre under a tall plant which ( do not reco'niCe and which 'ives so e shade to the arid 'round and to the little house. ) little %lac# and white 'oat is tied to the plant and it is %rowsin' on the leaves of so e %ranches thrown on the 'round. )nd near%$ on a at on the 'round there is the 3hild 322

Jesus. ( thin# He ust %e two $ears old, or two and a half at the ver$ ost. He is pla$in' with so e little pieces of carved wood, which loo# li#e little sheep or little horses, and with so e clear wood shavin's, less curl$ than His 'olden curls. &ith His little plu p hands He is tr$in' to put those wooden nec#laces onto the nec#s of His little ani als. He is >uiet and s ilin'. 1er$ %eautiful. His little head is a ass of ver$ thic# little 'olden curls, His s#in is clear and sli'htl$ ros$, His e$es are live and %ri'ht, of a deep %lue color. "he e4pression of course, is different, %ut ( reco'niCe the color of the e$es of $ Jesus! two %eautiful dar# sapphires. He is wearin' a #ind of a lon' white shirt which ust certainl$ %e His tunic, with short sleeves. )t present He has nothin' on His feet. His tin$ sandals are on the at and the$, too, are %ein' used as a to$ %$ the 3hild, &ho is placin' His little ani als on the at, and then pulls the sandal %$ the strap as if it were a little cart. "he sandals are ver$ si ple! a sole and two straps one of which co in' fro the point and the other fro the heel of the sole. "he one co in' fro the point then splits at a certain point and one len'th passes throu'h the e$elet of the strap fro the heel, then 'oes round and is tied with the other piece, for in' thus a rin' at the an#le. ) little farther awa$, sittin' also in the shade of the tree, there is /ur 9ad$. ,he is weavin' at a rustic loo and watchin' the 3hild. ( can see Her white slender hands ovin' %ac#wards and forwards throwin' the shuttle on the weft while Her foot, shod in a sandal, is ovin' the pedal. ,he is wearin' a tunic the color of allow flowers! a ros$ violet li#e certain a eth$sts. ,he is %areheaded, and so ( can see that Her hair is parted, for in' two 321

si ple plaits which 'ather at the nape of Her nec#. Her sleeves are lon' and rather narrow. ,he has no other orna ent e4cept Her %eaut$ and Her ost sweet e4pression. "he color of Her face, of Her hair and Her e$es, the for of Her face are alwa$s the sa e ever$ ti e ( see Her. ,he loo#s ver$ $oun' now. ,he loo#s a%out twent$ $ears old. )t a certain o ent ,he 'ets up, and %ends over the 3hild, puts His sandals %ac# on a'ain and ties the carefull$. ,he then pats Hi and #isses His little head and His %eautiful e$es. "he 3hild prattles and ,he answers. 0ut ( do not understand the words. ,he then 'oes %ac# to Her loo F ,he covers the fa%ric and the weft &ith a piece of cloth, pic#s up the stool on which ,he was sittin' and ta#es it into the house. "he 3hild follows Her with His e$es without trou%lin' Her when ,he leaves Hi alone. /%viousl$ Her wor# is finished, and it is al ost evenin'. (n fact, the sun is settin' on the %arren sand, and a hu'e fire invades the whole s#$ %ehind the far awa$ p$ra id. Mar$ co es %ac#. ,he ta#es Jesus %$ the hand and lifts Hi fro His at. "he 3hild o%e$s without an$ resistance. &hile His Mother pic#s up His to$s and the at and ta#es the into the house, He toddles on His well shaped little le's towards the little 'oat and throws His ar s around her nec#. "he little 'oat %leats and ru%s her head on Jesus? shoulder. Mar$ co es %ac#. ;ow ,he is wearin' a lon' veil on Her head and is carr$in' an a phora in Her hand. ,he ta#es Jesus %$ the hand, and the$ %oth start wal#in', turnin' 322

round the little house towards the other side. ( follow the ad irin' the 'racefulness of the picture. /ur 9ad$ ad=usts Her step to the 3hild?s, and the 3hild toddles and trips alon' %eside Her. ( can see His ros$ heels ovin' up and down, with the t$pical 'race of children?s steps, on the sand of the little path. ( notice that His little tunic does not reach down to His feet, %ut onl$ to half His calf. (t is ver$ clean and si ple and it is held ti'ht to His waist %$ a little white cord. ( see that on the front of the house the hed'e is %ro#en %$ a rustic 'ate, which Mar$ opens to 'o out onto the road. (t is a poor road at the end of a town or a villa'e, whatever it a$ %e, where it ends up with the countr$ that here is for ed of sand and so e other houses, as poor as this one, with so e scant$ #itchen 'ardens. ( do not see an$%od$. Mar$ loo#s towards the centre of the town not towards the countr$, as if ,he were waitin' for so eoneF ,he then oves towards a vessel or well, whatever it a$ %e, which is so e ten eters further up, and on which so e pal trees for a shad$ circle. /ver there so e 'reen her%s can %e seen on the 'round. ( can now see a an co in' alon' the roadF he is not ver$ tall, %ut is well %uilt. ( reco'niCe Joseph, who is s ilin'. He loo#s $oun'er than when ( saw hi in the vision of Paradise. He a$ %e fort$ $ears old at ost. His hair and %eard are thic# and %lac#, his s#in is rather tanned, his e$es are dar#. )n honest pleasant face, inspirin' confidence. &hen he sees Jesus and Mar$, he >uic#ens his step. /n his left shoulder he has a #ind of saw and a #ind of plane, 323

and he is holdin' in his hand other tools of his trade, not e4actl$ li#e the ones we use now, %ut al ost si ilar. He is pro%a%l$ co in' %ac# after wor#in' in so e%od$?s house. He is wearin' a tunic the color of which is %etween haCel and dar# %rownF it is not ver$ lon' < it reaches a 'ood %it up fro his an#les < and its sleeves are short. ( thin# he is wearin' a leather %elt at his waist. (t is the proper tunic of a wor# an. /n his feet he has sandals tied at his an#les. Mar$ s iles and the 3hild utters cries of =o$ and He stretches out the hand which is free. &hen the three eet, Joseph %ends down and offers the 3hild a fruit which ( thin# is an apple, %$ its color and shape. He then stretches his ar s and the 3hild leaves His Mother, and cuddles in the ar s of Joseph, %endin' His little head into the cavit$ of Joseph?s nec#F he #isses Hi , and is #issed %$ Hi . ) scene full of lovin' 'race. ( was for'ettin' to sa$ that Mar$ had pro ptl$ ta#en Joseph?s wor# tools, to leave hi free to e %race the 3hild. "hen Joseph, who had crouched down to the 'round to %e at the sa e hei'ht as Jesus, stands up, ta#es his tools with his left hand and holds little Jesus ti'ht to his stron' chest with his ri'ht ar . )nd he oves towards the house, while Mar$ 'oes to the fountain to fill Her a phora. )fter enterin' the enclosure of the house, Joseph puts the 3hild down, ta#es Mar$?s loo into the house, and then he il#s the 'oat. Jesus watches all these activities carefull$ and in particular the closin' up the little 'oat in 32'

a little closet in one side of the house. (t is now 'ettin' dar#. ( can see the red of the sunset %eco in' violet on the sands which see to %e tre %lin' %ecause of the heat. "he p$ra id loo#s dar#er. Joseph 'oes into the house, into a roo which ust %e his wor#shop, the #itchen, the dinin' roo all in one. "he other roo is o%viousl$ the %edroo . 0ut ( do not 'o in there. "he fire is lit in a low fireplace. "here is a carpenter?s %ench, a s all ta%le, so e stools, so e shelves with two oil la ps and so e #itchenware on the . (n a corner, there is Mar$?s loo . )nd a 'reat deal of order and cleanliness. ) ver$ poor dwellin', %ut ver$ clean. )nd this is a re ar# ( wish to a#e! in all the visions concernin' the hu an life of Jesus ( have noticed that %oth He and Mar$, as well as Joseph and John, are alwa$s tid$ and clean %oth in their 'ar ents and their %odies. "he$ wear odest? and si ple 'ar ents, %ut the$ are so clean that the$ loo# li#e 'entle en in the . Mar$ co es %ac# with the a phora and the door is closed on the rapidl$ 'rowin' dus#. "he roo is illu inated %$ a la p which Joseph has lit and placed on his %ench, where he now starts wor#in' on so e little %oards, while Mar$ is preparin' supper. )lso the fire illu inates the roo . Jesus, with His little hands leanin' on the %ench and His little head turned upwards, is watchin' what Joseph is doin'. "he$ then sit down at the ta%le after sa$in' their pra$ers. /%viousl$ the$ do not %less the selves with the si'n of the cross, %ut the$ pra$. (t is Joseph who sa$s the pra$ers, and Mar$ answers. ( do not 32+

understand an$thin' at all. (t ust %e a psal . 0ut it is said in a lan'ua'e which is entirel$ un#nown to e. "he$ then sit down at the ta%le. "he la p is now on the ta%le. Mar$ is holdin' Jesus in Her lap, and a#es Hi drin# so e of the 'oat?s il#, into which ,he dips so e s all slices of %read which ,he has cut off a little round loaf. "he crust of the loaf, as well as the inside, is ver$ dar#, it loo#s li#e r$e %read or %read ade with %arle$. (t certainl$ contains a lot of %ran, =ud'in' %$ its color. (n the eanti e, Joseph eats so e %read and cheese, a s all slice of cheese and a lot of %read. "hen Mar$ sits Jesus on a little stool near Her, and %rin's so e coo#ed ve'eta%les to the ta%le < the$ appear to %e %oiled and dressed as we use the nowada$s < and ,he also eats so e of the after Joseph has helped hi self. Jesus is ni%%lin' happil$ at His apple, and He s iles displa$in' His little white teeth. "heir supper ends with so e olives or dates. ( cannot tell e4actl$ which %ecause the$ appear to %e too li'ht to %e olives and too hard to %e dates. "here is no wine. "he supper of poor people. 0ut there is so uch peace in this roo that not even the si'ht of the ost sole n ro$al palace could 'ive e as uch. )nd how uch har on$B Jesus does not spea# this evenin'. He does not e4plain the scene. He has tau'ht e with the 'ift of His vision and that is enou'h. Ma$ He %e alwa$s and e>uall$ %lessed. --------------------


26th Januar& 1944.

Jesus sa$s! "he thin's $ou see teach $ou and others the lesson. (t is a lesson of hu ilit$, resi'nation and 'ood har on$. ) lesson 'iven as an e4a ple to all 3hristian fa ilies, and particularl$ to the 3hristian fa ilies in this especiall$ sorrowful a'e. Aou have seen a poor house. )nd what is ore saddenin', a poor house in a forei'n countr$. Man$ people, onl$ %ecause the$ are fairl$ 'ood 3atholics who pra$ and receive Me in the Hol$ 8ucharist, and the$ pra$ and receive Me for 6their7 needs, not for the needs of their souls and for the Glor$ of God < %ecause onl$ seldo those who pra$ are not selfish < an$ people would pretend to have a prosperous, happ$, eas$ aterial life, well-protected even fro the least pain. Joseph and Mar$ had Me, "rue God, as their ,on, $et the$ did not even have the ea're satisfaction of %ein' poor in their own countr$, where the$ were #nown, where at least there was their 6own7 little house and the pro%le of a dwellin' did not add a harassin' thou'ht to their an$ pro%le s, in the countr$ where, as the$ were #nown, it was easier for the to find wor# and provide for the needs of their lives. "he$ are two refu'ees =ust %ecause the$ had Me. ) different cli ate, a different countr$, so sad in co parison with the sweet countr$side of Galilee, a different lan'ua'e, different ha%its, livin' a on'st people who did not #now the , and who 'enerall$ distrusted refu'ees and people the$ did not #now. "he$ are deprived of those co forta%le and dear pieces of furniture of 6their7 little house, of so an$ 32*

hu %le and necessar$ thin's the$ had there, and which did not see to %e so necessar$, whereas here, in the void that surrounds the , see even %eautiful li#e the lu4urious thin's that a#e the houses of rich people so char in'. )nd the$ felt nostal'ia %oth for their countr$ and for their ho e, the$ worried a%out the poor thin's the$ had left %ehind, a%out the little #itchen 'arden where pro%a%l$ no one would ta#e care of their vines and their fi's, and the other useful plants. )nd the$ had to provide ever$ da$ for food, clothes, fire, and for Me, a 3hild, &ho the$ could not feed with the sa e food the$ too# the selves. )nd the$ were sad at heart! %ecause of their ho esic#ness, %ecause of the uncertaint$ of the future, and the lac# of trust of people who are reluctant, particularl$ at first, to accept the offer of wor# of two un#nown people.

)nd $et, as $ou have seen $ourself, that house is pervaded with serenit$, s iles, har on$, and %$ utual consent the$ endeavor to a#e it ore %eautiful, even in its scant$ little #itchen 'arden, that it a$ %e ore li#e the ore co forta%le one the$ had to leave %ehind. "he$ have onl$ one thou'ht! that the land a$ %e less hostile and less unpleasant for Me, since ( co e fro God. (t is the love of %elievers and relatives which reveals itself in an$ wa$s! fro the little 'oat the$ purchased with an$ hours of e4tra wor#, to the little to$s carved in scraps of wood, to the fruit purchased onl$ for Me, while the$ denied the selves a orsel of food.
/ %eloved father of ine on the earth, how loved $ou have %een %$ God, %$ God 2ather in the Most Hi'h Heavens, %$ God ,on, &ho %eca e the ,avior on the 320


(n that house there is no >uic# te per, no sul#iness, no 'ri faces, neither is there an$ reproach a'ainst each other, and least of all a'ainst the God &ho has not loaded the with aterial wealth. Joseph does not reproach Mar$ as %ein' the cause of his disco fort, neither does Mar$ reproach Joseph %ecause he is incapa%le of procurin' 'reater worldl$ 'oods. "he$ love each other in a hol$ wa$, that is all. )nd therefore the$ do not worr$ a%out their own co fort, %ut onl$ a%out the co fort of their consort. "rue love is not selfish. )nd true love is alwa$s chaste, even if it is not perfect in chastit$ as the love of the two vir'in spouses. 3hastit$ united to charit$ $ields a suite of other virtues and therefore two people who love each other chastel$ %eco e perfect. "he love of Mar$ and Joseph was perfect. "herefore it was an incentive to ever$ other virtue and in particular to charit$ towards God, %lessed ever$ hour, notwithstandin' His hol$ will is painful for the flesh and the heart, %lessed %ecause, a%ove the flesh and a%ove the heart, the spirit was ore livel$ and stron'er in the two saints, and the$ e4alted the 9ord with 'ratitude %ecause the$ had %een chosen as 'uardians of His 8ternal ,on. (n that house the$ pra$ed. Aou pra$ too little in $our ho es, nowada$s. "he sun rises and sets, $ou start $our wor#, and $ou sit at the ta%le without a thou'ht for the 9ord, &ho has 'ranted $ou to see a new da$, and then to live and see a new ni'ht, &ho has %lessed $our wor# and has ade it the eans for $ou to purchase the food, the fire, the clothes, the house which are so necessar$ for $our hu an lives. &hatever co es fro Good God is

6'ood7. 8ven if it is poor and ea're, love 'ives it flavour and %od$, the love that allows $ou to see in the 8ternal 3reator, the 2ather &ho loves $ou.

(n that house there is fru'alit$ and it would %e there even if there was plent$ one$. "he$ eat to live. "he$ do not eat to satisf$ their 'lutton$, with the insatia%ilit$ of 'luttons and the whi s of epicures who fill the selves to the e4tent of %ein' sic# and s>uander fortunes on e4pensive food, without 'ivin' one thou'ht to those who are without or with little food, without considerin' that if the$ were oderate, an$ people could %e relieved of the pan's of hun'er. (n that house the$ love wor#, and the$ would love it even if there was plent$ one$, %ecause the wor#in' an o%e$s the co and of God and frees hi self fro vice, which li#e tenacious iv$ clenches and suffocates idle people, who are li#e i ova%le roc#s. 2ood is 'ood, rest is serene, hearts are happ$, when $ou have wor#ed well and $ou en=o$ the restin' ti e %etween one =o% and the ne4t one. ;either in the houses nor in the inds of those who love wor#, can an$-sided vice rise. )nd, in its a%sence, love, estee , reciprocal respect prosper and tender children 'row in a pure at osphere and the$ thus %eco e the ori'in of future hol$ fa ilies. Hu ilit$ rei'ns in that house. &hat a lesson of hu ilit$ for the proud. Mar$, fro a hu an point of view, had a thousand reasons to %e proud and to %e adored %$ Her spouse. Man$ wo en are proud onl$ %ecause the$ are a little %etter educated, or of no%ler %irth, or of a wealthier fa il$ than their hus%ands. Mar$ is the ,pouse and the Mother of God, and $et ,he serves < and does not e4pect

to %e served < Her consort, and ,he is full of love for hi . Joseph is the head of the fa il$, =ud'ed %$ God so worth$ of %ein' the head of a fa il$, as to %e entrusted %$ God with the 'uardianship of the &ord (ncarnate and the ,pouse of the 8ternal ,pirit.
)nd $et he is an4ious to relieve Mar$ of Her wor#, and he ta#es care of the ost hu %le =o%s in the house so that Mar$ a$ not 'et tired, not onl$, %ut whenever he can he does his %est to please Her and a#e Her house ore co forta%le and Her little 'arden ore %eautiful.

(n that house order is respected! supernatural, oral, aterial. God is the ,upre e Head and He is worshipped and loved! supernatural order. Joseph is the head of the fa il$ and he is loved, respected and o%e$ed! oral order. "he house is a 'ift of God as well as the clothes and the furnishin's. "he Providence of God is shown in ever$thin', of God &ho supplied wool to sheep, feathers to %irds, 'rass to eadows, ha$ to ani als, 'rains and %ranches to %irds, &ho weaves the dress of the lil$ of the valle$. "he house, the dresses, the furnishin's are accepted with 'ratitude, %lessin' the divine hand that supplies the , loo#in' after the with respect as 'ifts of the 9ord, without an$ %ad hu our %ecause the$ are poor, without ill use, without a%usin' Eivine Providence! aterial order.
Aou did not understand the words the$ e4chan'ed in the dialect of ;aCareth, neither did $ou understand the words of the pra$er. 0ut the thin's $ou saw are a 'reat lesson. Meditate on the , $ou all who now suffer so uch %ecause $ou failed in so an$ thin's towards God, also in those thin's in which the hol$ ,pouses never failed, the 331

,pouses who were

$ Mother and father.

)nd $ou, re=oice re e %erin' little Jesus, s ile thin#in' of His little steps of a child. (n a short ti e $ou will see Hi wal#in' under the 3ross. )nd then it will %e a vision of tears.

#.. The *irst )orking "esson 4i5en to Jesus.

21st March 1944.

( see $ little Jesus appear as sweet as a ra$ of sun on a rain$ da$. He is a little child a%out five $ears old, co pletel$ %lond and ost %eautiful in His si ple %lue dress which reaches down to half His well-shaped calves. He is pla$in' with so e earth in the little #itchen 'arden. He a#es little heaps with it and on top He plants little %ranches as if He were a#in' a iniature forest, with little stones He %uilds little roads and then He would li#e to %uild a little la#e at the foot of His tin$ hills. He therefor ta#es the %otto part of an old pot and inters it up to the %ri and then fills it with water with a pitcher which He dips into a vessel, which is certainl$ used either for washin' purposes or to water the little 'arden. 0ut the onl$ result is that He wets His dress, particularl$ its sleeves. "he water runs out of the chipped pot which is pro%a%l$ also crac#ed and... the la#e dries up. Joseph appears at the door and for so e ti e he stands, ver$ >uietl$ watchin' the wor# of the 3hild and s iles. (t 332

is a si'ht, indeed, that a#es one s ile happil$. "hen, to prevent Jesus fro 'ettin' ore wet. he calls Hi . Jesus turns round s ilin', and when He sees Joseph, He runs towards hi with His little ar s stretched out. Joseph with the ed'e of his short wor#in' tunic dries the little hands which are soiled and wet, and #isses the . )nd then there is a sweet conversation %etween the two. Jesus e4plains His wor# and His 'a e and the difficulties He et in it. He wanted to a#e a little la#e li#e the la#e of Gennesaret. (( therefor suppose that the$ have either spo#en to Hi a%out it of the$ had ta#en Hi to see it.) He wanted to a#e a little one for His own deli'ht. "his was "i%erias, there was Ma'dala, over there was 3apernau . "his was the road that too# to ;aCareth 'oin' throu'h 3ana. He wanted to launch so e little %oats in the la#eF these leaves are %oats, and He wanted to 'o over to the other shore. 0ut the water runs awa$... Joseph watches and ta#es an interest as if it were a ver$ serious atter. He then proposes to a#e a s all la#e, the followin' da$, %ut not with an old crac#ed pot, %ut with a s all wooden %asin, well coated with pitch and stucco, in which Jesus would %e a%le to launch s all real wooden %oats which Joseph would teach Hi how to a#e. Just then, he was %rin'in' Hi so e s all wor#in' tools, suita%le for Hi , that He i'ht learn to use the , without an$ fati'ue. ,o ( will %e a%le to help $ouB Jesus sa$s, s ilin'. ,o $ou will help e, and Aou will %eco e a clever carpenter. 3o e and see the . )nd the$ 'o into the wor#shop. Joseph shows Hi 333 a

s all ha er, a tin$ saw, so e ver$ s all screwdrivers (chisels@), a plane suita%le for a doll, which are all l$in' on the %ench of a %uddin' carpenter! a %ench suita%le for little Jesus? siCe. ,ee, to saw, Aou ust put this piece of wood li#e that. Aou then ta#e the saw li#e that, and a#in' sure that Aou do not catch $our fin'ers, Aou start sawin'. "r$... )nd the lesson %e'ins. )nd Jesus, %lushin' with the effort and pressin' His lips to'ether, saws the piece of wood carefull$ and then planes it, and althou'h it is not perfectl$ strai'ht, He thin#s it is nice. Joseph praises Hi and with patience and love teaches Hi how to wor#. Mar$ co es %ac#. ,he had certainl$ 'one out, and ,he loo#s in at the door. Joseph and Jesus do not see Her %ecause ,he is %ehind the . Mother s iles seein' how Cealousl$ Jesus is wor#in' with the plane and how lovin' Joseph is in teachin' Hi . 0ut Jesus ust have perceived Her s ile. He turns round, sees His Mother and runs towards Her, showin' Her the little piece of wood not $et finished. Mar$ ad ires it, and ,he %ends down to #iss Jesus. ,he tidies up His ruffled curls, wipes the perspiration on His hot face, and listens with lovin' attention to Jesus, &ho pro ises to a#e Her a little stool so that ,he will %e ore co forta%le when wor#in'. Joseph standin' near the tin$ %ench, with one hand restin' on his side, loo#s and s iles. ( have thus %een present at the first wor# lesson of $ Jesus. )nd all the peace of this Hol$ 2a il$ is within e. 33'

-------------Jesus sa$s! ( have consoled $ou, M$ dear soul, with a vision of M$ childhood, which was happ$ in its povert$, %ecause it was surrounded %$ the love of two saints, the 'reatest the world ever had. "he$ sa$ that Joseph was M$ foster-father. /hB (f, %ein' a an he could not feed Me with il#, as M$ Mother Mar$ did, he wor#ed ver$ hard indeed, to 'ive Me %read and co fort and he had the lovin' #indness of a real other. 2ro hi ( learned H and never had a pupil a #inder teacher H ( learned ever$thin' that a#es a an of a child, and a an who is to earn his own %read. (f M$ intelli'ence, that of the ,on of God was perfect, $ou ust consider and %elieve that ( did not want to deviate fro the attri%utes and attain ents of M$ own a'e 'roup ostentatiousl$. "herefore, %$ lowerin' M$ divine intellectual perfection to that of a hu an intellectual perfection, ( su% itted M$self to havin' a an as M$ teacher, and to the need of a teacher. (f ( learned >uic#l$ and willin'l$, that does not deprive the =ust an of the erit of %ein' the person who nourished M$ $oun' ind with the ideas which are necessar$ to life. ;ot even now that ( a in Heaven can ( for'et the happ$ hours ( spent %eside Joseph, who, as if he were pla$in' with Me, 'uided Me to the point of %ein' capa%le of wor#in'. )nd when ( loo# at M$ putative father, ( see once a'ain the little #itchen 'arden and the s o#$ wor#shop, and ( still appear to see Mother peep in with Her %eautiful s ile which turned the place into Paradise 33+


ade us so happ$.

How uch fa ilies should learn fro the perfection of this couple who loved each other as no%od$ else ever lovedB

Joseph was the head of the fa il$, and as such, his authorit$ was undisputed and indisputa%le! %efore it the ,pouse and Mother of God %ent reverentl$ and the ,on of God su% itted Hi self willin'l$. &hatever Joseph decided to do, was well done! there were no discussions, no punctiliousness, no oppositions. His word was our little law. )nd $et, how uch hu ilit$ there was in hi B "here never was an$ a%use of power, or an$ decision a'ainst reason onl$ %ecause he was the head of the fa il$. His ,pouse was his sweet adviser. )nd if in Her deep hu ilit$ ,he considered Herself the servant of Her consort, he drew fro Her wisdo 2ull of Grace, li'ht to 'uide hi in all events.
)nd ( 'rew li#e a flower protected %$ vi'orous trees, %etween those two loves that interlaced a%ove Me, to protect Me, and love Me. ;o. )s lon' as ( was a%le to i'nore the world %ecause of M$ a'e, ( did not re'ret %ein' a%sent fro Paradise. God the 2ather and the Hol$ ,pirit were not a%sent, %ecause Mar$ was full of "he . )nd the an'els dwelt there, %ecause nothin' drove the awa$ fro that house. )nd one of the , ( i'ht sa$, had %eco e flesh and was Joseph, an an'elical soul freed fro the %urden of the flesh, intent onl$ on servin' God and His cause and lovin' Hi as the seraphi love Hi . Joseph?s loo#B (t was as placid and pure as the %ri'htness of a star 33-

unaware of worldl$ concupiscence. (t was our peace, and our stren'th. Man$ thin# that ( did not suffer as a hu an %ein' when the hol$ 'lance of the 'uardian of our ho e was e4tin'uished %$ death. (f ( was God, and as such ( was aware of the happ$ destin$ of Joseph, and conse>uentl$ ( was not sorr$ for his death, %ecause after a short ti e in 9i %o, ( was 'oin' to open Heaven to hi . )s a Man ( cried %itterl$ in the house now e pt$ and deprived of his presence. ( cried over M$ dead friend, and should ( not have cried over M$ hol$ friend, on whose chest ( had slept when ( was a little %o$, and fro who ( had received so uch love in so an$ $ears@ 2inall$ ( would li#e to draw the attention of parents to how Joseph ade a clever wor# an of Me, without an$ help of peda'o'ical learnin'. )s soon as ( was old enou'h to handle tools, he did not let Me lead a life of idleness, %ut he started Me to wor# and he ade use of M$ love for Mar$ as the eans to spur Me to wor#. ( was to a#e useful thin's for Mother. "hat is how inculcated the respect which ever$ son should have for his other and the teachin' for the future carpenter was %ased on that respectful and lovin' incentive.

&here are now the fa ilies in which the little ones are tau'ht to love wor# as a eans of pleasin' their parents@ 3hildren, nowada$s, are the t$rants of the house. "he$ 'row hard, indifferent, ill- annered towards their parents. "he$ consider their parents as their servants, their slaves. "he$ do not love their parents and the$ are scarcel$ loved %$ the . "he reason is that, while $ou allow $our children to %eco e o%=ectiona%le over%earin'

fellows, $ou %eco e detached fro indifference.


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"he$ are ever$%od$?s children, e4cept $ours, o parents of the twentieth centur$. "he$ are the children of the nurse, of the 'overness, of the colle'e, if $ou are rich people. "he$ %elon' to their co panions, the$ are children of the streets, of the schools, if $ou are poor. 0ut the$ are not $ours. Aou, others, 'ive %irth to the and that is all. )nd $ou, fathers, do e4actl$ the sa e. 0ut a son is not onl$ flesh. He has a ind, a heart, a soul. 0elieve Me, no one is ore entitled and ore o%li'ed than a father and a other to for that ind, that heart, that soul. ) fa il$ is necessar$! it e4ists and ust e4ist. "here is no theor$ or pro'ress capa%le of destro$in' this truth without causin' ruin. ) shattered fa il$ can %ut $ield en and wo en who in future will %e ore perverted, and will cause 'reater and 'reater ruin. )nd ( tell $ou ost sole nl$ that it would %e %etter if there were no ore arria'es and no ore children on the earth, rather than have fa ilies less united than the tri%es of on#e$s, fa ilies which are not schools of virtue, of wor#, of love, of reli'ion, %ut a %a%el in which ever$one lives on his own li#e disen'a'ed 'ears, which end up %$ %rea#in'. 0ro#en fa ilies. Aou %rea# up the ost hol$ wa$ of social livin' and $ou see and suffer the conse>uences. Aou a$ continue thus, if $ou so wish. 0ut do not co plain if this world is %eco in' a deeper and deeper hell, a dwellin' place of onsters who devour fa iles and nations. Aou want it. 9et it %e so.

#0. Mar& the Teacher of Jesus$ Judas and James.

29th /ctober 1944.

Jesus sa$s! 3o e, little John, and see. Held %$ M$ hand which will lead $ou, co e %ac# to the $ears of M$ childhood. )nd what $ou see will have to %e included in the Gospel of M$ %o$hood, where ( want also the vision of the 2a il$?s sta$ in 8'$pt to %e put. Aou will put the in this order! the 2a il$ in 8'$pt, then the first wor#in' lesson 'iven to the 3hild Jesus, then this one which $ou are a%out to descri%e, the scene of M$ a=orit$ (pro ised toda$, 2Pth ;ove %er), lastl$ the vision of Jesus a on' the doctors in the "e ple at His twelfth 2east of Passover. &hat $ou are now 'oin' to see is not without a reason. /n the contrar$ it enli'htens details of M$ earl$ $ears and relationship a on' relatives. )nd it is a present for $ou, in the feast of M$ :e'alit$, as $ou feel the peace of the house in ;aCareth %ein' transfused into $ou whenever $ou see it. &rite. ( see the roo where the$ usuall$ ta#e their eals and where Mar$ wor#s at Her loo or needlewor#. "he roo is near Joseph?s wor#shop and ( can hear the sound of his wor#in'. Here instead there is silence. Mar$ is sewin' so e strips of wool which ,he has certainl$ woven HerselfF the$ are a%out a etre and a half wide and twice as lon' and ( thin# the$ will %e used to a#e a antle for 33&

Joseph. 2ro the door which opens onto the #itchen 'arden, ruffled hed'es of little daisies can %e seenF their color is violet %lue and the$ are co onl$ called Maries or starr$ ,#$ . ( do not #now their %otanical na e. "he$ are in full %loo and conse>uentl$ it ust %e autu n. 0ut the 'reen is still thic# and %eautiful on the plants and fro two %eehives leanin' a'ainst a sunn$ wall, %ees are fl$in' in the %ri'ht sunshine %uCCin' and dancin', 'oin' fro a fi'-tree to the vines, and then to a po e'ranate-tree full of its round fruits, so e of which have alread$ %urst fro e4cessive 'rowth and show the strin's of =uic$ ru%ies, lined up inside the 'reen-red cas#et divided into $ellow sections. Jesus is pla$in' under the trees with two children who are a%out His own a'e. "he$ have curl$ hair, %ut the$ are not %lond. /ne, on the contrar$, is ver$ dar#! a little head of a little %lac# la % which a#es the s#in of his little round face loo# even whiter, and two ost %eautiful lar'e, wide open %lue violet e$es. "he other is less curl$ and his hair is dar# %rown, his e$es are %rown and his co ple4ion dar#er, %ut with a pin#ish hue on his chee#s. Jesus? little %lond head loo#s li#e a %laCe of li'ht. "he$ are pla$in' in perfect har on$ with so e little carts on which there areM various articles! leaves, little stones, wood shavin's, little pieces of wood. "he$ ust %e pla$in' at shops, and Jesus is the one who %u$s thin's for His Mu $, to &ho He ta#es now one thin', then another one. Mar$ accepts all the purchases with a s ile. "hen the 'a e chan'es. /ne of the two children proposes! 9et us pla$ at the 84odus fro 8'$pt. Jesus 3'2

will %e Moses, ( will %e )aron, and $ouM Mar$. 0ut ( a a %o$B (t does not atter. (t?s =ust ?the sa e. Aou are Mar$, and $ou shall dance %efore the 'olden calf, and the 'olden calf is that %eehive over there. (? not 'oin' to dance. ( a a an and ( do not want to %e a wo an. ( %in a faithful %eliever and ( a not 'oin' to dance %efore an idol. Jesus interrupts the ! Eon?t let us pla$ that part. 9et us pla$ this other one! when Joshua is elected Moses? successor. ,o there will %e no terri%le sin of idolatr$ and Judas will %e happ$ to %e a an and M$ successor. )re $ou happ$@ Aes ( a , Jesus. 0ut then Aou will have to die, %ecause Moses dies afterwards. 0ut ( do not want Aou to dieF Aou have alwa$s %een so fond of e. 8ver$%od$ diesM %ut %efore d$in' ( shall %less (srael, and since $ou are the onl$ ones here, ( shall %less the whole of (srael in $ou. "he$ a'ree. "hen there is an ar'u ent! whether the people of (srael, after so uch travellin', still had the sa e carts which the$ had when leavin' 8'$pt. "here is a difference of opinion. "he$ appl$ to Mar$. Mu $, ( sa$ that the (sraelites still had the carts. Ja es sa$s the$ didn?t. Judas does not #now who is ri'ht. Eo $ou #now@ Aes, M$ ,on. "he no adic people still had their carts. "he$ repaired the when the$ stopped to rest. "he 3'1

wea#er people travelled in the and also the foodstuffs, and the an$ thin's which were necessar$ for so an$ people were loaded into the . &ith the e4ception of the )r#, which was carried %$ hand, ever$thin' else was on the carts. "he >uestion is now solved. "he children 'o down to the %otto of the orchard and fro there, sin'in' psal s, the$ co e towards the house. Jesus is in front and He is sin'in' so e psal s in His 'entle silver$ voice. 0ehind Hi , there co e Judas and Ja es holdin' a little cart which has %een elevated to the ran# of "a%ernacle. 0ut since the$ have to pla$ also the part of the people, in addition to )aron?s and Joshua?s, with their %elts the$ have tied to their feet other iniature carts, and thus the$ proceed ver$ seriousl$ as if the$ were real actors. "he$ cover the whole len'th of the per'ola, the$ pass in front of the door of Mar$?s roo and Jesus sa$s! Mu $, hail the )r# when it passes %$. Mar$ stands up s ilin', and ,he %ows to Her ,on &ho passes %$, radiant in the %ri'ht sunshine. "hen Jesus cla %ers up the side of the ountain that for s the %oundar$ of the house, or rather the 'ardenF He stands up strai'ht on top of the little 'rotto, and spea#s toM (srael. He repeats the orders and the pro ises of God, He appoints Joshua as the leader, calls hi , and then Judas in his turn cli %s up the cliff. He encoura'es and %lesses hi . He then as#s for aM ta%let (it is a lar'e fi' leaf) and He writes the canticle and reads it. (t is not >uite co plete, %ut contains a lar'e part of it, and He see s to %e readin' it fro the leaf. He then dis isses Joshua who e %races Hi cr$in', and He then 3'2

cli %s further up, ri'ht up to the ed'e of the cliff. )nd fro there He %lesses the whole of (srael, that is the two who are prostrated on the 'round, He then lies down on the short 'rass, closes His e$es andM dies. Mar$, who has %een watchin' fro the doorstep s ilin', when ,he sees Hi l$in' still on the 'round shouts! Jesus, JesusB Get upB Eon?t lie down li#e thatB Aour Mu $ does not want to see Aou deadB Jesus 'ets up s ilin', runs towards Her, and #isses Her. )lso Ja es and Judas co e. "he$ also receive Mar$?s caresses. How can Jesus re e %er that canticle which is so lon' and difficult and all those %lessin's@ as#s Ja es. Mar$ s iles and answers! His e or$ is ver$ 'ood and He pa$s a lot of attention when ( read. ( too, at school, pa$ attention. 0ut then ( 'et sleep$ with all the hu%%u%M shall ( never learn then@ Aou will learn, %e 'ood. "here is a #noc# at the door. Joseph wal#s >uic#l$ across the orchard and the roo and opens it. Peace to $ou, )lphaeus and Mar$B )nd to $ou, and %lessin's. (t is Joseph?s %rother with his wife. ) rustic cart, drawn %$ a stron' don#e$, is outside in the street. Eid $ou have a 'ood trip@ 1er$ 'ood. )nd the children@ 3'3

"he$ are in the 'arden with Mar$. 0ut the children have alread$ co e to 'reet their other. )lso Mar$ co es, holdin' Jesus %$ the hand. "he two sisters-in-law #iss each other. Have the$ %een 'ood@ 1er$ 'ood, and ver$ dear. )re the relatives all well@ Aes the$ all are. "he$ send Aou their re'ards, and the$ have sent Aou an$ presents fro 3ana. Grapes, apples, cheese, e''s, hone$. )ndM Joseph@ ( have found =ust what $ou wanted for Jesus. (t is on the cart, in the round %as#et. )lphaeus? wife s iles. ,he %ends over Jesus &ho is loo#in' at her with His e$es wide open, she #isses Hi on those two strips of %lue s#$ and sa$s! Eo $ou #now what ( have for $ou@ Guess. Jesus thin#s, %ut He cannot 'uess. ( dou%t whether He does it deli%eratel$, to 'ive Joseph the =o$ of 'ivin' Hi a surprise. Joseph in fact co es in, carr$in' a lar'e round %as#et. He la$s it down on the floor in front of Jesus, unties the rope which is holdin' the lid on, he lifts itM and a little white sheep, a real floc# of foa , appears sleepin' in the ver$ clean ha$. Jesus utters an /hB of surprise and happiness and He is a%out to rush towards the little ani al, %ut then He turns round and runs to Joseph, who is still %ent down as %efore, He e %races hi , and #isses hi , than#in' hi . "he two little cousins loo# with ad iration at the little creature, which is now awa#e and is liftin' its little ros$ head %leatin', loo#in' for its other. "he$ ta#e it out of the %as#et, the$ offer it a handful of clover. (t %rowses 3''

while loo#in' around with its Jesus continues sa$in', 2or fatherB Eo $ou li#e it so uchB

ild e$es. eB 2or eB "han# $ou,

/hB 1er$ uchB &hite, cleanM a little la %M /hB and He throws His little ar s round the sheep?s nec#, He la$s His %lond head on its little head and re ains thus, happ$. ( %rou'ht two, also for $ou sa$s )lphaeus to his sons. 0ut the$ are dar#. Aou are not >uite so tid$ as Jesus and $our sheep would alwa$s %e untid$, if the$ were white. "he$ will %e $our herd, $ou will #eep the to'ether and so $ou will no lon'er %e loiterin' in the streets, $ou two little rascals, throwin' stones at each other. "he children run to the cart and loo# at the other two little ani als which are ore %lac# than white. Jesus has sta$ed %ehind with His sheep. He ta#es it into the 'arden, 'ives it water to drin# and the little pet follows Hi as if it had #nown Hi forever. Jesus %ec#ons it. He calls it ,now and the little la % replies %leatin' happil$. "he 'uests are sittin' at the ta%le and Mar$ offers the %read, olives and cheese. ,he also puts a =u' on the ta%le with cider or water sweetened with hone$, ( do not #now e4actl$ which, ( see that it is a ver$ pale color. "he$ spea# while the children are pla$in' with the three little ani als that Jesus wanted 'athered to'ether so that He can 'ive water and a na e also to the others. Aours, Judas, will %e called 6,tar7 %ecause it has that 3'+

ar# on its forehead. )nd the na e of $ours will %e 62la e7 %ecause it has the %laCin' colors of certain witherin' heathers. )'reed. "he elder people are tal#in' and )lphaeus sa$s! ( hope ( have solved the atter of the %o$s? >uarrels. ( 'ot the idea fro $our re>uest, Joseph. ( said to $self! 6M$ %rother wants a little sheep for Jesus, that He a$ have so ethin' to pla$ with. ( will 'et two, also for those nau'ht$ %o$s, to #eep the >uiet a little, and avoid continuous ar'u ents with other parents with re'ard to %ruised heads and s#inned #nees. &hat with the school and what with the sheep, ( will ana'e to #eep the >uiet.7 0ut this $ear Aou also will have to send Jesus to school. (t is ti e. ( will never send Jesus to school sa$s Mar$ resolutel$. (t is ost unusual to hear Her tal# thus and a%ove all to hear Her tal# %efore Joseph. &h$@ "he 3hild ust learn to %e read$ in 'ood ti e to pass His e4a when He co es of a'eM "he 3hild will %e read$. 0ut He will not 'o to school. "hat is >uite definite. Aou will %e the onl$ wo an in (srael to do that. ( will %e the onl$ one. 0ut that is what ( a (sn?t that ri'ht, Joseph@ 'oin' to do.

Aes, that?s correct. "here is no need for Jesus to 'o to school. Mar$ was %rou'ht up in the "e ple, and ,he #nows the 9aw as well as an$ doctor. ,he will %e His 3'-

"eacher. "hat?s what ( want, too. Aou are spoilin' the 0o$. Aou cannot sa$ that. He is the %est %o$ in ;aCareth. Have $ou ever heard Hi cr$, or %e nau'ht$, or %e diso%edient, or lac# respect@ ;o. "hat?s true. 0ut He will do all that if Aou continue to spoil Hi . Aou do not necessaril$ spoil $our children =ust %ecause $ou #eep the at ho e. "o #eep the at ho e i plies lovin' the with 'ood co on sense and wholeheartedl$. )nd that is how we love our Jesus, and since Mar$ is %etter educated than a teacher, ,he will %e Jesus? "eacher. )nd when Aour Jesus is a Man, He will %e li#e a sill$ little wo an fri'htened even of flies. He will not. Mar$ is a stron' wo an, and ,he will 'ive Hi a anl$ education. ( a not a coward, and ( can 'ive Hi an-li#e e4a ples. Jesus is a creature without an$ ph$sical or oral faults. He will 'row, therefore, upri'ht and stron', %oth in His %od$ and in His spirit. Aou can %e sure of that, )lphaeus. He will not %e a dis'race to the fa il$. (n an$ case, that is what ( have decided, and that is all. Perhaps Mar$ has decided, and $ouM )nd if it were so@ (s it not fair that two, who love each other, should have the sa e thou'hts and the sa e wishes, so that each a$ accept the wishes of the other as if the$ were his own@ (f Mar$ should wish sill$ thin's, 3'*

( would sa$ to Her! 6;o.7 0ut ,he is as#in' for so ethin' which is full of wisdo , and ( a'ree, and ( a#e it $ own. &e love each other, we do as we did the first da$, and we shall 'o on doin' so as lon' as we live. (s that ri'ht, Mar$@ Aes, Joseph. )nd let us hope it will never happen, %ut when one should die without the other, we will still 'o on lovin' each other. Joseph pats Mar$ on the head as if ,he were a $oun' dau'hter and ,he loo#s at hi with Her serene lovin' e$es. Her sister-in-law interferes! Aou are >uite ri'ht. ( wish ( could teachB /ur children at school learn evil and 'ood. )t ho e the$ onl$ learn what is 'ood. 0ut ( do not #now whetherM if Mar$M &hat is it $ou want, M$ dear sister-in-law@ ,pea# freel$. Aou #now that ( love $ou and ( a happ$ when ( can do so ethin' that pleases $ou. ( was thin#in'M Ja es and Judas are onl$ a little older than Jesus. "he$ are alread$ 'oin' to schoolM for what the$ have learnedBM Jesus instead alread$ #nows the 9aw so wellM ( would li#eM eh, ( ean, if ( as#ed Aou to ta#e the as well, when Aou teach Jesus@ ( thin# the$ would %ehave %etter and %e %etter educated. )fter all, the$ are cousins, and it is onl$ fair that the$ should love one another li#e %rothers. /hB ( would %e so happ$B (f Joseph wants, and $our hus%and a'rees, ( a >uite willin'. (t is the sa e to spea# to one as to spea# to three. )nd it is a =o$ to 'o throu'h the whole 0i%le. 9et 3'0


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"he three children, who have co e in ver$ >uietl$, are listenin' and are awaitin' the final decision. "he$ will drive Aou to despair, Mar$ sa$s )lphaeus. ;oB "he$ are alwa$s 'ood with Me. Aou will %e 'ood if ( teach $ou, will $ou not@ "he two %o$s ove near Mar$, one on Her left side, the other on Her ri'ht, the$ place their ar s around Her shoulders, the$ lean their little heads on Her shoulders, and the$ pro ise all the 'ood in the world. 9et the tr$, )lphaeus, and let Me tr$. ( a sure $ou will not %e dissatisfied with the test. "he$ can co e ever$ da$ fro the si4th hour until evenin'. (t will %e enou'h, %elieve Me. ( #now how to teach without tirin' the . Aou ust hold their attention and let the rela4 at the sa e ti e. Aou ust understand the , love the , and %e loved %$ the , if $ou wish to 'et 'ood results. )nd $ou will love Me, will $ou not@ "wo %i' #isses are the answer. ,ee@ ( see. ( can onl$ sa$! 6"han# Aou.7 )nd what will Jesus sa$, when He sees His Mu $ %us$ with others@ &hat do $ou sa$, Jesus@ ( sa$! 6Happ$ those who listen to Her and %uild their dwellin' near Hers.7 )s for &isdo , happ$ are those who are M$ Mother?s friends, and ( a happ$ that those who ( love are Her friends. 3'&

0ut who puts such words on the lips of the 3hild )lphaeus as#s, astonished. ;o%od$, %rother. ;o%od$ in this world . "he vision ends here. -------------Jesus sa$s! )nd Mar$ was M$ teacher and the teacher of Ja es and Judas. "hat is wh$ we loved one another li#e %rothers, not onl$ %ecause of our relationship, %ut for our science and the fact that we had 'rown up to'ether, li#e three shoots supported %$ one pole onl$! M$ Mother. "here was no other doctor in (srael li#e M$ sweet Mother. ,eat of &isdo , and of true &isdo , ,he tau'ht us for the world, and for Heaven. ( sa$! 6,he tau'ht us7 %ecause ( was Her pupil e4actl$ as M$ cousins. )nd the 6seal7 was #ept on the secret of God a'ainst ,atan?s investi'ations, and it was safe'uarded %$ the appearance of a nor al life. Eid $ou en=o$ this sweet scene@ ;ow %e in peace. Jesus is with $ou.

#9. %re'arations for Jesus1 Coming of Age and 3e'arture from 6a7areth.
2,th 6o5ember 1944.

( have received a pro ise fro Hi . ( was sa$in' to Hi ! Jesus, ( would li#e to see the cere on$ of Aour 3+2

a=orit$B )nd He replied! ( will 'ive it to $ou as first thin' as soon as we can %e 6ourselves7 without upsettin' the $ster$. )nd $ou will put it after the scene of M$ Mother, M$ teacher and the teacher of Judas and Ja es, shown to $ou recentl$ (2Qth /cto%er). Aou will put it %etween this one and the Eispute in the "e ple.
19th 3ecember 1944.

( see Mar$ %endin' over a tu%, rather an earthenware vessel, in which ,he stirs so ethin' that stea s in the cool clear air which fills the #itchen 'arden in ;aCareth. (t ust %e the depth of winter, %ecause, with the e4ception of the olive-trees, all the plants and trees are %are and loo# li#e s#eletons. Hi'h a%ove, the s#$ is ver$ clear and there is %eautiful sunshine. 0ut it does not iti'ate the %itterl$ cold wind that sha#es the %are %ou'hs and the little 'reen-'re$ %ranches of the olivetrees. /ur 9ad$ is wearin' a heav$ dar#-%rown dress, which is so dar# that it is al ost %lac#, and ,he has tied in front of it a rou'h piece of cloth, li#e an apron, to protect it. ,he ta#es out of the vessel the stic# with which ,he was stirrin' its contents and ( can see so e %eautiful ru%$red drops drippin' fro it. Mar$ loo#s at the , ,he wets Her fin'er with the , chec#s the color a'ainst Her apron and see s satisfied. ,he 'oes into the house and then co es out with a lot of s#eins of snow-white wool. ,he dips the patientl$ and carefull$ into the vat, one %$ one. &hile ,he is %us$ doin' that, Her sister-in-law, Mar$ of 3+1

)lphaeus, co es in, and she is co in' fro Joseph?s wor#shop. "he$ 'reet each other, and start conversin'. (s it co in' all ri'ht@ as#s Mar$ of )lphaeus. ( hope so. "hat Gentile lad$ assured e that it is e4actl$ the color, and that is e4actl$ how the$ do it in :o e. ,he 'ave it to e onl$ %ecause of Aou, %ecause of the e %roider$ wor# Aou did for her. ,he said that not even in :o e is there an$one who can e %roider so well. Aou ust have %eco e %lind doin' itM Mar$ s iles and sha#es Her head as if to sa$! (t was a ere trifleB Her sister-in-law loo#s at the last s#eins of wool, %efore handin' the over to Mar$. How %eautifull$ Aou have spun the B "he$ are so thin and s ooth that the$ loo# li#e hair. Aou do ever$thin' so well. )nd Aou are so >uic#B &ill these last ones %e of a li'hter color@ Aes, the$ are for the tunic. "he antle is dar#er. "he two wo en wor# to'ether at the vat. "he$ then pull out the s#eins of a %eautiful purple color and the$ run >uic#l$ to dip the into the ice-cold water that fills the little vessel under the thin sprin' of water that tu %les %a%%lin' softl$. "he$ rinse the over and over a'ain, then the$ la$ the s#eins on canes which the$ fasten to the %ranches of the trees. "he$ will dr$ ver$ well and rapidl$ in this wind sa$s Her sister-in-law. 9et us 'o to Joseph. "here is a fire in there. Aou 3+2 ust

%e froCen sa$s /ur 0lessed 9ad$. (t was ver$ #ind of $ou to help Me. ( did it ver$ >uic#l$, and without wor#in' so uch. ( a ver$ 'rateful to $ou. /hB Mar$B &hat would ( not do for AouB "o %e near Aou is a 'reat =o$. )nd thenM all this wor# is for Jesus. )nd He is such a dear, Aour ,onBM ( will feel that He is also $ ,on, if ( help Aou with His feast when He co es of a'e. "he two wo en 'o into the wor#shop, which is full of the s ell of planed wood, as is usual in carpenters? wor#shops. )nd the vision co es to a haltM to start a'ain with Jesus, &ho is now twelve $ears old, settin' out for Jerusale . He loo#s ost handso e, and has 'rown so well that He loo#s li#e a $oun'er %rother of His ver$ $oun' Mother. He alread$ reaches up to Her shoulders with His %lond curl$ head, His hair is no lon'er short as in the first $ears of His life, %ut lon' down to His ears, and loo#s li#e a s all 'olden hel et full$ wrou'ht in %ri'ht curls. He is dressed in red! a %eautiful li'ht ru%$-red. ) lon' tunic han's down to His an#les so that onl$ His sandal clad feet can %e seen. His tunic is loose, with lon' wide sleeves. :ound His nec#, at the end of His sleeves, at the he s, there is a Gree# fret woven color on color, and it is ost %eautifulM --------------(&hen cop$in' the vision, wait for the re ainder which will %e in a new cop$-%oo#). 3+3

22th 3ecember 1944.

( see Jesus with His Mother 'oin' into the dinin' roo (let us call it so), in ;aCareth. Jesus is a handso e $oun' %o$, twelve $ears old, tall, well %uilt, stron' %ut not fat. He loo#s older than His $ears, %ecause of His co ple4ion. He is alread$ tall, in fact He reaches up to the shoulders of His Mother. His face is the ros$ round face of a child and later, in His $outh and then in His anhood, it will 'et thinner and thinner and it will %eco e colorless, the color of certain ver$ delicate ala%asters with a hue of $ellowish pin#. )lso His e$es are still the e$es of a child. "he$ are lar'e, wide open when loo#in', with a spar#le of =o$ lost in the seriousness of His 'lance. 9ater the$ will not %e so wide openM His e$elashes will cover half of the to conceal the e4cessive wic#edness which is in the world, fro the Pure and Hol$ /ne. /nl$ when wor#in' iracles, the$ will %e open and %ri'ht, even %ri'hter than nowM to cast out de ons and death, to heal diseases and sins. )nd the$ will no lon'er have that spar#le of happiness in'led with seriousnessM death and sin will %e ore and ore present and close, and with the the #nowled'e, also the hu an #nowled'e of the uselessness of His sacrifice, %ecause of the unwillin'ness and aversion of an. /nl$ in ost rare o ents of =o$, when He is with faithful %elievers and particularl$ with pure people, ostl$ children, will His hol$ ild #ind e$es shine a'ain with happiness. 0ut now He is at ho e with His Mother, in front of Hi there is ,aint Joseph who is s ilin' lovin'l$, and there are His little cousins who ad ire Hi , and His aunt Mar$ of )lphaeus who is 3+'

pattin' Hi M He is happ$. M$ Jesus needs love to %e happ$. )nd in this o ent He has it. He is dressed in a loose woollen tunic which is a li'ht ru%$ red color. (t is soft, perfectl$ woven in its co pact thinness. :ound the nec#, in the front, at the ends of the lon' wide sleeves and at the %otto of the tunic which han's down to the 'round, so that onl$ His feet can %e seen, there is a Gree# fret which is not e %roidered, %ut woven in a dar#er color into the ru%$ of the tunic. He is wearin' new sandals which appear to %e ver$ well ade, the$ are not =ust the usual soles tied to the feet %$ eans of straps of leather. His tunic ust %e the wor# of His Mother %ecause Her sister-in-law ad ires it, and praises it. His lovel$ %lond hair is alread$ so ewhat dar#er than when He was a little %o$, with au%urn reflections in the curls endin' under His ears. "he$ are no lon'er the soft 'raceful curls of His childhood. (t is not $et the wav$ lon' hair of His anhood, reachin' down to His shoulders, endin' there in a soft, %i' curl. 0ut it alread$ rese %les ore the latter in its color and st$le. Here is our ,on sa$s Mar$ liftin' Her ri'ht hand which is holdin' Jesus? left one. ,he see s to %e introducin' Hi to ever$%od$ and confir in' the paternit$ of the Just an who is s ilin'. )nd ,he adds! 0less Hi , Joseph, %efore leavin' for Jerusale . "here was no ritual %lessin' for His first step in life, %ecause it was not necessar$ for Hi to 'o to school. 0ut now that He is 'oin' to the "e ple to %e proclai ed of a'e, please %less Hi . )nd %less Me with Hi . Aour %lessin'M (Mar$ so%s softl$) will fortif$ Hi and 'ive Me 3++

stren'th, to detach M$self a little

ore fro

Hi M

Mar$, Jesus will alwa$s %e Aours. "he for alit$ will not affect our utual relationship. ;either will ( contend with Aou for this ,on, so dear to us. ;o one deserves, as Aou do, to 'uide Hi in life, o $ Hol$ ,pouse. Mar$ %ends down and ta#es Joseph?s hand and #isses it. ,he is the respectful, lovin' spouse of Her consortB Joseph receives the si'n of respect and love with di'nit$, he then lifts the hand which ,he has #issed and la$s it on the head of his ,pouse and sa$s to Her! Aes. ( %less Aou, o 0lessed /ne, and ( %less Jesus with Aou. 3o e to e, $ onl$ =o$s, $ honor and essence of $ life. Joseph is sole n. &ith his ar s stretched out and the pal s of his hands turned down a%ove the two heads which are %ent down, %oth e>uall$ %lond and hol$, he pronounces his %lessin'! Ma$ the 9ord loo# upon Aou and %less Aou. Ma$ He have erc$ on Aou and 'ive Aou peace. Ma$ the 9ord 'ive Aou His %lessin'.. )nd then he sa$s! )nd now let us 'o. "he hour is favora%le for the =ourne$. Mar$ ta#es a wide dar# %rown antle and ,he drapes it on the %od$ of Her ,on. How ,he caresses Hi in doin' soB "he$ 'o out, the$ close up the house. "he$ set off. /ther pil'ri s are 'oin' in the sa e direction. /utside the villa'e the wo en separate fro the en. "he children 'o where the$ li#e. Jesus sta$s with His Mother. "he pil'ri s 'o alon' throu'h the countr$ which is so %eautiful in the happiest sprin'ti e, and the$ sin' psal s ost of-the ti e. "he eadows are fresh and the 3+-

crops are fresh, and the leaves on the trees have =ust %e'un to %loo . Aou can hear en sin'in' -in the fields alon' the roads and %irds sin'in' their son's of love a on' the %ranches of the trees. 3lear strea s reflect li#e irrors the flowers on the %an#s, while little la %s are =u pin' a%out near their othersM Peace and happiness under the loveliest )pril s#$. "he vision ends thus

42. Jesus 9=amined in the Tem'le )hen (e Is of Age.

21st 3ecember 1944.

"he "e ple on a feast da$. People 'oin' in and co in' out of the enclosure 'ates, crossin' $ards, halls and porches, disappearin' in this or that %uildin' on the various floors, which for the %ul# of the "e ple. )lso the 'roup of Jesus? fa il$ 'o in sin'in' psal s in low voices. )ll the en are in front, the wo en co e %ehind. /ther people have =oined the , perhaps fro ;aCareth, perhaps their friends in Jerusale . ( do not #now. Joseph, after worshippin' the Most Hi'h with all the others at the point, o%viousl$, where en were allowed to do so, (the wo en stopped on a lower landin'), parts fro the rest and with his ,on 'oes %ac# throu'h so e $ards, he then oves to one side and enters a vast roo which loo#s li#e a s$na'o'ue. ( do not #now wh$. &ere there s$na'o'ues also in the "e ple@ He spea#s to 3+*

a 9evite and the latter disappears %ehind a striped curtain, then co es %ac# with so e elder priests, ( thin# the$ are priests, the$ are certainl$ asters in the #nowled'e of the 9aw, and the$ are therefore appointed to e4a ine the %elievers. Joseph introduces Jesus. 2irst of all, the$ %oth %ow down deepl$ to the ten doctors, who have sat down with di'nit$ on low wooden stools. Here he sa$s, this in $ ,on. "hree onths and twelve da$s a'o He reached the a'e which the 9aw prescri%es to %eco e of a'e. )nd ( want Hi to co pl$ with the prescriptions of (srael. ( would as# $ou to note that His constitution proves that He is no lon'er in His childhood or inorit$. )nd ( as# $ou to e4a ine Hi #indl$ and fairl$, to =ud'e that what ( here, His father, have stated, is the truth. ( have prepared Hi for this hour and for this di'nit$ of son of the 9aw. He #nows the precepts, the traditions, the decisions, the custo s of the frin'es and the ph$lacteries, He #nows how to sa$ the dail$ pra$ers and %lessin's. "herefore, since He #nows the 9aw in (tself and in its three %ranches of Halascia, Midrasc and )''ada, He can %ehave as a an. "herefore ( wish to %e free fro the responsi%ilities of His actions and of His sins. 2ro now on, He ust %e su%=ect to the precepts and He ust pa$ Hi self the penalt$ for His failures towards the . 84a ine Hi . &e &ill. 3o e forward, 3hild. &hat is Aour na e@ Jesus of Joseph, fro ;aCareth. ) ;aCareneM can Aou therefore read@ Aes, ra%%i, ( can read the words which are written and 3+0

those which are construed in the words the selves. &hat do $ou ean@ ( ean that ( understand also the eanin' of the alle'or$ or of the s$ %ol which is hidden under the appearance, as a pearl does not appear %ut it is inside an u'l$ closed shell. ) clever answer and a ver$ wise one. &e seldo hear that on the lips of adultsF in a child, and a ;aCarene in additionBM "he attention of the ten has %een awa#ened. "heir e$es do not lose for an instant the %eautiful %lond 3hild, &ho is loo#in' at the sure of Hi self, without %oldness, %ut also without fear. Aou honour Aour read. "he &isdo aster, who, certainl$, was deepl$

of God was 'athered in his =ust heart. an, father of such

0ut listen to thatB Aou are a happ$ a ,onB

Joseph, who is at the end of the roo , s iles and %ows down. "he$ 'ive Jesus three different rolls sa$in'! :ead the one closed with the 'olden ri%%on. Jesus opens the roll and reads. (t is the Eecalo'ue. 0ut after the first few words, one of the =ud'es ta#es the roll fro Hi sa$in'! Go on %$ heart. Jesus continues so sure of Hi self, that He see s to %e readin'. 8ver$ ti e He entions the 9ord, He %ows down deepl$. 3+&

&ho tau'ht Aou that@ &h$ do Aou do that@ 0ecause that ;a e is hol$ and it is to %e pronounced with a si'n of internal and e4ternal respect. ,u%=ects %ow down to their #in', who is #in' onl$ for a short ti e and he is dust. "o the Din' of #in's, the Most Hi'h 9ord of (srael, &ho is present even if He is onl$ visi%le to the spirit, shall not ever$ creature %ow down since ever$ creature depends on Hi with eternal su%=ection@ 1er$ cleverB Man! we advise $ou to have $our ,on educated either %$ Hillel or Ga aliel. He is a ;aCareneM %ut His answers 'ive us hope that He will %eco e a new 'reat doctor. M$ ,on is of a'e. He will decide accordin' to His own will. (f His decision is an honest one, ( will not oppose it. 9isten, 3hild. Aou said! 6:e e %er to sanctif$ feast da$s. ;ot onl$ for $ourself, %ut also for $our son and $our dau'hter, $our servant and $our aidservant, even for $our horse it is said that the$ ust not wor# on ,a%%aths.7 ;ow tell e! if a hen la$s an e'' on a ,a%%ath or a sheep la %s on a ,a%%ath, will it %e le'al to use the fruit of its wo %, or will it %e considered as an oppro%riu @ ( #now that an$ ra%%is, ,ha ai is the last of the and is still alive, sa$ that an e'' laid on a ,a%%ath is a'ainst the precept. 0ut ( thin# that there is a difference %etween an and ani als or whoever fulfills a natural act, such as 'ivin' %irth. (f ( co pel a horse to wor# ( a responsi%le for its sin, %ecause ( force it to wor# with a whip. 0ut if a hen la$s an e'' which has atured in its ovar$ or a sheep la %s a little one on a ,a%%ath, %ecause 3-2

it is read$ to %e %orn, no, such a deed is not a sin, neither is the e'' laid or the la % %orn on a ,a%%ath a sin in the e$es of God. 0ut wh$, if ever$ #ind of wor# is a sin on ,a%%aths@ 0ecause to conceive and 'ive %irth correspond to the will of the 3reator and co pl$ with the laws which He 'ave to ever$ creature. ;ow, the hen does nothin' %ut o%e$ the law accordin' to which after so an$ hours of 'rowth an e'' is co plete and read$ to %e laid, and the sheep also o%e$s the laws laid %$ Hi &ho created ever$thin', accordin' to which laws twice a $ear when sprin'ti e is on the eadows in %loo , and when the trees in the forest lose their leaves and en uffle the selves up %ecause of the intense cold, sheep should ate so that later the$ a$ 'ive il#, eat and nourishin' cheese, in the opposite seasons of the $ear, that is in the onths when the toil for the crops is harder or the %lea#ness is ore painful %ecause of frost%ite. (f therefore a sheep, when its ti e is up, 'ives %irth to a little la %, ohB little la % can certainl$ %e sacred also on an altar, %ecause it is the fruit of the o%edience to the 3reator. ( would not e4a ine Hi an$ further. His wisdo is 'reater than the wisdo of 'rown up people and is reall$ surprisin'. ;o. He said that He is capa%le of understandin' also the s$ %ols. 9et us hear Hi . 2irst, let Hi pra$ers. sa$ a psal , the %lessin's and the


)lso the precepts. Aes. :epeat the Midrasciot. Jesus repeats a lon' litan$ of Eon?t do thisM don?t do thatM without an$ hesitation. (f we were still o%li'ed to #eep all those li itations, re%els as we are, ( a sure that no one would %e savedM "hat is enou'h. /pen the roll with the 'reen ri%%on. Jesus opens it, and He is a%out to read. 2urther on, $es, further on. Jesus o%e$s. "hat is enou'h. ;ow read and e4plain it, if Aou thin# there is a s$ %ol. (n the Hol$ &ord, it is seldo issin'. (t is we who cannot see and appl$ it. ( read! 2ourth 0oo# of the Din's, 3hapter twent$-two, 1erse ten! 6"hen ,haphan, the secretar$, infor ed the #in' sa$in'! ?Hil#iah, the Hi'h Priest, has 'iven e a %oo#?F and ,haphan read it aloud in the #in'?s presence. /n hearin' the contents of the 9aw of God, the #in' tore his 'ar ents, and 'ave the followin'M7 :ead after all the na es. 6M the followin' order! ?Go and consult Aahweh, on %ehalf of e and the people, on %ehalf of the whole of Judah, a%out the contents of this %oo# that has %een found. Great indeed ust %e the an'er of Aahweh %laCin' out a'ainst us %ecause our ancestors did not o%e$ what this %oo# sa$s, %$ practisin' ever$thin' written in itM7 3-2

"hat is enou'h. "his happened an$ centuries a'o. &hich s$ %ol do Aou find in an event of ancient histor$@ ( find that ti e cannot %e related to what is eternal. )nd God is eternal and our soul is eternal, and the relation %etween God and our soul is also eternal. "herefore the thin' that 'ave rise to a punish ent then, is the sa e thin' that 'ives rise to punish ent now, and the effects of the fault are the sa e. "hat is@ (srael is no lon'er ac>uainted with the &isdo , which co es fro God. (t is to Hi , and not to poor en, that we ust appl$ for li'ht, and it is not possi%le to have li'ht if there is no =ustice and lo$alt$ to God. "hat is wh$ en sin, and God, in His an'er, punishes the . &e are no lon'er ac>uainted@ 0ut what are Aou sa$in', 3hild@ )nd the si4 hundred and thirteen precepts@ "he precepts e4ist, %ut the$ are ere words. &e #now the %ut we do not practise the . "hat is wh$ we are not ac>uainted with the . "his is the s$ %ol! ever$ an, in ever$ period of ti e, ust consult the 9ord to #now His will and co pl$ with it to avoid drawin' His an'er on hi self. "he 3hild is perfect. ;ot even the trap of the tric#$ >uestion has upset Hi in His repl$. 9et us ta#e Hi to the real s$na'o'ue "he$ 'o into a lar'er and ore splendid roo . "he first thin' the$ do there is to shorten His hair. His %i' curls are pic#ed up %$ Joseph. "he$ then ti'hten His red tunic 3-3

with a lon' %and turned several ti es round His waist, the$ tie so e little frin'es to His forehead, ar and antle. "he$ fi4 the on with a #ind of studs. "he$ then sin' psal s, and Joseph praises the 9ord with a lon' pra$er invo#in' all %lessin's on his ,on. "he cere on$ is over. Jesus 'oes out with Joseph. "he$ 'o %ac# to where the$ ca e fro , the$ =oin their ale relatives, the$ %u$ and offer a la %F then, with the slau'htered victi , the$ reach the wo en. Mar$ #isses Her Jesus. (t see s ,he has not seen Hi for $ears. ,he loo#s at Hi , now that He is ore anl$ in His clothes and in the st$le of His hair, ,he pats Hi M "he$ 'o out and it all ends here.

41. The 3is'ute of Jesus !ith the 3octors in the Tem'le.

20th Januar& 1944.

( see Jesus. He is an adolescent. He is dressed in a tunic which ( thin# is ade of white linen, and it reaches down to His feet. /ver it, He is wearin' a pale red rectan'ular piece of cloth. He is %are headed, His lon' hair reaches down to half His ears and it is so ewhat dar#er in hue than when ( saw Hi as a child. He is a stron' %o$ and ver$ tall for His a'e, which is still relativel$ $oun', as is o%vious fro His countenance. 3-'

He loo#s at e s ilin' and stretches His hands towards e. 0ut His s ile is alread$ li#e the one ( see in Hi when He is a Man! ild %ut rather serious. He is %$ Hi self. ( do not see an$thin' else for the ti e %ein'. He is leanin' a'ainst a low wall on a inor road which is all uphill and downhill, littered with stones and has a ditch in the iddle which in %ad weather ust turn into a rivulet. 0ut at present it is dr$ %ecause the da$ is lovel$. ( also see to %e 'oin' near the low wall and ( loo# around and down, as Jesus is doin'. ( see a 'roup of houses irre'ular in for ation. ,o e of the houses are tall, others are low, and the$ are scattered in all directions. "he$ loo# li#e a handful of little white stones thrown down on dar# soil! the co parison is a poor %ut 'ood one. "he streets and the lanes are li#e veins in all that whiteness. Here and there ( see so e plants protrudin' fro the walls. Man$ are in %loo while others are alread$ covered with new leaves. (t ust %e sprin'ti e. /n $ left, there is the assive structure of the "e ple, on three sets of terraces covered with %uildin's and towers and $ards and porches. (n the centre, the hi'hest ost sole n and rich %uildin' rises with its, round do es, which shine in the sun as if the$ were covered with copper or 'old. (t is all enclosed %$ an e %attled wall, the erlons of which are li#e those of a stron'hold. ) tower hi'her than the others, %uilt over a rather narrow cli %in' road, co ands a clear view of the hu'e %uildin'. (t loo#s li#e a stern sentr$. Jesus stares at the place. He then turns round, leans 3-+

%ac# once a'ain a'ainst the wall, as He had done %efore and loo#s at a hilloc# which is in front of the %uildin', a hilloc# crowded with houses at its %ase, while the rest of it is %are. ( see that a street ends over there in an arch, %e$ond which there is nothin' %ut a road paved with s>uare stones, which are loose and uneven. "he$ are not too lar'e, not li#e the stones of the :o an consular roads! the$ rather rese %le the classic stones of the old pave ents in 1iare''io (( do not #now whether there are an$ still left) %ut the$ are not =oined to'ether. ) reall$ rou'h road. Jesus? face %eco es so serious that ( loo# at the hilloc# endeavourin' to find the cause of His sadness. 0ut ( do not see an$thin' special. (t is a %are hilloc# and nothin' else. (nstead ( lose Jesus %ecause when ( turn round, He is no lon'er there. )nd ( fall asleep with that vision. M &hen ( awa#e with its e or$ in $ heart, after ( have recovered so e of $ stren'th and $ ind is at peace, %ecause the$ are all asleep, ( find $self in a place which ( have never seen %efore. "here are $ards and fountains and porches and houses, or rather pavilions, %ecause the$ loo# ore li#e pavilions than houses. "here is a lar'e crowd of people dressed in the ancient st$le of the Jews, and there is a lot of %awlin'. &hen ( loo# round ( realise ( a inside the lar'e %uildin' which Jesus was loo#in' at, %ecause ( see -the e %attled wall surroundin' it, the tower watchin' over it and the i posin' %uildin' that rises in the centre, and round which there are %eautiful and lar'e porches, where an$ people are intent on activities. ( understand that ( a in the enclosure of the "e ple in 3--

Jerusale . ( see Pharisees in lon' flowin' dresses, priests dressed in linen and wearin' precious plates at the top of their chests and on their foreheads and with other spar#lin' points here and there on their varied ro%es, which are ver$ wide and white, tied to their waists %$ precious %elts. "here are also others with fewer decorations, %ut the$ ust still %elon' to the sacerdotal caste and are surrounded %$ $oun'er disciples. ( realise that the$ are the doctors of the 9aw. ) on' all these people ( a lost, %ecause ( do not #now wh$ or what ( a doin' there. ( 'o near a 'roup of doctors where the$ have =ust started a theolo'ical dispute. Man$ people do the sa e. ) on'st the doctors there is a 'roup headed %$ one whose na e is Ga aliel and %$ another old and al ost %lind an who is supportin' Ga aliel in the dispute. "his an, whose na e ( hear is Hillel (( a writin' it with an ?h? %ecause ( hear an aspiration at the %e'innin' of the na e) see s to %e a teacher or relative of Ga aliel, %ecause the latter treats hi with fa iliarit$ and respect at the sa e ti e. Ga aliel?s 'roup is ore %road- inded, whereas another 'roup, and it is ore nu erous, is led %$ one whose na e in ,ha ai, and is noticea%le for its conservative, resentful intolerance which the Gospel has clarified so well. Ga aliel, surrounded %$ a co pact 'roup of disciples, is spea#in' of the co in' of the Messiah, and foundin' his o%servations on Eaniel?s prophec$, he states that the Messiah ust have alread$ %een %orn, %ecause the sevent$ prophesied wee#s, fro the ti e the decree of the reconstruction of the "e ple was issued, e4pired so e 3-*

ten $ears %efore. ,ha ai opposes hi statin' that, if it is true that the "e ple has %een re%uilt, it is also true that the slaver$ of (srael has increased and the peace, which He &ho the prophets called Prince of Peace was to %rin', is >uite far fro %ein' in the world and in particular is far fro Jerusale . "he town is in fact oppressed %$ an ene $ who is so %old as to e4ert his do ination inside the enclosure of the "e ple, do inated %$ the )ntonia "ower, full of :o an le'ionaries, read$ to put down with their swords an$ riot which a$ %rea# out for the independence of the countr$. "he dispute, full of captious o%=ections, is dra''ed on endlessl$. )ll the doctors show off their learnin', not so uch to %eat their opponents as to displa$ the selves to the ad iration of the listeners. "heir ai s are >uite o%vious. 2ro the close 'roup of the %elievers the clear voice of a %o$ is heard! Ga aliel is ri'ht. "here is a stir in the crowd and in the 'roup of doctors. "he$ loo# for the interrupter. 0ut it is not necessar$ to search for hi , %ecause he does not hide. He a#es his wa$ throu'h the crowd and 'oes near the 'roup of the ra%%is . ( reco'nise $ Jesus adolescent. He is sure of Hi self and openhearted, His e$es are spar#lin' with intelli'ence. &ho are Aou@ , the$ as# Hi . ( a a son of (srael, who has co e to fulfill what the 9aw prescri%es. His %old and fran# repl$ is appreciated, and it 'ains Hi 3-0

s iles of approval and favour. "he$ ta#e an interest in the $oun' (sraelite. &hat is Aour na e@ Jesus of ;aCareth. "he feelin' of %enevolence fades awa$ in ,ha ai?s 'roup. 0ut Ga aliel, ore %eni'nl$, continues his conversation with Hillel. (t is indeed Ga aliel who with respect su''ests to the old an! )s# the %o$ so ethin'. /n what do Aou %ase Aour certaint$@ as#s Hillel. (( will now put the na es in front of the replies for the sa#e of %revit$ and clarit$.) Jesus! /n the prophec$ which cannot %e wron' a%out the ti e and the si'ns which too# place at the ti e it ca e true. (t is true that 3aesar do inates us, %ut the world and Palestine were in such peace when the sevent$ wee#s e4pired, that it was possi%le for 3aesar to order the census in his do inions. Had there %een wars in the 8 pire and riots in Palestine, he would not have %een a%le to do so. )s that ti e was co pleted, so the other period of si4t$-two wee#s plus one fro the co pletion of the "e ple is also %ein' co pleted, so that the Messiah a$ %e anointed and the re ainder of the prophec$ a$ co e true for the people who did not want Hi . 3an $ou dou%t that@ Eo $ou not re e %er the star that was seen %$ the &ise Men fro the 8ast and stopped over the s#$ in 0ethlehe of Judah and that the prophecies and the visions, fro Jaco% onwards, indicate that place as the one destined as the %irthplace of the Messiah, son of the son of Jaco%?s son, throu'h Eavid who was fro 3-&

0ethlehe @ Eo $ou not re e %er 0alaa @ 6) ,tar will %e %orn of Jaco%7. "he &ise Men fro the 8ast, whose purit$ and faith opened their e$es and ears, saw the ,tar and understood its ;a e! 6Messiah7, and the$ ca e to worship the 9i'ht which had descended into the world. ,ha ai, 'larin' at Hi ! Eo $ou ean that the Messiah was %orn in 0ethlehe -8phrathah at the ti e of the ,tar@ Jesus! ( do. ,ha ai! "hen he no lon'er is. Eon?t $ou #now, 3hild, that Herod had all the %orn of wo an, fro one da$ up to the a'e of two $ears, slau'htered in 0ethlehe and surroundin's@ Aou, &ho are so wise in the ,criptures, ust #now also this! 6) voice is heard in :a ahM it is :achel weepin' for her children.7 "he valle$s and the hills in 0ethlehe , which 'athered the tears of the d$in' :achel, were left full of tears, and the others have wept a'ain on their slau'htered children. ) on'st the , there certainl$ was the Mother of the Messiah. Jesus! Aou are wron', old an. "he weepin' of :achel turned into a hosanna, %ecause there, where she 'ave %irth to 6the son of her sorrow7, the new :achel has 'iven the world the 0en=a in of the Heavenl$ 2ather, the ,on of His ri'ht hand, Hi &ho is destined to 'ather the people of God under His sceptre and free it fro the ost dreadful slaver$. ,ha ai! How can that %e, if He was #illed@ Jesus! Have $ou not read a%out 8li=ah@ He was carried off %$ the chariot of fire. )nd could the 9ord God not have 3*2

saved his ( anuel that He i'ht %e the Messiah of his people@ He, &ho parted the sea in front of Moses that (srael i'ht wal# on dr$ 'round towards its land, could He not have sent His an'els to save His ,on, His 3hrist, fro the ferocit$ of an@ ( sole nl$ tell $ou! the 3hrist is alive and is a on'st $ou, and when His hour co es, He will show Hi self in His power Jesus, in sa$in' these words, which ( have underlined, has a sharp sound in His voice which fills the air. His e$es are %ri'hter than ever, and with the 'esture of co and and pro ise He stretches out His ri'ht ar and hand and lowers the as if He were swearin'. He is a %o$, %ut is as sole n as a an. Hillel! 3hild, who tau'ht $ou these words@ Jesus! "he ,pirit of God. ( have no hu an teacher. "his is the &ord of the 9ord &ho spea#s to $ou throu'h M$ lips. Hillel! 3o e near us that ( a$ see Aou, 3hild, and hope a$ %e revived %$ Aour faith and $ soul enli'htened %$ the %ri'htness of Aours. $

)nd the$ a#e Jesus sit on a hi'h stool %etween Ga aliel and Hillel and the$ 'ive Hi so e rolls to read and e4plain. (t is a proper e4a ination. "he people thron' and listen. Jesus reads in His clear voice! 0e consoled, $ people. ,pea# to the heart of Jerusale and call to her that her ti e of service is endedM ) voice cries in the wilderness! 6Prepare a wa$ for the 9ordMthen the 'lor$ of the 9ord shall %e revealedM7 3*1

,ha ai! ,ee that, ;aCarene. (t refers here to an ended slaver$, %ut never %efore have we %een slaves as we are now. )nd there is the ention of a precursor. &here is he@ Aou are tal#in' nonsense. Jesus! ( tell $ou that the ad onition of the Precursor should %e addressed to $ou ore than an$one else. "o $ou and those li#e $ou. /therwise $ou will not see the 'lor$ of the 9ord, neither will $ou understand the word of God %ecause eanness, pride and falsehood will prevent $ou fro seein' and hearin'. ,ha ai! How dare Aou spea# to a aster li#e that@ Jesus! ( spea# thus. )nd thus ( shall spea# even to M$ death, %ecause a%ove Me there are the interests of the 9ord and the love for "ruth of which ( a the ,on. )nd ( add, ra%%i, that the slaver$ of which the Prophet spea#s, and of which ( a spea#in', is not the one $ou thin#, neither is the ro$alt$ the one $ou consider. /n the contrar$, %$ the erits of the Messiah an will %e ade free fro the slaver$ of 8vil, which separates hi fro God, and the si'n of 3hrist will %e on the spirits, freed fro ever$ $o#e and ade su%=ects of the eternal #in'do . )ll the nations will %end their heads, o household of Eavid, %efore the ,hoot %orn of $ou and which will 'row into a tree that covers the whole world and rises up to Heaven. )nd in Heaven and on the earth ever$ outh will praise His ;a e and %end its #nee %efore the )nointed of God, the Prince of Peace, the 9eader, %efore Hi &ho %$ 'ivin' Hi self will fill with =o$ and nourish ent ever$ disheartened and fa ishin' soul, %efore the Hol$ /ne &ho will esta%lish an alliance %etween Heaven and earth. ;ot li#e the 3ovenant ade 3*2

with the 8lders of (srael when God led the out of 8'$pt, treatin' the still as servants, %ut infusin' a heavenl$ paternit$ into the souls of en with the Grace instilled once a'ain %$ the erits of the :edee er, throu'h &ho all 'ood people will #now the 9ord and the ,anctuar$ of God will no lon'er %e de olished and destro$ed. ,ha ai! Eo not %lasphe e, 3hildB :e e %er Eaniel. He states that after the death of 3hrist, the "e ple and the "own will %e destro$ed %$ a people and a leader who will co e fro afar. )nd Aou hold that the sanctuar$ of God will no lon'er %e de olishedB :espect the ProphetsB Jesus! ( sole nl$ tell $ou that there is ,o eone &ho is a%ove the Prophets, and $ou do not #now Hi and $ou will not #now Hi %ecause $ou do not want to. )nd ( tell $ou that what ( said is true. "he true ,anctuar$ will not %e su%=ect to death. 0ut li#e its ,anctifier it will rise to eternal life and at the end of the world it will live in Heaven. Hillel! 9isten to e, 3hild. Ha''ai sa$s! 6M"he /ne 84pected %$ the nations will co eM 'reat then shall %e the 'lor$ of this house, and of this last one ore than of the previous one.7 Eoes he perhaps refer to the ,anctuar$ of which Aou are spea#in'@ Jesus! Aes, aster. "hat is what he eans. Aour honest$ leads Aou towards the 9i'ht and ( tell $ou! when the sacrifice of 3hrist is acco plished, $ou shall have peace %ecause $ou are an (sraelite without wic#edness. Ga aliel! "ell e, Jesus. How can the peace of which the Prophets spea# %e hoped for, if destruction is 'oin' to co e to this people %$ war@ ,pea# and enli'hten also e. 3*3

Jesus! Eo $ou not re e %er, aster, what those said who were present on the ni'ht of 3hrist?s %irth@ "hat the an'els san'! 6Peace to en of 'ood will7 %ut this people is not of 'ood will and will not have peace. (t will not ac#nowled'e its Din', the Just Man, the ,aviour, %ecause the$ e4pect Hi to %e a #in' with hu an power, whereas He is the Din' of the spirit. "he$ will not love Hi , %ecause the$ will not li#e what 3hrist preaches. 3hrist will not defeat their ene ies with their chariots and their horses, He will instead defeat the ene ies of the soul, who endeavour to i prison in hell the heart of an which was created for the 9ord. )nd this is not the victor$ which (srael is e4pectin' fro Hi . Aour Din' will co e, Jerusale , ridin' a 6don#e$ and a colt7, that is, the =ust people of (srael and the Gentiles. 0ut ( tell $ou, that the colt will %e ore faithful to Hi and will follow Hi precedin' the don#e$ and will 'row in the wa$s of "ruth and 9ife. 0ecause of its evil will, (srael will lose its peace and suffer for centuries and will cause its Din' to suffer and will a#e Hi the Din' of sorrow of &ho (saiah spea#s. ,ha ai! Aour outh tastes of il# and %lasphe $ at the sa e ti e, ;aCarene. "ell e! where is the Precursor@ &hen did we have hi @ Jesus! He is. Eoes not Malachi sa$! 6Here ( a 'oin' to send M$ essen'er to prepare the wa$ %efore MeF and the 9ord $ou are see#in' will suddenl$ enter His "e ple, and the an'el of the 3ovenant &ho $ou are lon'in' for7@ "herefore the Precursor i ediatel$ precedes 3hrist. He alread$ is, as 3hrist is. (f $ears should elapse 3*'

%etween hi who prepares the wa$s for the 9ord and 3hrist, all the wa$s would %eco e o%structed and twisted a'ain. God #nows and arran'es %eforehand that the Precursor should precede the Master %$ one hour onl$. &hen $ou see this Precursor, $ou will %e a%le to sa$! 6"he ission of 3hrist is %e'innin'.7 )nd ( sa$ to $ou! 3hrist will open an$ e$es and an$ ears when He co es this wa$. 0ut He will not open $ours or those of people li#e $ou, %ecause $ou will %e puttin' to death Hi &ho is %rin'in' $ou 9ife. 0ut when the :edee er sits on His throne and on His altar, hi'her up than this "e ple, hi'her than the "a%ernacle enclosed in the Hol$ of the Holies, hi'her up than the Glor$ supported %$ the 3heru%i , aledictions for the deicides and life for the Gentiles will flow fro His thousands and thousands of wounds, %ecause He, o aster who are unaware of it, is not, ( repeat, is not the #in' of a hu an #in'do , %ut of a spiritual Din'do and His su%=ects will %e onl$ those who for His sa#e will learn to re'enerate in the spirit and, li#e Jonah, after %ein' %orn, will learn to %e %orn a'ain, on other shores! 6"he shores of God7, %$ eans of a spiritual re'eneration which will ta#e place throu'h 3hrist, &ho will 'ive hu anit$ true 9ife.
,ha ai and his followers! "his ;aCarene is ,atanB Hillel and his followers! ;o. "his child is a Prophet of God. ,ta$ with e, 3hild. M$ old a'e will transfuse what ( #now into Aour #nowled'e and Aou will %e Master of the people of God. Jesus! ( sole nl$ tell $ou that if there were 3*+ an$ li#e

$ou, salvation would co e to (srael. 0ut M$ hour has not co e. 1oices fro Heaven spea# to Me and in solitude ( ust 'ather the until M$ hour co es. "hen with M$ lips and M$ %lood ( will spea# to Jerusale , and the destin$ of Prophets stoned and #illed %$ her, will also %e M$ destin$. 0ut a%ove M$ life there is the 9ord God, to &ho ( su% it M$self as a faithful servant, to a#e of M$self a stool for His 'lor$, waitin' that He will a#e the world a stool at the feet of 3hrist. &ait for Me in M$ hour. "hese stones shall hear M$ voice a'ain and vi%rate hearin' M$ last word. 0lessed are those who in that voice will have heard God and %elieved in Hi %ecause of it. "o the 3hrist will 'ive that #in'do which $our selfishness i a'ines to %e a hu an one, whereas it is a heavenl$ one and therefore ( sa$! 6Here is Aour servant, 9ord, &ho has co e do to Aour will. 9et it %e consu ated, %ecause ( a ea'er to fulfill it.7 )nd here, with the vision of Jesus with His face %urnin' with spiritual ardour and raised to Heaven, His ar s stretched out, standin' upri'ht in the idst of the astonished doctors, the vision ends. (and it is G!GN of the 2Qth).
29th Januar& 1944.

( have here two thin's to tell $ou and which will certainl$ %e of interest to $ou. ( had decided to write the as soon as ( ca e out of $ stupor. 0ut as there is so ethin' ore ur'ent, ( will write the later. KM L &hat ( wanted to tell $ou at the %e'innin' is this. "oda$ $ou were as#in' e how ( had %een a%le to find out the na es of Hillel, Ga aliel and of ,ha ai. 3*-

(t is the voice that ( call the second voice which tells e these thin's. ) voice even less audi%le than Jesus? and the voices of other people who dictate. "hese are voices, ( have told $ou and ( repeat it, which $ spiritual hearin' perceives as %ein' identical to hu an voices. ( hear the as #ind or an'r$ voices, stron' or wea#, =o$ful or sad, as if one spo#e ver$ close to e. "he second voice , instead, is li#e a li'ht, an intuition that spea#s in $ spirit. (n not to $ spirit. (t is an indication. ,o, while ( was approachin' the 'roup of the disputant parties and ( did not #now who was the illustrious persona'e who was disputin' so heatedl$ %eside an old an, this internal 6so ethin'7 said to e! 6Ga aliel < Hillel7. Aes. 2irst Ga aliel and then Hillel. ( have no dou%t a%out it. &hile ( was wonderin' who the$ were, the internal onitor pointed out the third unpleasant individual to e, =ust as Ga aliel was callin' hi %$ na e. )nd ( was thus a%le to learn who was the an with the pharisaic appearance. "oda$ this internal onitor a#es e understand that ( was seein' the universe after its death. "he sa e happens an$ ti es in visions. (t is this onitor who a#es e understand certain details which ( would not %e a%le to 'rasp %$ $self and which are necessar$ for co prehension. ( do not #now whether ( have ade $self clear. 0ut ( a KM L stoppin' %ecause Jesus is %e'innin' to spea#.


22nd *ebruar& 1944.

Jesus sa$s! 9ittle John, %e patient. "here is so ethin' else. )nd let us do it to please $our spiritual Eirector and co plete the wor#. ( want this wor# to %e handed in to orrow! )sh &ednesda$. ( want $ou to co plete this tas# %ecauseM ( want $ou to suffer with Me. 9et us 'o %ac#, far %ac#. 9et us 'o %ac# to the "e ple where (, a twelve $ear old %o$, a disputin'. ;a$, let us 'o %ac# to the roads which ta#e one to Jerusale and fro Jerusale to the "e ple. ,ee Mar$?s distress, when ,he realised, after the 'roups of en and wo en had 'athered to'ether, that ( was not with Joseph.

,he does not reproach Her spouse %itterl$. 8ver$ wo an would have done that. Aou do so for uch less, for'ettin' that an is still the head of the fa il$. 0ut the pain that appears on Mar$?s face pierces Joseph?s heart ore than an$ %itter reproach. Mar$ does not 'ive vent to dra atic out%ursts. Aou do so for uch less %ecause $ou love to %e noticed and pitied. 0ut Her repressed sorrow is so o%vious! ,he starts tre %lin', Her face turns pale, Her e$es are wide open and thus ,he arouses pit$ ore than an$ out%urst of tears and cries.
,he is no lon'er tired or hun'r$. )nd $et the =ourne$ was a lon' one and ,he has not ta#en an$ food for so an$ hoursB 0ut ,he leaves ever$thin'! the %ed ,he was preparin' and the food which was read$ to %e handed out. )nd ,he 'oes %ac#. (t is ni'ht, it is dar#. (t does not atter. 8ver$ step ta#es Her %ac# to Jerusale . ,he 3*0

stops the caravans and pil'ri s and >uestions the . Joseph follows Her and helps Her. ) lon' da$?s wal# %ac# to Jerusale and then the feverish search in town. &here, where can Her Jesus %e@ )nd %$ God?s provision for an$ hours ,he will not #now where to loo# for Me. "o loo# for a child in the "e ple does not a#e sense. &hat could a child %e doin' in the "e ple@ )t ost, if he had 'ot lost in town and his little steps had %rou'ht hi %ac# there, he would have cried for his other and thus would have attracted the attention of people and of the priests, who would have ta#en the necessar$ steps to find the parents %$ eans of announce ents left at the 'ates. 0ut there was no announce ent. ;o one in town #new an$thin' of this 3hild. 0eautiful@ 0lond@ ,tron'@ "here are so an$ li#e thatB (t is too little to ena%le an$one to sa$! 6( saw Hi . He was there or thereB7 "hen, after three da$s, the s$ %ol of three other da$s of future an'uish, Mar$, e4hausted, enters the "e ple, wal#s alon' the $ards and the halls. ;othin'. ,he runs, the poor Mother, whenever ,he hears the voice of a child. 8ven the %leatin' of the la %s 'ive Her the i pression that ,he hears Her 3reature weepin' and loo#in' for Her. 0ut Jesus is not weepin'. He is teachin'. )ll of a sudden, fro %e$ond the %arrier of a lar'e 'roup of people, ,he hears His voice sa$in'! 6"hese stones will vi%rateM7 ,he endeavours to a#e Her wa$ throu'h the crowd, and succeeds after uch effort. "here is Her ,on, standin' in the idst of the doctors with His ar s stretched out. Mar$ is the Prudent 1ir'in. 0ut this ti e an4iet$ overco es prudence. (t is a hurricane that de olishes 3*&

ever$thin'. ,he runs to Her ,on, e %races Hi , liftin' Hi off the stool and puttin' Hi down on the 'round and ,he e4clai s! 6/hB &h$ have Aou done this to us@ 2or three da$s we have %een loo#in' for Aou. Aour Mu $ is d$in' with pain, ,on. Aour father is e4hausted with fati'ue. &h$, Jesus@7

Aou do not as# 6wh$7 of Hi &ho #nows. 6&h$7 He %ehaved in a certain wa$. Aou do not as# those with a vocation 6wh$7 the$ leave ever$thin' to follow the voice of God. ( was &isdo and ( #new. ( was 6called7 to a ission and ( was fulfillin' it. )%ove the earthl$ father and other there is God, the Eivine 2ather. His interests are a%ove ours, His affections are superior to ever$thin' else. )nd ( tell M$ Mother.
( finish teachin' the doctors with the lesson to Mar$, the 5ueen of doctors. )nd ,he has never for'otten it. "he sun %e'an to shine a'ain in Her heart now that ,he had Me, hu %le and o%edient, %eside Her, %ut M$ words are deepl$ rooted in Her ind. "here will %e uch sunshine and an$ clouds will 'ather in the s#$ durin' the ne4t twent$-one $ears ( will still %e on the earth. )nd 'reat =o$s and an$ tears will alternate in Her heart durin' the ne4t twent$-one $ears. 0ut never a'ain will ,he as#! 6M$ ,on, wh$ have Aou done this to us@7 /h, insolent en, learn $our lesson. ( directed and enli'htened the vision, %ecause $ou, little John, are not a%le to do an$thin' further. ;ow pa$ attention to what ( sa$. ( want this %oo#let to %e ade up as follows! 302

2irst sorrow! Presentation in the "e ple. ,econd sorrow! sta$ in 8'$pt. "hird sorrow! Jesus lost in the "e ple. 2ourth sorrow! the death of ,t. Joseph. 2ifth sorrow! M$ departure fro ;aCareth. "hen the dictation dated *Nth 2e%ruar$ *QRR. ,i4th sorrow! the description of the vision dated *Gth 2e%ruar$ (R points! the s$na'o'ue, the house in ;aCareth, Jesus? ser on in the s$na'o'ue, the conversation with His Mother after escapin' fro ;aCareth). ,eventh sorrow! the vision dated *Rth 2e%ruar$. "hen the dictation dated *Pth 2e%ruar$. "hen the dictation dated *+th 2e%ruar$. 8i'hth sorrow! the supper at Passover. ;inth sorrow! the Passion, ta#in' the vision dated **th 2e%ruar$ *QRG and connectin' it with the one dated *8th 2e%ruar$. "enth sorrow! the %urial of Jesus (*Qth 2e%ruar$). "hen the vision and dictation dated 2*st 2e%ruar$. 1ision and dictation dated 22nd 2e%ruar$ as far as the point indicated. "he other dictation on the findin' of Jesus in the "e ple is to %e put in its place in the third sorrow. 2irst the 2ather will a#e the usual %oo#let for hi self and for $ou and $ou will correct it so that there is not even one error in it. "hen he will a#e the copies he wants for other people. /f course each vision is to %e acco panied %$ its dictation. "he 2ather wanted ever$thin' for 8aster. ( wanted it as preparation for 8aster and ( a havin' it handed to $ou toda$, %ecause it is alread$ R!GN p. . of )sh &ednesda$, the first da$ of 9ent. ,et to wor#, children and a$ $ou %e %lessed. )nd a$ those %e %lessed who will accept the 'ift with si ple hearts and faith. "he fire which the 2ather wished toda$ 301

will li'ht up in the . "he world will not chan'e in its cruelt$. (t is too corrupt. 0ut the$ will %e co forted and the$ will feel the thirst for God, the incentive to holiness, rise within the selves. Go in peace, little John. Aour Jesus than#s $ou and %lesses $ou.

42. The 3eath of +aint Jose'h.

,th *ebruar& 1944$ 1>#2 '.m.

"his vision appears to e i periousl$, while ( a %us$ correctin' the cop$-%oo#, and precisel$ the dictation on pseudo-reli'ions of present da$s. ( will write it as ( see it. ( see the inside of a carpenter?s wor#shop. (t loo#s as if two of the walls are for ed %$ roc#s, as if the %uilders had ta#en advanta'e of natural 'rottos convertin' the into roo s of a house. Here the northern and western walls are indeed the roc#$ ones, whereas the other two walls, the southern and eastern ones, are plastered, =ust li#e ours. /n the northern side, in the recess of the roc#, the$ have %uilt a rustic fireplace, on which there is a little pot with so e paint or 'lue, ( do not #now e4actl$ which. "he wall there is so %lac# that it see s to %e covered with tar, %ecause of the firewood which has %een %urnt there for an$ $ears. ) hole in the wall, with a %i' lar'e tile on top of it, ta#es the place of a chi ne$ for lettin' out the 302

s o#e. 0ut it ust have perfor ed its dut$ ver$ %adl$, %ecause the other walls have also %een %lac#ened %$ the s o#e, and even now there is a s o#$ ist all over the roo . Jesus is wor#in' at a lar'e carpentr$ %ench. He is planin' so e %oards which He then rests a'ainst the wall %ehind Hi . He then ta#es a #ind of stool, cla ped on two sides %$ a vice, He frees it fro the vice, and He loo#s to see whether the =o% is perfect, He e4a ines it fro ever$ an'le, He then 'oes to the chi ne$, ta#es the little pot and stirs the contents with a little stic# or %rush, ( a not sureF ( can onl$ see the part protrudin' fro the pot and which is li#e a little stic#. Jesus is wearin' a rather short tunic, the color of which is dar# haCelnut! the sleeves are rolled up to His el%ows, and He is wearin' a #ind of apron on which He wipes His fin'ers after touchin' the little pot. He is %$ Hi self. He wor#s dili'entl$, %ut peacefull$. ;o a%rupt or i patient ove ent. He is precise and constant in His wor#. ;othin' anno$s Hi ! neither a #not in the wood which will not %e planed, nor a screwdriver (( thin# it is a screwdriver) which falls twice fro the %ench, nor the s o#e floatin' in the roo which ust irritate His e$es. ;ow and a'ain He raises His head and loo#s towards the southern wall, where there is a closed door, and He listens. )t a certain o ent He opens a door which is on the eastern side and opens on to the road, and He loo#s out. ( can see a s all portion of the dust$ little road. He see s to %e waitin' for so eone. He then 'oes %ac# to 303

His wor#. He is not sad, %ut ver$ serious. He closes the door a'ain and 'oes %ac# to wor#. &hile He is %us$ a#in' so ethin', which ( thin# is part of a wheel, His Mother co es in. ,he co es in %$ the southern door. ,he rushes towards Jesus. ,he is dressed in dar# %lue and is %areheaded. Her si ple tunic is held ti'ht at Her waist %$ a cord of the sa e color. ,he is worried when ,he calls Her ,on, and leans with %oth Her hands on His ar in an attitude of pra$er and sorrow. Jesus caresses Her, passin' His ar over Her shoulder and co forts Her. He leaves His wor#, ta#es His apron off and 'oes out with Her. ( suppose $ou would li#e to #now the e4act words the$ said. 1er$ few were spo#en %$ Mar$! /hB JesusB 3o e, co e. He is ver$ illB "he$ are uttered with tre %lin' lips and tears shinin' in Her reddened and tired e$es. Jesus sa$s onl$! MotherB %ut that word eans ever$thin'. "he$ 'o into the ad=oinin' roo , full of %ri'ht sunshine co in' fro a door open onto the little #itchen 'arden, which is also full of li'ht and 'reen, and where doves are flutterin' around near the clothes han'in' out to dr$ and %lowin' in the wind. "he roo is poor %ut tid$. "here is a low %ed, covered with s all attresses, (( sa$ attresses %ecause the$ are thic# and soft thin's, %ut the %ed is not li#e ours). /n it leanin' on an$ cushions, there is Joseph. He is d$in'. (t is o%vious fro the livid paleness of his face, his lifeless e$es, his pantin' chest, and the total rela4ation of all his %od$. Mar$ 'oes to his left-hand side, ta#es his wrin#led hand 30'

now livid near its nails, ru%s it, caresses it, #isses it, ,he dries with a s all piece of cloth the perspiration that for s shin$ lines at his te plesF ,he wipes a 'lass$ tear in the co er of his e$eF ,he oistens his lips with a piece of linen dipped into a li>uid which ( thin# is white wine. Jesus 'oes to his ri'ht-hand side. He lifts >uic#l$ and carefull$ the %od$ which has sun#, He strai'htens hi onto the cushions which He then ad=usts to'ether with Mar$. He caresses the forehead of the d$in' an and endeavors to encoura'e hi . Mar$ is weepin' softl$, without an$ noise, %ut ,he is weepin'. Her lar'e tears run down Her pale chee#s, ri'ht down to Her dar# %lue dress, and the$ loo# li#e %ri'ht sapphires. Joseph recovers so ewhat, and stares at Jesus, he ta#es His hand as if he wanted to sa$ so ethin' and also to receive stren'th, for the last trial, fro the divine contact. Jesus %ends over that hand and #isses it. Joseph s iles. He then turns round and with his e$es he loo#s for Mar$ and s iles also at Her. Mar$ #neels down near the %ed endeavorin' to s ile. 0ut ,he does not succeed and ,he %ends Her head. Joseph la$s his hand on Her head with a chaste caress that loo#s li#e a %lessin'. /nl$ the flutterin' and cooin' of the doves, the rustlin' of the leaves, the war%lin' of the water can %e heard outside, and the %reathin' of the d$in' an in the roo . Jesus 'oes round the %ed, ta#es a stool and a#es Mar$ sit on it, once a'ain callin' Her si pl$! Mother . He then 'oes %ac# to His place and ta#es Joseph?s hand into His own once a'ain. "he scene is so real that ( can?t help 30+

cr$in' %ecause of Mar$?s pain. "hen Jesus %endin' over the d$in' an, whispers a psal . ( #now it is a psal , %ut =ust now ( cannot tell which one. (t %e'ins thus! 69oo# after e, o 9ord, %ecause ( hoped in AouM (n favor of his friends who live on his earth he has acco plished all $ wishes in a wonderful wa$M ( will %less the 9ord &ho is $ advisorM "he 9ord is alwa$s %efore e. He is on $ ri'ht-hand side that ( a$ not fall. "herefore $ heart e4ults and $ ton'ue re=oices and also $ %od$ will rest in hope. 0ecause Aou will not a%andon $ soul in the dwellin' place of the dead, neither will Aou allow Aour friend to see corruption. Aou will reveal the path of li'ht to e and will fill e with =o$ showin' e Aour face.7 Joseph cheers up a little and with a ore livel$ loo# he s iles at Jesus and presses His fin'ers. Jesus replies to the s ile with a s ile of His own and to the pressure on His fin'ers with a caress. )nd still %endin' over His putative father, He 'oes on softl$! 6How ( love $our "a%ernacles, o 9ord. M$ soul $earns and pines for the courts of the 9ord. )lso the sparrow has found a ho e and the little dove a nest for its $oun'. ( a lon'in' for $our )ltars, 9ord. Happ$ those who live in Aour houseM happ$ the an who finds his stren'th in Aou. 30-

He inspired into his heart the ascents fro the valle$ of tears to the chosen place. / 9ord hear $ pra$erM / God, turn Aour e$es and loo# at the face of Aour )nointedM7 Joseph so%%in', loo#s at Jesus and a#es an effort to spea# as if to %less Hi . 0ut he cannot. He o%viousl$ understands, %ut has an i pedi ent in his speech. 0ut he is happ$ and loo#s at his Jesus with liveliness and trust. 6/hB 9ord7 , 'oes on Jesus. 6Aou have favored Aour own countr$, Aou %rou'ht %ac# the captives of Jaco%M ,how us, o 9ord, Aour erc$ and %rin' us %ac# Aour ,avior. ( want to listen to what the 9ord is sa$in' to e. He will certainl$ spea# of peace to His people, for His friends and for those who convert their hearts to Hi . Aes, His savin' help is nearM and the 'lor$ will live in our countr$. 9ove and lo$alt$ have now et, ri'hteousness and peace have now e %raced. 9o$alt$ reaches up fro the earth and ri'hteousness leans down fro Heaven. Aes, the 9ord Hi self %estows happiness and our soil 'ives its harvest. :i'hteousness will alwa$s precede Hi and will leave its footprints on the path.7 Aou have seen that hour, father and $ou have wor#ed for 30*

it. Aou have cooperated in the for ation of this hour and the 9ord will reward $ou for it. ( a tellin' $ou adds Jesus, wipin' a tear of =o$ which slowl$ runs down Joseph?s chee#. He then resu es! 6/ 9ord, re e %er Eavid and all his #indness. How he swore to the 9ord! ( will not enter $ house, nor cli % into the %ed of $ rest, nor allow $ e$es to sleep, nor 'ive rest to $ e$elids, nor peace to $ te ples until ( have found a place for the 9ord, a ho e for the God of Jaco%M :ise, o 9ord and co e to Aour restin' place, Aou and Aour )r# of holiness (Mar$ understands, and ,he %ursts into tears). Ma$ Aour priests vest in virtue and Aour devote shout for =o$. 2or the sa#e of Aour servant Eavid, do not deprive us of the face of Aour )nointed. "he 9ord swore to Eavid and will re ain true to His word! ?( will put on $our throne the fruit of $our wo %?. "he 9ord has chosen His ho eM ( will a#e a horn sprout for Eavid, ( will tri a la p for M$ )nointed.7 "han# $ou, M$ father on M$-%ehalf and on %ehalf of M$ Mother. Aou have %een a Just father to Me and the 8ternal 2ather chose $ou as the 'uardian of His 3hrist and of His )r#. Aou have %een the la p tri ed for Hi 300

and for the 2ruit of the hol$ wo % $ou have had a lovin' heart. Go in peace, father. Aour &idow will not %e helpless. God has arran'ed that ,he ust not %e alone. Go peacefull$ to $our rest. ( tell Aou. Mar$ is cr$in' with Her face %ent down on the %lan#ets (the$ loo# li#e antles) which are stretched on Joseph?s %od$, which is now 'ettin' cold. Jesus hastens to co fort hi %ecause he is %reathin' with 'reat difficult$ and his e$es are 'rowin' di once a'ain. 6Happ$ the an who fears the 9ord and =o$full$ #eeps His co and entsM His ri'hteousness will last forever. 2or the upri'ht He shines li#e a la p in the dar#, He is erciful, tender-hearted, virtuousM "he =ust an will %e re e %ered forever. His =ustice is eternal and his power will rise and %eco e a 'lor$M7 Aou, father, will have that 'lor$. ( will soon co e to ta#e $ou, with the Patriarchs who have preceded $ou, to the 'lor$ which is waitin' for $ou. Ma$ $our spirit re=oice in M$ word. 6&ho lives in the shelter of the Most Hi'h, lives under the protection of the God of Heaven.7 Aou live there, o father. 6He rescued the snares of fowlers and fro rou'h words. He will cover $ou with His win's and under His feathers $ou will find shelter. His truth will protect $ou li#e a shield 30& e fro

and $ou need not fear the terrors of ni'htM ;o evil will co e near $ou %ecause He ordered His an'els to 'uard $ou wherever $ou 'o. "he$ will support $ou on their hands so that $ou a$ not hurt $our foot a'ainst stones. Aou will tread on lions and adders, $ou will tra ple on sava'e lions and dra'ons. 0ecause $ou have hoped in the 9ord, He sa$s to $ou, o father, that He will free $ou and protect $ou. 0ecause $ou have lifted $our voice to Hi , He will hear $ou, He will %e with $ou in $our last affliction, He will 'lorif$ $ou after this life, showin' $ou even now His ,alvation.7 )nd in future life, He will let $ou enter, %ecause of the ,avior &ho is now co fortin' $ou and &ho ver$ soon, ohB ( repeat it, He will co e ver$ soon and hold $ou in His divine e %race and ta#e $ou, at the head of all the Patriarchs, where the dwellin' place has %een prepared for the Just an of God who was M$ %lessed father. Go %efore Me and tell the Patriarchs that the ,avior is in the world and the Din'do of Heaven will soon %e opened to the . Go, father. Ma$ M$ %lessin' acco pan$ $ou. Jesus has raised His voice to reach the heart of Joseph, who is sin#in' into the ists of death. His end is i pendin'. He is pantin' ver$ painfull$. Mar$ caresses hi , Jesus sits on the ed'e of the little %ed, e %races hi 3&2

and draws to Hi self the d$in' passes awa$ peacefull$.

an, who collapses, and

"he scene is full of a sole n peace. Jesus la$s the Patriarch down a'ain and e %races Mar$, &ho at the last o ent, %ro#en-hearted, had 'one near Jesus. ------------Jesus sa$s! ( e4hort all wives who are tortured %$ pain, to i itate Mar$ in Her widowhood! to %e united to Jesus. "hose who thin# that Mar$?s heart did not suffer an$ afflictions are ista#en. M$ Mother did suffer. 9et that %e #nown. ,he suffered in a hol$ wa$, %ecause ever$thin' in Her was hol$, %ut ,he suffered %itterl$. "hose who thin# that Mar$ did not love Joseph deepl$, onl$ %ecause he was the spouse of Her soul and not of Her flesh, are also ista#en. Mar$ did love Joseph deepl$, and ,he devoted thirt$ $ears of faithful life to hi . Joseph was Her father, Her spouse, Her %rother, Her friend, Her protector. ;ow ,he felt as lonel$ as the shoot of a vine when the tree to which it is tied is cut down. (t was as if Her house had %een struc# %$ thunder. (t was splittin'. 0efore it was a unit in which the e %ers supported one another. ;ow the ain wall was issin' and that was the first %low to the 2a il$ and a si'n of the i pendin' partin' of Her %eloved Jesus. "he will of the 8ternal 2ather &ho had as#ed Her to %e a spouse and a Mother, was now i posin' upon Her widowhood and separation fro Her 3reature. 0ut Mar$ 3&1

utters, sheddin' tears, one of Her ost su%li e re ar#s! 6Aes. Aes, 9ord, let it %e done to Me accordin' to Aour word.7 )nd to have enou'h stren'th for that hour, ,he drew close to Me. Mar$ was alwa$s united to God in the 'ravest hours of Her life! in the "e ple, when ,he was as#ed to arr$, at ;aCareth when ,he was called to Maternit$, a'ain at ;aCareth when sheddin' the tears of a widow, at ;aCareth in the dreadful separation of Her ,on, on 3alvar$ in the torture of seein' Me d$in'. 9earn, $ou who are cr$in'. 9earn, $ou who are d$in'. 9earn, $ou who are livin' to die. 8ndeavor to deserve the words ( said to Joseph. "he$ will %e $our peace in the stru''le of death. 9earn, $ou who are d$in', to deserve to have Jesus near $ou, co fortin' $ou. )nd if $ou have not deserved it, dare =ust the sa e, and call Me near $ou. ( will co e. &ith M$ hands full of 'races and consolation, M$ Heart full of for'iveness and love, M$ lips full of words of a%solution and encoura'e ent. Eeath loses its %itterness if it ta#es place %etween M$ ar s. 0elieve Me. ( cannot a%olish death, %ut ( can a#e it sweet for those who die trustin' in Me. 3hrist, on His 3ross, said on %ehalf of $ou all! 62ather, into Aour hands ( co it M$ spirit.7 He said that in His a'on$, thin#in' of $our a'onies, $our terrors, $our errors, $our fears, $our desire for for'iveness. He said it with His Heart pierced %$ e4tre e torture, %efore %ein' pierced %$ the lance, a torture that was ore spiritual than ph$sical, so that the a'onies of those who die thin#in' of Hi i'ht %e relieved %$ the 9ord and their spirits 3&2

i'ht pass fro forever.

death to eternal 9ife, fro

sorrow to =o$,

"his, M$ little John, is $our lesson for toda$. 0e 'ood and do not %e afraid. M$ peace will alwa$s flow into $ou, throu'h M$ words and throu'h conte plation. 3o e. Just thin# that $ou are Joseph who has Jesus? chest as a cushion, and Mar$ as a nurse. :est %etween us, li#e a child in his cradle.

4#. Conclusion of the %ri5ate "ife.

12th June 1944.

Mar$ sa$s! 0efore handin' in these note%oo#s, ( wish to add M$ %lessin'. ;ow, onl$ if $ou wish so, with a little patience, $ou can have a co plete collection of the private life of M$ Jesus. 2ro the )nnunciation to the o ent that He leaves ;aCareth to start His pu%lic life, $ou have not onl$ the dictations, %ut also the illustration of the facts that acco panied the fa il$ life of Jesus. "he infanc$, childhood, adolescence and $outh of $ ,on are onl$ %riefl$ entioned in the vast picture of His life as descri%ed in the Gospels. "here He is the Master. Here He is the Man. He is the God &ho hu iliates Hi self for the sa#e of an. )nd He wor#s iracles also in the hu ilit$ of a co on life. He wor#s the in Me, %ecause 3&3

( feel that M$ soul reaches perfection %$ the contact with M$ ,on &ho is 'rowin' in M$ wo %. He wor#s the in the house of Iacharias %$ sanctif$in' the 0aptist, %$ helpin' the la%or of 8liCa%eth and %$ 'ivin' speech and faith %ac# to Iacharias. He wor#s the in Joseph openin' his spirit to the li'ht of such a su%li e truth which he could not understand %$ hi self, althou'h he was =ust. )nd after Me, Joseph is the ost %lessed %$ this shower of divine 'ifts. 3onsider how uch pro'ress he a#es, ( ean spiritual pro'ress, fro the o ent he co es into M$ house to the o ent of the fli'ht into 8'$pt. )t the %e'innin' he was %ut a =ust an of his ti es. "hen %$ successive steps, he %eco es the =ust an of 3hristian ti es. He ac>uires faith in 3hrist and he relies so securel$ on that faith that fro the sentence he pronounced at the %e'innin' of the =ourne$ fro ;aCareth to 0ethlehe ! 6&hat shall we do@7, a sentence which reveals the whole an with his hu an fears and his hu an worries, he passes on to hope. (n the 'rotto, %efore the %irth, he sa$s! 6(t will %e %etter to orrow.7 Jesus &ho is approachin' alread$ fortifies hi with this hope which is one of the ost a'nificent 'ifts of God. )nd fro this hope, when he is sanctified %$ the contact with Jesus, he pro'resses on to darin'. He alwa$s wanted to %e 'uided %$ Me %ecause of the venera%le respect he felt for Me. ;ow he ana'es hi self %oth spiritual and aterial atters, and as head of the 2a il$, he decides when there is a decision to %e ta#en. ;ot onl$, %ut in the painful hour of our fli'ht, after that onths of union with the Eivine ,on had filled hi with holiness, it is he who co forts M$ affliction and sa$s to Me! 68ven if we should have nothin' else, we 3&'

shall alwa$s have ever$thin', %ecause we shall have Hi .7 M$ Jesus wor#s His iracles of 'race in the shepherds. "he )n'el 'oes where the shepherd is, who a fleetin' eetin' with Me predisposes to Grace and leads hi to Grace that he a$ %e saved %$ (t for eternal life. He wor#s the wherever He passes, %oth when in e4ile and when He ca e %ac# to His little countr$ in ;aCareth. 0ecause wherever He was, holiness spread out li#e oil on a linen fa%ric and the perfu e of flowers in the air, and whoever was affected, if he was not a de on, %eca e ea'er for holiness. &herever this ea'erness is, there is the root of eternal life, %ecause who wants to %e 'ood will reach 'oodness and 'oodness leads to the Din'do of God. Aou have now the hol$ Hu anit$ of M$ ,on, seen throu'h details which reflect different o ents, fro the %e'innin' to the end. )nd if 2ather M. dee s it useful, he can collect the various episodes into a unit in an orderl$ wa$, without an$ 'ap. &e could have 'iven $ou ever$thin' in one lot. 0ut Providence decided that it was %etter so. 2or $our sa#e, M$ dear-soul. &ith ever$ dictation we have 'iven $ou the edicine for the wounds which were to %e inflicted on $ou. &e 'ave it to $ou in advance, in order to prepare $ou. Eurin' a hailstor nothin' see s capa%le of protectin' $ou. 0ut it is not so. Hu anit$, which is sleepin' %uried under spiritual waters, is ade to surface %$ the stor , which %rin's to the surface also the 'e s of a supernatural doctrine. "hose 'e s had fallen into $our 3&+

hearts and are =ust waitin' for the stor so that the$ a$ appear on the surface a'ain and sa$ to $ou! 6&e are here as well. Eo not for'et us.7 2urther, M$ dear soul, this procedure was not onl$ the desi'n of Providence, it was %ased also on #indness. (n $our present de=ection, how could $ou have watched certain visions and listened to certain dictations@ "he$ would have wounded $ou to the e4tent of a#in' $ou una%le to carr$ out $our ission of 6 outhpiece7. ,o we 'ave the first, avoidin' to %rea# $our heart, %ecause we are #ind, and we used visions and words suita%le to $our sufferin's, so that $our 'rief would not 'row into torture. 0ecause we are not cruel, Mar$. )nd we alwa$s act so that $ou a$ receive solace fro us, not dis a$ and increased sorrow. )ll we need is that $ou trust us. (t is enou'h if $ou sa$ with Joseph! 6(f Jesus is left with e, ( have ever$thin'7 and we will co e with heavenl$ 'ifts to co fort $our spirits. ( do not pro ise $ou hu an 'ifts or hu an co fort. ( pro ise $ou the sa e consolations as Joseph had! supernatural ones. 0ecause, ever$%od$ should #now, the 'ifts of the &ise Men, in the dire necessities of poor refu'ees, vanished as fast as li'htnin' when we purchased a ho e and the %are essential household i ple ents necessar$ for life, and the food which is also essential for life and could %e procured onl$ out of that source of inco e, until such ti e as we found wor#. Jewish co unities have alwa$s helped one another. 0ut the co unit$ 'athered in 8'$pt was for ed al ost e4clusivel$ of persecuted refu'ees, who therefore were al ost as poor as we, who had co e to =oin the . )nd a little share of that wealth, which we were an4ious to #eep for our Jesus when adult, and we 3&-

had spared out of the e4penses for settlin' in 8'$pt, was ost useful for our return and =ust sufficient to reor'anise our house and the wor#shop in ;aCareth upon our return. 0ecause ti es chan'e, %ut hu an 'reed is alwa$s the sa e and it ta#es advanta'e of other people?s necessities to suc# its part in the ost e4or%itant wa$. ;o. "he fact that we had Jesus with us did not procure us an$ aterial wealth. Man$ a on'st $ou e4pect that, when the$ are hardl$ united to Jesus. "he$ for'et what He said! 6,et $our hearts on thin's of the spirit.7 )ll the rest is unnecessar$. God provides also food. 2or en as well as for %irds. 0ecause He #nows that $ou need food while $our flesh is the ta%ernacle of $our soul. 0ut first of all as# for His 'race. 2irst of all as# for thin's for $our spirit. "he rest will %e 'iven to $ou in addition. )ll Joseph had fro his union with Jesus, fro a hu an point of view, were worries, fati'ue, persecutions, starvation. He had nothin' else. 0ut as he ai ed onl$ at Jesus, all this was turned into spiritual peace and supernatural =o$. ( would li#e to ta#e $ou to the point where M$ ,pouse was when he said! 68ven if we should have nothin' else, we shall alwa$s have ever$thin', %ecause we have Jesus.7 ( #now, $our heart is %ro#en. ( #now, $our ind is %eco in' o%scured. ( #now, $our life is wastin' awa$. 0ut, Mar$BM Eo $ou %elon' to Jesus@ Eo $ou want to %elon' to Hi @ &here, how did Jesus die@ M$ dear child, weep, %ut persevere %ravel$. Mart$rdo does not consist of the for of torture, %ut in the constanc$ with which the art$r endures it. "hus death fro a weapon is art$rdo and li#ewise oral 'rief is art$rdo , if it is 3&*

suffered for the sa e purpose. Aou are sufferin' for M$ ,on?s sa#e. &hatever $ou do for $our %rothers is still love for Jesus &ho wants the to %e saved. "hus $our sufferin' is art$rdo . Persevere in it. Eo not wish to do an$thin' %$ $ourself. "he pressure of pain is too severe and thus it is not possi%le for $ou to have sufficient stren'th to %e $our own 'uide and control $our hu an nature preventin' it fro weepin'! all $ou need do is to let 'rief torture $ou without re%ellin' a'ainst it. (t is enou'h for $ou to sa$ to Jesus! 6Help eB7 &hat $ou cannot do, He will do in $ou. :e ain in Hi , alwa$s in Hi . Eo not wish to co e out of Hi . (f $ou do not want, $ou will not co e out and even if $our sorrow is so deep as to prevent $ou fro seein' where $ou are, $ou will alwa$s %e in Jesus. ( %less $ou. ,a$ with Me! 6Glor$ to the 2ather and to the ,on and to the Hol$ ,pirit.7 9et it alwa$s %e $our cr$, until $ou will repeat it in Heaven. Ma$ the 'race of the 9ord alwa$s %e with $ou.

T(9 *I?+T @9A? /* T(9 %A-"IC "I*9 44. *are!ell to (is Mother and 3e'arture from 6a7areth.
9th *ebruar& 1944$ 9>#2 a.m. ;begun during (ol& Communion<

( see the interior of the house in ;aCareth! a roo which loo#s li#e a dinin' loun'e, where the e %ers of the 3&0

2a il$ ta#e their eals and rest durin' the da$. (t is a ver$ s all roo with a plain rectan'ular ta%le near a chest, which is set a'ainst one of the walls. "he chest also serves as a seat. ;ear the other walls there is a loo and a stool, and there are two ore stools with a #ind of %oo#case on top of which there are oil la ps and other o%=ects. ) door is open onto the #itchen 'arden. (t ust %e al ost evenin', %ecause onl$ so e faint sun-ra$s are visi%le in the upper folia'e of a tall tree, which is %e'innin' to 'row verdant in its first leaves. Jesus is sittin' at the ta%le. He is eatin', and Mar$ is servin' Hi , co in' and 'oin' fro a little door, which leads into the roo where there is a fireplace, the li'ht of which can %e seen throu'h the halfopen door. "wo or three ti es Jesus tells Mar$ to sit downM and to eat with Hi . 0ut ,he does not want to, ,he sha#es Her head, s ilin' sadl$. )fter servin' so e %oiled ve'eta%les as a first course, ,he %rin's in so e roast fish and then so e rather soft cheese, li#e fresh cheese, round shaped, li#e the stones which can %e seen in the %eds of torrents, and so e s all dar# olives. ,o e s all, flat round loaves of %read -a%out the siCe of a plate < are alread$ on the ta%le. "he %read is rather dar# %rown as if the %ran had not %een re oved fro the flour. 0efore Jesus there is an a phora with water, and a 'o%let. He is eatin' in silence, loo#in' at His Mother sadl$, %ut lovin'l$. (t is ver$ o%vious that Mar$ is sad at heart. ,he co es and 'oes, purel$ to occup$ Herself. )lthou'h it is still da$li'ht, ,he li'hts a la p and puts it near Jesus, and while stretchin' out Her ar doin' so, ,he su%tl$ caresses Her ,on?s head. ,he then opens a nut%rown 3&&

haversac#, which ( thin# is ade of pure hand-woven wool, and therefore water-resistant, ,he searches inside it, 'oes out into the little #itchen 'arden, wal#s to the far end, where there is a #ind of store-roo . ,he co es out with so e rather withered apples which have certainl$ %een preserved fro the previous su er, and ,he puts the into the haversac#. ,he then ta#es a loaf of %read and a piece of cheese and puts the also into the haversac#, althou'h Jesus re ar#s that He does not want the , as there is alread$ enou'h food in the satchel. Mar$ then co es once a'ain near the ta%le, at the shorter side, on Jesus? left hand, and loo#s at Hi eatin'. ,he loo#s at Hi with love and adoration. Her face is ore pale than usual and see s a'ed %$ painF Her e$es are rin'ed, and thus see %i''er, an indication of tears alread$ shed. "he$ also see clearer than nor al, as if the$ were washed %$ the tears wellin' up within, read$ to strea down Her face! two sorrowful tired e$es. Jesus, &ho is eatin' slowl$, evidentl$ a'ainst His will, onl$ to please His Mother, and is ore pensive than usual, lifts His head and loo#s at Her. "heir e$es eet, and He notices that Hers are full of tears, and lowers His head to leave Her free to weep. He onl$ ta#es Her slender hand which ,he is restin' on the ed'e of the ta%le. He ta#es it in His own left hand, lifts it to His chee#, rests His chee# on it and then ru%s it a'ainst His face to feel the caress of the poor tre %lin' little hand, which He #isses on its %ac# with so uch love and respect. ( see Mar$ ta#in' Her free hand, Her left one, to Her outh, as if to stifle a so%, and ,he then wipes with Her fin'ers a %i' tear, which has fallen fro Her e$e and is '22

strea in' down Her face. Jesus resu es eatin' and Mar$ 'oes out >uic#l$ into the #itchen 'arden, where it is now al ost dar#, and ,he disappears. Jesus leans His left el%ow on the ta%le, rests His forehead on His hand, a%sor%ed in thou'ht. He stops eatin'. He then listens and 'ets up. He also 'oes out into the #itchen 'arden, and after loo#in' around, He oves towards the ri'ht-hand side of the house, and throu'h an openin' in the roc#$ wall, He 'oes into what ( reco'niCe as the carpenter?s wor#shop. (t is now ver$ tid$, without an$ %oards or shavin's l$in' a%out, and also the fire is out. "here is the lar'e wor#in' %ench, all the tools are laid aside, and there is nothin' else. Mar$ is weepin', %ent over the %ench. ,he loo#s li#e a child. Her head is restin' on Her folded left ar and ,he is cr$in' silentl$, %ut ver$ 'rievousl$. Jesus enters >uietl$ and approaches Her so softl$, that ,he realiCes He is there, onl$ when He la$s His hand on Her lowered head, callin' Her MotherB ! in His voice there is the sound of a 'entle lovin' reproach. Mar$ lifts Her head and loo#s at Jesus throu'h a veil of tears, and with %oth hands =oined ,he leans on His ri'ht ar . Jesus wipes Her face with the he of His lar'e sleeve and then He e %races Her, claspin' Her to His heart and #issin' Her forehead. Jesus is a=estic, He loo#s ore anl$ than ever, whilst Mar$ loo#s ore li#e a little 'irl, e4cept for Her sorrow-stric#en face. 3o e, Mother Jesus sa$s to Her, and holdin' Her close to Hi self with His ri'ht ar , He wal#s into the '21

#itchen 'arden, where the$ sit down on a %ench a'ainst the wall of the house. "he #itchen 'arden is now silent and dar#, apart fro the oonli'ht and the li'ht co in' fro the house. "he ni'ht is serene. Jesus is spea#in' to Mar$. )t first ( do not understand the words which are =ust whispered, and Mar$ nods Her head in assent. "hen ( hear! )nd 'et Aour relatives to co e. Eon?t sta$ here alone. ( will %e happier, Mother, and Aou #now how ( need peace of ind to fulfill M$ ission. Aou will not lac# M$ love. ( will co e >uite often and ( will infor Aou in case ( cannot co e ho e when ( a %ac# in Galilee. "hen Aou will co e to Me, Mother. "his hour was to co e. (t %e'an when the )n'el appeared to AouF it is now stri#in', and we ust live it, Mother, ust we not@ )fter we have overco e the trial, we shall have peace and =o$. 2irst, we ust cross this desert as our )ncestors did, %efore enterin' the Pro ised 9and. 0ut the 9ord God will help us as He helped the . )nd He will 'rant us His help as a spiritual anna to nourish our souls in the difficult o ent of the trial. 9et us sa$ the /ur 2ather to'etherM Jesus and Mar$ stand up and the$ loo# up to Heaven! two livin' victi s shinin' in the dar#ness. Jesus, slowl$ %ut with a clear voice, sa$s the 9ord?s Pra$er, stressin' the words. He e phasiCes the words! "h$ Din'do co e, "h$ will %e done spacin' the two sentences fro the others. He pra$s with His ar s stretched out, not e4actl$ crosswise, %ut as priests do when the$ sa$! "he 9ord %e with $ou. Mar$?s hands are =oined. '22

"he$ then 'o %ac# into the house, and Jesus, &ho ( have never seen drin# wine, fro out of an a phora on the %oo#case, pours so e white wine into a 'o%let, and He puts it on the ta%le. He then ta#es Mar$ %$ Her hand and a#es Her sit %eside Hi and drin# so e of the wine, into which He dips a s all slice of %read, which He 'ives Her to eat. His insistence is such that Mar$ $ields. Jesus drin#s the re ainin' wine. He then clasps His Mother to His side, and holds Her thus close to His heart. ;either Jesus nor Mar$ was l$in' down as was custo ar$ in rich %an>uets in those ti es, %ut the$ were sittin' at the ta%le as we do. "he$ are %oth silent, waitin'. Mar$ caresses Jesus? ri'ht hand and His #nees, Jesus pats Mar$?s ar and Her head. "hen Jesus rises, and so does Mar$. "he$ e %race and #iss each other ver$ fondl$ and repeatedl$. "he$ alwa$s see to %e on the point of separatin' and partin', %ut each ti e Mar$ e %races Her 3reature over and over a'ain. ,he is /ur 9ad$, %ut ,he is still a other, a other who ust part fro Her ,on, and is full$ aware of the final destination of His departure. Eo not tell e that Mar$ did not sufferB 0efore ( had so e sli'ht is'ivin's, now ( do not %elieve it at all. Jesus ta#es His dar# %lue antle, puts it on His shoulders, and Pulls the hood on to His head. He arran'es His haversac# across His %ac#, in order to %e free when wal#in'. Mar$ helps Hi , and ,he dela$s endlessl$ in sortin' His tunic, antle and hood, caressin' Hi in the eanti e. Jesus 'oes towards the door, after a#in' a si'n of %lessin' in the roo . Mar$ follows Hi and at the open '23

door the$ #iss each other once a'ain. "he road is silent and solitar$, white in the oonli'ht. Jesus starts wal#in' awa$. He turns round twice to loo# at His Mother, &ho is leanin' a'ainst the doorpost, paler than the oon?s ra$s, Her e$es spar#lin' with silent tears. Jesus oves farther and farther awa$ alon' the narrow white road. Mar$ is still weepin' a'ainst the doorpost. "hen Jesus disappears round a %end of the road. His 8van'elical =ourne$, which will end on Gol'otha, has =ust %e'un. Mar$ 'oes into the house sheddin' tears and closes the door. ,he also has started Her =ourne$ which will ta#e Her to Gol'otha. )nd for usM ------------Jesus sa$s! "his is the fourth sorrow of Mar$, Mother of God. "he first, was the presentation in the "e pleF the second, the fli'ht into 8'$ptF the third, the death of JosephF the fourth, M$ separation fro Her. )s ( #new the desire of $our spiritual 2ather, $esterda$ evenin' ( told $ou that ( will hasten the description of 6our7 sorrows, so that the$ a$ %e #nown. 0ut, as $ou see, so e of M$ Mother?s had alread$ %een illustrated. ( e4plained the fli'ht %efore the Presentation, %ecause it was necessar$ to do so on that da$. ( #now. Aou understand and $ou will e4plain the reason to the 2ather ver%all$. ( have planned to alternate $our conte plations and M$ conse>uent clarifications, with true and proper '2'

dictations, to co fort $ou and $our spirit, 'rantin' $ou the %eatitude of seein', and also %ecause in this wa$ the difference in st$le %etween $our co posin' and Mine will %e o%vious. 2urther, with so an$ %oo#s dealin' with Me and which, after so an$ revisions, chan'es and fineries have %eco e unreal, ( want to 'ive those who %elieve in Me a vision %rou'ht %ac# to the truth of M$ ortal da$s. ( a not di inished there%$, on the contrar$ ( a ade 'reater in M$ hu ilit$, which %eco es su%stantial nourish ent for $ou, to teach $ou to %e hu %le and li#e Me, as ( was a an li#e $ou and in M$ hu an life ( %ore the perfection of a God. ( was to %e $our Model, and odels ust alwa$s %e perfect. (n the conte plations ( will not #eep a chronolo'ical order correspondin' to that of the Gospels. ( will select the points which ( find ore useful on that da$ for $ou or for other people, followin' M$ own line of teachin' and 'oodness. "he lesson of the conte plation of M$ separation is addressed especiall$ to those parents and children, who God?s will calls to renounce one another for the sa#e of a 'reater love. (t also applies to all those who have to face a painful renounce ent. How an$ such sorrowful situations $ou find in $our livesB "he$ are thorns on the earth and the$ pierce $our hearts, ( #now. 0ut for those who accept the with resi'nation < ind, ( a not sa$in'! 6for those who wish the and accept the with =o$7, which is alread$ perfectionF ( a sa$in'! 6with resi'nation7 < the$ %eco e '2+

eternal roses. 0ut onl$ few people resi'n the selves to acceptin' the . 9i#e restive little don#e$s, $ou recalcitrate a'ainst the 2ather?s will, and $ou =i%, and $ou even tr$ at ti es to hit 'ood God with spiritual #ic#s and %ites, that is, with re%ellion and %lasphe $. )nd do not sa$! 6( had %ut this 'ood thin' and God too# it awa$. ( had %ut this affection, and God too# it awa$B.7 )lso Mar$, a 'entle wo an, with perfect love, (%ecause in the 1ir'in 2ull of Grace also affections and sensations were perfect), also Mar$ had %ut one 'ood thin', and one love on the earth! Her ,on. "he onl$ thin' left to Her. Her parents had died a lon' ti e %efore. Joseph had died so e $ears earlier. /nl$ ( was left to love Her and a#e Her feel ,he was not alone. Her relatives, %ecause of Me, of &hose divine ori'in the$ were not aware, were so ewhat hostile to Her, %ecause the$ considered Her a other incapa%le of i posin' Herself on Her ,on, &ho did not %ehave accordin' to 'ood co on sense, and turned down arria'e proposals which could %rin' presti'e to the fa il$, as well as aterial help. Her relatives reasoned accordin' to co on sense, to hu an sense < $ou call it 'ood sense, %ut it is onl$ hu an sense, that is selfishness < and the$ would have li#ed M$ life to co pl$ with their usa'e. )fter all, the$ were alwa$s afraid that one da$ the$ i'ht 'et into trou%le %ecause of Me, as ( had alread$ dared e4press certain ideas which the$ considered too idealistic and thou'ht the$ i'ht irritate the ,$na'o'ue. He%rew histor$ was full of teachin's on the fate of Prophets. "he Prophet?s ission was not an eas$ one, and often %rou'ht a%out death for the prophet and trou%le for his #insfol#. '2-

)nd there was alwa$s the fear that one da$ the$ have to ta#e care of M$ Mother.


"he$ were therefore irritated %$ the fact that ,he did not oppose Me in an$thin', na$, ,he see ed to %e in perpetual adoration in front of Her ,on. "his conflict was to increase in the three $ears of M$ pu%lic life, when it cul inated with open reproaches ever$ ti e the$ et Me in the idst of crowds and were asha ed of what the$ considered M$ ania for ve4in' the powerful classes. )nd the$ re%u#ed Me and M$ poor MotherB Mar$ was aware of the oods of Her relatives and was a%le to foresee their future te pers < the$ were not all li#e Ja es, Judas and ,i on or their other Mar$ of 3lopas < %ut althou'h ,he #new what Her lot was 'oin' to %e durin' the three $ears of M$ Pu%lic life, and was aware of Her destin$ and Mine at the end of the three $ears, ,he did not recalcitrate, as $ou do. ,he cried. )nd which other would not have cried %ecause of the separation fro a son who loved her as ( loved Mine, or %ecause of the prospect of lon' da$s devoid of M$ presence in a solitar$ house, or %ecause of the drear$ outloo# of a ,on doo ed to %utt a'ainst the alice of 'uilt$ people who too# ven'eance for their 'uilt %$ offendin' the 0la eless /ne to the e4tent of #illin' Hi @ ,he cried %ecause ,he was the 3o-:edee er, and %ecause ,he was the Mother of an#ind who were %ein' %orn once a'ain to God. )nd ,he had to cr$ for all the others who are not a%le to turn their otherl$ sorrows into a crown of eternal 'lor$. How an$ others there are in the world, fro '2* whose

ar s death snatches their creaturesB How an$ others there are, whose sons are torn awa$ fro their sides %$ a supernatural willB )s the Mother of all 3hristians, Mar$ cried for all Her dau'hters, and in Her sorrow of a %ereft Mother, ,he cried for all Her sisters. )nd ,he cried for all Her sons, who, %orn of wo an, were to %eco e apostles of God or art$rs for God?s sa#e, %ecause of their lo$alt$ to God or %ecause of an?s cruelt$. M$ 0lood and M$ Mother?s tears are the i4ture that fortifies those destined to a heroic fate, o%literates their i perfections and the sins the$ co itted %ecause of their wea#ness and, in addition to art$rdo , in whatever wa$ suffered, it 'rants the the peace of God and then the 'lor$ of Heaven, if the$ suffered for God. "he issionar$ fathers find that i4ture to %e a fla e that war s the in the re'ions covered %$ perpetual snow, and the$ find it to %e a dew when the sun is scorchin'. Mar$?s tears ori'inate ?fro Her charit$, and the$ 'ush out fro Her heart of a lil$. "he$ therefore possess the fire of vir'inal 3harit$, the ,pouse of 9ove, and the scented freshness of vir'inal Purit$, li#e the drops of water which 'ather in the chalice of a lil$ on a dew$ ni'ht. /ur i4ture is found %$ those consecrated in the desert of a well understood onastic life! it is a desert %ecause it onl$ lives in co union with God, whilst all other affections fade awa$ and %eco e pure supernatural charit$! towards relatives, friends, superiors and inferiors. (t is found %$ those consecrated to God in the world, in '20

the world that neither understands nor loves the , a desert also for the , as the$ live in it as if the$ were alone, so uch are the$ isunderstood and oc#ed for M$ sa#e. /ur i4ture is found %$ M$ dear 6victi s7, %ecause Mar$ is the first victi for Jesus? love, and with Her hands of a Mother and a Eoctor, ,he 'ives Her followers Her tears which refreshen and ur'e to a 'reater sacrifice. Hol$ tears of M$ MotherB Mar$ pra$s. ,he does not o%=ect to pra$in' %ecause God had 'iven Her sorrows. :e e %er that. ,he pra$s to'ether with Jesus. ,he pra$s to the 2ather! /urs and $ours. "he first 6/ur 2ather7 was said in the #itchen 'arden in ;aCareth to console Mar$?s pain, to offer 6our7 wills to the 8ternal 2ather, when a period of 'reater and 'reater sacrifices was a%out to %e'in for us, cul inatin' with the sacrifice of M$ life and M$ Mother?s acceptance of the death of Her ,on. )nd althou'h we had nothin' for which the 2ather should for'ive us, =ust out of hu ilit$, we, the 2aultless /nes, %e''ed the 2ather?s pardon that we i'ht proceed worthil$ in our ission, after %ein' for'iven and a%solved of even a si'h. 0ecause we wanted to teach $ou that the ore $ou are in the 'race of God, the ore $our ission is %lessed and fruitful. &e also wanted to teach $ou to respect God and %e hu %le. 0efore God the 2ather, althou'h a perfect Man and a perfect &o an, we felt we were nothin' and we %e''ed for'iveness. 84actl$ as we as#ed for our 6dail$ %read7. &hich was our %read@ /hB ;ot the %read ade %$ the pure hands of Mar$ and %a#ed in our little oven, for which ( had so often prepared %undles of stic#s and '2&

%rushwood. )lso that %read is necessar$ while an is on the earth. 0ut 6our7 dail$ %read was to fulfill, da$ %$ da$, our part of the ission! we %e''ed God to 'rant us that ever$ da$, %ecause to fulfill the ission that God 'ives us is the =o$ of 6our7 da$, isn?t it, M$ little John@ Aou also sa$ that a da$ is lost, as if it did not e4ist, if the 9ord?s %ount$ 'ives $ou a da$ without $our ission of sorrow. Mar$ pra$s to'ether with Jesus. (t is Jesus &ho =ustifies $ou, M$ children. (t is ( &ho a#e $our pra$ers fruitful and a'reea%le to the 2ather. ( said! 6)n$thin' $ou as# for fro the 2ather, He will 'rant in M$ na e7, and the 3hurch enhances her pra$ers sa$in'! 6"hrou'h Jesus 3hrist /ur 9ord.7 &hen $ou pra$, %e alwa$s united to Me. ( will pra$ for $ou in a loud voice, drownin' $our hu an voices with M$ voice of Man-God. ( will ta#e $our pra$ers in M$ pierced hands and ( will raise the to the 2ather. "he$ will thus %eco e victi s of infinite value. M$ voice in'led with $ours, will rise li#e a filial #iss to the 2ather and the purple of M$ wounds will a#e $our pra$ers valua%le ones. 0e in Me if $ou want to have the 2ather in $ou, with $ou, for $ou. Aou ended the narration sa$in'! 6)nd for usM7 and $ou intended to sa$! 6for us who are so un'rateful to those "wo &ho have cli %ed 3alvar$ for us.7 Aou were >uite ri'ht in writin' those words. )dd the ever$ ti e ( show $ou one of our sorrows. 9et the %e li#e the church %ell that rin's and calls en to editate and repent. (t is enou'h now. :est. Ma$ peace %e with $ou.


4,. Jesus Is -a'tised in the Jordan.

#rd *ebruar& 1944$ at night.

( see a %are, flat countr$, without an$ villa'es or ve'etation. "here are no cultivated fields, %ut a few odd plants are 'rowin' here and there in clusters, li#e ve'eta%le fa ilies, where the deep soil is less parched. ( a'ine that the arid waste land is on $ ri'ht-hand side, with $ %ac# turned to the north, and the harsh area stretches southwards. /n $ left instead, l can see a river with ver$ low %an#s, flowin' slowl$ fro north to south. "he ver$ slow flowin' water a#es e understand that there are no falls in the level of the river%ed and that it flows in such a flat countr$ as to for a depression. "he ove ent of the water is =ust sufficient to avoid the for ation of arshes. "he river is so shallow that the %otto can %e seen! ( would sa$ the water is a etre deep, or a etre and a half, at ost. (t is as wide as the river )rno in the ,. Miniato-8 poti area! a%out twent$ etres. However, ( a not 'ood at esti atin'. )nd $et its color is %lue with a li'ht 'reen hue near the %an#s, where on the hu id soil, there is a strip of thic# 'reen ve'etation, ver$ pleasant to loo# at! the si'ht of the ston$, sand$ %lea#ness of the 'round t$in' %efore it is, instead, a ver$ onotonous one indeed. "he internal voice, which ( told $ou ( hear and tells e what ( ust ta#e note of and #now, is now warnin' e that ( a loo#in' at the Jordan valle$. ( a callin' it a valle$, %ecause that is the na e used to indicate the place where a river flows, %ut here it is incorrect to call it '11

so, %ecause a valle$ presupposes the presence of ountains, %ut ( do not see an$ ountains in the nei'h%orhood. (n an$ case, ( a near the Jordan, and the waste land on $ ri'ht is the desert of Judah. (f it is correct to call a desert a place where there are no houses or an?s wor#s, it is not so accordin' to our idea of a desert. "here are none of the undulatin' sands of the desert, as we understand it, %ut onl$ %are 'round strewn with stones and ru%%le, li#e alluvial 'rounds after a flood. "here are hills in the distance. )nd $et, near the Jordan, there is a 'reat peace, so ethin' special and unusual, as one often feels on the shores of 9a#e "rasi eno. (t is a place which see s to %e full of e ories of an'els? fli'hts and celestial voices. ( cannot descri%e e4actl$ what ( feel. 0ut ( feel that ( a in a place that co unicates with $ soul. &hile ( a watchin' these thin's, ( notice that the ri'ht %an# of the Jordan (in respect to e) is %eco in' crowded with people. "here are an$ en dressed in different fashions. ,o e see ordinar$ people, so e rich, and there are so e who appear to %e Pharisees, %ecause their tunics are adorned with frin'es and %raids. (n the idst of the , standin' on a roc#, there is a an who ( reco'niCe at once to %e the 0aptist, althou'h it is the first ti e ( have seen hi . He is spea#in' to the crowds, and ( can assure $ou that his ser on is not a sweet one. Jesus called Ja es and John the ,ons of thunder. &ell then, what should we call this i petuous orator@ John the 0aptist deserves the na es of thunder%olt, avalanche, earth>ua#e, so i petuous and severe he '12

is in his speech and 'estures. He is announcin' the Messiah and e4hortin' the people to prepare their hearts for His co in', eradicatin' all o%structions and rectif$in' their thou'hts. 0ut it is a violent and harsh speech. "he Precursor does not possess the li'ht hand Jesus used to cure the wounds of hearts. He is a doctor who la$s the wound %are, scrutiniCes it and cuts it ercilessl$. &hile ( a listenin' < ( a not repeatin' the words, %ecause the$ are related %$ the 8van'elists, %ut here the$ are a plified in i petuosit$ < ( see $ Jesus proceedin' alon' a path, which is at the ed'e of the 'rass$ shad$ strip coastin' the Jordan. "his rustic road < it is ore a path than a road < see s to have %een opened %$ the caravans and the people who throu'hout $ears and centuries, passed alon' it to reach a point where it is eas$ to wade, %ecause the water is ver$ shallow. "he path continues on the other side of the river, and disappears fro si'ht in the 'reen strip of the other %an#. Jesus is alone. He is wal#in' slowl$, co in' forward, %ehind the 0aptist. He approaches noiselessl$ and listens to the thunderin' voice of the Penitent of the desert, as if He also were one of the an$ who ca e to John to %e %aptiCed and purified for the co in' of the Messiah. "here is nothin' to distin'uish Jesus fro the others. His clothes are those of co on people, %ut He has the %earin' and handso eness of a 'entle an. "here is no divine si'n discri inatin' Hi fro the crowd. 0ut it would appear that John perceives a special '13

spiritualit$ e anate fro Hi . He turns round, and at once identifies the source of the e anation. He descends i pulsivel$ fro the roc#$ pulpit and oves >uic#l$ towards Jesus, &ho has stopped a few $ards awa$ fro the crowd and is leanin' a'ainst the trun# of a tree. Jesus and John stare at each other for a o ent! Jesus, with His ver$ sweet %lue e$esF John with his ver$ severe %lac# flashin' ones. ,een fro near%$, one is the antithesis of the other. "he$ are %oth tall < their onl$ rese %lance < for all the rest, the$ differ i ensel$. Jesus is fair haired. His hair is lon' and tid$, His face is white ivor$, His e$es %lue, His 'ar ent si ple, %ut a=estic. John is hair$! his strai'ht, %lac# hair falls unevenl$ onto his shoulders, his sparse dar# %eard covers his face al ost co pletel$, %ut his chee#s, hollowed %$ fastin', are still noticea%le, his feverish e$es are %lac#, his co ple4ion is dar#, tanned %$ the sun and weather%eaten, his %od$ is covered with hairs, he is half- na#ed in his ca el-hair 'ar ent, which is tied to his waist %$ a leather %elt and covers his trun#, reachin' down to his thin sides, whilst his ri'ht side is uncovered and %are, co pletel$ weather- %eaten. "he$ loo# li#e a sava'e and an an'el, seen close to'ether. John, after scrutiniCin' Hi e4clai s! with his piercin' e$es, $ 9ord co es

Here is the 9a % of God. How is it that to e@

Jesus replies cal l$! "o fulfill the penitential rite. ;ever, $ 9ord. ( ust co e to Aou to %e sanctified, and Aou are co in' to e@ '1'

)nd Jesus, la$in' His hand on the head of John, who had %owed down in front of Hi , replies! 9et it %e done as ( wish, that all =ustice a$ %e fulfilled and $our rite a$ %eco e the %e'innin' of a hi'her $ster$ and en a$ %e infor ed that the 1icti is in the world. John loo#s at Hi with his e$es sweetened %$ tears and precedes Jesus towards the %an# of the river. Jesus ta#es off His antle and tunic, and is left with a #ind of pair of short trousers. He then descends into the water, where there is John, who %aptiCes Hi , pourin' on His head so e water fro the river %$ eans of a cup, tied to his %elt. (t loo#s li#e a shell or a half pu p#in dried and e ptied. Jesus is reall$ the 9a %. ) 9a % in the whiteness of His flesh, in the odest$ of His 'estures, in the ee#ness of His loo#. &hile Jesus cli %s on to the %an# and after puttin' on His clothes concentrates on pra$in', John points Hi out to the crowd and testifies that he reco'niCed Hi %$ the si'n that the ,pirit of God had shown hi as an infalli%le eans to identif$ the :edee er. 0ut ( a enraptured in watchin' Jesus pra$, and ( can onl$ see His %ri'ht fi'ure a'ainst the 'reen of the river %an#. -----------Jesus sa$s! John did not need an$ si'n for hi self. His soul, which had %een presanctified in his other?s wo %, possessed that penetration of supernatural intelli'ence which all en would have had, if )da had not sinned. (f an had persevered in 'race, innocence and lo$alt$ to his '1+

3reator, he would have seen God throu'h e4ternal appearance. (n Genesis it is said that God used to spea# to the innocent an in an infor al wa$, and that an did not faint hearin' His voice, neither was he deceived in discernnin' it. ,uch was the destin$ of an! to see and understand God e4actl$ as a son does his father. "hen an sinned and he no lon'er dared loo# at God, he was no lon'er a%le to see and understand God. )nd now he is less and less a%le to do so. 0ut John, M$ cousin John, had %een purified fro fault, when the 2ull of Grace lovin'l$ e %raced 8liCa%eth who, after %ein' %arren, had %eco e pre'nant. "he little child had leapt out of =o$ in her wo %, %ecause he felt the scales of sin fallin' fro his soul, as a sca% falls off a wound when the tatter is healed. "he Hol$ ,pirit, &ho had ade Mar$ the Mother of the ,avior, started His ission of salvation on that child a%out to %e %orn, throu'h Mar$, the livin' "a%ernacle of (ncarnate ,alvation! the child was destined to %e united to Me not so uch %$ his %lood, as %$ the ission, %$ which we were li#e the lips that e4press a word. John was the lips, ( the &ord. He was the Precursor %oth in the Gospel and in art$rdo F (, %$ eans of M$ divine perfection, ade perfect %oth the Gospel which John had started, and art$rdo , suffered to defend the 9aw of God. John did not need an$ si'n. 0ut a si'n was necessar$ for the dar#ness of spirit of other people. /n what would John %ase his state ent, %ut on an undenia%le proof evident to the e$es and ears of %ac#ward and dull listeners@ ;either did ( need to %e %aptiCed. 0ut the wisdo '1of the

9ord had chosen that o ent and wa$ for our eetin'. )nd leadin' John out of his cave in the desert and Me fro M$ ho e, He united us in that hour to open the Heavens a%ove Me and He descended Hi self, a divine Eove, on Hi &ho was to %aptiCe en with that Eove, and His announce ent was heard descendin' fro Heaven, ore powerful than the an'el?s, %ecause it ca e fro M$ 2ather! 6"his is M$ %eloved ,on, in &ho ( a well pleased.7 ,o that an should have no e4cuse or dou%t in followin' or not followin' Me. "he anifestations of 3hrist have %een nu erous. "he first, after His 0irth, was the Ma'i?sF the second was in the "e ple, the third on the %an# of the Jordan. "hen there was an endless nu %er of the , which ( will let $ou #now, %ecause M$ iracles are anifestations of M$ divine nature, down to the last ones! M$ :esurrection and )scension into Heaven. M$ fatherland was full of M$ anifestations. 9i#e seed scattered to the four winds, the$ too# place in ever$ social condition and place in life! to shepherds, powerful people, scholars, s#eptical en, sinners, priests, rulers, children, soldiers, Jews and Gentiles. )nd the$ ta#e place even now. 0ut, as in the past, the world does not accept the . (t does not accept the present anifestations and for'ets the past ones. &ell, ( will not 'ive up. ( will repeat M$self to save $ou and to persuade $ou to have faith in Me. Eo $ou #now, Mar$, what $ou are doin'@ /r rather, what ( a doin', in showin' $ou the Gospel@ Ma#in' a stron'er atte pt to %rin' en to Me. Aou $earned for it '1*

with $our fervent pra$ers. ( will no lon'er confine M$self to words. "he$ tire en and detach the . (t is a fault, %ut it is so. ( will have recourse to visions, also of M$ Gospel, and ( will e4plain the to a#e the ore attractive and clear. ( 'ive $ou the co fort of seein' the . ( 'ive ever$%od$ the possi%ilit$ of wishin' to #now Me. )nd if it is of no avail, and li#e cruel children the$ should throw awa$ the 'ift without understandin' its value, $ou will %e left with M$ present, and the$ with M$ indi'nation. ( shall %e a%le once a'ain to repeat the old reproach! 6&e pla$ed for $ou and $ou would not danceF we san' dir'es and $ou would not weep.7 0ut it does not atter. 9et the , the inconverti%le ones, heap %urnin' coals on their heads and let us turn to the little sheep see#in' to %eco e ac>uainted with their ,hepherd. (t is (, and $ou are the staff leadin' the to Me. -------------------)s $ou can see, ( have hastened to add these details which, %ein' triflin' atters, had escaped $ notice, and were wanted %$ $ou. "oda$, readin' the %oo#let, ( noticed a sentence which a$ %e a 'uide for $ou. "his ornin' $ou were sa$in' that $ou cannot a#e $ descriptions #nown %ecause of their st$le and since ( a terrified at the ver$ thou'ht of %ein' #nown, ( was ver$ happ$ a%out it. 0ut do $ou not thin# that that is a'ainst what the Master sa$s in the last dictation in the %oo#let@ "he ore careful and precise $ou are (in descri%in' what ( see) the 'reater the nu %er of those who will co e to Me. "his i plies that the description ust %e #nown, otherwise how can there %e a nu %er of souls 'oin' to Jesus, than#s to the @ ( a drawin' $our '10

attention to this point, then $ou can do what $ou thin# is %est, %ecause, as far as ( a concerned, ( a indifferent. ;a$, hu anl$ spea#in'. ( share $our opinion. 0ut in this case it is not a hu an atter and also the hu an side of the outhpiece ust disappear. )lso in toda$?s dictation Jesus sa$s! M in showin' $ou the Gospel ( a#e a stron'er atte pt to %rin' en to Me. ( will no lon'er confine M$self to wordsM ( will have recourse to visions and ( will e4plain the to a#e the ore attractive and clear. ,o@ (n the eanti e, as ( a a poor nonentit$ and %$ $self ( retire to $self, ( tell $ou that $our re ar# has upset e, and the 8nvious /ne avails hi self of the situation! ( was so upset that ( thou'ht ( should no lon'er descri%e what ( see, %ut ( should write the dictations onl$. He whispers in $ ear! Aou can see it $ourselfB Aour fa ous visions serve no purpose whatsoever, e4cept to a#e $ou pass off as ad. &hich $ou reall$ are. &hat is it that $ou see@ "he sha s of $our a'itated ind. (t ta#es uch ore to deserve to see HeavenB He has tortured e all da$ toda$ with his corrosive te ptation. ( can assure $ou that ( have not suffered so uch %ecause of $ %itter ph$sical pain as ( suffered and a sufferin' %ecause of this. He wants to drive e ad. "his 2rida$ is a 2rida$ of spiritual te ptation for e. ( a thin#in' of Jesus in the desert and of Jesus at Gethse aneM ( will not 'ive up as ( do not want this cunnin' de on to lau'h, and fi'htin' a'ainst hi and a'ainst $ wea#er spiritual part, ( a writin' to $ou to infor $ou of $ present =o$ and to assure $ou that, as far as ( a concerned, ( should %e >uite happ$ if Jesus deprived e '1&

of this 'ift of seein', which is $ 'reatest =o$, providin' He continues to love e and have erc$ on e.

46. Jesus Is Tem'ted in the 3esert b& the 3e5il.

24th *ebruar& 1944. Thursda& follo!ing Ash )ednesda&.

( see the solitar$ land which ( alread$ saw on $ lefthand side in the vision of Jesus? %aptis in the Jordan. 0ut ( ust %e so e wa$ inside the desert, %ecause ( neither see the %eautiful, %lue, slow flowin' river, nor the 'reen strips of ve'etation which coast its %an#s, and are nourished %$ its waters. "here is nothin' here %ut solitude, stones and such a parched earth that it has %eco e a $ellowish dust, raised now and a'ain %$ the wind in s all eddies, which are so hot and dr$ that the$ see to %e the %reath of a feverish outh. )nd the$ are ver$ trou%leso e %ecause of the dust penetratin' nostrils and throats. "here are a ver$ few s all thorn$ %ushes, stran'el$ survivin' in so uch desolation. "he$ loo# li#e s all foreloc#s of survivin' hair on a %ald head. )%ove, there is a erciless %lue s#$F %elow, arid landF around, stones and silence. "hat is what ( see as far as nature is concerned. 9eanin' a'ainst a hu'e piece of overhan'in' roc# which, %ecause of its shape, for s a #ind of a 'rotto, there is Jesus sittin' on a stone that has %een ta#en into the cave. "hat is how He protects Hi self fro the scorchin' sun. )nd $ internal adviser infor s e that the stone, '22

on which He is now sittin', is also His #neelin'-stool and pillow, when He ta#es a few hours rest, enveloped in His antle, under a starr$ s#$ in the chill air of the ni'ht. ;ear Hi , there is the haversac# which ( saw Hi ta#e %efore departin' fro ;aCareth. (t is all He has. )nd fro the wa$ it is folded, ( realise it has %een e ptied of the little food Mar$ had put into it. Jesus is ver$ thin and pale. He is sittin' with His el%ows restin' on His #nees, His forear s forward, His hands =oined and His fin'ers interlaced. He is editatin'. ;ow and a'ain He loo#s up and around, then loo#s at the sun, al ost perpendicular in the %lue s#$. ;ow and a'ain, particularl$ after loo#in' around and at the sun, He closes His e$es and leans on the roc# shelterin' Hi , as if He were seiCed %$ diCCiness. ( see ,atan?s u'l$ face appear. He does not show hi self in the features we i a'ine hi ! horns, tail etc. He loo#s li#e a %edouin enveloped in his ro%e and in a lar'e antle that rese %les a do ino. He is wearin' a tur%an on his head and its white flaps fall alon' his chee#s, down to his shoulders protectin' the . "hus onl$ a ver$ s all dar# trian'le of his face can %e seen, with thin, sinuous lips, ver$ %lac# hollow e$es, full of a'netic flashes. "wo e$es that penetrate and read into the %otto of $our heart, %ut in which $ou can read nothin', or one word onl$! $ster$. "he ver$ opposite of Jesus? e$es, also so a'netic and fascinatin', which read in $our heart, %ut in which $ou can also read that in His heart there is love and %ount$ for $ou. Jesus? e$es caress $our soul. ,atan?s are li#e a dou%le da''er that sta%s and %urns $ou. He approaches Jesus! )re $ou alone@ '21

Jesus loo#s at hi , %ut does not repl$. How did Aou happen to %e here@ Eid Aou 'et lost@ Jesus loo#s at hi a'ain, and is silent. (f ( had water in $ flas#, ( would 'ive Aou so e. 0ut ( have none $self. M$ horse died, and ( a now 'oin' on foot to the ford. ( will 'et a drin# there, and ( will find so eone who will 'ive e so e %read. ( #now the road. 3o e with e. (?ll ta#e Aou there. Jesus does not even loo# at hi . Aou are not answerin'@ Eo Aou #now that if Aou sta$ here, Aou will die@ "he wind is alread$ %e'innin' to %low. "here will %e a stor . 3o e. Jesus clenches His hands in silent pra$er. )hB (t is Aou, then@ ( have %een loo#in' for Aou for such a lon' ti eB )nd ( have %een watchin' Aou for so lon'. ,ince Aou were %aptised. )re Aou callin' the 8ternal@ He is far awa$. Aou are now on the earth, in the idst of en. )nd ( rei'n over en. )nd $et, ( feel sorr$ for Aou, and ( want to help Aou, %ecause Aou are so 'ood, and Aou have co e to sacrifice Aourself for nothin'. Men will hate Aou %ecause of Aour 'oodness. "he$ understand nothin', %ut 'old, food and pleasure. ,acrifice, sorrow, o%edience are words ore arid for the than the land around us here. "he$ are ore arid than this dust. /nl$ sna#es can hide here, waitin' to %ite, and =ac#als waitin' to tear to pieces. 3o e with e. (t is not worthwhile sufferin' for the . ( #now the %etter than Aou do. ,atan has sat down in front of Jesus and he scrutinises '22

Hi with his dreadful e$es, and s iles at Hi with his sna#eli#e outh. Jesus is alwa$s silent, and is pra$in' entall$. Aou don?t trust e. Aou are wron'. ( a the wisdo of the earth. ( can %e Aour teacher and show Aou how to triu ph. ,ee, the i portant thin' is to triu ph. "hen, once we have i posed ourselves and we have enchanted the world, then we can ta#e the wherever we want. 0ut first, we ust %e as the$ wish us to %e. 9i#e the . &e ust allure the , a#in' the %elieve that we ad ire the and follow their thou'hts. Aou are $oun' and handso e. ,tart with a wo an. /ne ust alwa$s start fro her. ( ade a ista#e inducin' her to %e diso%edient. ( should have advised her differentl$. ( would have turned her into a %etter instru ent, and ( would have %eaten God. ( was in a hurr$. 0ut AouB ( will teach Aou, %ecause one da$ ( loo#ed at Aou with an'elical =o$, and a fraction of that love is still left in e, %ut Aou ust listen to e, and a#e use of $ e4perience. 2ind $ourself a wo an. &here $ou do not succeed, she will. Aou are the new )da ! Aou ust have Aour 8ve. (n an$ case, how can Aou understand and heal the diseases of the senses, if Aou do not #now what the$ are@ Eon?t Aou #now that that is where the seed is, fro which the tree of 'reediness and arro'ance sprouts@ &h$ do en want to rei'n@ &h$ do the$ want to %e rich and powerful@ "o possess wo an. ,he is li#e a lar#. ,he will %e attracted onl$ %$ so ethin' spar#lin'. Gold and power are two sides of the irror that draw wo an, and are the causes of evil in the world. 9oo#! in a thousand '23

different cri es, there are at least nine hundred that ta#e root in the lust of possessin' a wo an or in the passion of a wo an, %urnin' with a desire that an has not $et satisfied, or can no lon'er satisf$. Go to a wo an if Aou want to #now what life is. )nd onl$ then, Aou will %e a%le to cure and heal the diseases of an#ind. &o en, Aou #now, are %eautifulB "here is nothin' nicer in the world. Man has %rains and stren'th. 0ut wo anB Her thou'ht is a perfu e, her touch is the caress of flowers, her 'race is li#e wine, pleasant to drin#, her wea#ness is li#e a han# of sil#, or the curl of a child in a an?s hand, her caress is a stren'th which is poured over our own stren'th, and infla es it. ,orrow, fati'ue, worries are for'otten when we lie near a wo an, and she is in our ar s li#e a %unch of flowers. 0ut what a fool ( a B Aou are hun'r$ and ( a tal#in' to Aou of wo en. Aour ener'$ is e4hausted. "hat is wh$ that fra'rance of the earth, that flower of creation, the fruit that 'ives and e4cites love, see s without an$ value to Aou. 0ut loo# at these stones. How round and s ooth the$ loo#, 'ilded %$ the settin' sunB Eon?t the$ loo# li#e loaves@ ,ince Aou are the ,on of God, all Aou have to sa$ is! 6( want7 and the$ will %eco e sweet-s ellin' %read, =ust li#e the loaves housewives are now ta#in' out of their ovens for the supper of their fa ilies. )nd these arid acacias, if Aou onl$ &ish so, will the$ not %e filled with sweet fruit and dates as sweet as hone$@ 8at Aour fill, ,on of God. Aou are the Master of the earth. "he earth is %owin' down to put itself at Aour feet and appease Aour hun'er. Eon?t Aou see that Aou are turnin' pale and unstead$ at '2'

the ention of %read. Poor JesusB )re Aou so wea# that Aou cannot even wor# a iracle@ ,hall ( wor# it for Aou@ ( a not Aour e>ual, %ut ( can do so ethin'. ( will do without an$ stren'th for a whole $ear, ( will 'ather it all to'ether, %ut ( want to serve Aou, %ecause Aou are 'ood, and ( alwa$s re e %er that Aou are $ God, even if now ( have forfeited callin' Aou so. Help e with Aour pra$ers, that ( a$M 0e >uietB 6Man does not live on %read alone, %ut on ever$ word that co es fro the outh of God.7 "he devil starts with an'er. He 'rinds his teeth, and clenches his fists. 0ut he controls hi self, and turns his 'rindin' into a s ile. ( understand. Aou are a%ove the necessities of the earth and Aou are dis'usted at a#in' use of e. ( deserved it. 0ut co e, then, and see what there is in the House of God. Aou will see how even priests do not refuse to co e to a co pro ise %etween the spirit and the flesh. )fter all, the$ are en, and not an'els. &or# a spiritual iracle. ( will ta#e Aou up to the pinnacle of the "e ple and Aou will under'o a transfi'uration and %eco e ost handso e. Aou will then call the cohorts of an'els and will tell the to for a footrest for Aour feet with their interlaced win's, and to let Aou down, thus, into the ain $ard. ,o that people a$ see Aou, and re e %er that God e4ists. /ne ust show oneself now and a'ain, %ecause an?s e or$ is so wea#, particularl$ with re'ard to spiritual atters. Aou can i a'ine how happ$ the an'els will %e in for in' a protection for Aour feet and a ladder for Aou to descendB '2+

(t is said! 6Aou test.7

ust not put the 9ord $our God to the

Aou understand that Aour apparition would not chan'e an$thin' and the "e ple would continue to %e a ar#et full of corruption. Aour divine wisdo is aware that the hearts of the inisters of the "e ple are nests of vipers, that tear and are torn to pieces for the sa#e of prevailin'. "he$ are su%dued onl$ %$ hu an power. &ell, then, co e. )dore e. ( will 'ive Aou the earth. )le4ander, 3$rus, 3aesar, all the 'reat rulers, past or present, will %e li#e the leaders of isera%le caravans as co pared with Aou, as Aou shall have the #in'do s of the world under Aour sceptre. )nd with the #in'do s, all the wealth, all the %eautiful thin's on earth, wo en, horses, ar ies and te ples. Aou will %e a%le to raise Aour ,i'n ever$where when Aou are the Din' of #in's and the 9ord of the world. Aou will then %e o%e$ed and respected %oth %$ the people and %$ the priesthood. )ll classes will honour and serve Aou, %ecause Aou will %e the Powerful /ne, the /nl$ /ne, the 9ord. )dore e for one o ent onl$B )ppease this thirst of ine for %ein' worshippedB (t ruined e, %ut it is still left in e, and ( a parched %$ it. "he fla es of hell are li#e a fresh ornin' %reeCe as co pared to this fierce ardour %urnin' inside e. (t is $ hell, this thirst. /ne o ent, one o ent onl$, 3hrist. Aou are so 'oodB /ne o ent of =o$ for the eternall$ "ortured /neB 9et e feel what it is li#e to %e 'od, and ( will %e a devoted, o%edient servant for all Aour life and all Aour enterprises. /ne instant, one instant onl$, and ( will no lon'er torture AouB )nd ,atan falls on his #nees, i plorin'. '2-

Jesus, instead, stands up. He has lost wei'ht %ecause of the lon' da$s of fast, and He now loo#s taller. His face is terri%l$ severe and potent. His e$es are two %urnin' sapphires. His voice is li#e thunder! it rever%erates in the cave of the hu'e stone, and spreads over the ston$, desolate plain when He cries! 0e off, ,atan. (t is written! 6Aou ust worship the 9ord $our God, and serve Hi alone.7 ,atan, with a cr$ of fearful torture and indescri%a%le hatred, sprin's to his feet, a dreadful si'ht in his furious, s o#$ fi'ure. )nd he disappears with a last cursin' $ell. Jesus is tired, and sits down, leanin' %ac# with His head restin' on the stone. He loo#s e4hausted. He is perspirin'. 0ut an'els co e to %low 'entl$ with their win's in the closeness of the cave, thus purif$in' and refreshin' the air. Jesus opens His e$es, and s iles. ( do not see Hi eat. ( would sa$ that He is nourished %$ the aro a of Paradise, and is reinvi'orated %$ it. "he sun has set in the west. He ta#es His e pt$ haversac# and in the co pan$ of the an'els who, fl$in' a%ove His head, e it a ild li'ht while it is 'ettin' dar# ver$ rapidl$, He starts wal#in' eastwards, or rather north-eastwards. He has resu ed His usual e4pression, His step is stead$. "he onl$ re ainin' si'n of His lon' fast is a ore ascetic loo# on His pale, thin face and in His e$es, enraptured in a =o$ which does not %elon' to this world. ------------Jesus sa$s! Aesterda$ $ou had no stren'th, which is M$ will, and '2*

$ou were, therefore, half-alive. ( let $our %od$ rest and ( ade $ou fast the onl$ wa$ which is %urdenso e to $ou! deprivin' $ou of M$ word. Poor Mar$B Aou #ept )sh &ednesda$. Aou tasted an ashen flavour in ever$thin' %ecause $ou were without $our Master. ( did not let $ou perceive Me, %ut ( was there. "his ornin', as our an4iet$ is reciprocal, when $ou were half asleep, ( whispered to $ou! 6)'nus Eei >ui tollis peccata undi, dona no%is pace 7 and ( ade $ou repeat it an$ ti es and ( repeated it to $ou an$ ti es. Aou thou'ht that ( was 'oin' to spea# a%out that. ;o. 2irst there is the su%=ect which ( showed $ou and upon which ( will co ent for $ou. "hen this evenin' ( will illustrate this other one. )s $ou have seen, #indness is alwa$s ,atan?s dis'uise when he presents hi self. He loo#s li#e an ordinar$ person. (f souls are careful, and a%ove all, if the$ are in spiritual contact with God, the$ perceive the warnin' that a#es the cautious and prepares the to fi'ht the devil?s snares. 0ut if souls are distracted, separated fro God %$ an overwhel in' sensualit$, and are not assisted %$ pra$er, which =oins the to God and pours stren'th into the hearts of en, then the$ seldo perceive the snares hidden under the innocent appearance and the$ fall into the trap. (t is then ver$ difficult for the to free the selves. "he two ost co on eans adopted %$ ,atan to con>uer souls are sensualit$ and 'lutton$. He alwa$s starts fro aterial thin's. /nce he has dis antled and su%dued the aterial side, he attac#s the spiritual part. '20

2irst the orals! thou'hts with their pride and 'reedF then the spirit, o%literatin' not onl$ its love < which no lon'er e4ists when an replaces divine love with other hu an loves < %ut also the fear of God. "hen an surrenders his %od$ and soul to ,atan, onl$ for the sa#e of en=o$in' what he wants, and en=o$in' it ore and ore.
Aou saw how ( %ehaved. ,ilence and pra$er. ,ilence. 0ecause if ,atan perfor s his wor# of a seducer and co es round us, we ust put up with the situation without an$ foolish i patience or cowardl$ fears. &e ust react with resolution to his presence, and with pra$er to his allure ents.

(t is useless to de%ate with ,atan. He would win, %ecause he is stron' in his dialectics. /nl$ God can %eat hi . )nd so $ou ust have recourse to God, that He a$ spea# for $ou, throu'h $ou. Aou ust show ,atan that ;a e and that ,i'n, not so uch written on paper or en'raved on wood, %ut written and en'raved in $our hearts. M$ ;a e, M$ ,i'n. Aou should answer %ac# to ,atan, usin' the &ord of God, onl$ when he insinuates that he is li#e God. He cannot %ear that.
"hen after the stru''le, there co es victor$ and the an'els serve and defend the winner fro ,atan?s hatred. "he$ restore hi with celestial dews, with the Grace that the$ pour with full hands into the heart of the faithful son, with a %lessin' that caresses his soul.

/ne ust %e deter ined to defeat ,atan, and have faith in God, and in His help. 2aith in the power of pra$er, and in the 9ord?s %ount$. "hen ,atan can do no har .

Go in peace. "his evenin' ( will 'ladden $ou with the re ainder.

4.. Jesus Meets John and James.

2,th *ebruar& 1944.

( see Jesus wal#in' alon' the 'reen strip of ve'etation that %orders the Jordan. He has 'one %ac# to the sa e place where He was %aptised. He is near the ford that apparentl$ was well #nown and co onl$ used to cross to the other %an# towards Perea. 0ut the place, which was so crowded %efore, is now deserted. "here are onl$ a few travellers, 'oin' on foot, or ridin' don#e$s or horses. Jesus does not see to %e aware of the . He proceeds alon' His wa$, northwards, a%sor%ed in His thou'hts. &hen He reaches the ford, He eets a 'roup of en of different a'es, who are discussin' ani atedl$, and then the$ part, so e southwards, so e northwards. ) on'st those 'oin' northwards, ( see John and Ja es. John is the first to see Jesus, and he points Hi out to his %rother and co panions. "he$ tal# a little a on'st the selves, and then John starts wal#in' >uic#l$ to reach Jesus. Ja es follows hi , wal#in' a little slower. "he others do not show an$ interest. "he$ wal# slowl$, while discussin'. &hen John is near Jesus, a%out two or three etres %ehind Hi , he shouts! 9a % of God &ho ta#es awa$ '32

the sins of the worldB Jesus turns round, and loo#s at hi . "here are now onl$ a few steps %etween the . "he$ loo# at each other! Jesus with His serious, scrutinisin' loo#, John with his pure e$es s ilin' in his %eautiful, $outhful face, that loo#s li#e the face of a 'irl. He is a%out twent$ $ears old, and on his ros$ chee#s there is onl$ the si'n of a %lond down, li#e a 'olden veil. &ho are $ou loo#in' for@ as#s Jesus. a Master@ 2or Aou, Master. How do $ou #now ( a "he 0aptist told e.

&ell then, wh$ do $ou call Me 9a %@ 0ecause ( heard hi call Aou so one da$, when Aou were passin' %$, =ust over a onth a'o. &hat do $ou want fro Me@ ( want Aou to tell us words of eternal life and to co fort us. 0ut who are $ou@ ( a John of Ie%edee, and this is Ja es, $ %rother. &e are fro Galilee, and we are fisher en. 0ut we are also disciples of John. He spo#e words of life to us and we listened to hi , %ecause we want to follow God, and deserve His for'iveness doin' penance and thus prepare our hearts for the co in' of the Messiah. Aou are the Messiah. John said so, %ecause he saw the si'n of the Eove descendin' on Aou. He said to us! 6Here is the '31

9a % of God.7 ( sa$ to $ou! 69a % of God &ho ta#es awa$ the sins of the world, 'ive us peace, %ecause we no lon'er have an$one who a$ 'uide us, and our souls are upset.7 &here is John@ Herod has ta#en hi . He is in prison, at Machaerus. "he ost faithful a on'st his disciples have tried to free hi . 0ut it is not possi%le. &e are co in' fro there. 9et us co e with Aou, Master. ,how us where Aou live. 3o e. 0ut do $ou #now what $ou are as#in' for@ &ho follows Me will have to leave ever$thin'! his ho e, his relatives, his wa$ of thin#in', also his life. ( will a#e $ou M$ disciples and M$ friends, if $ou wish so. 0ut ( have neither wealth nor protection. ( a poor, and ( shall %e even poorer, to the e4tent of not havin' a place where ( a$ rest M$ head and ( will %e persecuted %$ M$ ene ies, even ore than a lost sheep is pursued %$ wolves. M$ doctrine is even ore ri'id than John?s, %ecause it for%ids also resent ent. )nd M$ doctrine is concerned not so uch with e4ternal atters, as it is with the soul. Aou ust %e re-%orn if $ou want to %e M$ disciples. )re $ou willin' to do that@ Aes, Master. /nl$ Aou have words that can 'ive us li'ht. "he$ descend upon us, and where there was dar#ness and desolation %ecause we had no 'uide, the$ shed li'ht and sunshine. 3o e, then. 9et us 'o. ( will teach $ou on our wa$. ------------Jesus sa$s! '32

"he crowd that et Me was a lar'e one. 0ut onl$ one reco'niCed Me. He, whose soul, ind and flesh were pure and free fro all lewdness. ( insist on the value of purit$. 3hastit$ is alwa$s the source of clear ideas. 1ir'init$ refines and then preserves intellectual and e otional sensitiveness, elevatin' it to such a perfection that onl$ a vir'in can e4perience. "here are an$ wa$s of %ein' a vir'in. 0$ co pulsion, and this applies particularl$ to wo en, when no one ever proposed to the . "he sa e should appl$ to en. 0ut it does not. )nd that is %ad, %ecause onl$ heads of fa ilies, with unhealth$ inds and often diseased %odies, can %e %orn of $outh soiled with lust %efore ti e.

"here is wanted vir'init$, that is the vir'init$ of those who consecrate the selves to the 9ord with the ardour of their souls. ) %eautiful vir'init$B ) sacrifice pleasin' to GodB 0ut the$ do not all persist in their purit$ li#e lilies which stand upri'ht on their stal#s, loo#in' towards Heaven, unaware of the ud on the 'round, open to the #isses of God?s sun and His dews. Man$ are faithful onl$ in a aterial wa$. 0ut the$ are unfaithful in their thou'hts, which re'ret and wish for what the$ sacrificed. "he$ are vir'ins onl$ %$ half. (f their flesh is intact, their hearts are not. "heir hearts fer ent, %oil, e4hale fu es of sensualit$, the ore refined and reproved, the ore it is the invention of a ind that caresses, nourishes and continuall$ enlar'es the i a'es of satisfactions, illicit even for those who are free, ore than illicit for those consecrated to God. "hen $ou have the h$pocris$ of the vow. (ts appearance is

there, its essence is not. )nd ( tell $ou that %etween those who co e to Me with their lilies %ro#en %$ the %rutalit$ of a t$rant, and those who co e with their lilies ateriall$ intact, %ut covered with the slaver of a sensualit$ the$ have caressed and cultivated to fill their hours of solitude, ( will call 6vir'ins7 the for er, and 6non vir'ins7 the latter. ( will 'ive the for er the crown of vir'ins and a dou%le crown of art$rs, %ecause of their flesh which has %een wounded and of their hearts which have %een ulcerated %$ a utilation the$ did not want. "he value of purit$ is such that, as $ou have seen, the first thin' ,atan was an4ious a%out, was to deceive Me a%out i purit$. He #nows ver$ well that sensual sins dis antle the soul and a#e it an eas$ pre$ to other sins. ,atan?s efforts ai ed at this capital point, in order to defeat Me. 0read, hun'er, are the aterial for s for the alle'or$ of appetite, of the appetites that ,atan ta#es advanta'e of for his own purpose. "he food he offered Me to a#e Me fall into4icated at his feet is >uite a different thin'B Greed would have followed, then avarice, power, idolatr$, %lasphe $ and the a%=uration of the divine 9aw. 0ut that was the first step to catch Me. 84actl$ as he did to in=ure )da .

"he world sneers at pure people. "hose who are 'uilt$ of lewdness stri#e the . John the 0aptist is the victi of the lust of an o%scene couple. 0ut if there is still so e li'ht in the world, this is due to the pure of the world. "he$ are the servants of God, the$ understand God and repeat God?s words. ( said! 6Happ$ the pure in heart, the$ shall see God.7 )lso in this world! since the fu es of

sensualit$ do not pertur% their hearts, the$ 6see7 God, the$ hear Hi , the$ follow Hi and the$ show Hi to other people. John of Ie%edee is a pure soul. He is the Pure /ne a on'st M$ disciples. ) soul as %eautiful as a flower in an an'elical %od$B He calls Me with the words of his first aster and as#s Me to 'ive hi peace. 0ut he alread$ has peace in his heart %ecause of his purit$, and ( loved hi %ecause of his purit$, to which ( entrusted M$ teachin's, M$ secrets, and the ost dear 3reature ( had. He was M$ first disciple, who loved Me fro the ver$ first instant he saw Me. His soul had elted with Mine fro the da$ he saw Me passin' near the Jordan and he saw the 0aptist pointin' to Me. 8ven if he had not found Me later, when ( ca e %ac# fro the desert, he would have loo#ed for Me until he found Me, %ecause who is pure, is hu %le and an4ious to %e tau'ht in the science of God, and li#e the water that flows to the sea, he 'oes towards those he #nows to %e asters in the celestial doctrine. Jesus sa$s also! ( did not want $ou to spea# a%out the sensual te ptation of $our Jesus. 8ven if $our internal voice had ade $ou understand ,atan?s otive in attractin' Me towards sensualit$, ( preferred to spea# of it M$self. "hin# no ore a%out it. (t was necessar$ to ention it. Go on now. 9eave ,atan?s flower on its sands. 2ollow Jesus as John did. Aou will %e wal#in' a on' thorns, %ut as roses $ou will find the drops of %lood of Hi &ho shed the for $ou, to defeat the flesh also in $ou. ( will forestall a re ar# as well. (n his Gospel, John '3+

entionin' his eetin' with Me sa$s! 6)nd the followin' da$7. (t would therefore appear that the 0aptist pointed Me out the da$ after M$ %aptis and that John and Ja es followed Me at once. 0ut that conflicts with what the other 8van'elists said a%out the fort$ da$s spent in the desert. 0ut $ou should read as follows! 6(John havin' alread$ %een arrested), one da$, later, the two disciples of John the 0aptist, the ones to who he had pointed Me out sa$in'! SHere is the 9a % of God?, on seein' Me a'ain, called Me and followed Me.7 )fter ( had co e %ac# fro the desert. )nd we went %ac# to'ether to the shores of the la#e of Galilee, where ( had ta#en shelter to %e'in evan'elisin' fro there, and the two < after %ein' with Me durin' the whole =ourne$ and then for one da$ in the hospita%le house of a friend of M$ relatives < spo#e of Me to the other fisher en. 0ut it was the initiative of John, whose will to do penance had ade his soul, alread$ so li pid owin' to his purit$, a asterpiece of pellucidit$ in which the "ruth was clearl$ reflected, %estowin' on hi also the hol$ darin' of the pure and 'enerous, who are never afraid of steppin' forward, wherever the$ see that there is God, and truth and doctrine and the wa$ of God. How uch ( loved hi for that si ple, heroical feature of hisB


40. John and James +'eak to %eter about the Messiah.

12th /ctober 1944.

) ost clear dawn over the 9a#e of Galilee. "he s#$ and the water spar#le with ros$ flashes, not ver$ different fro the ild ones shinin' on the walls of the little orchards of the la#e-villa'e, where fruit trees, with their un#e pt, lu4uriant folia'e, see to rise fro the orchards and peep at the little lanes, %endin' over the . "he villa'e is %e'innin' to awa#en! wo en start 'oin' to the fountain or to the washin' place, while fisher en unload the %as#ets of fish, or ha''le over prices, in ver$ loud voices, with erchants who have co e fro other villa'es, while others carr$ the fish to their houses. ( called it a villa'e, %ut it is not a ver$ s all one. (t is rather a odest place, at least what ( see of it, %ut it is >uite lar'e and spreads 'enerall$ alon' the la#e. John co es out of a little street and 'oes >uic#l$ towards the la#e. Ja es follows hi , %ut uch ore cal l$. John loo#s at the %oats which are alread$ on the shore, %ut cannot see the one he is loo#in' for. He sees it while it is still a%out one hundred $ards fro the %each, anoeuvrin' to enter the har%our, and holdin' his hands at the sides of his outh, he shouts at the top of his voice, a lon' /h-eB , which ust %e their usual call. &hen he sees that the$ have heard hi , he 'esticulates with %oth his ar s, o%viousl$ eanin'! 3o e, co e. "he en in the %oat, not #nowin' what is the atter, la$ on the oars, and the %oat oves faster than it did with '3*

the sail, which the$ have struc#, pro%a%l$ to 'ain ti e. &hen the$ are a%out ten eters fro the shore, John does not wait an$ lon'er. He ta#es off his antle and his lon' tunic, and throws the on the shore, ta#es off his sandals, lifts his undertunic and holds it with one hand al ost a'ainst his 'roin, then 'oes into the water to eet the %oat arrivin'. &h$ did $ou two not co e@ as#s )ndrew. Peter, sul#il$, does not sa$ one word. )nd wh$ did $ou not co e with replies to )ndrew. e and Ja es@ John

( went fishin'. ( have no ti e to waste. Aou disappeared with that anM ( %ec#oned $ou to co e. (t is Hi . Aou should hear His wordsBM &e sta$ed with Hi all da$ until late at ni'ht. &e have now co e to sa$ to $ou! 63o e.7 (s it reall$ Hi @ )re $ou sure@ &e onl$ saw Hi when the 0aptist pointed Hi out to us. (t is Hi . He did not den$ it. )n$one can sa$ what suits hi to i pose hi self on dupes. (t is not the first ti eM u %les Peter, dissatisfied. /h, ,i onB Eon?t sa$ thatB He is the MessiahB He #nows ever$thin'B He hears $ou John is 'rieved and dis a$ed at ,i on Peter?s words. ,ureB "he MessiahB )nd He showed Hi self to $ou, Ja es and )ndrewB "hree poor i'norant fisher enB "he Messiah will need uch ore than thatB )nd He hears '30 then,

eB 8hB M$ poor %o$. "he first sunshine of sprin' has da a'ed $our %rainsB 3o e on, co e and do so e wor#. "hat?s uch %etter. )nd for'et such fair$ talesB (? tellin' $ou. He is the MessiahB John said hol$ thin's, %ut He spea#s of God. &ho is not 3hrist cannot spea# such words. ,i on, ( a not a %o$. ( a old enou'h and ( a co posed and thou'htful. Aou #now that. ( did not spea# uch, %ut ( listened a lot durin' the hours we spent with the 9a % of God and ( can tell $ou that reall$ He can %ut %e the MessiahB &h$ don?t $ou %elieve@ &h$ do $ou not want to %elieve@ Aou a$ not %elieve, %ecause $ou have not heard Hi . 0ut ( %elieve Hi . &e are poor and i'norant@ &ell, He sa$s that He has co e to announce the Gospel of the Din'do of God, of the Din'do of peace, to the poor, hu %le and little ones %efore the 'reat ones. He said! 6"he 'reat ones alread$ have their deli'hts. "he$ are not envia%le deli'hts when co pared with the ones ( have co e to %rin' $ou. "he 'reat ones are alread$ capa%le of understandin' %$ eans of their culture. 0ut ( have co e to the ?little? ones of (srael and of the world, to those who weep and hope, to those who see# 9i'ht and are hun'r$ for the real Manna, to who learned en do not 'ive li'ht and food, %ut onl$ %urdens, dar#ness, chains, conte pt. )nd ( call the ?little ones?. ( have co e to turn the world upside down. 0ecause ( will lower what is now held hi'h, and ( will raise what is now held in conte pt. 9et those who want the truth and peace, who want eternal life, co e to Me. "hose who love 9i'ht, let the co e to Me. ( a the 9i'ht of the world.7 Eid He not sa$ that, John@ Ja es has spo#en in a cal , '3&

'entle voice. Aes, and He said! 6"he world will not love Me. "he 'reat world will not love Me, %ecause it is corrupted %$ vices and idolatr$. ;a$, the world will not want Me, %ecause as it is the offsprin' of Ear#ness, it does not love the 9i'ht. 0ut the earth is not ade onl$ of the 'reat world. "here are on it also those who, i4ed with the world, are not of the world. "here are people who are of the world %ecause the$ have %een i prisoned in it, li#e fish in a net.7 He said e4actl$ that, %ecause we were spea#in' on the shore of the la#e and He was pointin' to so e nets which were %ein' dra''ed to the shore with fish in the . ;a$, He said! 6,ee. ;one of those fish wanted to %e cau'ht in the net. )lso en, intentionall$, would not li#e to fall pre$ to Ma on. ;ot even the ost wic#ed who, %linded %$ pride, do not %elieve the$ have no ri'ht to do what the$ do. "heir real sin is pride. )ll the other sins 'row fro it. "hose who are not co pletel$ wic#ed, would li#e even less to fall pre$ to Ma on. 0ut the$ fall %ecause of their frivolit$ and %ecause of a wei'ht that dra's the to the %otto , and which is )da ?s sin. ( have co e to re ove that sin, and while awaitin' the hour of :ede ption, to 'ive those who %elieve in Me a stren'th such that will ena%le the to free the selves fro the snares that trap the and will a#e the free to follow Me, the 9i'ht of the world.7 &ell then, if He said that, we ust 'o to Hi at once. Peter, with his i pulsiveness, which is so 'enuine and ( li#e so uch, has decided at once, and is alread$ actin' accordin'l$, hastenin' to unload the %oat which has alread$ reached the shore! the fisher en have al ost ''2

%eached it, unloadin' nets, ropes and sails. )nd $ou, sill$ )ndrew, wh$ did $ou not 'o with the @BM 0utM ,i onB Aou reproached e %ecause ( did not persuade the to co e with eM Aou have %een 'ru %lin' all ni'ht, and now $ou re%u#e e %ecause ( did not 'o@B Aou are ri'htM 0ut ( did not see Hi M $ou didM and $ou ust have seen that He is not li#e usM He ust have so ethin' co pellin'BM /hB Aes. John sa$s. His faceB His e$esB &hat %eautiful e$es, aren?t the$, Ja es@B )nd His voiceB M /hB &hat a voiceB &hen He spea#s, $ou see to %e drea in' of Heaven. 5uic#, >uic#. 9et?s 'o and see Hi . )nd $ou, (addressin' the other fisher en) ta#e ever$thin' to Ie%edee and tell hi to do as he thin#s %est. &e will %e %ac# this evenin' in ti e to 'o fishin'. "he$ all 'et dressed and set out. 0ut Peter, after a few $ards stops and 'ets hold of John?s ar and as#s hi . Eid $ou sa$ that He #nows ever$thin', and hears ever$thin'@M Aes, ( did. Just thin# that when we saw the oon hi'h up in the s#$, ( said! 6( wonder what ,i on will %e doin' now7, and He said! 6He is castin' his net and he cannot set his ind at rest %ecause he has to do it all %$ hi self, since $ou did not 'o out with the twin %oat in such a 'ood evenin' for fishin'M he does not #now that %efore lon' he will %e fishin' with different nets and catchin' different fish.7 ''1

Hol$ Merc$B (t?s trueB &ell, He will also have heardM also that ( called Hi little less than a liarM ( can?t 'o to Hi B /hB He is so 'ood. He certainl$ #nows what $ou thou'ht. He alread$ #new. 0ecause when we left Hi sa$in' that we were co in' to $ou, He said! 6Go. 0ut don?t let the first words of conte pt discoura'e $ou. &ho wants to co e with Me ust %e a%le to a#e headwa$ a'ainst the sneerin' words of the world and the prohi%itions of relatives. 0ecause ( a a%ove %lood and societ$, and ( triu ph over the . )nd who is with Me will also triu ph forever.7 )nd He also said! 6Eon?t %e afraid to spea#. "he an who hears will co e, %ecause he is a an of 'ood will.7 (s that what He said@ &ell, (?ll co e. ,pea#, spea# of Hi , while we are 'oin'. &here is He@ (n a poor houseF the$ (s He poor@ ) wor# an fro ;aCareth. ,o He said. )nd how does He live now, if He does not wor# an$ lon'er@ &e did not as# Hi . Perhaps His relatives help Hi . (t would have %een %etter if we had %rou'ht so e fish, so e %read and fruitM so ethin'. &e are 'oin' to consult a ra%%i, %ecause He is li#eM He is ore than a ra%%i, and we are 'oin' e pt$-handedB /ur ra%%is don?t li#e thatM 0ut He does. &e had %ut twent$ pennies %etween us, ''2 ust %e His friends.

Ja es and (, and we offered Hi the , as is custo ar$ with ra%%is. He did not want the . 0ut since we insisted so uch, He said! 6Ma$ God reward $ou with the %lessin's of the poor. 3o e with Me7 and He 'ave the to so e poor people! He #new where the$ lived. )nd when we as#ed Hi ! 6Master, are Aou not #eepin' an$thin' for Aourself@7 He replied! 6"he =o$ of doin' the will of God and servin' His 'lor$.7 &e also said! 6Aou are callin' us, Master. 0ut we are all poor. &hat shall we %rin' Aou@7, He replied with a s ile which ade us en=o$ the deli'hts of Paradise! 6( want a 'reat treasure fro $ou7, and we said! 60ut we have nothin'.7 )nd He answered! 6) treasure with seven na es, which even the poorest a$ have, while the rich a$ not possess it. Aou have it, and ( want it. 9isten to the na es! charit$, faith, 'ood will, ri'ht intention, continence, sincerit$, spirit of sacrifice. "hat is what ( want fro M$ followers, onl$ that, and Aou have it. (t is dor ant, li#e a seed under a winter clod, %ut the sprin' sunshine will a#e it sprout into a sevenfold spi#e.7 "hat is what He said. )hB ;ow ( feel that He is the true :a%%oni, the pro ised MessiahB He is not harsh with the poor, He does not as# for one$M (t is enou'h to call Hi the Hol$ Man of God. &e can 'o safel$. )nd it all ends.


49. *irst Meeting of %eter and the Messiah.

1#th /ctober 1944.

&ith $ soul de=ected %$ too an$ thin's, ( a pra$in' to receive illu ination. )nd ( a led to chapter *2 of the 8pistle to the He%rews and the stren'th of $ spirit is reall$ reinvi'orated and once a'ain ( have the ener'$ to listen . (n fact when ( a oppressed %$ so an$ thin's, ( feel li#e sa$in'! ( do not want to do an$thin' an$ ore. )n ordinar$ life, an ordinar$ life at all costs. 0ut ( #now who it is &ho spea#s and ( see Hi loo# at e with lovin' %eseechin' e$es. )nd ( can no lon'er sa$! ( do not want. God is reall$ a fire which devours also the inclinations of our hu an nature when the latter $ields to Hi . "o Hi &ho spea#s sa$in'! ( will not leave $ou, ( will not a%andon $ou , ( want to repeat once a'ain with full confidence! Aou are of uch help to e, ( do not fear an. / God, do not disappoint $ hope.. -------------------)t 2 p. . ( see the followin'! Jesus is co in' alon' a little road, a path %etween two fields. He is alone. John is ovin' towards Hi alon' a different path in the fields and he eets Hi at last, 'oin' throu'h an openin' in a hed'e. John, %oth in $esterda$?s vision and toda$?s is ver$ $oun'. His face is ros$ and %eardless, the fair co ple4ion of a $outh, who can hardl$ %e called a an. "here are no si'ns of oustache or %eard, %ut onl$ the s oothness of his ros$ chee#s, his red lips, and his %ri'ht s ile and pure loo#, '''

not so uch %ecause of its deep tur>uoise hue, as %ecause of the li pidit$ of his vir'inal soul shinin' throu'h his e$es. His %lond-%rown lon' soft hair undulates at each step while he wal#s al ost as fast as if he were runnin'. &hen he is a%out to pass throu'h the hed'e, he shouts! MasterB Jesus stops and turns round, s ilin'. Master, ( have lon'ed so uch for AouB "he people in the house where Aou live told e that Aou had co e towards the countr$. 0ut the$ did not sa$ where. ( was afraid ( i'ht not eet $ou. &hile spea#in', John has %ent his head sli'htl$, out of respect. )nd $et, he is full of truthful love, %oth in his attitude and in his e$es, which he raises towards Jesus, while his head is still 'entl$ inclined towards his shoulder. ( saw $ou were loo#in' for Me and ( ca e towards $ou. Aou saw e@ &here were Aou, Master@ /ver there and Jesus points to a 'roup of trees far awa$, which, %$ the color of their folia'e, ( would sa$ were olive-trees. ( was over there. ( was pra$in', and thin#in' what to sa$ this evenin' in the s$na'o'ue. 0ut ( ca e awa$ as soon as ( saw $ou. 0ut how could Aou see e, if ( can hardl$ see the place, hidden as it is %ehind that hed'e@ )nd $et, $ou see, here ( a . ( ca e to eet $ou %ecause ( saw $ou. &hat the e$e does not do, love does. Aes, love does. Aou love e, therefore, Master@ ''+

)nd do $ou love Me, John, son of Ie%edee@ ,o uch, Master. ( thin# ( have alwa$s loved Aou. 0efore eetin' Aou, lon' %efore, $ soul was loo#in' for Aou, and when ( saw Aou, $ soul said to e! 6Here is the /ne $ou are see#in'.7 ( thin# ( et Aou, %ecause $ soul perceived Aou. Aou said it, John, and what $ou sa$ is ri'ht. ( also ca e towards $ou %ecause M$ soul perceived $ou. 2or how lon' will $ou love Me@ 2orever, Master. ( no lon'er want to love an$%od$, %ut Aou. Aou have a father and a other, %rothers and sisters, $ou have $our life, and with $our life, $ou have a wo an and love. How will $ou %e a%le to leave all that for M$ sa#e@ MasterM ( do not #nowM %ut ( thin#, if it is not pride to sa$ so, that Aour fondness will ta#e the place of father and other, of %rothers and sisters, and also of a wo an. ( will %e co pensated for ever$thin', if Aou love e. )nd if M$ love should cause $ou sorrows and persecutions@ "he$ will %e nothin', if Aou love )nd the da$ ( should dieM ;oB Aou are $oun', MasterM &h$ die@ 0ecause the Messiah has co e to preach the 9aw in its truthfulness and to acco plish :ede ption. )nd the world loathes the 9aw and does not want rede ption. ''-


"herefore the$ persecute God?s


/hB 9et that never %eB Eo not ention that prediction of death to hi who loves AouBM 0ut if Aou should die, ( would still love Aou. )llow e to love Aou. John?s loo# is an i plorin' one. He has %owed his head lower than ever, and he wal#s %eside Jesus, and see s to %e %e''in' love. Jesus stops. He loo#s at hi , scrutinises hi with His deep, penetratin' e$es, and then la$s His hand on his %owed head. ( want $ou to love Me. /hB MasterB John is happ$. )lthou'h his e$es shine with tears, his well shaped $oun' outh s iles. He ta#es the divine hand, #isses it on its %ac#, and presses it to his heart. "he$ ta#e to the road a'ain. Aou said $ou were loo#in' for MeM Aes, to tell Aou that $ friends want to eet AouM and %ecause, ohB how ( was lon'in' to %e with Aou a'ainB ( left Aou onl$ a few hours a'oM %ut ( could no lon'er %e without Aou. Have $ou therefore %een a 'ood announcer of the &ord@ )lso Ja es, Master, spo#e of Aou in such a wa$ asM to convince the . ,o that also he who had no confidence < and is not to %e %la ed %ecause his reserve was due to prudence < is now convinced. 9et us 'o and 'ive hi full assurance. He was so ewhat afraidM ;oB ;ot afraid of MeB ( have co e for 'ood people and even ore for those who stand in error. ( want to save ''*

people, not to conde n the . ( will %e full of honest people.

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)lso. 0$ dishonest people, ( ean those who are spirituall$ dishonest and h$pocriticall$ the$ fei'n to %e 'ood, whereas the$ do ill deeds. )nd the$ do such thin's, and in such a wa$ for their own profit and to secure an advanta'e over their nei'h%ors. ( will %e severe with the . /hB ,i on, then, need not worr$. He is as lo$al as no one else. "hat is what ( li#e, and ( want $ou all to %e so. ,i on wants to tell Aou an$ thin's. ( will listen to hi after spea#in' in the s$na'o'ue. ( as#ed the to infor the poor and sic# people in addition to the rich and health$ ones. "he$ are all in need of the Gospel. "he$ are near the villa'e. ,o e children are pla$in' in the road and one of the runs into Jesus? le's and would have fallen if He were not >uic# in 'ettin' hold of hi . "he child cries =ust the sa e, as if he had %een hurt and Jesus, holdin' hi in His ar s, sa$s! )n (sraelite who is cr$in'@ &hat should the thousands of children have done, who %eca e en, crossin' the desert with Moses@ )nd $et, the Most Hi'h 9ord sent the sweet anna for the , rather than for the others, %ecause He loves innocent children and loo#s after these little an'els of the earth, these win'less little %irds, =ust as He sees to the sparrows of woods and towns. Eo $ou li#e hone$@ Aes@ ''0

&ell, if $ou are 'ood, $ou will eat a hone$ which is sweeter than the hone$ of $our %ees. &here@ &hen@ &hen, after a life of lo$alt$ to God, $ou will 'o to Hi . ( #now that ( cannot 'o there unless the Messiah co es. M$ other sa$s that now, we in (srael, are li#e an$ Moses and we die seein' the Pro ised 9and. ,he sa$s that we are there, waitin' to 'o in, and that onl$ the Messiah will a#e us 'o in. &hat a clever little (sraeliteB &ell, ( tell $ou that when $ou die, $ou will 'o to Paradise at once, %ecause the Messiah will alread$ have opened the 'ates of Heaven. 0ut $ou ust %e 'ood. Mu $B Mu $B "he child slides down fro Jesus? ar s and runs towards a $oun' wo an, who is enterin' her house holdin' a copper a phora. Mu $B "he new :a%%i told e that ( will 'o to Paradise at once when ( die and ( will eat so uch hone$M if ( a 'ood. ( will %e 'oodB God 'rant itB ( a is so livel$B sorr$, Master, if he trou%led Aou. He

(nnocence does not trou%le, wo an. Ma$ God %less $ou, %ecause $ou are a other who is %rin'in' her children up in the #nowled'e of the 9aw. "he wo an %lushes at %ein' praised and replies! Ma$ the %lessin' of the 9ord %e with Aou, too. )nd she disappears with her little one. Eo Aou li#e children, Master@ ''&

Aes, ( do, %ecause the$ are pureM sincereM and affectionate. Have $ou an$ nephews, Master@ ( have %ut M$ MotherM (n Her there is purit$, sincerit$, the love of the ost hol$ children, to'ether with wisdo , =ustice and the fortitude of adults. ( have ever$thin' in M$ Mother, John. )nd Aou left Her@ God is a%ove also the holiest &ill ( eet Her@ e@ Aes, $ou will. )nd will ,he love ,he will love $ou %ecause ,he loves whoever loves Her Jesus. "hen Aou have no %rothers@ ( have so e cousins on M$ Mother?s hus%and?s side. 0ut ever$ an is M$ %rother, and ( have co e for ever$%od$. &e are now at the s$na'o'ue. ( a 'oin' in, and $ou will =oin Me with $our friends. John 'oes awa$, and Jesus 'oes into a s>uare roo with the usual displa$ of trian'ular la ps and lecterns with rolls of parch ent. "here is alread$ a crowd waitin' and pra$in'. Jesus also pra$s. "he people whisper and a#e their co ents %ehind Hi , as He %ows to the head of the s$na'o'ue, 'reetin' hi , and He as#s for a roll at rando . '+2 other.

Jesus %e'ins His lesson. He sa$s! "he ,pirit a#es Me read the followin' thin's for $ou. )t chapter seven of the %oo# of Jere iah, we read! 6Aahweh ,a%aoth, the God of (srael, sa$s this! ?) end $our %ehavior and $our actions and ( will sta$ with $ou here in this place. Put no trust in delusive words li#e these! "his is the sanctuar$ of Aahweh, the sanctuar$ of Aahweh, the sanctuar$ of AahwehB 0ut if $ou do a end $our %ehavior and $our actions, if $ou treat each other fairl$, if $ou do not e4ploit the stran'er, the orphan and the widow, if $ou do not shed innocent %lood in this place, and if $ou do not follow alien 'ods, to $our own ruin, then here in this place ( will sta$ with $ou, in the land that lon' a'o ( 'ave to $our fathers forever? 7. 9isten, (srael. Here ( a to illu inate for $ou the words of li'ht, which $our di ed souls can no lon'er see or understand. 9isten. "here is uch weepin' in the land of the People of God! old people cr$ re e %erin' past 'lories, adults cr$ %ecause the$ are %ent under the $o#e, children cr$ %ecause the$ have no prospects of future 'lor$. 0ut the 'lor$ of the earth is nothin' co pared to a 'lor$ which no oppressor, e4cept Ma on and ill will, can ta#e awa$. &h$ are $ou cr$in'@ 0ecause the Most Hi'h, &ho was alwa$s 'ood to His people, has now turned His face elsewhere and no lon'er allows His children to see His 3ountenance@ (s He no lon'er the God &ho parted the sea and ade (srael cross it and led the people throu'h the desert and nourished the , and defended the fro their ene ies, and that the$ i'ht not lose the wa$ to Heaven, He 'ave a 9aw for their souls, as He had sent '+1

the a cloud for their %odies@ (s He no lon'er the God "hat sweetened the waters and sent anna to His worn out children@ (s He not the God &ho wanted $ou to settle in His land and ade an alliance with $ou as 2ather with his children@ &ell, then, wh$ has the forei'ner struc# $ou@ Man$ a on'st $ou u %le! 6)nd $et the "e ple is hereB7 (t is not enou'h to have the "e ple and to 'o and pra$ God in it. "he first te ple is in the heart of ever$ an and that is where hol$ pra$ers should %e said. 0ut a pra$er cannot %e hol$ unless the heart first a ends its wa$ of livin' and with his heart an also a ends his ha%its, affections, the rules of =ustice towards the poor, servants, relatives and God. ;ow loo#. ( see rich hard-hearted en who a#e rich offerin's to the "e ple, %ut the$ never sa$ to a poor an! 60rother, here is a piece of %read, and a penn$. "a#e the . 2ro an to an, and let not $ help discoura'e $ou as $ offerin' a$ not a#e e proud7. ( see people who, in their pra$ers, co plain to God %ecause He does not hear their pra$ers pro ptl$F then when a poor wretch, ver$ often a relative, sa$s to the ! 69isten to e7, the$ repl$ heartlessl$! 6;o7. ( see $ou cr$in' %ecause $our one$ is s>ueeCed out of $our purses %$ $our ruler. 0ut then $ou s>ueeCe %lood out of those $ou hate and $ou are not filled with horror when $ou ta#e the %lood and life awa$ fro a %od$. / (sraelB "he ti e of :ede ption has co e. Prepare its wa$s in $our hearts with 'ood will. 0e honest, 'ood, love one another. "he rich ust not despise the poorF erchants ust not defraudF the poor ust not env$ the '+2

rich. Aou are all of one %lood, and $ou %elon' to one God. Aou are all called to one destin$. Eo not shut with $our sins the Heavens that the Messiah will open for $ou. Have $ou erred so far@ 8rr no lon'er. )%andon all errors. "he 9aw is si ple, eas$ and 'ood as it 'oes %ac# to the ori'inal ten co and ents, illu inated %$ the li'ht of love. 3o e. ( will show $ou which the$ are! love, love, love. God?s love for $ou. Aour love for God. 9ove for $our nei'h%ors. )lwa$s love, %ecause God is love, and those are the 2ather?s children who #now how to live love. ( a here for ever$%od$, and to 'ive ever$%od$ the li'ht of God. Here is the &ord of the 2ather that %eco es food for $ou. 3o e, taste, chan'e the %lood of $our spirits with this food. 9et ever$ poison vanish, let ever$ lust die. ) new 'lor$ is offered to $ou! the eternal one, to which all those will co e whose hearts will trul$ stud$ the 9aw of God. ,tart fro love. "here is nothin' 'reater. &hen $ou #now how to love, $ou will alread$ #now ever$thin', and God will love $ou, and God?s love eans help a'ainst all te ptations. Ma$ the %lessin' of God %e on those who turn to God with their hearts full of 'ood will. Jesus is silent. "he people whisper. "he eetin' %rea#s up after so e h$ ns, an$ of which are sun' li#e psal s. Jesus 'oes out onto the little s>uare. /n the doorstep there are John and Ja es with Peter and )ndrew. Peace to $ou sa$s Jesus and He adds! Here is the an who in order to %e =ust ust not =ud'e %efore '+3

#nowin'. 0ut he is honest in ad ittin' he is wron'. ,i on, $ou wanted to see Me@ Here ( a . )nd $ou, )ndrew, wh$ did $ou not co e %efore@
"he two %rothers loo# at each other e %arrassed. )ndrew whispers! ( did not dare. Peter %lushes, %ut does not spea#. 0ut when he hears Jesus sa$ to his %rother! &ere $ou doin' an$ wron' in co in'@ /ne ust not dare do onl$ evil thin's he intervenes fran#l$! (t was $ fault. He wanted to %rin' e to Aou at once. 0ut (M ( saidM Aes, ( said 6( don?t %elieve it7, and ( did not want to co e. /hB ( feel %etter nowBM Jesus s iles, then He sa$s! )nd %ecause of $our sincerit$ ( tell $ou that ( love $ou. 0ut (M ( a not 'oodM ( a not capa%le of doin' what Aou said in the s$na'o'ue. ( a >uic# te pered and if an$one offends e ehB ( a 'reed$ and ( li#e one$M and in $ fish %usiness ehB not alwa$sM ( have not alwa$s %een honest. )nd ( a i'norant. )nd ( have little ti e to follow Aou to receive Aour 9i'ht. &hat shall ( do@ ( would li#e to %eco e as Aou sa$M %utM (t is not difficult, ,i on. )re $ou ac>uainted a little with the ,criptures@ )re $ou@ &ell, thin# of the prophet Micah. God wants fro $ou what Micah said. He does not as# $ou to tear $our heart apart, neither does He as# $ou to sacrifice $our ost hol$ affections. He does not as# $ou for the ti e %ein'. /ne da$, without %ein' re>uested %$ God, $ou will 'ive God $our own self. 0ut He will wait while the sun and the dew turn $ou, a thin %lade of 'rass as $ou are now, into a sturd$, 'lorious pal tree. 2or the '+'

ti e %ein', He as#s $ou onl$ this! to %e =ust, to love erc$, to ta#e the 'reatest care in followin' $our God. ,trive to do that and ,i on?s past will %e cancelled and $ou will %eco e a new an, the friend of God and of His 3hrist. ;o lon'er ,i on, %ut 3ephas, (*) the safe roc# on which ( lean.
( li#e thatB ( understand that. "he 9aw is soM is soM that is, ( cannot co pl$ with it an$ lon'er, as the ra%%is have ade it. 0ut what Aou sa$, $es,M ( thin# ( will %e a%le to do it. )nd Aou will help e. )re Aou sta$in' in this house@ ( #now the owner. ( a sta$in' here. 0ut ( a 'oin' to Jerusale and after ( will preach throu'hout Palestine. ( ca e for that. 0ut ( will often %e here. ( will co e to hear Aou a'ain. ( want to %e Aour disciple. ) little of the li'ht will enter $ head. Aour heart, a%ove all, ,i on. Aour heart. )nd $ou, )ndrew, have $ou nothin' to sa$@ (a listenin', Master. M$ %rother is sh$. He will %eco e a lion. (t is 'ettin' dar#. Ma$ God %less $ou, and 'rant $ou a 'ood haul. Go now. Peace %e with Aou. "he$ 'o awa$. )s soon as the$ are out Peter sa$s! ( wonder what He eant %efore, when He said that ( will %e fishin' with other nets and catchin' different fish. &h$ did $ou not as# Hi @ Aou wanted to sa$ so '++ an$

thin's, %ut $ou hardl$ spo#e. (M was %ashful. He is so different fro ra%%isB all the other

;ow He is 'oin' to Jerusale M sa$s John, with so uch lon'in' and nostal'ia. ( wanted to as# Hi if He would let e 'o with Hi M 0ut ( did not dareM Go and as# Hi now, $ %o$ sa$s Peter. &e left Hi soM without a word of affection. 9et Hi at least #now that we ad ire Hi . ( will tell $our father. ,hall ( 'o, Ja es@ Go. John runs awa$M and he runs %ac#, over=o$ed. ( said to Hi ! 6Eo Aou want e to co e to Jerusale with Aou@7 He replied! 63o e, M$ friend.7 2riend, He saidB "o orrow, ( will %e here at this ti e. )hB "o Jerusale with Hi BM M the vision ends. (*) 3ephas eans :oc#, see John *,R2. ornin' the *Rth -------------------&ith re'ard to the previous vision, this /f /cto%er Jesus sa$s to e!

( want $ou and ever$%od$ to consider John?s %ehavior! particularl$ one point that alwa$s escapes ever$%od$?s notice. Aou ad ire hi %ecause he was pure, lovin', faithful. 0ut $ou do not notice that he was 'reat also in hu ilit$. He, the first one responsi%le for Peter?s co in' to Me, was odestl$ silent a%out that detail. "he apostle of '+-

Peter, and conse>uentl$ the first of M$ apostles, was John. 2irst in reco'nisin' Me, first in spea#in' to Me, in followin' Me, in preachin' Me. )nd $et, see what he sa$s@ 6)ndrew, ,i on?s %rother, was one of the two who had heard John?s (2) words and had followed Jesus. "he first person he et was his %rother ,i on, to who he said! ?&e have found the Messiah? and he too# hi to Jesus7. 0esides %ein' 'ood, he is =ust, and since he #nows that )ndrew is distressed %ecause of his sh$ and reserved disposition, and that he would li#e to do so uch, %ut does not succeed in doin' it, he wants the ac#nowled'e ent of )ndrew?s 'ood will to %e handed down to posterit$. He wants )ndrew to appear as 3hrist?s first apostle with Peter, notwithstandin' that )ndrew?s sh$ness and uneasiness with his %rother have %een the cause of the failure of his apostolate.
) on'st those who do so ethin' for Me, who can i itate John, instead of proclai in' hi self an une4celled apostle, without considerin' that his success depends on a ultitude of thin's, which are not onl$ holiness, %ut also hu an darin', luc# and the occasional chance of %ein' with other people less darin' and less luc#$, %ut perhaps, holier@

&hen $ou succeed in doin' so e 'ood, do not %oast a%out it, as if the erit were entirel$ $ours. Praise God, the 9ord of the apostolic wor#ers, and have a clear e$e and a sincere heart to see and 'ive each the praise the$ deserve. ) clear e$e to descr$ the apostles who sacrificed the selves and are the first real incentive for the wor# of the others. /nl$ God sees the ! the$ are ti id and see to %e doin' nothin', whereas the$ draw fro Heaven the

fire that ur'es darin' wor#ers. ) sincere heart in sa$in'! 6( wor#. 0ut this fellow loves ore than ( do, he pra$s %etter than ( do, ( a not a%le to sacrifice $self as he does and as Jesus said! ?M in $our private roo with the door closed pra$ secretl$.? ,ince ( a aware of his hu %le hol$ virtue, ( want to a#e it #nown and sa$! ?( a an active instru entF he is a power that inspires e, %ecause, =oined as he is to God, he is a channel of celestial ener'$ for e? 7. )nd the 0lessin' of the 2ather, that descends to reward the hu %le an, who secretl$ sacrifices hi self to 'ive stren'th to the apostles, will descend also on the apostle who sincerel$ ac#nowled'es %oth the supernatural and silent help of the hu %le one, and his erits which superficial en do not notice. (t is a lesson for ever$%od$. (s he M$ favorite@ Aes, he is. Eoes he not rese %le Me also in this@ Pure, lovin', o%edient, %ut also hu %le. ( loo#ed at M$self in hi as in a irror and ( could see M$ virtues in hi . ( therefore loved hi li#e another ,elf. ( could see in hi the 'lance of M$ 2ather, &ho considered hi a little 3hrist. )nd M$ Mother would sa$ to Me! 6( feel as if he were M$ second son. ( see to %e seein' Aou, reproduced in a an.7 /hB How well the /ne 2ull of &isdo #nows $ou, M$ %elovedB "he two %lues of $our pure hearts in'led into one veil onl$ to for a protection of love for Me, and the$ %eca e one love onl$, even %efore ( 'ave M$ Mother to John and John to M$ Mother. "he$ loved each other %ecause the$ realiCed the$ were ali#e! children and %rothers of the 2ather and of the ,on. '+0

(2) "hat is! John the 0aptist.

,2. Jesus at -ethsaida in %eter1s (ouse. (e Meets %hili' and 6athanael.

1,th /ctober 1944.

KM L 9ater on (at Q!GN) ( had to descri%e this. John #noc#s at the door of the house where Jesus is a 'uest. ) wo an co es to the door and when she sees who it is, she calls Jesus. "he$ 'reet each other with a salutation of peace. "hen Jesus sa$s! Aou have co e earl$, John. ( have co e to tell Aou that Peter as#s Aou to pass %$ 0ethsaida. He has spo#en to an$ people a%out AouM &e did not 'o out fishin' last ni'ht. &e pra$ed as well as we could, and we 'ave up profitM %ecause the ,a%%ath was not $et over. )nd this ornin', we went throu'h the streets spea#in' a%out Aou. "here are an$ people who would li#e to hear AouM &ill Aou co e, Master@ ( will, althou'h ( Jerusale . ust 'o to ;aCareth %efore 'oin' to

Peter will ta#e Aou fro 0ethsaida to "i%erias in his %oat. (t will %e even >uic#er for Aou. 9et us 'o, then. Jesus ta#es His antle and haversac#. 0ut John relieves '+&

Hi of the latter. )nd the$ set out, after sa$in' 'ood%$e to the landlad$. "he vision shows the co in' out of the villa'e and startin' their =ourne$ to 0ethsaida. 0ut ( do not hear what the$ are sa$in', in fact the vision is interrupted and it is resu ed onl$ when the$ are enterin' 0ethsaida. ( realiCe that it is that town %ecause ( see Peter, )ndrew and Ja es, with their wives, awaitin' Jesus at the entrance to the villa'e. Peace %e with $ou. Here ( a . &e than# Aou, Master, also on %ehalf of those who are waitin' for Aou. (t is not the ,a%%ath toda$, %ut will Aou spea# Aour words to those waitin' to hear Aou@ Aes, Peter, ( will. (n $our house. Peter is over=o$ed! 3o e, then. "his is $ wife and this is John?s other and these are their friends. 0ut there are other people waitin' for Aou! relations and friends of ours. "ell the ( leave. that ( will spea# to the this evenin', %efore

( for'ot to ention that the$ left 3apernau at sunset and arrived at 0ethsaida the followin' ornin'. MasterM please! sta$ one ni'ht at $ house. "he road to Jerusale is a lon' one, even if ( will shorten it for Aou, ta#in' Aou to "i%erias %$ %oat. M$ house is poor, %ut honest and friendl$. ,ta$ with us toni'ht. Jesus loo#s at Peter and at all the rest who are waitin'. He loo#s at the in>uisitivel$. He then s iles and sa$s! Aes, ( will sta$. '-2

(t is a 'reater =o$ for Peter. People loo# out fro their doors and e4chan'e #nowin' 'lances with one another. ) an calls Ja es %$ his na e and spea#s to hi in a low voice, pointin' to Jesus. Ja es nods in assent and the an 'oes and spea#s to other people standin' at a crossroads. "he$ 'o into Peter?s house. "here is a lar'e s o#$ #itchen. (n a corner, there are nets, ropes, fishin' %as#ets. (n the iddle there is a lon', low fireplace, %ut there is no fire. "hrou'h two opposite doors, one can see the street on one side, and the #itchen 'arden with a fi'tree and vines on the other side. 0e$ond the street the ripplin' on the s#$-%lue la#e can %e seen, and %e$ond the #itchen 'arden there is the dar#, low wall of another house. ( offer Aou what ( have, Master, and as %est as ( #now how toM Aou could not offer an$ ore or an$ %etter, %ecause $ou are a#in' $our offerin' with love. "he$ 'ive Jesus so e water to refresh Hi self and then so e %read and olives. Jesus ta#es a few outhfuls onl$ to please the , then He than#s the , and eats no ore. ,o e children loo# in in>uisitivel$ fro the #itchen 'arden and the street. ( do not #now whether the$ are Peter?s children. ( onl$ #now that he frowns at the intruders to #eep the out. Jesus s iles and sa$s! 9eave the alone. Master, do Aou want to rest@ M$ roo is here and )ndrew?s is over there. "a#e Aour choice. &e will not '-1

a#e an$ noise while Aou are restin'. Have $ou 'ot a terrace@ Aes, and the vine, althou'h it is still al ost %are, 'ives a little shade. "hen ta#e Me up there. ( prefer to rest there. ( will thin# and pra$. )s Aou wish. 3o e. ) little staircase rises fro the #itchen 'arden up to the roof, which is a terrace surrounded %$ a low wall. )lso there, there are nets and ropes. 0ut how uch %ri'ht li'ht, and what a %eautiful view of the %lue la#eB Jesus sits on a stool, leanin' His %ac# a'ainst the little wall. Peter %ustles with a sail, which he spreads over and on the side of the vine to a#e a shield a'ainst the sun. "here is a %reeCe and silence. Jesus is visi%l$ happ$. (a 'oin', Master. Go. Go with John and tell people that ( will %e spea#in' here at sunset. Jesus re ains alone and pra$s for a lon' ti e. &ith the e4ception of two pairs of doves that co e and 'o fro their nests, and the twitterin' of sparrows, there is no noise or livin' %ein' near Jesus pra$in'. "he hours pass peacefull$ and >uietl$. "hen Jesus stands up, He wal#s round the terrace, loo#s at the la#e, s iles at so e children pla$in' in the street and the$ s ile %ac# at Hi , He loo#s alon' the street, towards the little s>uare a%out one hundred $ards awa$ '-2

fro Peter?s house. He 'oes downstairs. He loo#s into the #itchen! &o an, ( a 'oin' for a wal# on the shore. He 'oes out and wal#s to the %each, near the children. He as#s the ! &hat are $ou doin'@ &e wanted to pla$ at war. 0ut he does not want to, and we are pla$in' at fishin'. "he %o$ who does not want to pla$ at war, is a frail little fellow with a ost %ri'ht face. Perhaps he is aware that, as frail as he is, he would 'et a %eatin' in a#in' war and so he pleads for peace. 0ut Jesus ta#es the opportunit$ to spea# to the children! He is ri'ht. &ar is a punish ent of God to chastise en, and it is a si'n that an is no lon'er a true son of God. &hen the Most Hi'h created the world, He ade all thin's! the sun, the sea, the stars, the rivers, the plants, the ani als, %ut He did not a#e ar s. He created an and 'ave hi e$es that he i'ht cast lovin' 'lances, and a outh to utter lovin' words, and ears to listen to such words, and hands to 'ive help and to caress, and feet to run fast to assist our nei'h%ors in need, and a heart capa%le of lovin'. He 'ave an intelli'ence, speech, affections and taste. 0ut He did not 'ive an hatred. &h$@ 0ecause an, a creature of God, was to %e love as God is 9ove. (f an had re ained a creature of God, he would have persevered in love, and the hu an fa il$ would have not #nown either war or death. 0ut he does not want to loses. (( had 'uessed ri'ht.) a#e war, %ecause he alwa$s

Jesus s iles and sa$s! &e ust not reprove what is har ful to us si pl$ %ecause it is har ful to us. &e '-3

ust reprove a thin' when it is har ful to ever$%od$. (f a person sa$s! 6( do not want that %ecause ( would lose7, that person is selfish. (nstead, the 'ood child of God sa$s! 60rothers, ( #now ( would win, %ut ( sa$ to $ou! don?t let us do that %ecause $ou would suffer a loss7. /hB "hat fellow has understood the ain preceptB &ho can tell Me which is the ain precept@ "he eleven ouths sa$ all to'ether! 6Aou shall love $our God with all $our stren'th, and $our nei'h%or as $ourself.7 /hB Aou are clever children. Eo $ou all 'o to school@ Aes, we do. &ho is the ost clever@ Hi . (t is the frail little fellow who does not want war. &hat is $our na e@ Joel. ) 'reat na eB He sa$s! 6M let the wea#lin' sa$! ?( a stron'.? 7 0ut stron' in what@ (n the 9aw of the true God, to %e a on'st those who in the 1alle$ of Eecision He will =ud'e to %e His saints. 0ut the =ud'e ent is alread$ near. ;ot in the 1alle$ of Eecision, %ut on the ountain of :ede ption. "here, the sun and the oon will 'row dar# with horror, the stars will tre %le and shed tears of erc$, and the children of 9i'ht will %e =ud'ed and separated fro the children of Ear#ness. )nd the whole of (srael will #now that its God has co e. Happ$ those who will have reco'niCed Hi . Hone$, il# and fresh water will descend into their hearts and thorns will '-'

%eco e eternal roses. &hich of $ou wants to %e a on'st those who will %e =ud'ed saints of God@ (B (B (B &ill $ou love the Messiah, then@ AesB AesB AouB AouB (t?s Aou we love. &e #now who Aou areB ,i on and Ja es have told us, and our others have told us. "a#e us with AouB Aes, ( will ta#e $ou if $ou are 'ood. ;o ore %ad words, no ore arro'ance, >uarrels, no answerin' %ac# to $our parents. Pra$er, stud$, wor#, o%edience. )nd ( will love $ou and co e with $ou. "he children are all round Jesus. "he$ loo# li#e a 'ail$-colored corolla around a lon', deep-%lue pistil. )n elderl$ an 'oes near the 'roup, in>uisitivel$. Jesus turns round to caress a child who is pullin' His antle and sees hi . He stares at hi , intensel$. "he an %lushes and 'reets Hi , %ut does not sa$ an$thin' else. 3o eB 2ollow MeB Aes, Master. Jesus %lesses the children and wal#in' %eside Philip, (He calls hi %$ his na e) He 'oes %ac# ho e. "he$ sit in the little #itchen 'arden. Eo $ou want to %e M$ disciple@ Aes, ( doM %ut ( dare not hope for so ( have called $ou. "hen ( a Aour disciple. Here ( a . '-+ uch.

Eid $ou #now a%out Me@ )ndrew spo#e to e a%out Aou. He said to e! 6"he /ne $ou were pinin' after has co e.7 0ecause )ndrew #new that ( $earned for the Messiah. Aour e4pectation has not %een disappointed. He is in front of Aou. M$ Master and $ GodB Aou are a well-intentioned (sraelite. "hat is wh$ ( a anifestin' M$self to $ou. )nother friend of $ours is waitin', he is a sincere (sraelite, too. Go and sa$ to hi ! 6&e have found Jesus of ;aCareth, the son of Joseph of the House of Eavid, Hi of &ho Moses and the Prophets have spo#en.7 Go. Jesus re ains alone until Philip co es %ac# with ;athanael-0artholo ew. Here is a true (sraelite in who Peace %e with $ou, ;athanael. How do Aou #now e@ there is no deceit.

0efore Philip ca e to call $ou, ( saw $ou under the fi'tree. Master, Aou are the ,on of God. Aou are the Din' of (sraelB 0ecause ( said ( saw $ou, while $ou were editatin' under the fi'-tree, $ou %elieve@ Aou will see 'reater thin's than that. ( sole nl$ tell $ou that Heaven is open and %ecause of $our faith $ou will see an'els descendin' and ascendin' a%ove the ,on of an! that is a%ove Me, '--

&ho a

spea#in' to $ou. not worth$ of such a favorB

MasterB ( a

0elieve in Me and $ou will %e worth$ of Heaven. &ill $ou %elieve@ ( will, Master. "he vision is interruptedM it starts a'ain on the terrace full of peopleF other people are in Peter?s #itchen 'arden. Jesus starts spea#in'. Peace to en of 'ood will. Peace and %lessin's to their ho es, their wo en, their children. Ma$ the 'race and the li'ht of God rei'n in $our ho es and in the hearts dwellin' in the . Aou have wished to hear Me. "he &ord is spea#in'. (t spea#s with =o$ to the honest, with sorrow to the dishonest, with deli'ht to the hol$ and the pure, with erc$ to sinners. (t does not den$ (tself. (t has co e to spread out li#e a river that flows to irri'ate lands needin' water, refreshin' the and fertilisin' the at the sa e ti e with hu us. Aou want to #now what is re>uired to %eco e disciples of the &ord of God, of the Messiah, &ord of the 2ather, &ho has co e to 'ather (srael to'ether, that it a$ hear once a'ain the words of the hol$ and i uta%le Eecalo'ue and a$ %e sanctified %$ the and thus %e purified for the hour of :ede ption and of the Din'do , as far as an can %e purified %$ hi self. ;ow, ( sa$ to the deaf, the %lind, the du %, the lepers, the paral$tic, the dead! 6:ise, $ou are healed, rise, wal#, '-*

a$ the rivers of li'ht, of words, of sounds %e opened for $ou, that $ou a$ see and hear Me and spea# of Me7. 0ut rather than to $our %odies, ( a spea#in' to $our souls. Men of 'ood will, co e to Me without an$ fear. (f $our souls are in=ured, ( will cure the F if the$ are ill, ( will heal the F if the$ are dead, ( will raise the . )ll ( want is $our 'ood will. (s what ( as# for difficult@ ;o. (t is not. ( do not i pose on $ou the hundreds of precepts of the ra%%is. ( sa$ to $ou! follow the Eecalo'ue. "he 9aw is one and i uta%le. Man$ centuries have 'one %$ since it was 'iven, %eautiful, pure, fresh, li#e a new-%orn creature, li#e a rose =ust opened on its ste . ,i ple, neat, eas$ to follow. "hrou'hout centuries faults and trends have co plicated it with an$ inor laws, with %urdens and restrictions, with too an$ painful clauses. ( a %rin'in' once a'ain the 9aw to $ou as the Most Hi'h 'ave it. 0ut, in $our own interest, ( as# $ou to accept it with sincere hearts, li#e the true (sraelites of %$'one ti es. Aou 'ru %le, ore in $our hearts than with $our lips, that it is the fault of people in the upper classes, rather than of hu %le people. ( #now. Eeuterono $ states what is to %e done, nothin' else was necessar$. 0ut do not =ud'e those who acted for other people, not for the selves. Eo what God co ands. )nd a%ove all, strive and %e perfect in the two ain precepts. (f $ou love God with all $our souls, $ou will not sin, %ecause sin 'ives pain to God. &ho loves, does not want to 'ive pain. (f $ou love $our nei'h%ors, as $ou love $ourselves, $ou will %e respectful children to $our parents, faithful hus%ands to $our wives, honest erchants in $our trade, '-0

without an$ violence a'ainst $our ene ies, truthful in %earin' witness, without env$ of wealth$ people, without an$ incentive of lewdness for another an?s wife. )nd as $ou do not want to do to other people what $ou do not wish should %e done to $ou, $ou will not steal, or #ill, or slander, or enter so eone else?s nest li#e cuc#oos. ;a$, ( sa$ to $ou! 63arr$ to perfection $our o%edience to the two precepts of love! love also $our ene ies.7 How uch the Most Hi'h will love $ou, since He loves an so uch. )lthou'h an %eca e His ene $ %ecause of the ori'inal sin, and %ecause of his personal sins, He sent an the :edee er, the 9a % &ho is His ,on, that is (, &ho a spea#in' to $ou, the Messiah pro ised to redee $ou fro all $our sins, if $ou will learn to love as He does. 9ove. Ma$ $our love %eco e a ladder %$ which, li#e an'els, $ou will ascend to Heaven, as Jaco% saw the , when $ou hear the 2ather sa$ to each and ever$%od$! 6( will %e $our protector wherever $ou 'o, and ( will %rin' $ou %ac# to this placeF to Heaven, the 8ternal Din'do .7 Peace %e with $ou. "he crowd utter words of e otional approval and slowl$ 'o awa$. Peter, )ndrew, Ja es, John, Philip and 0artholo ew sta$. )re Aou leavin' to orrow, Master@ "o orrow, at dawn, if $ou do not ind. ind ( a sorr$ that Aou are 'oin' awa$. 0ut ( do not the hour. /n the contrar$, it suits e. '-&

)re $ou 'oin' fishin'@ Aes, toni'ht, when the oon rises. Aou did well, ,i on, not fishin' last ni'ht. "he ,a%%ath was not $et finished. ;ehe iah in his refor ation wants the ,a%%ath to %e respected in Judah. 8ven nowada$s too an$ people wor# on the ,a%%ath da$ at presses, carr$ wood, wine and fruit and %u$ and sell fish and la %s. Aou have si4 da$s for that. "he ,a%%ath is of the 9ord. /nl$ one thin' $ou a$ do on the ,a%%ath! $ou a$ do 'ood to $our nei'h%or. 0ut all profit ust %e e4cluded fro such help. &ho infrin'es the ,a%%ath to a#e a profit will %e punished %$ God. He a#es a profit@ He will lose it durin' the other si4 da$s. He a#es no profit@ He has fati'ued his %od$ to no purpose, %ecause he did not 'rant it the rest that (ntelli'ence prescri%ed for it, and thus he irritated his soul havin' wor#ed in vain, and 'oes to the e4tent of cursin'. "he da$ of the 9ord, instead, is to %e spent with $our hearts united to God in sweet pra$er of love. Aou ust %e faithful in ever$thin'. 0utM scri%es and doctors, who are so severe with usM do not wor# on ,a%%ath da$s, the$ do not even 'ive a piece of %read to their nei'h%ors, to avoid the fati'ue of handin' it over, %ut the$ practise usur$ also on a ,a%%ath. )s it is not a aterial wor#, is it le'al to practise usur$ on a ,a%%ath@ ;o. ;ever. ;either on a ,a%%ath nor an$ other da$. &ho practises usur$ is dishonest and cruel. "he scri%es and the Pharisees, thenM ,i on! don?t =ud'e. Eo not do it. '*2

0ut ( have e$es to seeM (s there onl$ evil to %e seen, ,i on@ ;o, Master. &ell, then, wh$ loo# at evil deeds@ Aou are ri'ht, Master. &ell, to orrow John. MasterM Aes, ,i on, what is it@ MasterM are Aou 'oin' to Jerusale @ Aou #now ( a . )lso ( a Ja es. 'oin' at PassoverM and also )ndrew and ornin' at dawn, ( will leave with

&ell@M Eo $ou ean that $ou would li#e to co e with Me@ )nd $our fishin'@ )nd $our profit@ Aou told Me that $ou li#e to have one$, and ( will %e awa$ for an$ da$s. ( a 'oin' to M$ Mother?s first. )nd ( will 'o there also on M$ wa$ %ac#. ( will stop there to preach. How will $ou ana'e@M Peter is perple4ed, undecidedM then he a#es up his ind! thin#M ( will co e. ( prefer Aou to one$B (a co in', too. (. )nd so a

&e are 'oin' too, aren?t we, Philip@ '*1

3o e, then, $ou will help Me. /hBM Peter is ore than e4cited at the idea of helpin' Jesus. How shall we do that@ ( will tell $ou. "o do 'ood, all $ou need do, is do what ( tell $ou. &ho o%e$s alwa$s does 'ood. &e will now pra$ and then each of us will 'o and perfor his duties. &hat will Aou do, Master@ ( will continue to pra$. ( a the 9i'ht of the world, %ut ( a also the ,on of an. ( ust, therefore, draw fro the 9i'ht, to %eco e the Man &ho redee s an. 9et us pra$. Jesus sa$s a psal . "he one %e'innin'! &ho rests in the help of the Most Hi'h, will live in the protection of the God of Heaven. He will sa$ to the 9ord! 6Aou are $ protector and $ shelter. He is $ God, ( will hope in Hi . He rescued e fro the snares of fowlers and fro harsh words7 etc. ( find it in the fourth %oo#. (t is the second psal in %oo# four, ( thin# it is nu %er QN, (if ( read the :o an nu %er correctl$). "he vision ends thus.

,1. Judas Thaddeus at -ethsaida to In5ite Jesus to the )edding at Cana

1.th /ctober 1944.

( see the #itchen in Peter?s house. (n addition to Jesus, there are Peter and his wife, Ja es and John. ( thin# '*2

the$ have =ust finished eatin' their supper. "he$ are tal#in', and Jesus ta#es an interest in fishin'. )ndrew enters and sa$s! Master, there is the an here in whose house Aou are livin', to'ether with another an who sa$s he is Aour cousin. Jesus 'ets up and 'oes towards the door sa$in'! 9et the co e in. )nd when He sees Judas "haddeus in the li'ht of the oil la p and of the fireplace, He e4clai s! Aou, Judas@B Aes, Jesus. "he$ #iss each other. Judas "haddeus is a handso e an, in the fullness of his virile anhood. He is tall, althou'h not >uite so tall as Jesus, well %uilt and stron', of a dar# %rown-olive co ple4ion, li#e saint Joseph when $oun', %ut not sallow! his e$es have so ethin' in co on with those of Jesus, %ecause the$ are %lue, ver'in' on periwin#le. His %rown %eard is s>uarel$ cut, his hair wav$, %ut not so curl$ as Jesus?, and is the sa e hue as his %eard. ( have co e fro 3apernau , ( went there %$ %oat and ( have co e here in the sa e %oat to 'ain ti e. Aour Mother sends eF ,he sa$s! 6,usanna is 'ettin' arried to orrowF please co e to the weddin'.7 Mar$ will %e there, and also $ other and %rothers. )ll the relatives have %een invited. Aou would %e the onl$ one a%sent, and the$ as# Aou to co e and a#e the $oun' couple happ$. Jesus %ows li'htl$ stretchin' out His ar s and sa$s! ) wish of M$ Mother is a law for Me. 0ut ( will co e also for ,usanna?s and our relatives? sa#e. /nl$M ( a sorr$ '*3

for $ouM and He loo#s at Peter and the others. "he$ are M$ friends He e4plains to His cousin. )nd then He entions their na es, %e'innin' with Peter?s. He then adds! )nd this is John with a special e4pression that causes Judas "haddeus to loo# at hi ore carefull$ while the %eloved disciple %lushes. He ends the introductions statin'! M$ friends, this is Judas, son of )lphaeus, M$ cousin accordin' to the custo of the world, %ecause he is the son of the %rother of M$ Mother?s spouse. ) ver$ 'ood friend of Mine, and a co panion %oth in life and in wor#. M$ house is open to $ou as it is to the Master. ,it down and then addressin' Jesus, Peter sa$s! ,o@ )re we no lon'er 'oin' to Jerusale with Aou@ /f course $ou will co e. ( will 'o after the weddin' feast. "he onl$ difference is that ( will not stop at ;aCareth an$ lon'er. 5uite ri'ht, Jesus, %ecause Aour Mother is $ 'uest for a few da$s. "hat is what we intend to do. ,he also will co e there after the weddin'. (t is the an fro 3apernau who spea#s thus. "his is what we will do. ( will now 'o in Judas? %oat to "i%erias and fro there to 3ana. &ith the sa e %oat ( will co e %ac# to 3apernau with M$ Mother, and with $ou. Aou will co e the da$ after the ne4t ,a%%ath, ,i on, if $ou still wish to co e, and we will 'o to Jerusale for Passover. /f course ( want to co eB ;a$, ( will co e on the ,a%%ath to hear Aou in the s$na'o'ue. '*'

)re Aou alread$ teachin', Jesus@ as#s "haddeus. Aes, M$ cousin. )nd $ou should hear His wordsB )hB no one else spea#s li#e Hi B e4clai s Peter. Judas si'hs. &ith his head restin' on his hand, his el%ow on his #nee, he loo#s at Jesus and si'hs. He see s an4ious to spea# %ut does not dare. Jesus encoura'es hi ! &hat is the do $ou loo# at Me and si'h@ ;othin'. ;o. (t ust %e so ethin'. ) ( no lon'er the Jesus of &ho $ou were fond@ 2ro &ho $ou had no secrets@ /f course Aou areB )nd how ( of Aour older cousinM &ell, thenB ,pea#. ( wanted to tell AouM JesusM %e carefulM Aou have a MotherM ,he has %ut AouM Aou want to %e a 6ra%%i7 different fro the others and Aou #now, %etter than ( do, thatM that the powerful classes do not allow an$thin' which a$ differ fro the custo ar$ laws the$ have laid down. ( #now Aour wa$ of thin#in'M it is a hol$ oneM 0ut the world is not hol$M and it oppresses saintsM JesusM Aou #now the fate of Aour cousin the 0aptistM He is in =ail, and if he is not $et dead, it is %ecause that evil "etrarch is afraid of the crowds and of the wrath of God. )s evil and superstitious as cruel and lustfulM AouM what are Aou 'oin' to do@ "o what fate are Aou 'oin' to e4pose Aourself@ '*+ iss Aou, Aou the Master atter, Judas@ &h$

Judas, $ou are so fa iliar with M$ wa$ of thin#in', and that is what $ou as# Me@ )re $ou spea#in' on $our own initiative@ ;o, don?t lieB Aou have %een sent, certainl$ not %$ M$ Mother, to tell Me such thin'sM Judas lowers his head and %eco es silent. ,pea#, cousin. M$ fatherM and Joseph and ,i on with hi M Aou #now, for Aour sa#e, %ecause the$ are fond of Aou and Mar$M do not loo# favora%l$ on what Aou intend doin'M andM and the$ would li#e Aou to thin# of Aour MotherM )nd what do $ou thin#@ (M (M Aou are drawn in opposite directions %$ the voices co in' fro Hi'h )%ove and those co in' fro the world. ( a not sa$in' fro %elow. ( sa$ fro the world. "he sa e applies to Ja es, even ore so. 0ut ( tell $ou that a%ove the world there is Heaven, and a%ove the interest of the world there is the cause of God. Aou ust chan'e $our wa$s of thin#in'. &hen $ou learn to do that, $ou will %e perfect. 0utM and Aour Mother@ Judas, ,he is the onl$ one who, accordin' to the wa$ of thin#in' of the world, should %e entitled to recall Me to M$ dut$ as a son! that is to M$ dut$ to wor# for Her, and provide for Her aterial needs, to M$ dut$ to assist and co fort Her with M$ presence. 0ut ,he does not as# for an$ of these thin's. ,ince ,he had Me, ,he #new ,he '*-

would lose Me, to find Me once a'ain in a uch wider anner than the s all fa il$ circleM )nd since then ,he has prepared Herself for that. Her unreserved voluntar$ donation of Herself to God is nothin' new. Her other offered Her in the "e ple %efore ,he even s iled at life. )nd < as ,he told Me the innu era%le ti es ,he spo#e to Me of Her hol$ childhood, holdin' Me close to Her heart in the lon' winter evenin's or in the clear starr$ su er ni'hts < ,he 'ave Herself to God since the dawn of Her life in this world. )nd ,he 'ave Herself even ore when ,he had Me, that ,he i'ht %e where ( a , fulfillin' the Mission 'iven to Me %$ God. 8ver$%od$ will a%andon Me at a certain o ent, perhaps onl$ for a few inutes, %ut ever$one will %e overco e %$ cowardice, and $ou will thin# that it would have %een %etter, for $our own safet$, if $ou had never #nown Me. 0ut ,he, &ho understood and #nows, ,he will alwa$s %e with Me. )nd $ou will %eco e Mine, once a'ain, throu'h Her. &ith the power of Her unsha#en, lovin' faith, ,he will draw $ou to Herself and will thus %rin' $ou to Me, %ecause ( a in M$ Mother, and ,he is in Me, and &e are in God. ( would li#e $ou all to understand that, %oth $ou who are M$ relatives accordin' to the world, and $ou, friends and children in a supernatural wa$. ;either $ou, nor an$one else #now &ho M$ Mother is. 0ut if $ou #new, $ou would not criticise Her in $our hearts statin' ,he is not capa%le of #eepin' Me su%=ect to Her, %ut $ou would venerate Her as the closest friend of God, the Mi'ht$ &o an &ho can o%tain all 'races fro the heart of the 8ternal 2ather and fro Her %eloved ,on. ( will certainl$ co e to 3ana. '**

( want to

a#e Her happ$.

Aou will understand %etter after the weddin'. Jesus is a=estic and persuasive. Judas 'aCes at Hi . He is thin#in'. He then sa$s! )nd ( will certainl$ co e with Aou, with these friends, if Aou want eM %ecause ( feel that what Aou sa$ is ri'ht. 2or'ive $ %lindness and $ %rothers?. Aou are so uch holier than we areBM ( %ear no 'rud'e a'ainst those who do not #now Me. ( a also without ill-feelin' towards those who hate Me. 0ut ( feel sorr$ for the , %ecause of the har the$ do the selves. &hat have $ou 'ot in that satchel@ "he tunic Aour Mother sent Aou. (t is a %i' feast to orrow. ,he thin#s that Her Jesus will need it, so that He a$ not loo# out of place a on'st all the 'uests. ,he wor#ed fro earl$ ornin' till late ni'ht ever$ da$, to have it read$ for Aou. 0ut ,he did not finish the antle. (ts frin'es are not $et read$ and ,he is ver$ sorr$ a%out it. (t does not atter. ( will wear this one, and ( will #eep that one for Jerusale . "he "e ple is uch ore i portant than a weddin' feast. ,he will %e so happ$. (f $ou want to %e on the wa$ to 3ana at dawn, $ou ou'ht to leave at once. "he oon is risin' and it will %e a pleasant crossin' sa$s Peter. 9et us 'o, then. 3o e, John. ( a ta#in' $ou with Me. Good%$e, ,i on Peter, Ja es, )ndrew. ( will see $ou on '*0

the ,a%%ath evenin' at 3apernau . Good%$e, wo an. Peace %e with $ou and $our house. Jesus 'oes out with Judas and John. Peter follows the as far as the la#e and helps the cast off. )nd the vision ends. -------------------Jesus sa$s! &hen it is ti e to arran'e the wor# in order, insert the vision of the weddin' at 3ana here. Put in the date (*+th Januar$ *QRR).

,2. Jesus at the )edding at Cana.

The e5ening of 16th Januar& 1944.

( see a house. ) t$pical iddle east house! a lon', low, white house, with few windows and doors, with a terraced roof, surrounded %$ a little wall, a%out one etre hi'h, with a shad$ vine per'ola, which reaches up to the sunn$ terrace and stretches its %ranches over ore than half of its surface. )n outside staircase cli %s up alon' the front, reachin' up to a door which is situated half wa$ up the facade. )t 'round level there are a few low doors, not ore than two on each side of the house, and the$ open into low dar# roo s. "he house is %uilt in the iddle of what loo#s li#e a #ind of threshin'-floor, %ut is actuall$ ore a 'rass$ open space than a '*&

threshin'-floor, with a well in its centre. "here are so e fi' and apple-trees. "he house faces the road, %ut-it is not set ri'ht on the roadside. (t is a little wa$ off the road and a path alon' the 'rass lin#s it to the road, which loo#s li#e a ain road. (t see s to %e on the outs#irts of 3ana! a house owned %$ far ers who live in the iddle of their holdin'. "he countr$ stretches cal and 'reen far %e$ond the house. "he sun is shinin' in a co pletel$ %lue s#$. )t first ( do not see an$thin' else. "here is no one near the house. "hen ( see two wo en, with lon' dresses and antles that also cover their heads li#e veils, wal#in' alon' the road and then on the path. /ne is older than the other! a%out fift$ $ears old, with a dar# dress, the 're$-%rown hue of raw wool. "he other wo an is wearin' li'hter 'ar ents! a pale $ellow dress and a %lue antle. ,he loo#s a%out thirt$-five $ears old. ,he is reall$ %eautiful, slender, and Her carria'e is ost di'nified, althou'h ,he is ost #ind and hu %le. &hen ,he is nearer, ( notice Her pale face, Her %lue e$es and Her %lond hair visi%le on Her forehead. ( reco'nise /ur Most Hol$ 9ad$. ( do not #now who the other older wo an is. "he$ are spea#in' to each other and /ur 9ad$ s iles. &hen the$ are near the house, so eone, who is o%viousl$ watchin' the arrival of the 'uests, infor s the others in the house, and two en and two wo en, all in their %est clothes, 'o to eet the . "he$ 'ive the two wo en and particularl$ /ur 9ad$ a ost war welco e. (t is earl$ ornin', ( would sa$ a%out nine o?cloc#, perhaps earlier, %ecause the countr$ has the fresh loo# of the earl$ ornin' hours, when the dew a#es the 'rass '02

loo# 'reener and the air is still free fro dust. (t appears to %e sprin'ti e %ecause the 'rass in the eadows is not parched %$ the su er sun and the corn in the fields is still $oun' and 'reen and earless. "he leaves of the fi'tree and apple-tree are 'reen and tender and those of the vines are the sa e. 0ut ( see no flowers on the appletree and there is no fruit on the apple and fi'-tree or on the vines! which eans that the apple-tree %losso ed onl$ recentl$ and the little fruits cannot %e seen as $et. Mar$, &ho is ost war l$ welco ed and is escorted %$ an elderl$ an who appears to %e the landlord, cli %s up the outside staircase and enters a lar'e hall which see s to fill the whole of the house upstairs, or ost of it. (f ( a correct, the roo s on the 'round floor are the ones where the$ actuall$ live, where the$ have their storeroo , wine cellar, whereas the hall upstairs is used on special occasions, such as feast da$s, or for tas#s which re>uire a lot of space, such as dr$in' and pressin' foodstuffs. 2or special cele%rations the hall is cleared of ever$ o%=ect and then decorated, as it is toda$, with 'reen %ranches, ats and ta%les prepared with rich dishes. (n the centre there is a richl$ laid ta%le with a phorae and plates full of fruit. )lon' the ri'ht-hand side wall, in respect to e, there is another ta%le alread$ prepared, %ut not so su ptuousl$. /n the left-hand side, there is a #ind of lon' dresser with plates of cheese and other foodstuffs, which loo# li#e ca#es covered with hone$ and sweet eats. /n the floor, near the sa e wall, there are ore a phorae and si4 lar'e vases, shaped ore or less li#e copper pitchers. ( would call the =ars. Mar$ listens %eni'nl$ to what the$ are tellin' Her, then '01

,he ta#es off Her antle and #indl$ helps to finish la$in' the ta%les. ( see Her 'oin' to and fro sortin' out the %ed-seats, strai'htenin' up the wreaths of flowers, i provin' the appearance of the fruit dishes, a#in' sure that the la ps are filled with oil. ,he s iles, spea#s ver$ little and in a ver$ low voice. (nstead ,he listens a lot and with so uch patience. ) loud sound of usical instru ents (not ver$ har onious) is heard co in' fro the road. "he$ all rush out, with the e4ception of Mar$. ( see the %ride co e in, s artl$ dressed and happ$, surrounded %$ relatives and friends. "he %ride'roo , who was the first to rush out and eet her, is now %eside her. )t this point there is a chan'e in the vision. (nstead of the house ( see a villa'e. ( do not #now whether it is 3ana or a near%$ villa'e. )nd ( see Jesus with John and another an, who ( thin# is Judas "haddeus, %ut ( a$ %e wron'. ( a sure a%out John. Jesus is wearin' a white tunic and a dar# %lue antle. &hen he hears the sound of the instru ents, Jesus? co panion >uestions a an a%out so ethin' and then tells Jesus. "hen Jesus, s ilin', sa$s! 9et us 'o and a#e M$ Mother happ$. )nd He starts wal#in' across the fields towards the house, with His two co panions. ( for'ot to ention that it is $ i pression that Mar$ is either a relation or a close friend of the %ride'roo ?s relatives, %ecause ,he is on fa iliar ter s with the . &hen Jesus arrives, the sa e watch an as %efore, infor s the others. "he landlord, with his son, the %ride'roo , and Mar$ 'oes down to eet Hi , and '02

'reets Hi respectfull$. He then 'reets the other two and so does the %ride'roo . 0ut what ( li#e is the lovin' and respectful wa$ in which Jesus and Mar$ e4chan'e their 'reetin's. "here are no effusions, %ut the words Peace %e with Aou are pronounced with a loo# and a s ile worth one hundred e %races and one hundred #isses. ) #iss tre %les on Mar$?s lips, %ut it is not 'iven. ,he onl$ la$s Her little white hand on Jesus, shoulder and li'htl$ touches a curl of His lon' hair. "he caress of a chaste lover. Jesus cli %s the staircase %eside His Mother, followed %$ His disciples, the landlord and the 'roo , and enters the %an>uet hall, where the wo en start %ustlin' a%out, addin' seats and plates for the three 'uests, who, apparentl$, were not e4pected. ( would sa$ that Jesus? co in' was uncertain and the arrival of His co panions was co pletel$ unforeseen. ( can distinctl$ hear the Master?s full, virile, ost sweet voice sa$ on enterin' the hall! Ma$ peace %e in this house and the %lessin' of God on $ou all. ) 'reetin' of a=est$ addressed to all the people present. Jesus do inates ever$%od$ with His %earin' and His hei'ht. He is a 'uest, and a casual one, %ut He see s to %e the #in' of the %an>uet, ore than the 'roo , ore than the landlord. ;o atter how hu %le and o%li'in', He is the one who do inates influential friends. "he two disciples are also invited to sit at the sa e ta%le, out of respect for Jesus. Jesus? %ac# is turned to the wall where the lar'e =ars and the dresser are. He therefore cannot see the , neither can He see the steward %ustlin' a%out the dishes of roast '03

eat, which are %rou'ht in throu'h a little door near the dresser. ( notice one thin'. &ith the e4ception of the others of the $oun' couple and of Mar$, no wo an is sittin' at that ta%le. )ll the wo en, who are a#in' a din worth$ of one hundred people, are sittin' at the other ta%le near the wall, and are served after the $oun' couple and the 'uests of i portance. Jesus is sittin' near the landlord, in front of Mar$, &hose place is near the %ride. "he %an>uet starts. )nd ( can assure $ou that the$ lac# neither appetite nor thirst. "he ones who eat and drin# little are Jesus and His Mother, &ho spea#s also ver$ little. Jesus tal#s a little ore. 0ut althou'h ver$ oderate, He is neither sullen nor disdainful in the little He sa$s. He is #ind, %ut not tal#ative. He answers when He is >uestioned, when the$ spea# to Hi , He ta#es an interest in the su%=ect, he states His opinion, %ut then He concentrates on His thou'hts, li#e one accusto ed to editation. He s iles, He never lau'hs. (f He hears an$ inconsiderate =o#e, He pretends He has not heard. Mar$ is nourished %$ the conte plation of Her Jesus, and so is John, who is at the end of the ta%le and han's on His Master?s lips. Mar$ notices that the servants are tal#in' in low voices to the steward, who loo#s ver$ e %arrassed and ,he understands what the cause of the unpleasant situation is. ,on , ,he whispers in a low voice, thus drawin' Jesus? attention. ,on, the$ have no ore wine. &o an, what is there still %etween Me and Aou@ Jesus, when sa$in' these words, s iles even ore 'entl$, '0'

and Mar$ s iles too, li#e two people aware of so e truth which is their =o$ful secret and is i'nored %$ ever$one else. -------------Jesus e4plains the eanin' of the sentence to e. "hat 6still7, which is o itted %$ an$ translators, is the #e$word of the sentence and e4plains its true eanin'. ( was the ,on, su% issive to M$ Mother, up to the o ent when the will of M$ 2ather told Me that the hour had co e when ( was to %e the Master. 2ro the o ent M$ ission started, ( was no lon'er the ,on su% issive to M$ Mother, %ut ( was the ,ervant of God. M$ oral ties with M$ Mother were %ro#en. "he$ had turned into hi'her %onds, all of a spiritual nature. ( alwa$s called Mar$, M$ Hol$ 6Mother7. /ur love suffered no interruptions, neither did it even cool down, na$, it was never so perfect as when ( was separated fro Her as %$ a second %irth and ,he 'ave Me to the world and for the world, as the Messiah and 8van'eliser. Her third su%li e $stical aternit$ too# place when ,he %ore Me to the cross in the torture of Gol'otha, and ade Me the :edee er of the world. 6&hat is there still %etween Me and Aou@7 0efore ( was Aours, onl$ Aours. Aou 'ave Me orders, and ( o%e$ed Aou. ( was su%=ect to Aou. ;ow ( %elon' to M$ ission. Eid ( not sa$! 6He, who la$s his hand on the plou'h and loo#s %ac# to %id farewell to those who are sta$in', is not fit for the Din'do of God7@ ( had laid M$ hand on the plou'h not to cut the 'round with the plou'hshare, %ut to '0+

open the hearts of en and sow there the word of God. ( was to ta#e M$ hand awa$ fro the plou'h onl$ when the$ would tear it awa$ to nail it to the 3ross and to open with M$ torturin' nail M$ 2ather?s heart, out of which for'iveness for an#ind was to flow. "hat 6still7, for'otten %$ ost, eant this! 6Aou were ever$thin' for Me, Mother, as lon' as ( was onl$ Jesus of Mar$ of ;aCareth, and Aou are ever$thin' in M$ spiritF %ut since ( %eca e the e4pected Messiah, ( %elon' to M$ 2ather. &ait for a little while and once M$ ission is over, ( will %e, once a'ain, entirel$ AoursF Aou will hold Me once a'ain in Aour ar s, as when ( was a little child, and no one will ever a'ain contend with Aou for Aour ,on, considered as the dis'race of an#ind, who will throw His ortal re ains at Aou, to %rin' on Aou the sha e of %ein' the other of a cri inal. )nd afterwards Aou will have Me once a'ain, triu phant, and finall$ Aou will have Me forever when Aou are triu phant in Heaven. 0ut now ( %elon' to all these en. )nd ( %elon' to the 2ather, &ho sent Me to the .7 "hat is the sense of that short %ut so full of 6still7. -----------------Mar$ sa$s to the servants! Eo what He will tell $ou. (n the s ilin' e$es of Her ,on, Mar$ has read His consent, veiled %$ the 'reat teachin' to all those 6who are called7. )nd Jesus sa$s to the servants! 2ill the =ars with water. ( see the servants fillin' the =ars with water %rou'ht fro '0eanin'

the well (( hear the pulle$ screechin' as the drippin' pail is pulled up and lowered down). ( see the steward pour out so e of the li>uid with astonished e$es, then taste it with 'estures of even 'reater astonish ent, relish it and spea# to the landlord and the 'roo . Mar$ loo#s at Her ,on once a'ain, and s ilesF then havin' received a s ile fro Hi , ,he %ows Her head, %lushin' sli'htl$. ,he is happ$. ) ur ur spreads throu'hout the hall, the$ all turn their heads towards Jesus and Mar$, so e stand up to 'et a %etter view, so e 'o near the =ars. "hen a o ent?s silence, which is i ediatel$ %ro#en %$ an out%urst of praises for Jesus. He stands up and si pl$ sa$s! "han# Mar$ and withdraws fro the %an>uet. His disciples follow Hi . /n the threshold He repeats! Ma$ peace %e in this house and God?s %lessin' on $ou and He adds! Good%$e, Mother. "he vision ends. ------------------Jesus teaches e as follows!

&hen ( said to M$ disciples! 69et us 'o and a#e M$ Mother happ$7, ( had 'iven the sentence a deeper eanin' than it see ed. ( did not ean the happiness of seein' Me, %ut the =o$ of %ein' the initiatress of M$ iraculous activit$ and the first %enefactress of an#ind. )lwa$s re e %er that. M$ first iracle happened %ecause of Mar$. "he ver$ first one. (t is a s$ %ol that '0*

Mar$ is the #e$ to iracles. ( never refuse M$ Mother an$thin' and %ecause of Her pra$er ( %rin' forward also the ti e of 'race. ( #now M$ Mother, the second in 'oodness after God. ( #now that to 'rant $ou a 'race is to a#e Her happ$, %ecause ,he is )ll 9ove. "hat is wh$ ( said, #nowin' Her! 69et us 'o and a#e Her happ$.7 0esides ( wanted to a#e Her power #nown to the world to'ether with Mine. ,ince ,he was destined to %e =oined to Me in the flesh, it was fair ,he should %e =oined to Me in the power that is shown to the world. 0ecause &e were one flesh! ( in Her, ,he around Me, li#e the petals of a lil$ round its scented livel$ pistilF and ,he was united to Me in sorrow! %ecause we were %oth on the cross, ( with M$ %od$, ,he with Her soul, as a lil$ is scented %ecause of its corolla and %ecause of the essence e4tracted fro it. ( sa$ to $ou what ( said to the other 'uests! 6"han# Mar$. (t is throu'h Her that $ou had with $ou the Master of the iracle and $ou have M$ 'races, particularl$ those of for'iveness.7 :est in peace. &e are with $ou.

,#. Jesus 3ri5es the Merchants out of the Tem'le.

24th /ctober 1944.

( see Jesus enterin' the enclosure of the "e ple with Peter, )ndrew, John, Ja es, Philip and 0artholo ew. "here is a ver$ lar'e crowd %oth inside and outside the '00

enclosure. Pil'ri s are arrivin' in floc#s fro of the town.

ever$ part

2ro the top of the hill on which the "e ple is %uilt, one can see the narrow twisted streets of the town, swar in' with people. /ne 'ets the i pression that a self- ovin', an$-colored ri%%on has %een laid %etween the white houses. "he town loo#s li#e a rare to$ indeed, a to$ ade of 'ail$-colored ri%%ons %etween two white threads, all conver'in' on the point where the do es of the House of the 9ord are shinin'. (nside it is... a real ar#et. "he concentration of a hol$ place has %een destro$ed. ,o e run, so e call, so e contract for la %s, shoutin' and cursin' %ecause of the e4tortionate prices, so e drive the poor %leatin' ani als into their enclosures (rou'h partitions ade of ropes and pe's, at the entrance of which stand the erchants or owners, awaitin' %u$ers). 0lows with cud'els, %leatin's, curses, shouts, insults to the %o$s who are not pro pt in 'atherin' to'ether or selectin' the ani als, a%uses to the purchasers who ha''le over prices or who 'o awa$, 'raver insults to those who wisel$ %rou'ht their own la %s. ;ear the %enches of the one$-chan'ers, there is ore %awlin'. (t is o%vious that either alwa$s, or at Passover ti e, the "e ple functioned as a... stoc# e4chan'e or %lac# ar#et. "here was no fi4ed rate of e4chan'e. "here ust have %een a le'al rate, %ut the one$-chan'ers i posed a different one, a#in' whatever profit the$ fancied, for e4chan'in' the one$. )nd ( can assure $ou the$ were not =o#in' in their usur$ transactionsB... "he poorer the people were and the farther the$ ca e fro , '0&

the ore the$ were fleeced! old people ore than $oun' people, those co in' fro %e$ond Palestine ore than the old fol#. ,o e poor old en loo#ed over and over a'ain at the one$ the$ had saved in a whole $ear, ( wonder with how uch hard wor#, the$ too# it out and put it %ac# into their purses doCens and doCens of ti es, 'oin' fro one one$-chan'er to another and at ti es endin' up %$ 'oin' %ac# to the first one, who aven'ed hi self for their ori'inal desertion %$ increasin' the pre iu for the e4chan'e. )nd the %i' coins passed fro the hands of the si'hin' owners into the clutches of the usurers and were chan'ed into s aller coins. "hen a further tra'ed$ would ta#e place with vendors over the choice and pa$ ent of their la %s, and the poor old en, particularl$ if the$ were half %lind, were fo%%ed off with the ost wretched little la %s. ( see an old couple, an and wife, co e %ac# pushin' a poor little la % which ust have %een found fault$ %$ the sacrificers. "he$ cried and %e''ed the vendor, who, far fro %ein' oved, replied with nast$ words and rude anners. 3onsiderin' what $ou want to spend, Galileans, the la % ( 'ave $ou is even too 'ood. Go awa$B /r if $ou want a %etter one, $ou ust pa$ five ore coins. (n the na e of GodB &e are poor and oldB )re $ou 'oin' to prevent us fro cele%ratin' this Passover which a$ %e our last one@ )re $ou not satisfied with what $ou wanted for a poor little la %@ Go awa$, $ou filth$ lot. Joseph the 8lder is now co in' '&2

here. ( en=o$ his favor. God %e with $ou, JosephB 3o e and a#e $our choiceB "he an whose na e is Joseph the 8lder, that is Joseph of )ri athea, enters the enclosure and pic#s a a'nificent la %. He passes %$, statel$ and proud, a'nificentl$ dressed, without even loo#in' at the poor old people weepin' at the 'ate, that is the enclosure entrance. He al ost %u ps into the when he 'oes out with the fat, %leatin' la %. 0ut Jesus also is now near%$. He also has ade His purchase, and Peter, who pro%a%l$ %ar'ained for Hi , is pullin' a fairl$ 'ood la %. Peter would li#e to 'o at once where the$ offer the sacrifices. 0ut Jesus turns to the ri'ht, towards the dis a$ed, weepin', undecided old couple, who are #noc#ed a%out %$ the crowds and insulted %$ the vendor. Jesus, &ho is so tall that the heads of the poor old souls reach onl$ up to His heart, la$s one hand on the shoulder of the wo an and as#s her! &h$ are $ou cr$in', wo an@ "he little old wo an turns round and she sees the $oun', tall, statel$ an, wearin' a %eautiful new white tunic and a snow-white antle. ,he ust thin# He is a doctor %ecause of His 'ar ents and His aspect and is 'reatl$ surprised, %ecause doctors and priests pa$ no attention to the poor, neither do the$ protect the fro the stin'iness of erchants. ,he e4plains to Jesus the reason for their tears. Jesus addresses the la % vendor! 3han'e this la % for '&1

these %elievers. (t is not worth$ of the altar, neither is it fair that $ou should ta#e advanta'e of two poor old people, onl$ %ecause the$ are wea# and unprotected. )nd who are Aou@ ) =ust an. 0$ Aour wa$ of spea#in' and Aour co panions?, ( #now Aou are a Galilean. 3an there %e a =ust an in Galilee@ Eo what ( told $ou, and %e a =ust an $ourself. 9istenB 9isten to the Galilean &ho is defendin' His e>ualsB )nd He wants to teach us of the "e pleB "he an lau'hs and =eers, i itatin' the Galilean accent, which is ore usical and softer than the Judaean, at least ( thin# so. Man$ people 'o near the and other erchants and one$chan'ers ta#e their co panion?s part a'ainst Jesus. ) on'st the people present there are two or three ironical ra%%is. /ne of the as#s! )re Aou a doctor@ , in such a wa$ that even Jo% would lose his te per. Aes, ( a . &hat do Aou teach@ "his ( teach! to a#e the House of God a house of pra$er and not a usur$ or a ar#et place. "hat is what ( teach. Jesus is for ida%le. He loo#s li#e the archan'el posted on the threshold of 8den. He has no flashin' sword in His hand %ut the %ea s fro His e$es stri#e the i pious '&2

oc#ers li#e li'htnin'. Jesus has nothin' in His hands. )ll He has is His wrath. )nd full of wrath, He wal#s fast and sole n %etween the %enches, He scatters the coins which had %een sorted out so eticulousl$ accordin' to their values, He turns over the %enches and ta%les, and ever$thin' falls on the 'round with 'reat noise, in the %ustle of re%oundin' etals and %eaten wood, an'r$ cries, shrie#s of terror and shouts of approval. He then snatches fro the hands of the sta%le-%o$s so e ropes with which the$ were holdin' o4en, sheep and la %s, and He a#es a ver$ hard lash, in which the slip-#nots are real scour'es! He lifts it, swin's it and stri#es ercilessl$ with it. Aes, ( can assure $ou! ercilessl$. "he unforeseen stor hits heads and %ac#s. "he %elievers ove to one side ad irin' the sceneF the 'uilt$ ones, chased as far as the e4ternal wall, ta#e to their heels, leavin' their one$ on the 'round and a%andonin' in a 'reat confusion of le's, horns and win's, their ani als, so e of which run and fl$ awa$. "he %ellows, %leatin's, and flutterin' of turtle doves and pi'eons, added to the %urst of lau'hter and shoutin' of the %elievers at the escapin' usurers, overco e even the plaintive chorus of la %s, slau'htered in another $ard. Priests, ra%%is and Pharisees rush to the spot. Jesus is still in the iddle of the $ard, on His wa$ %ac# fro the chase. "he lash is still in His hands. &ho are Aou@ How dare Aou do that, upsettin' the prescri%ed cere onies@ 2ro which school are Aou@ &e do not #now Aou, neither do we #now where Aou co e fro . '&3

( a He &ho is Mi'ht$. ( can do an$thin'. Eestro$ this true "e ple and ( will raise it to 'ive praise to God. ( a not upsettin' the holiness of the House of God or of the cere onies, %ut $ou are pertur%in' it, allowin' His House to %eco e the centre of usurers and erchants. M$ school is the school of God. "he sa e school as the whole of (srael had when the 8ternal God spo#e to Moses. Aou do not #now Me@ Aou will #now Me. Aou do not #now where ( co e fro @ Aou will learn. )nd turnin' towards the people, without noticin' the priests an$ lon'er, tall in His white tunic, with His antle open and %lowin' %ehind His %ac#, His ar s stretched out li#e an orator at the ost i portant part of his speech, He sa$s! 9isten, (sraelB (n Eeuterono $ it is said! 6Aou are to appoint =ud'es and scri%es at all the 'ates... and the$ ust ad inister an i partial =ud' ent to the people. Aou ust %e i partialF $ou ust ta#e no %ri%es, for a %ri%e %linds wise en?s e$es and =eopardiCes the cause of the =ust. ,trict =ustice ust %e $our ideal, so that $ou a$ live in ri'htful possession of the land that Aahweh $our God is 'ivin' $ou.7 9isten, (srael. (n Eeuterono $ it is said! 6"he priests and scri%es and the whole of the tri%e of 9evi shall have no share or inheritance with (srael, %ecause the$ ust live on the foods offered to Aahweh and on His duesF the$ shall have no inheritance a on' their %rothers, %ecause Aahweh will %e their inheritance.7 9isten, (srael. (n Eeuterono $ it is said! 6Aou ust not lend on interest to $our %rother, whether the lac# %e of one$ or food or an$thin' else. Aou a$ de and interest on a loan of a forei'nerF $ou will lend without interest to '&'

$our %rother whatever he needs.7 "he 9ord said that. 0ut now $ou see that in (srael =ud' ents are ad inistered without =ustice for the poor. "he$ are not inclined to =ustice, %ut the$ are partial with the rich, and to %e poor, to %e of the co on people eans to %e oppressed. How can the people sa$! 6/ur =ud'es are =ust7 when the$ see that onl$ the i'ht$ ones are respected and satisfied, whereas the poor have no one who will listen to the @ How can the people respect the 9ord, when the$ see that the 9ord is not respected %$ those who should respect Hi ore than ever$one else@ Eoes he who infrin'es the 9ord?s co and ent respect Hi @ &h$ then do the priests in (srael possess propert$ and accept %ri%es fro ta4-collectors and sinners, who a#e the offerin's to o%tain their favors, while the$ accept 'ifts to fill their coffers@ God is the inheritance of His priests. He, the 2ather of (srael, is ore than a 2ather to the and provides the with food, as it is =ust. 0ut not ore than what is =ust. He did not pro ise one$ and possessions to His servants of the sanctuar$. (n eternal life, the$ will possess Heaven for their =ustice, as Moses, 8li=ah, Jaco% and )%raha will, %ut in this world the$ ust have %ut a linen 'ar ent and a diade of incorrupti%le 'old! purit$ and charit$, and their %odies ust %e su%=ect to their souls, which are to %e su%=ect to the true God, and their %odies are not to %e asters over their souls and a'ainst God. ( have %een as#ed on what authorit$ ( do this. )nd on what authorit$ do the$ violate God?s co and and allow in the shade of the sacred walls usur$ on their %rothers of (srael, who have co e to o%e$ the divine co and@ ( '&+

have %een as#ed fro what school ( co e and ( replied! 62ro God?s school7 Aes, (srael, ( have co e fro and ( will ta#e $ou %ac# to that hol$ and i uta%le school. &ho wants to #now the 9i'ht, the "ruth, the &a$, who wants to hear once a'ain the voice of God spea#in' to his people, let hi co e to Me. Aou followed Moses throu'h the deserts, (srael. 2ollow Me, %ecause ( shall lead $ou throu'h a far worse desert, to the true %lessed 9and. )t God?s co and, ( will draw $ou to it, across an open sea. ( will cure $ou of all evils liftin' up M$ ,i'n. "he ti e of Grace has co e. "he Prophets e4pected it and died waitin' for it. "he Prophets prophesied it and died in that hope. "he =ust have drea t of it and died co forted %$ that drea . (t is now here. 3o e. 6"he 9ord is a%out to =ud'e His people and have erc$ on His servants,7 as He pro ised throu'h Moses. "he people crowdin' round Jesus stand open- outhed listenin' to Hi . "hen the$ co ent on the new :a%%i?s words and as# His co panions >uestions. Jesus 'oes to another $ard, separated fro this one onl$ %$ a porch. His friends follow Hi , and the vision ends.

,4. Jesus Meets Judas Iscariot and Thomas and Cures +imon the :ealot.
26th /ctober 1944.

Jesus is to'ether with His si4 disciples. ;either the other '&-

da$ nor toda$ have ( seen Judas "haddeus, who said he wanted to co e to Jerusale with Jesus. (t ust still %e Passover ti e, %ecause there is alwa$s a lot of people in town. (t is evenin' and an$ people are hurr$in' ho e. Jesus also 'oes towards the house where He is a 'uest. (t is not the house of the last ,upper, which is in town, althou'h not far fro its walls. "his house, instead, is a real countr$ house, a on'st thic# olivetrees. 2ro the rustic open space in front of the house, one can see the olive-trees down the terraces of the hill, ri'ht down to a little torrent, with ver$ little water, which flows awa$ alon' the valle$ for ed %$ two hills! on the top of one there is the "e ple, on the other hill there are onl$ olive-trees. Jesus is at the first slopes of the latter hill, which rises s oothl$, co pletel$ covered with peaceful trees. John, there are two en awaitin' $our friend sa$s an elderl$ an, who ust %e the far er or the owner of the olive-'rove. ( would sa$ that John #nows hi . &here are the$@ &ho are the$@ ( don?t #now. /ne is certainl$ a Judaean. "he otherM ( don?t #now. ( didn?t as# hi . &here are the$@ (n the #itchen, waitin', andM andM $esM there is another an who is all covered with sores. ( ade hi sta$ over there, %ecause ( a afraid he a$ %e a leper. He sa$s he wants to see the Prophet &ho spo#e in the "e ple. '&*

Jesus, &ho up to this o ent has %een silent, sa$s! 9et us 'o to hi first. "ell the others to co e if the$ so wish. ( will spea# to the there, in the olive-'rove. )nd He a#es for the place indicated %$ the an. )nd what a%out us@ &hat shall we do@ as#s Peter. 3o e, if $ou want. ) an, uffled up, is leanin' a'ainst the rustic wall supportin' a terrace, the nearest to the %oundar$ of the propert$. He ust have cli %ed up there alon' a path coastin' the torrent. &hen he sees Jesus approachin' hi , he shouts! Go %ac#. 0ac#B Have erc$ on eB )nd he uncovers his trun# droppin' his tunic to the 'round. (f his face is covered with sca%s his trun# is one %i' sore. ,o e of the sores have alread$ %eco e deep wounds, so e are li#e %urns, so e are whitish and 'loss$, as if there was a thin white pane of 'lass on the . )re $ou a leper@ &hat do $ou want of Me@ Eon?t curse eB Eon?t stone e. ( have %een told that the other evenin' Aou revealed Aourself as the 1oice of God and the 0earer of Grace. ( was also told that Aou 'ave assurance that %$ raisin' Aour ,i'n, Aou will cure all diseases. Please raise it on e. ( have co e fro the sepulchersM over thereM ( crept li#e a sna#e a on'st the %ushes near the torrent to arrive here without %ein' seen. ( waited until evenin' %efore leavin' %ecause at dus# it is ore difficult to see who ( a . ( daredM ( found this an, the an of the house, he is 'ood. He did not #ill e. He onl$ said! 6&ait over there, near the little wall.7 Have erc$ on e and as Jesus is 'oin' near hi , all %$ Hi self, %ecause the si4 disciples and the landlord, as '&0

well as the two stran'ers, are far awa$ and are evidentl$ dis'usted, he adds! Eon?t co e nearer. Eon?tB ( a infectedB 0ut Jesus proceeds. He loo#s at hi so ercifull$, that the an starts cr$in' and #neels down al ost touchin' the 'round with his face, oanin'! Aour ,i'nB Aour ,i'nB (t will %e raised when it is ti e. 0ut now ( sa$ to $ou! ,tand up. 0e healed. ( want it. )nd %e the si'n in this town that ust reco'niCe Me. :ise, ( sa$. )nd do not sin, out of 'ratitude to GodB "he an rises slowl$. He see s to e er'e fro the lon' flower$ 'rass as fro a shroudM and is healed. He loo#s at hi self in the last di li'ht of the da$. He is healed. He shouts! ( a cleanB /hB &hat shall ( do for Aou now@ Aou ust co pl$ with the 9aw. Go to the priest. 0e 'ood in future. Go. "he an is on the point of throwin' hi self at Jesus? feet, %ut he re e %ers he is still i pure, accordin' to the 9aw, and he restrains hi self. 0ut he #isses his own hand, and throws a #iss to Jesus and weeps. He weeps out of =o$. "he others are du %founded. Jesus turns awa$ fro the healed an and rouses the s ilin'. M$ friends, it was onl$ a lepros$ of the flesh. 0ut $ou will see lepros$ fall fro hearts. (s it $ou that wanted Me@ He as#s the two stran'ers. Here ( a . &ho are $ou@ &e heard Aou the other evenin'M in the "e ple. &e loo#ed for Aou in town. ) an, who said he is a relative of Aours, told us Aou sta$ here. '&&

&h$ are $ou loo#in' for Me@ "o follow Aou, if Aou will allow us, %ecause Aou have words of truth. 2ollow Me@ 0ut do $ou #now where ( a ;o, Master, %ut certainl$ to 'lor$. Aes. 0ut not to a 'lor$ of this world . ( a 'oin' to a 'lor$ which is in Heaven and is con>uered %$ virtue and sacrifice. &h$ do $ou want to follow Me@ He as#s the a'ain. "o ta#e part in Aour 'lor$. )ccordin' to Heaven@ Aes, accordin' to Heaven. ;ot ever$%od$ is a%le to arrive there. 0ecause Ma on la$s ore snares for those $earnin' for Heaven than for the others. )nd onl$ he who has stron' will power can resist. &h$ follow Me, if to follow Me i plies a continuous stru''le a'ainst the ene $, which is in us, a'ainst the hostile world, and a'ainst the 8ne $ who is ,atan@ 0ecause that is the desire of our souls, which have %een con>uered %$ Aou. Aou are hol$ and powerful. &e want to %e Aour friends. 2riendsBBB Jesus is silent and si'hs. "hen He stares at the one who has spo#en all the ti e and who has now re oved the antle-hood fro his head, and is %areheaded. He is Judas of Derioth. &ho are $ou@ Aou spea# %etter than a an of the people. +22 'oin'@

( a Judas, the son of ,i on. ( co e fro Derioth. 0ut ( a of the "e ple. ( a waitin' for and drea in' of the Din' of the Jews. ( heard Aou spea# li#e a #in'. ( saw Aour #in'l$ 'estures. "a#e e with Aou. "a#e $ou@ ;ow@ )t once@ ;o. &h$ not, Master@ 0ecause it is %etter to e4a ine ourselves carefull$ %efore venturin' on ver$ steep roads. Eo Aou not %elieve ( a sincere@ Aou have said it. ( %elieve in $our i pulsiveness. 0ut ( do not %elieve in $our perseverance. "hin# a%out it, Judas. ( a 'oin' awa$ now and ( will %e %ac# for Pentecost. (f $ou are in the "e ple, $ou will see Me. 84a ine $ourself. )nd who are $ou@ . ( a another one who saw Aou. ( would li#e to %e with Aou. 0ut now ( a fri'htened. ;o. Presu ption ruins people. 2ear a$ %e an i pedi ent, %ut it is a help when it ori'inates fro hu ilit$. Eo not %e afraid. "hin# a%out it, too, and when ( co e %ac#M Master, Aou are so hol$B ( a afraid of not %ein' worth$. ;othin' else. 0ecause ( do not dou%t $ loveM &hat is $our na e@ "ho as, of Eid$ us. ( will re e %er $our na e. Go in peace. Jesus dis isses the and He 'oes into the hospita%le +21

house for supper. "he si4 disciples who are with Hi want to #now an$ thin's. &h$, Master, wh$ did Aou treat the differentl$@ 0ecause there was a difference. 0oth of the had the sa e i pulsivenessM as#s John. M$ friend, also the sa e i pulsiveness a$ have a different taste and %rin' a%out a different effect. "he$ %oth certainl$ had the sa e i pulsiveness. 0ut the$ were not the sa e in their purposes. )nd the one who appears less perfect is, in fact, ore perfect, %ecause he has no incentive to hu an 'lor$. He loves Me %ecause he loves Me. )nd so do (. )nd (, too. , )nd (. , )nd (. , )nd (. , )nd (. ( #now. ( #now $ou for what $ou are. )re we therefore perfect@ /hB ;oB 0ut, li#e "ho as, $ou will %eco e perfect if $ou persevere in $our desire to love. Perfect@B /hB M$ friendsB )nd who is perfect %ut God@ Aou areB ( sole nl$ tell $ou that ( a not perfect %$ M$self, if $ou thin# ( a prophet. ;o an is perfect. 0ut ( a perfect %ecause He &ho is spea#in' to $ou is the &ord of the 2ather! part of God. His thou'ht that %eco es &ord. ( have Perfection in M$self. )nd $ou ust %elieve Me to %e such if $ou %elieve that ( a the &ord of the 2ather. )nd $et, see, M$ friends, ( want to %e called the ,on of an %ecause ( lower M$self ta#in' upon M$self all the +22

iseries of an, to %ear the as M$ first scaffold, and cancel the , after %earin' the , without sufferin' fro the M$self. &hat a %urden, M$ friendsB 0ut ( %ear it with =o$. (t is a =o$ for Me to %ear it, %ecause, since ( a the ,on of an#ind, ( will a#e an#ind once a'ain the child of God. )s it was on the first da$. Jesus is spea#in' ver$ 'entl$, sittin' at the poor ta%le, 'esticulatin' cal l$ with His hands on the ta%le, His head sli'htl$ inclined to one side, His face lit up fro %elow %$ a s all oil la p on the ta%le. He s iles 'entl$, He &ho for erl$ was so a=estic a Master in His %earin', is now so friendl$ in His 'estures. His disciples are listenin' to Hi carefull$. MasterM wh$ did Aour cousin not co e, althou'h he #nows where Aou live@ M$ PeterBM Aou will %e one of M$ stones, the first one. 0ut not all the stones can %e easil$ used. Have $ou seen the ar%le %loc#s in the Praetoriu %uildin'@ &ith hard la%or the$ have %een torn awa$ fro the %oso of the ountain side, and are now part of the Praetoriu . 9oo# instead at those stones down there shinin' in the oonli'ht, in the water of the Didron. "he$ arrived in the river%ed %$ the selves, and if an$one wants to ta#e the , the$ do not put up an$ resistance. M$ cousin is li#e the first stones ( a spea#in' ofM "he %oso of the ountain side! his fa il$, the$ contend for hi with Me. 0ut ( want to %e e4actl$ li#e the stones in the torrent. ( a >uite prepared to leave ever$thin' for Aou! ho e, wife, fishin', %rothers. 8ver$thin', :a%%oni, for Aou. +23

( #now, Peter. "hat is wh$ ( love $ou. )lso Judas will co e. &ho@ Judas of Derioth@ ( don?t care for hi . He is a dand$ $oun' an, %utM ( preferM ( prefer $selfM "he$ all lau'h at Peter?s witt$ re ar#. "here is nothin' to lau'h at. ( ean that ( prefer a sincere Galilean, a rou'h fisher an, %ut without an$ fraud toM to townsfol# whoM ( don?t #nowM here! the Master #nows what ( ean. Aes, ( #now. 0ut do not =ud'e. &e need one another in this world, the 'ood are i4ed with the wic#ed, =ust li#e flowers in a field. He loc# 'rows %eside the salutar$ allow. ( would li#e to as# one thin'M &hat, )ndrew@ John told e a%out the iracle Aou wor#ed at 3anaM &e were hopin' so uch that Aou would wor# one at 3apernau M and Aou said that Aou would not wor# an$ iracles %efore fulfillin' the 9aw. &h$ 3ana then@ )nd wh$ here and not in Aour own fatherland@ "o o%e$ the 9aw is to %e united to God and that increases our capa%ilities. ) iracle is the proof of the union with God, as well as of God?s %enevolent and assentin' presence. "hat is wh$ ( wanted to perfor M$ dut$ as an (sraelite, %efore startin' the series of iracles. 0ut Aou were not %ound to fulfill the 9aw. &h$@ )s the ,on of God, ( was not. 0ut as a son of the +2'

9aw, $es, ( was. 2or the ti e %ein', (srael #nows Me onl$ as suchM and, even later, al ost ever$one in (srael will #now Me as such, na$, even less. 0ut ( do not want to scandaliCe (srael and therefore ( o%e$ the 9aw. Aou are hol$. Holiness does not %ar o%edience. ;a$ it a#es o%edience perfect. 0esides ever$thin' else, there is a 'ood e4a ple to %e 'iven. &hat would $ou sa$ of a father, of an elder %rother, of a teacher, of a priest who did not 'ive 'ood e4a ples@ )nd what a%out 3ana@ 3ana was to a#e M$ Mother happ$. 3ana is the advance due to M$ Mother. ,he anticipates Grace. Here ( honor the Hol$ 3it$, a#in' her, in pu%lic, the startin' point of M$ power as Messiah. 0ut there, at 3ana, ( paid honor to the Hol$ Mother of God, 2ull of Grace. "he world received Me throu'h Her. (t is onl$ fair that M$ first iracle in the world should %e for Her. "here is a #noc#in' at the door. (t is "ho as once a'ain. He 'oes in and throws hi self at Jesus? feet. MasterM ( cannot wait until Aou co e %ac#. 9et e co e with Aou. ( a full of faults, %ut ( have $ love, $ onl$ real 'reat treasure. (t is Aours, it?s for Aou. 9et e co e, MasterM Jesus la$s His hand on "ho as? head. Aou a$ sta$, Eid$ us. 2ollow Me. 0lessed are those who are sincere and persistent in their will. Aou are all %lessed. Aou are ore than relatives to Me, %ecause $ou are M$ children and M$ %rothers, not accordin' to the %lood, that dies, +2+

%ut accordin' to the will of God and to $our spiritual wishes. ;ow ( tell $ou that ( have no closer relative than those who do the will of M$ 2ather, and $ou do it, %ecause $ou want what is 'ood. "he vision ends thus. (t is R o?cloc# p. . and the shadows of torpor are alread$ fallin' upon e! a torpidit$ which ( perceive will %e violent, a lo'ical conse>uence of $esterda$?s painful hourM 0ut ( was ver$ ill also on /cto%er the 2Rth. ,o uch so, that when the vision was over < ( wrote it sufferin' fro a headache >uite as %ad as enin'itis < ( did not have enou'h stren'th to add that at last ( saw Jesus dressed as He appears to e when the vision is entirel$ for e! wearin' a soft tunic of white wool =ust ver'in' to ivor$ and a antle of the sa e hue. "he 'ar ents He was wearin' the first ti e He revealed Hi self as Messiah in Jerusale .

,,. Thomas -ecomes a 3isci'le.

2.th /ctober 1944.

"his ornin', as ( recovered $ senses after a ver$ heav$ torpor which had lasted an$ hours, while ( was pra$in' awaitin' da$li'ht, ( saw the resu ption of the vision. ( sa$ resu ption %ecause we are still in the sa e place! the low, wide #itchen, with its dar#, s o#$ walls, di l$ lit up %$ the s all fla e of an oil la p on the rustic ta%le. (t is a lon' narrow ta%le at which ei'ht people are +2-

sittin'! Jesus and His si4 disciples, and the landlord, four each side. Jesus, sittin' on a stool < the onl$ seats here are threele''ed stools, real countr$ furniture < is still turned round spea#in' to "ho as. Jesus? hand has fallen fro "ho as? head on to his shoulder. Jesus sa$s! ,tand up, M$ friend. Have $ou had an$ supper $et@ ;o, Master. ( wal#ed a few $ards with the other fellow who was with e, then ( left hi and ( ca e %ac# sa$in' that ( wanted to spea# to the healed leperM ( said that %ecause ( thou'ht he would disdain approachin' an i pure an. ( 'uessed ri'ht. 0ut ( wanted to see Aou, not the leperM ( wanted to sa$ to Aou! 6Please ta#e e7M ( wandered up and down the olive-'rove until a $oun' an as#ed e what ( was doin'. He ust have thou'ht ( was ill-disposed. He was near a pillar, at the %oundar$ of the olive-'rove. "he landlord s iles. (t?s $ son he e4plains and adds! He is on 'uard at the oil- ill. (n the caves under the ill, we still have al ost all the crop of the $ear. (t was a ver$ 'ood one and we ade a lot of oil. )nd when there are lar'e crowds a%out, ro%%ers alwa$s 'et to'ether to plunder un'uarded places. 8i'ht $ears a'o, =ust at Parasceve, the$ ro%%ed us of ever$thin'. ,ince then we #eep a 'ood watch one ni'ht each. His other has 'one to ta#e hi his supper. &ell, he as#ed e! 6&hat do $ou want@7, and he spo#e in such a tone that to save $ %ac# fro his stic#, ( answered at once! 6( a loo#in' for the Master &ho lives here7. He then replied! 6(f what $ou sa$ is true, co e to +2*

the house7. )nd he %rou'ht e here. (t was he who #noc#ed at the door and he did not 'o awa$ until he heard $ first words. Eo $ou live far awa$@ ( live on the other side of the town, near the 8astern Gate. )re $ou alone@ ( was with so e relatives. 0ut the$ have 'one to sta$ with other relatives on the road to 0ethlehe . ( re ained here to loo# for Aou da$ and-ni'ht, until ( found Aou. Jesus s iles and sa$s! ,o no one is waitin' for $ou@ ;o, Master. (t is a lon' wa$, it is a dar# ni'ht, the :o an patrols are a%out the town. ( sa$! sta$ with us, if $ou wish. /hB MasterB "ho as is happ$. Ma#e roo for hi . )nd each of us will 'ive so ethin' to our %rother. Jesus 'ives hi the portion of cheese He had in front of Hi . He e4plains to "ho as! &e are poor and our supper is al ost over. 0ut there is so uch heart in who offers. )nd He sa$s to John who is sittin' %eside Hi ! Give $our seat to our friend. John 'ets up at once and sits down at the end of the ta%le near the landlord. ,it down, "ho as, and eat. )nd then He sa$s to the all! Aou will alwa$s %ehave li#e that, M$ friends, accordin' to the law of charit$. ) pil'ri is alread$ protected %$ the law of God. 0ut now, in M$ na e, $ou +20

ust love hi even ore. &hen an$one as#s $ou for so e %read, a drop of water or a shelter in the na e of God, $ou ust 'ive it in the sa e na e. )nd $ou will receive $our reward fro God. Aou ust %ehave so with ever$%od$. 8ven with $our ene ies. )nd that is the new 9aw. .p till now $ou were told! 69ove those who love $ou and hate $our ene ies.7 ( sa$! 69ove also those who hate $ou.7 /hB if $ou onl$ #new how uch $ou will %e loved %$ God, if $ou love as ( a tellin' $ouB )nd when an$one sa$s! 6( want to %e $our co panion in servin' the true 9ord God and followin' His 9a %7, then he ust %e dearer to $ou than a %rother %$ %lood, %ecause $ou will %e =oined %$ an eternal %ond! the %ond of 3hrist. 0ut if so eone co es who is not sincere@ (t is eas$ to sa$! 6( want to do this or that.7 0ut words do not alwa$s correspond to the truth sa$s Peter, rather irritated. ( do not #now wh$, %ut he is not in his usual =ovial ood. Peter, listen. &hat $ou sa$ is sensi%le and fair. 0ut, see! it is %etter to e4ceed in %ount$ and trust rather than e4ceed in distrust and hardness. (f $ou help an undeservin' person, what har will %efall $ou@ ;one. ;a$, God?s reward will alwa$s %e active for $ou, whereas the person will %e 'uilt$ of %etra$in' $our trust. ;o har @ 8hB 1er$ often a worthless person is not satisfied with in'ratitude, %ut 'oes uch further, even to the e4tre e of ruinin' one?s reputation, wealth and one?s ver$ life. "rue. 0ut would that di inish $our erit@ ;o, it would not. 8ven if the whole world should %elieve slander, even if $ou %eca e poorer than Jo%, even if the cruel person +2&

should ta#e $our life, what would chan'e in the e$es of God@ ;othin'. ;a$, so ethin' would chan'e. 0ut to $our advanta'e. God, to the erits of $our %ount$, would add the erits of $our intellectual, financial, ph$sical art$rdo . )ll ri'htB Perhaps it is so. Peter does not spea# an$ ore. He sul#il$ rests his head on his hand. Jesus addresses "ho as! M$ friend, %efore, in the olive-'rove ( said to $ou! 6&hen ( co e %ac# here, if $ou are still willin', $ou will %e one of M$ disciples.7 ;ow ( sa$ to $ou! 6)re $ou willin' to do Jesus a favor@7 Most certainl$. )nd if this favor should cost $ou so e sacrifice@ "here is no sacrifice in servin' Aou. &hat is it Aou want@ ( wanted to sa$M %ut $ou so e affectionsM a$ have so e %usiness, e.

;one, noneB ( have AouB "ell

9isten. "o orrow at da$%rea# the leper will leave the sepulchers to find so eone who will infor the priest. Aou will %e the first to 'o to the sepulchers. (t is charit$. )nd $ou will shout! 63o e out, $ou, the one who was cleansed $esterda$. ( have %een sent %$ Jesus of ;aCareth, the Messiah of (srael, He who cleansed $ou.7 9et the world of the 6livin' dead7 #now M$ na e, let the thro% with hope, and let those co e to Me, who will have faith in addition to hope, that ( a$ heal the . (t is the first for of purit$ that ( a %rin'in', the first for of the resurrection, of which ( a the lord. /ne da$ ( will +12

'rant a 'reater purit$M /ne da$ the sealed to %s will violentl$ e4pel those who are reall$ dead, and the$ will appear and lau'h with their e pt$ e$e soc#ets, with their %are =aws, %ecause of the re=oicin' of the souls freed fro 9i %o, a re ote re=oicin' and $et perceived even %$ s#eletons. "he$ will appear to lau'h %ecause of this li%eration and to thro% #nowin' it is due toM GoB He will co e to $ou. Aou will do what he as#s $ou to do. Aou will assist hi in ever$thin', as if he were $our %rother. )nd $ou will also sa$ to hi ! 6&hen $ou are co pletel$ purified, we will 'o to'ether alon' the road of the river, %e$ond Eoco and 8phrai . Jesus, the Master, will %e waitin' for us to tell us in what we have to serve hi .7 ( will do that. )nd what a%out the other one@ &ho@ "he (scariot@ Aes, Master. "he advice ( 'ave hi still stands. 9et hi decide %$ hi self and let hi ta#e a lon' ti e. ;a$, avoid seein' hi . ( will %e with the leper. /nl$ lepers wander a%out in the valle$ of the sepulchers and those who pitifull$ are in touch with the . Peter u %les so ethin'. Jesus hears hi . &hat is the atter with $ou, Peter@ Aou either 'ru %le or are silent. Aou see to %e discontented. &h$@ ( a discontented. &e were the first and Aou did not wor# a iracle for us. &e were the first and Aou let a stran'er sit %eside Aou. &e were the first and Aou entrust hi , not us, with a tas#. &e were the first andM $et, $es, we see to %e the last ones. &h$ are Aou 'oin' +11

to wait for the on the road near the river@ 3ertainl$ to entrust the with so e ission. &h$ the , and not us@ Jesus loo#s at hi . He is not an'r$. /n the contrar$ He s iles as one s iles at a child. He 'ets up, 'oes slowl$ over to Peter and, s ilin', sa$s to hi ! PeterB PeterB Aou are a %i', old %a%$B )nd He sa$s to )ndrew, who is sittin' %eside his %rother! Go and ta#e M$ seat and He sits %eside Peter, claspin' his shoulders with His ar , and He spea#s to hi , holdin' hi thus a'ainst His own shoulder! Peter, $ou thin# ( a %ein' unfair, %ut ( a not. /n the contrar$ it is a proof that ( #now what $ou are worth. 9oo#. &ho needs proofs@ He who is not $et certain. ( #new $ou were so certain a%out Me, that ( did not feel an$ need to 'ive $ou evidence of M$ power. Proofs are re>uired here in Jerusale , where vices, irreli'iousness, politics and an$ worldl$ thin's di souls to such an e4tent that the$ can no lon'er see the 9i'ht passin' %$. 0ut up there, on our %eautiful la#e, so clear under a clear s#$, a on'st honest and 'ood willin' people, no proof is re>uired. Aou will have iracles. ( will pour torrents of 'races upon $ou. 0ut consider how ( valued $ou, ( too# $ou without e4actin' an$ proof and without findin' it necessar$ to 'ive $ou an$, %ecause ( #now who $ou are. Aou are dear to Me, so dear, and so faithful. Peter cheers up! 2or'ive e, Jesus. Aes, ( for'ive $ou %ecause $our sul#iness is a si'n of love. 0ut do not %e envious an$ ore, ,i on of Jonas. Eo $ou #now what the heart of $our Jesus is@ Have $ou ever seen the sea, the real sea@ Aou have@ &ell, M$ heart is +12

%i''er than the i ense seaB )nd there is roo for ever$%od$. 2or the whole of an#ind. )nd the s allest person has a place e4actl$ as the 'reatest. )nd a sinner finds love =ust li#e an innocent. ( a entrustin' these with a ission. 3ertainl$. Eo $ou want to for%id Me@ ( chose $ou. Aou did not choose $ourselves. ( a therefore free to decide how ( want to e plo$ $ou. )nd if ( leave the here with a ission < which i'ht well %e a test, as the lapse of ti e 'ranted to the (scariot a$ %e due to erc$ < can $ou reproach Me@ How do $ou #now that ( a not #eepin' a 'reater ission for $ou@ )nd is not the nicest ission to %e told! 6Aou will co e with e7@ (t is true. ( a a %loc#headB 2or'ive eM Aes. ( for'ive ever$thin'. /hB PeterBM 0ut ( %e' $ou all never to discuss erits and positions. ( could have %een %orn a #in'. ( was %orn poor, in a sta%le. ( could have %een rich. ( lived with M$ wor# and now ( live out of charit$. )nd $et, %elieve Me, M$ friends, there is no one 'reater than ( in the e$es of God. Greater than ( a , &ho a here! the servant of an. Aou a servant@ ;everB &h$ not, Peter@ 0ecause ( will serve Aou. 8ven if Aou served Me as a other serves her child, ( have co e to serve an. ( will %e a ,avior for hi . &hat service is there li#e that@ /hB MasterB Aou e4plain ever$thin'. )nd what see ed dar# %eco es clear at onceB +13

)re $ou happ$ now, Peter@ ;ow let Me finish tal#in' to "ho as. )re $ou sure $ou will reco'niCe the leper@ He is the onl$ one healedF %ut he a$ alread$ have left %$ starli'ht, to find an earl$ wa$farer. )nd so eone, an4ious to enter the town and see his relatives, i'ht perhaps ta#e his place. 9isten to his description. ( was near hi and ( saw hi well in the twili'ht. He is tall and thin. /f a dar# co ple4ion, li#e a cross-%reed, ver$ deep and dar# e$es with snow-white e$e%rows, hair as white as linen and so ewhat curl$, and a lon' snu%%ed nose li#e the 9$%ians?, two thic# protrudin' lips particularl$ the lower one. He is so olive-colored that his lips ver'e on violet. He has an old scar on his forehead and it will %e the onl$ stain, now that he has %een cleaned fro sca%s and dirt. He ust %e old, if he is all white. ade ;o, Philip, he loo#s old, %ut he is not. 9epros$ hi white. &hat is he@ ) cross-%reed@ Perhaps, Peter. He rese %les )frican people. &ill he %e an (sraelite, then@ &e will find out. 0ut suppose he is not@ 8hB (f he were not, he would 'o awa$. He is alread$ luc#$ that he deserved to %e healed. ;o, Peter. 8ven if he is an idolater, ( will not send hi awa$. Jesus has co e for ever$%od$. )nd ( sole nl$ tell $ou that people livin' in dar#ness will overco e the children of the people of 9i'htM +1'

Jesus si'hs. He then stands up. He than#s the 2ather with a h$ n and %lesses ever$one. "he vision ends thus. -------------( point out incidentall$ that $ internal adviser said to e, since $esterda$ evenin' when ( saw the leper! (t is ,i on, the apostle. Aou will see hi and "haddeus co in' to the Master. "his ornin', after Hol$ 3o union (toda$ is 2rida$) ( opened $ issal and ( saw that this is the eve of the feast of ,aints ,i on and Judas, and to orrow?s Gospel deals with charit$, al ost repeatin' the ver$ words ( heard %efore the vision. However, ( have not seen Judas "haddeus so far.

,6. Judas of Al'haeus$ Thomas and +imon Are Acce'ted as 3isci'les at the Jordan.
20th /ctober 1944.

Aou are %eautiful, o %an#s of the Jordan, as %eautiful as $ou were in the ti es of JesusB ( ad ire $ou and a enraptured %$ $our sole n 'reen-%lue peace, resoundin' with flowin' waters and leaf$ %ranches, as sweet as a elod$. ( a on a road which is >uite wide and also well aintained. (t ust %e a hi'hwa$, or ore li#el$ a ilitar$ road, %uilt %$ the :o ans to lin# the various re'ions with the capital. (t runs near the river, %ut not +1+

precisel$ alon' it. (t is in fact separated fro it %$ woodland, the function of which ( thin# is to consolidate the river %an#s and contain the water in ti es of flood. "he woodland continues on the other side of the road, so that the road loo#s li#e a natural tunnel over which the trees interlace their leaf$ %ranches, a %eneficial protection for wa$farers in the hot cli ate of this countr$. )t the point where ( a , the river, and conse>uentl$ also the road, for a wide %end, so that the leaf$ e %an# ent appears to e li#e a hu'e 'reen %arrier %uilt to enclose a %asin of cal waters. (t al ost loo#s li#e a la#e in a lu4ur$ par#. 0ut the water is not as still as the water of a la#e. (t flows, althou'h slowl$. "his is evident fro its rustlin' a'ainst the first reed thic#ets, the ore darin' ones that have 'rown down there, in the 'ravel %ed, and also fro the undulation of the lon' ri%%on-li#e leaves of the canes, reachin' down to the water %$ which the$ are sweetl$ lulled. )lso a 'roup of willows, with fle4i%le fallin' %ranches have entrusted the ends of their 'reen folia'e to the river, that co %s the thin %ranches with a 'raceful caress, stretchin' the softl$ on the water surface. "here is peace and silence in the earl$ ornin'. /ne can sense onl$ the war%lin' of %irds, the rustlin' of water and leaves, the 'litterin' of dew drops on the tall 'reen 'rass %etween the trees, a 'rass not $et hardened or parched %$ the su er sunshine, %ut tender and fresh, since- it ca e up after the sprin'ti e showers, which nourished the earth, in its ver$ depth, with oisture and rich =uices. "hree wa$farers are standin' on the road, in +1-

the iddle of the %end. "he$ loo# up and down, to the south, where Jerusale is and to the north, where ,a aria lies. "he$ loo# an4iousl$ %etween the trees to see whether an$one is arrivin' as e4pected. "he$ are "ho as, Judas "haddeus and the healed leper. "he$ are spea#in'. 3an $ou see an$thin'@ ;o, ( can?t. ;either can (. )nd $et this is the place. )re $ou sure@ (? sure, ,i on. /ne of the si4 said to e, when the Master was 'oin' awa$ a id the accla ations of the crowd, after the iraculous healin' of a crippled %e''ar, who was healed at the 2ish Gate! 6&e are now 'oin' out of Jerusale . &ait for us five iles %etween Jericho and Eoco, at the %end of the river, alon' the road in the woodland.7 "his one. He also said! 6&e will %e there in three da$s? ti e at dawn.7 "his is the third da$, and we have %een here %efore dawn. &ill He co e@ Perhaps we should have followed Hi fro Jerusale . Aou were not $et allowed to ,i on. i4 with the crowds,

(f $ cousin told $ou to co e here, He will certainl$ co e here. He alwa$s #eeps His pro ise. )ll we can do is wait. +1*

Have $ou alwa$s %een with Hi @ Aes, alwa$s. ,ince He ca e %ac# to ;aCareth He was $ 'ood co panion. &e were alwa$s to'ether. &e are a%out the sa e a'e, ( a a little older. )nd ( was the favorite of His father, who was $ father?s %rother. )lso His Mother was ver$ fond of e. ( 'rew up ore with Her than with $ own other. ,he was fondM (s ,he no lon'er as fond of $ou, now@ /hB Aes, ,he is. 0ut we have parted a little since He %eca e a prophet. M$ relatives are not happ$ a%out it. &hich relatives@ M$ father and the two older %rothers. "he other one is undecidedM M$ father is ver$ old and ( did not have the coura'e to hurt hi . 0ut nowM ;ow, no lon'er so. ;ow ( a 'oin' where $ heart and $ ind tell e. ( a 'oin' to Jesus. ( don?t thin# ( a offendin' the 9aw %$ doin' so. (n an$ caseM if what ( want to do was not ri'ht, Jesus would tell e. ( will do what He sa$s. (s it ri'ht for a father to prevent a son fro doin' 'ood@ (f ( feel that $ salvation is there, wh$ prevent e fro reachin' it@ &h$, at ti es, are our fathers our ene ies@ ,i on si'hs, as if he were overwhel ed %$ sad e ories, he lowers his head, %ut does not spea#. "ho as instead replies! ( have alread$ overco e the o%stacle. M$ father listened to e and he understood e. He %lessed e sa$in'! 6Go. Ma$ this Passover %e for $ou the li%eration fro the slaver$ of waitin'. Aou are fortunate %ecause $ou can %elieve. ( will wait. 0ut if it is reall$ ?Hi ?, and $ou will find out followin' Hi , then co e and sa$ to +10

$our old father! ?3o e, (srael has the 84pected /ne? 7. Aou are luc#ier than ( a . )nd we alwa$s lived %eside Hi B )nd we, in the fa il$, do not %elieveBM &e sa$, that is! the$ sa$! 6He has 'one adB7 "here, there is a 'roup of people shouts ,i on. (t?s Hi , it?s Hi B ( reco'niCe His fair headB /hB 3o eB 9et us runB "he$ start wal#in' fast southwards. &hen the$ reach the centre of the %end, the trees cover the re ainder of the road, so that the two 'roups face each other une4pectedl$. Jesus see s to %e co in' up fro the river, %ecause He is a on' the trees on the %an#. MasterB JesusB M$ 9ordB "he three cries of the disciple, the cousin and the cured leper are full of =o$ and veneration. Peace to $ouB "here is the %eautiful, un ista#a%le, full, resonant, cal , e4pressive, clear, virile, sweet, incisive voiceB Aou too, Judas, M$ cousin, are here@ "he$ e %race each other. Judas is weepin'. &h$ are $ou weepin'@ /hB JesusB ( want to sta$ with AouB ( have %een waitin' for $ou all the ti e. &h$ did $ou not co e@ Judas lowers his head and is silent. "he$ did not let $ouB )nd now@ Jesus, (M ( cannot o%e$ the . ( want to o%e$ onl$ Aou. +1&

0ut ( did not 'ive $ou an order. ;o, Aou did not. 0ut it is Aour ission that 'ives itB (t is He, &ho sent Aou, &ho is spea#in' here, in $ heart, and sa$s to e! 6Go to Hi 7. (t is ,he, &ho %ore Aou, $ sweet teacher, &ho with Her 'entle loo#, as ild as a dove?s, sa$s to e without utterin' a word! 60e of JesusB7. 3an ( i'nore that heavenl$ voice that pierces $ heart@ 3an ( i'nore the pra$ers of such a Hol$ &o an, &ho i plores e for $ own 'ood@ /nl$ %ecause ( a Aour cousin on Joseph?s side, a ( not to ac#nowled'e Aou for what Aou are, whereas the 0aptist reco'niCed Aou, althou'h he had never seen Aou, here, on the %an#s of this river and he 'reeted Aou as the 69a % of God7@ )nd (, should ( not %e capa%le of an$thin', althou'h ( was %rou'ht up with Aou, and ( was 'ood %ecause ( followed Aou, and ( %eca e a son of the 9aw throu'h Aou