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CENTRO EDITORIALE VALTORTIANO
THE GOSPEL AS REVEALED TO ME
It narrates the birth and childhood of the Virgin Mary and her Son Jesus; the three years of Jesus’ public life (forming the largest section); his passion, death, resurrection, and ascension; the beginnings of the Church; and the assumption of Mary. In lofty literary style, the work describes landscapes, environments, people, and events with the vividness of graphic depiction. It presents characters and situations with introspective insight and sets forth moments of joy or drama with the feeling of someone really taking part in them. It provides information on the characteristics of settings, customs, rites, and cultures with convincing detail. By way of a gripping account of the Redeemer’s earthly life, especially through discourse and dialogue, the work sheds light upon the whole doctrine of Christianity in keeping with Catholic orthodoxy. The Blessed Gabriele M. Allegra, who highly esteemed Valtorta’s work, wrote,
“Gifts of nature and mystical gifts harmoniously joined together account for this masterpiece of Italian religious literature and—perhaps I should say—of Christian literature on a world level.”
The Gospel as revealed to me, a worldwide success of spiritual literature, is now available in English. It is an inspired work or, as some say, a “gospel” which neither replaces nor changes the Gospel, but rather narrates it, integrating and illuminating it, for the purpose of reviving in men’s hearts love for Christ and his Mother. The Gospel as revealed to me is a series consisting of ten volumes.
“According to a report by Fr. Leo Maasburg, national leader of the missions in Vienna, Austria and an occasional confessor of Mother Teresa for 4 years, she always traveled with three books: The Bible, her Breviary, and a third book. When Fr. Leo asked her about the third work, she said to him that it was a book by Maria Valtorta. Upon his [multiple] inquiries about the content of it, she told him, “read it” and simply repeated that.”
“In 1967, a long-time spiritual daughter of his, Mrs. Elisa Lucchi, asked him in Confession: ‘Father, I have heard mention of Maria Valtorta’s books. Do you advise me to read them?’ Saint Padre Pio responded:‘ I don’t advise you to – I order you to!’”
“No other Marian writings, not even the sum total of everything I have read and studied, were able to give me as clear, as lively, as complete, as luminous, or as fascinating an image, both simple and sublime, of Mary, God’s Masterpiece.”
WHO SHE IS MARIA VALTORTA
She was born in Caserta to Lombard parents on March 14, 1897.
Her father, Giuseppe Valtorta, born in Mantova in 1862, served in the Nineteenth Regiment of the Light Cavalry Guides with the rank of chief armorer warrant officer. Good and submissive, he was to be the loving educator of his only daughter.
Her mother, Iside Fioravanzi, born in Cremona in 1861, was a French teacher. Peevish and selfish, she oppressed her husband and daughter with irrational and sometimes cruel severity.
After coming close to dying at her birth, Maria was entrusted to a wet nurse with bad habits. At the age of eighteen months, when her family moved to Faenza to follow the transfer of the Regiment, the child shifted from the burning heat of the South (she attributed her passionate nature to this fact and to the milk of her wet nurse) to the temperate climate of the northern regions.
Later moves to Milan and Voghera marked the stages of her growth and her cultural and religious training, in which she displayed her strong character, outstanding capacities, and deep spiritual sensitivity. She crowned her studies at the prestigious Bianconi School in Monza, which was her peaceful nest for four years, at the end of which she grasped what her inner life would be like in God’s plan.
In 1913 her father retired for health reasons and the family established its residence in Florence, where it would remain for eleven and a half years. Maria was content in that city, which suited her cultural sensitivity and, during the first world war, gave her the chance to exercise her love for her neighbor as a “Samaritan Nurse” at the military hospital…
The Foundation, recognized as a legal entity with an “onlus” qualification (non-profit organization), has one main purpose: to preserve, cherish, cure, protect, divulge and enhance, to the advantage of everyone on earth and without asking for money, Maria Valtorta’s cultural heritage, made by her moral and material heritage.
Valtorta’s House is located in Viareggio, at number 257 of the long central street Via Antonio Fratti, a few meters from the intersection with Via Leonardo da Vinci. Visitors are allowed to enter for visiting the room of Maria, which is the first on left on the ground floor, after the entrance. The visitor who comes back after the renovation of the years 2001-2002 could find it changed and maybe transformed, but not distorted.