Notebooks

La buona volontà di amare il Signore!
È stato il filo d’oro che ha brillato in tutte le mie azioni e le ha convogliate, dirette, impedite di straripare in sentieri dove il mio impulso, la mia ardenza di vita, avrebbero potuto portarle.
Anche nel crepuscolo delle ore peggiori, in cui ero proprio una creatura di carne e sangue, ecco che il filo d’oro brillava e mi ricordava Dio e lo sguardo si alzava dalla Terra al Cielo.
Uno sguardo sulle prime breve, poi sempre più lungo, finché si è allacciato per sempre, e l’assolo del divino Amore che mi diceva: ‘Vieni a Me!’ si è mutato in duetto in cui io pure ho detto: ‘Vieni! Vieni nel dolore, vieni sempre, con tutto, ma vieni, vieni, vieni, mio solo Amore’.
E per raccorciare l’attesa e la distanza, seguendo, ora, il filo d’oro, correndo lungo di esso, mentre prima lo guardavo soltanto, sono andata, andata, senza chiedere, senza neppur pensare di poter giungere al mio stato di ora, ma solo perché volevo sempre più amare.

Maria Valtorta, The Notebooks, February 23, 1946

Come nascono i Quaderni

In 1942 Maria Valtorta, invalid and sick for eight years and looking for a spiritual director, received a visit from Father Migliorini, a pious Servite priest, who became her confessor and asked her, the following year, to write her memoirs. Being half-seated in bed, with the notebook on the blanket raised by the arched legs, Maria writes with a fountain pen, filling 761 pages at once, after having declared to the spiritual father that she wants to bare her conscience in saying all the good and all the bad. She feels like she has been freed from the past. All she has to do is wait for death, having offered herself totally to God for the good of souls, and instead, theAutobiographywritten in the spring of 1943, is only the first of her works.

Il 23 aprile dello stesso anno, venerdì santo, una Voce già nota al suo spirito detta a Maria una pagina di sapienza divina.

Lei si confida con la fedele Marta e le chiede di andare a chiamare Padre Migliorini, che non si fa attendere. Dopo il confidente e riservato colloquio con la sua assistita, egli comincia a rifornirla di quaderni. Maria Valtorta trasforma l’infermità cronica in una operosità prodigiosa. Scrive senza mai potersi muovere dal letto, in qualsiasi ora del giorno o della notte, anche fra atroci sofferenze ma sempre addolcite dalla sovrumana gioia spirituale.

The center of her literary production is the great work written from 1944 to 1947 and completed with the last episodes in 1951. It is published in ten volumes with the title The Gospel as Revealed to meThe writer interspersed the chapters with various writings that formed, with those of 1943, the works considered minor, published in five volumes. Book of Azaria is the book of lessons, attributed to the angel Azaria, on the readings (excluding the Gospel) of Sunday and festive Masses celebrated from 24 February 1946 to 2 February 1947. Lessons on the Epistle of Paul are 48 lessons on passages of the Pauline Epistle, attributed to the Holy Spirit and written in various months of the years 1948 and 1950.

The Notebooks, finally, is the generic title of three volumes that collect in chronological order - The Notebooks 1943 the first, The Notebooks 1944 the second, The Notebooks 1945-1950 the third - all the remaining writings, which are biblical , hagiographic, prophetic, ascetic, also with autobiographical references, together with other evangelical descriptions and scenes of the first Christian martyrs. The third volume of The Notebooks ends with a comment on some passages of the first four chapters of the book of Revelation.ApocalisseAll three volumes are accompanied by an index-summary, a thematic index and a biblical index.

Starting from the year 1944, the writings reported in the second and third volumes of The Notebooks often intersect with those of the parts or chapters, always preceded by the writing date, of other works by Maria Valtorta. The editor-curator has indicated, in the aforementioned volumes of The Notebooks, the dates not reported and to which parts or chapters of works they refer. Therefore the volumes of the The Notebooks record the daily literary production of Maria Valtorta.

  • The Notebooks of 1943 - 704 pages in 14.5 x 21 cm format.
  • The Notebooks of 1944 - 704 pages in 14.5 x 21 cm format.
  • The Notebooks of 1945-1950 - 640 pages in 14.5 x 21 cm format.

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