I'm starting this conversation -which began in the thread "The mysterious Silence of God" as a new thread. I'll try to copy hear the relevant posts for this new thread: God does nothing without telling His servants, the Prophets -Amos 3:7 God communicates with us ceaselessly. Saint John of the Cross give us a clue about why we may not hear Him. In silence is to be heard from the soul. We have the Word of God made flesh, and the Word of God made book. I want to share with you a treasure I've discovered only in the last few months: A few decades ago, in the middle of the XX century, God expanded the revelation contained in the Gospels from a few hundred pages to some 5000 pages. We have this expansion of the Gospels through a mystic, whose particular gift was a "time tunnel" that took her to watch, witness, and write down immediately, in the spot, the scenes of the Gospels -while lying in bed. She writes immediately (no days or years later) and personally (no secretary or intermediary for writing) with unbelievable detail every scene, character, and conversation -of Jesus, Mary, the Apostles .... I've been reading The Gospel as Revealed to Me - Maria Valtorta - in orderly sequence, from the first chapter on, and I want to share that it has been an immense discovery of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Gospels, every one of the Apostles, the Jewish culture of the time of Jesus .... and our own Catholic faith. It is a life-changing reading. I strongly recommend to everyone here to read this work. I feel like I am learning to be a Christian and a follower of Jesus for the first time. It is that powerful. I've found also something particularly timely for our current situation in the Church and the world: the mystery of Judas Iscariot's calling and presence in the life of Jesus and the Apostles. And above all, the agony of Jesus and His love and patience with Judas, His dedication to save him, and at the same time the mystery of human freedom. The books are online for free download, in several formats here: https://archive.org/details/VolIV6162018MariaValtorta This is what some significant people have said about The Poem of the Man God (a previous title for the same work) “I don’t advise you to ’read’ Maria Valtorta’s books. I order you to!” (Saint Padre Pio’s answer to a long-time spiritual daughter of his, Mrs. Elisa Lucchi, in 1967, when she asked him in Confession, “Father, I have heard mention of Maria Valtorta’s books. Do you advise me to read them?”) “Publish it just as it is. There is no need to give an opinion as to whether it is of supernatural origin. Those who read it will understand.” (Pope Pius XII on February 26, 1948, to Frs. Berti, Migliorini, and Cecchin, after reviewing Valtorta’s work) “I assure you that the Poem of the Man-God immensely surpasses whatever descriptions - I do not say of mine, because I do not know how to write - but of any other writer... It is a work which makes one grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus and of His Holy Mother... I hold that the work demands a supernatural origin.” (Blessed Gabriel Allegra, O.F.M., a saintly missionary, world-renowned theologian, and the only beatified biblical scholar of the 20th century) "When His Holiness Pope Paul VI was Archbishop of Milan, he read one of the books of The Poem of the Man-God. He told me how he appreciated it, and had me send the complete work to the Library of the diocesan Seminary.” (Msgr. Pasquale Macchi, Private Secretary of Pope Paul VI, in an hour-long interview with Fr. Corrado M. Berti, O.S.M., in 1963) “Maria Valtorta is one of the eighteen greatest mystics of all time.” (Fr. Gabriel Roschini, O.S.M., world-renowned Mariologist, decorated professor at the Marianum Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Rome, Consultor of the Holy Office, wrote over 130 traditional/orthodox books about Our Lady) “There are hundreds of topographical names and details and of descriptions of places…which only the latest research and archaeological excavations have brought to light. Maria Valtorta’s Work is, in truth, inexplicable by merely human means.” (Antonio Socci, Leading Journalist & TV Show Host) And here is some information about Maria Valtorta: Maria Valtorta was born in 1897 in Caserta, Italy. In 1916 the Lord attracted her to Himself by means of a dream which was to remain vivid throughout her life. In her early 20's and in the spring of 1920, while walking along the street, she was struck in the back by a young delinquent. With an iron bar stripped from a bed, he came from behind and struck her with all his might. She remained confined to bed for three months, just a sample of what was to be her future complete infirmity. January 4th, 1933 was the last day Maria was able to leave her house and after April 1, 1934, she was no longer able to leave her bed. Her activity as writer reached intensity from 1943 to 1947, and continued, diminishing progressively, until 1953. The notebooks written by Maria included almost fifteen thousand handwritten pages. A little less than two-thirds of this outstanding literary production concerns her monumental masterpiece on the Life of Jesus: THE POEM OF THE MAN-GOD / THE GOSPEL AS REVEALED TO ME. The minor works include extensive commentaries on biblical texts, doctrinal lessons, histories of the first Christians and martyrs and pious compositions. "I can affirm" - one of Maria's declarations reads - "that I have had no human source to be able to know what I write, and what, even while writing, I often do not understand." In lofty literary style, the POEM 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. Maria died in 1961 at the age of 65. With ecclesiastical permission, her mortal remains are now venerated in the Capitular Chapel in the Grand Cloister of the Basilica of the Most Holy Annunciation, in Florence, Italy. Chiseled on her tomb are the words: "DIVINARUM RERUM SCRIPTRIX" (Writer of Divine Things). That the work is completely free of moral and doctrinal error is proven by Pius XII's (1948) ordering it to be published, the Imprimatur of Archbishop Soosa Pakiam M. of Trivandrum, India, for the Malayalam translation (1993), the approval of Archbishop George H. Pearce (1987), former Archbishop of Suva, Fiji, and the full endorsement of Bishop Roman Danylak, S.T.L., J.U.D.(2001). The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith explicitly granted permission for the work to be read and distributed as a "literary product" having the stylistic form of a revelation (in this case, a "gospel"), with the "request" of the General Secretary (Most Rev. Dionigi Tettamanzi) of the Italian Bishops' Conference in a May 6th, 1992 letter to the Italian publisher Dr. Emilio Pisani letting it be known that it may be read by all Catholics, without any corrections, on the sole condition that "for the distribution of the work in Italy" Catholics should not consider it to be of supernatural origin. (See the CDF letter of April 17, 1993, Prot. N. 144/58 i). Maybe I should have started a new thread for this -it would make a great conversation to read, pray, and share. But it was precisely the title of this thread what drew me "out of my silence" -as Mario put it-. I see in this work the fatherly tenderness of Our Father towards His poor children of our modern, technological, and post-Christian age. He knows that we need more than the nuggets of the life and ministry of Jesus on earth, and He has provided accordingly. May God be for ever praised and loved for this. There is an application where you get the passage of Maria Valtorta's writings corresponding to the gospel of every Sunday. But it is VERY DIFFERENT to read just isolated chapters than to read the whole story in orderly sequence from beginning to end. I invite everyone to try for themselves.