The Beatitudes Part One by Maria Valtorta – (May 24th 1945). Her spiritual life was influenced by reading the autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. On the morning of 23 April 1943, Good Friday, Valtorta reported a voice suddenly speaking to her and asking her to write.
Father Migliorini asked her to write down anything else she “received” and over time provided her with notebooks to write in. She wrote her autobiography in seven additional notebooks. These pages became the basis of her major work, The Poem of the Man-God.
In 2002, The Poem of the Man-God received the imprimatur of retired Bishop Roman Danylak, although he explained that this need not necessarily convey the views or convictions of either the delegated priest/theologian censor who gives his Nihil Obstat, or of the bishop, who granted permission to print the book.
Under Canon 824 §1 “Unless it is otherwise provided, the local Ordinary whose permission or approval for publishing a book is to be sought according to the canons of this title, is the author’s proper local Ordinary, or the Ordinary of the place in which the book is published.”In defense of providing what he called his “imprimatur” for the Poem of the Man-God, Bishop Danylak recalled John 8:7.
THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Gospel of Matthew 5:3-10