“Dear children, by the act of the decision and love of God, I am chosen to be the Mother of God and your mother.But also by my will and my immeasurable love for the Heavenly Father and my complete trust in Him, my body was the chalice of the man-God.I was in the service of truth, love and salvation, as I am now among you to call you, my children, apostles of my love, to be carriers of truth; to call you to spread His words, the words of salvation, by your will and love for my Son: that with your actions you may show, to all those who have not come to know my Son, His love.You will find strength in the Eucharist—my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. My children, fold your hands and look at the Cross in silence.In this way, you are drawing faith to be able to transmit it; you are drawing truth to be able to discern; you are drawing love that you may know to love truly.My children, apostles of my love, fold your hands, look at the Cross. Only in the Cross is salvation. Thank you.”
February 2, 2020 is not the first time the Blessed Mother has made reference to her son Jesus as, “God-Man”. A little known fact about the visionaries is that they have mentioned Maria Valtorta’s book “The Poem of the Man-God” from time to time and in fact have suggested that the Blessed Mother has said the book is a good way for the faithful to get to know Jesus better. These claims have not been met without controversy. Critics of Medjugorje point to the visionaries suggestion as problematic.
With this is mind we find February’s message as a powerful statement that the most recent message (as all the messages do) come directly from Heaven. Why else would Mirjana court controversy by using the phrase “My body is the Chalice of the God-man”? Mirjana would of course only say these words if they were truly dictated from the Queen of Peace who comes from heaven!
Scholar Davide Bianchini has written about Maria Valtorta’s book and what the visionaries have said about it.
By Davide Bianchini
There are some Medjugorje followers who seem to want to deny any connection between Medjugorje and “The Poem of the Man-God” (by Maria Valtorta), likely due to the fact that it was once included on the Catholic Church’s Index of Forbidden Books.
To anyone who has not studied the history of this book, it may seem justified to harbor such reserve and caution with regard to it. After all, what more compelling sound-byte is there (in an age where sound-bytes govern our culture and media, rather than thorough scholarship) than; “It was on the Index of Forbidden Books. Stay away.”?\
It would not be an exaggeration to say that this “one-liner”–this single sentence alone–has discouraged thousands, if not millions of people, from reading this book. And yet, any serious scholar of Maria Valtorta will agree that it is only a half-truth; one which does not reflect the Church’s true position with regard to this book.
It cannot be denied that the visionaries of Medjugorje have explicitly stated, on numerous occasions, that Our Lady not only permits the reading of this work, but also encourages people to read it if they want to know Jesus (see evidence below).
And yet despite this, some Medjugorje followers continue to refuse to acknowledge the evidence. Well-intentioned though they may be, they nonetheless do a disservice to the apparitions and to Our Lady for their persistent denial of this truth (It should be no surprise that the greatest lies are those mixed with a little truth). Was the Poem listed on the Index of Forbidden books? Yes.
But what we fail to hear, is that it was only the first edition that was placed on the Index, and for reasons of a legal stipulation (Canon 1385), which required all private revelations to have an Imprimatur prior to publishing. What critics also fail to mention, is that in 1966, Pope Paul VI not only suppressed Canon 1385, but also abolished the Index of Forbidden Books altogether.
What is also glossed over, is the fact that the Holy Office later gave the publishers permission to freely distribute the second edition of the book. Nor do we hear about the fact that Pope Pius XII explicitly gave permission for the book to be published and read. It is also never mentioned that Saint Faustina’s diary was also included on the aforementioned Index, as was Alexander Dumas’ “Three Musketeers” and ” Count of Monte Cristo”, or Galileo’s writings on celestial bodies. Nor was it mentioned that the same Cardinal that was responsible for all this, was also the one who banned Padre Pio for exercising his priestly faculties.
All this and much more could be said in defense of this book. But rather than provide a lengthy rebuttal to the many misconceptions surrounding this work (and why the faithful may, in fact, read it in good conscience), it should suffice to refer our readers to a webpage which has already done the work for us; www.maria-valtorta.net. For those who would like to investigate further, we believe that this website provides a good starting point. Here is also a website with links to additional websites of study; www.mariavaltortawebring.com. And finally, we will also provide a link to the publisher’s website, which provides 1,000 free pages of the book online, for those who would like to review the work directly; valtorta.org. Vicka: “They are true. Yes, yes, true. Authentic, yes. You can read these, they are true.” (listen to audio recording here)Marija: “You can read it.” (EWTN Interview, March 4, 1992, Archbishop Hannan Focus program)
Vicka: “Yes. The Poem of the Man-God by Maria Valtorta, ten volumes. Our Lady says The Poem of the Man-God is the truth. Our Lady said if a person wants to know Jesus he should read Poem of the Man-God by Maria Valtorta. That book is the truth.” (Interview with Attorney Jan Connell of the Pittsburgh Center for Peace on January 27, 1988, image1, image2)
Marija: “Our Lady says The Poem of the Man-God is the truth.” [cf. R. Laurentin, Dernieres Nouvelles de Medjugorje No 15, OEIL, 1996, p. 19]