“Luisa Piccarreta saved my life”

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Testimony of Maria Margarita Chaves

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Below is a translation of the testimony given at the 4th International Conference
on the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta in April, 2015.
The translation is from the Luisa Piccarrita Official Newsletter, November 26, 2015

The video is in Italian, with no subtitles at this time. 

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To view information from local papers in Corato and Bari about this miracle attributed to Luisa. 

Further details will be posted as available.

“Luisa Piccarreta saved my life” 

Testimony of Maria Margarita Chavez:

The miracle attributed to Luisa

Here below the translation of the articles of CoratoLive.it (electronic journal of Corato) by Marianna Lotito and in La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (one of the most important newspapers in Southern Italy) by Giuseppe Cantatore on the miraculous healing of Mrs. Margarita Maria Chavez,  attributed by herself  to  the intercession of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta:

Testimony of Maria Margarita Chavez:

An element that could be important in the process of beatification of the Servant of God, known more in the world that in her hometown.

In Florida the first miracle attributed to Luisa Piccarreta.
The canonical process started. 

The testimony of Margarita: “Luisa Piccarreta saved my life”

Words of hope from Florida. Margarita experienced the intercession of Luisa for her recovery.

According to American doctors, it is a miracle, the first that occurred through the intercession of Luisa Piccarreta.

Acute pneumonia combined with other complications had put the life of Maria Margarita Chavez in serious danger: according to the team that was treating her, she had less than 48 hours left to live. Then the inexplicable cure: “the Tuesday after Easter in 2007, they brought me a relic of Luisa and my lungs started to heal,” she herself recounted at the Conference on the “Divine Will” which was held in April in Corato. An element that could be important in the process of beatification of the Servant of God, known more in the world that in her hometown.

For this reason, Bishop Pichierri asked the association named after Luisa to begin the “canonical process” to “gather the first testimonies” before some of the main characters pass away. The main reference is the mother of Maria Margarita, who is now elderly.

“To respond to this invitation – confirms Sabino Lastella, president of the association Luisa Piccarreta – we worked to institute a due process in the diocese of residence of Chavez, and that is in Miami, Florida.”

In late May, the bishop of Miami, Mgr. Thomas Wenski, gave his approval, and “at this time we are contacting those who are part of the ecclesiastical tribunal,” added Lastella. The Interrogatories will be held: between December and January twelve witnesses should be heard. “Soon we will have a final schedule – Lastella continued – and at the conclusion of the work it is expected to take two days to meet and discuss in Miami, as the year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Luisa is still going on.”

Once all the documents, with all the seals of the Archbishop of Miami, have been prepared, they will be sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican through the postulation.

To understand what this entails in the cause of beatification. we turned to Don Sergio Pellegrini, assistant ecclesiastic  of the Little Children of the Divine Will. “Once the verification of the writings of Luisa (still in progress) has been completed, the Cause will begin, and it will be possible to develop the “Positio”, an annotated biography needed so that the venerability of Luisa is recognized.” Only then what science now calls a miracle “carry out its immediate effect in regard to the beatification” confirms Don Sergio.

To talk about a miracle recognized by the Church, the approval of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is required. “The testimonies will be evaluated – explained Don Sergio – and any further investigations that the congregation will want to make.

The story of Margherita. Born in Cuba on May 18, 1959, she lives in Miami with her mother Dolores and her son Christopher. April 4, 2007 – during Holy Week, as she herself wished to point out – she was hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Miami and in the care of doctor Mario Almeida who in 2006 had treated her bronchopneumonia found on her return from a trip to Italy. “I went to Italy to visit the places where Luisa lived and to meet Sister Assunta” said Margherita during the Conference.

On April 6, the medical case of the woman continued to get worse, the doctors decided to intubate her and do a lung biopsy . Connected to an artificial respirator, Margarita went into a coma after receiving the sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick.

On April 10, the Tuesday of the First Week of Easter, Father Cioffi put a relic of Luisa on the chest of Margherita, while around her they were reading the prayers and the writings of Luisa. The next day the first unexplained improvements were seen on x-ray: in a few days Margherita began to breathe on her own and could serenely face also the third kidney transplant.

Margarita remembers about her state of unconsciousness: “The Lord showed me the intrinsic evil of humanity. I was in a place of the elderly and the dying without being able to move, the workers took advantage of us, they gave sleeping pills to have no trouble. I still recall the images of a place where they were preparing the bodies of the dead people. As I was lying on a table, the Lord Jesus let me hear the illicit and malicious conversations of those who were around me. They put me in a coffin, leaving out an arm. The coffin was too small, my body would not fit. The pain I felt was very intense.

Then came a man, dressed in a white coat, and I began to ask Jesus to have mercy on me. The more I begged pity from the Lord, the more the man squeezed my hand. I remained like that for a long time: he would be hammering my arm, and kept trying to close the coffin with my arm hanging outside. This lasted a long time. The man kept telling me that if I stopped asking Jesus for mercy, he would leave me alone and would not torture me anymore, but I did not stop asking Jesus for mercy. Then, I found myself in front of our Lord Jesus Christ who told me, “Daughter, your sins are forgiven.” Immediately, I saw coming out of me, and I felt coming out of me, like a smoke, a breath, a black shadow. Then, my body felt very light. I felt clean.”

La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno Wednesday, November 18, 2015



“It’s me, miraculously healed by Luisa”

A 49 year old Cuban woman reveals the first miracle that could be attributed to Piccarreta.

CORATO. It was the spring of 2007 when the lungs of Maria Margarita Chavez, a 49 – year – old woman from Cuba, were going to succumb definitively under the blows of a severe pneumonia. The diagnosis of doctors was merciless: they gave her only a few days to live. 

Then, there was the poor woman’s sudden recovery that cannot be explained even today by those who were treating her. So sudden, in fact, that Maria herself has attributed it to a miracle, through God’s servant Luisa Piccarreta, to whom she was and is very devoted.

“I was admitted to Hospital in Miami, United States, during Holy Week,” told the woman last April, when she came to Corato to participate, together with thousands of faithful, in the fourth international conference on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Luisa ‘the Saint.’

“My clinical condition – she explained – continued to aggravate more and more, to the point that my lungs were completely obstructed. I could hardly breathe, I was induced into a coma and was connected to a respirator. – the Central American woman also remembered – The doctors, who had lost all hope, said to my mother to begin preparations for the funeral. During my unconscious state, I had several spiritual experiences. It was then, on Tuesday of the First Week of Easter, that they brought a relic of Luisa and imposed it on my chest. The next morning, my lungs, my lungs started to heal and in a short time, even after a kidney transplant, I have completely recovered.”

Today this moving testimony could become a crucial step in the process of beatification of the “Servant of God”.  While the archdiocese is still busy producing the “typical and critical” edition of the many writings of Luisa, Bishop Giovan Battista Pichierri asked the association named after Piccarreta to start the canonical procedure to gather testimonies about this happening. “We started the procedure to institute a due process in the Diocese of Miami, Florida, where Maria Margarita Chavez lives” says Sabino Lastella, president of the association. Last May, the Bishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, granted his approval and in recent weeks the ecclesiastical authorities have been setting the Court that between December and January will hear 12 witnesses.

“At the conclusion of the work – Mr. Lastella adds – we will schedule some days of meeting in Miami,  as the year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Luisa is still going on. Once all the proceedings have been filled, the whole dossier, with the seals of the Archbishop of Miami, will be sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican. It will be this entity to establish whether the healing of Maria Margarita Chavez was a miracle or no.

“The collected testimonies will be evaluated and, if necessary, any further investigations that the congregation will want to make.” – explained Don Sergio Pellegrini, assistant ecclesiastic  of the “Little Children of the Divine Will” –  First the verification of the writings is to be completed, then the Cause will begin and it will be possible to develop the ” Positio”, an annotated biography needed so that the venerability of Luisa is recognized. Only then – concludes Don Sergio – what science now calls a miracle  can carry out its immediate effect in regard to the beatification.

CoratoLive- Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
Associazione Luisa Piccarreta – Piccoli Figli della Divina Volontà
Via Luisa Piccarreta, 25/27 CORATO BA70033


Storm Luisa with your prayers


If we wish the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta
to continue, and even hasten, 
her ascent to the glory of the altar, 
let us give Luisa a chance to perform first class miracles.
Luisa’s holiness and the favors already granted should impregnate our supplications 
with unquenchable confidence.
It is certainly permissible to pray to Luisa in our daily needs, 
but let us not be afraid to implore real miracles from her.
Let us invoke Luisa or have her invoked in cases of fatal maladies, 
wherein science has to declare itself powerless.
That is when Luisa Piccarreta 
will be able to display the prodigious power of her intercession.


For the glory of God and of Luisa Piccarreta, kindly write out the favors obtained,
sign them, with two witnesses, if possible, and send to:

Postulation for the Cause of Beatification Luisa Piccarreta
Palazzo Arcivescoville
70059 Trani (BA) Italy

11/28 Feast Day of St. Catherine Laboure

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 St. Catherine Laboure, the Blessed Mother,
and the child ringed with a halo of light

In the night of 18th July 1830, 1st Appearance of the Virgin Mary, Catherine was woken up by a child ringed in a halo of light. She followed him into the church which was open and lit by countless candles. The child asked her to kneel next to the altar where the Virgin Mary was waiting for her with a message, a mixture of political and religious predictions. 

In this message, she namely predicted the July 1830 revolution in France, the bloody political events of 1870, the death of Archbishop Darboy in 1871 and the ensuing political chaos. The Virgin Mary also announced the formation of 2 religious communities abroad, one in the United States (founded by Elisabeth-Ann Seton) and one in Austria, founded by Léopoldine de Brandis.

. . . When our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine Labouré in 1830 at the Rue du Bac in Paris, she modeled the medal of the Immaculate Conception that is popularly known as The Miraculous Medal. Mary stood on a globe, which Catherine understood to be the world. As Mary’s arms reached out to embrace her children, bright rays of light cascaded from her hands into the world. St. Catherine asked her: Please tell me, what is this light? The Blessed Virgin responded, The light is the grace of my Son. Catherine was troubled because some rays of light did not flow into the world. She asked what this might mean. Mary said, Those are graces people fail to seek from me.

Here is a wonderful secret of prayer: Christ wants us to go humbly to his Mother in search of his help. . . . 

— Rev. Frederick L. Miller, S.T.D. Professor of Systematic Theology Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Emmitsburg, Maryland

11/27 Feast of the Miraculous Medal

In the night of 18th July 1830, 1st Appearance of the Virgin Mary, Catherine was woken up by a child ringed in a halo of light. She followed him into the church which was open and lit by countless candles. The child asked her to kneel next to the altar where the Virgin Mary was waiting for her with a message, a mixture of political and religious predictions. 

In this message, she namely predicted the July 1830 revolution in France, the bloody political events of 1870, the death of Archbishop Darboy in 1871 and the ensuing political chaos. The Virgin Mary also announced the formation of 2 religious communities abroad, one in the United States (founded by Elisabeth-Ann Seton) and one in Austria, founded by Léopoldine de Brandis.

The Virgin Mary finally asked for a medal to be struck in her effigy.

7th November 1830 was the 2nd Appearance of the Virgin Mary.  

When with the other Sisters at evensong, Catherine saw another Appearance in the form of a tableau. She saw the Holy Virgin with outstretched arms and open hands from which shone beams of light symbolising the Graces Mary obtained for mankind. Written in golden letters were the words: “Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who appeal to you”. 

This second appearance of the Virgin Mary, clothed in a veil, white robe and silver-blue cloak is the current representation of the Virgin that was later to be called the Miraculous Virgin. The tableau turned around and Catherine saw the letter M crowned by a small cross and below the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary. 

The Virgin gave the following message:
 “a medal should be struck in this image. The people wearing it will receive My indulgence and those who piously say this short prayer will enjoy my very special protection”. 
Catherine of course talked about this appearance to Mr Aladel, who, although troubled, as some of the previous predictions had come true, refused to believe that the Virgin Mary had decided to appear to such a simpleminded, albeit very charitable, person like Catherine.

 Catherine continued to dedicate her life to helping the poor and kept her secret that she only revealed to the Superior of her Congregation on the eve of her death. In this last appearance, the Virgin Mary repeated her request and stated her anger that Mr Aladel had not had the medal struck. She once more advised Catherine to open her heart to him. Mr Aladel then talked to the General Procurator of the Lazarists, Mr Etienne, his friend, who obtained a meeting with the Archbishop of Paris, Mgr de Quélen. Moved by this appearance, he decided to have such a medal struck without revealing the events leading to this new effigy.

The 1st medal: June 1832 

The first medal was therefore made in 1832 by Order of Mgr Quélen, in agreement with Rome. In 1834, the medal was called the Miraculous Medal as it provided protection and helped cure illness. Certain conversions due to it, like that of a young Swiss banker, even became famous. In 1836 unexplained healings occurred in the United States, where the Miraculous Medal had been widely distributed and in Poland in 1837…. In 1839, 10 million medals were struck. The Miraculous Medal became a sign of protection in the Christian world. In 1858, during the first appearances of Lourdes, Catherine Labouré remembered that one of the wishes of the Virgin Mary had been to make the chapel on the rue du Bac a place of pilgrimage. Several texts mention that Bernadette Soubirous wore the Miraculous Medal during the first appearance of Lourdes.

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St. Catherine Labouré 

Official recognition by the Church:  

Sister Catherine Labouré died on 31st December 1876, and was buried beneath the Reuilly Chapel near Paris. It was only on 27th July 1947, after a long administrative procedure and the examination of these Appearances by the Vatican to authenticate these events, that Pius XII canonised Catherine Labouré. Today, you can visit the Chapel at 140, rue du Bac in Paris.

Saint  Catherine Labouré 

11/26 Blessed Thanksgiving in the Most Holy Divine Will!

Book of Heaven
4/23/32 – Vol. 30  

. . . But while my mind went around in Its Works, my always Lovable Jesus, visiting my poor soul, all tenderness told me: “Blessed daughter of My Volition, since all created things were made for the creatures, My Divine Will remained in each one of them to call the creature, because It did not want to remain alone, but It wanted her for whom things were made, in order to give her the Rights over them and so not remain defrauded in Its Purpose for which It had Created her.

“Now, who hears this call? One who possesses My Will as Life. The Echo of My Will that is in created things forms the same Echo in the soul who possesses It, and in Its very arms It brings her where My Volition Itself calls her. And since she has her Rights given by Me, if she Loves all created things say ‘Love,’ if she adores, they say ‘Adoration,’ if she thanks, they say ‘Thanksgivings,’ in a way that one sees hovering in the sky, in the sun, in the sea, in the wind, in everything, even in the little bird that sings, the Love, the adoration, the thanksgiving of the creature who possesses My Divine Will. How vast is the Love and everything that she can do and say. The Heavens and earth are in her power. 

11/23 The Prize: “The Towers of Corato” Luisa Piccareta

Towers Corato

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The third edition of “The Towers of Corato”, was held on Saturday, November 14. It was an evening of awards organized by LO STRADONE newspaper. The purpose of this initiative is the knowledge of those people from Corato who excel in their respective professions giving prestige to our town. Also this year, the majority of these excellences came from the most important cities in the country and abroad.

The Municipal Theatre of Corato that hosted the event was crowded, with the participation also of the Consul General of Venezuela, Amarilys Gutierrez Graffe.

The event, which had as its theme “creativity”, opened with the notes of the famous tune of the Marseillaise  to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place in recent days in Paris. Marina Labartino, vice-director of LO STRADONE, presented the event with Luigi Di Zanni, versatile artist

The eight winners of this edition are:

Domenico Petrone: founder and president of Viasat Group. Tarshito (Sanskrit: thirst for inner knowledge): his first name Nicola Strippoli, architect, artist and designer. His creative genius derived from his meeting with the spiritual dimension of India. Nicolas Vangi: cosmopolitan artist, painter and teacher of art therapy for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. The biggest lesson arising from his creative work is that you can turn a disease into a virtue. Epilepsy, that distress him for years, was also one of his first sources of inspiration. Art is catharsis and therapy, positivity and joy of living. Gregorio Sgarra: artist of international renown,  he is famous for his sacred icons and his paintings both classic and modern. Mariateresa Padula: set designer and decorator of environments. Her decors adorned famous movies and plays. Pino Leone: fashion photographer, ready to capture beauty in people and nature. Luigi Quinto: sculptor; he is very known for his original and precious wooden works especially with religious subjects. Some of his most significant works are four wooden sculptures, the largest in the world. Arcangela Gallo: embroideress of the ‘tombolo’ (lace making)She developed a passion for this ancient art of bobbin lace since she was very young. This ancient tradition is now in danger of extinction, so Arcangela aims to set up an association in Corato that could bring it back to life. Her fine laces adorn the most beautiful trousseaus of young brides.

In this respect, her testimony is very significant. She said that before starting work, she prays  another her fellow citizen, who shared with her the same love for this art: the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, born in 1865 and died in 1947 in the odor of holiness. Luisa, in fact, supported herself with her work of ‘tombolo’. She welcomed the girls who wanted to learn that art, and  through art she taught spirituality. Arcangela asks Luisa to work together, as well as Luisa asked Jesus not to leave her alone. In fact, one day, while the servant of God was working, she physically felt a hand moving inside her hand: it was Jesus who was accomplishing her acts.

On the initiative of AIC  (Association of Entrepreneurs from Corato), a Special Prize was awarded to a young girl graduate for her thesis on the theme “business and industry of Puglia”. In this connection, Dr. Marina Mastromauro, administrator of the Pasta Factory Granoro,  granted a scholarship named after her father, Attilio Mastromauro, founder of the Pasta Factory  who died recently, but still alive in the memory of the people of Corato.

“A dream remains so until you decide to make it happen” was adopted as a significant maxim by LO STRADONE throughout this event, as Marina Labartino said, with the intention to encourage young people to pursue their own objectives even if they are difficult and ambitious, following the example of the guest awarded, who have shown that thanks to their persistent efforts and their firm determination it is possible to overcome any obstacle and achieve positive results.

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Associazione Luisa Piccarreta – Piccoli Figli della Divina Volontà
Via Luisa Piccarreta, 25/27 CORATO BA70033

11/22 Feast Day of Christ the King: A magnanimous King, full of love and infinite generosity.

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Christ’s Power is shown through His kingship that has its roots in the mystery of the Incarnation. “The Word  was made flesh” (John.1,14).

The Word of the Father, wrapped in the virginal purity of Mary’s womb, lays down the mantle of Justice and wears that of Mercy in favour of fallen man, bringing with Himself the key of salvation

Christ, with His Human and Divine Royalty, invites all mankind to rediscover the path of reconciliation and forgiveness.

A magnanimous King , full of love and infinite generosity, who washes away the wound of original sin and gives us salvation. This is the fruit of forgiveness that arose from His Passion, by His wounds and His Blood.

He is sitting at the right hand of God and continues His redemptive mission in the midst of His people confirming as in act, what he announced on earth: “The Kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17:21)

Now he invites us to recognize and conquer a Kingdom so holy “prepared for you from the foundation of the world”. (Mt 25:34)

The Kingdom that God gives us is the gift of His Will as life in every single man to return to live as a son in the Father’s Heart.

Jesus is the Kingdom of God in person. The Kingdom of God is present wherever he is present” (Benedict XVI from “Jesus of Nazareth”).

Sin erased the mark of mercy on the coin minted by the Divine Crucifix, on the royal throne of the Cross, but the merciful love of the Redeemer, won over sin and gave back  what “He promised  to our fathers in remembrance of His mercy (Luke. 1.54 to 55).

The Divine King, collects onto Himself all the ills of mankind, to purify them and cover them with the balm of His love and His mercy. By virtue of His kingship, Christ wants to restore the image and likeness that was given to man in the Creation, in order to restore the kingdom that was lost because of original sin.

The Kingdom of God flows into the immense and infinite sea of the Will of the Father, in the Salvation always ‘in act’ accomplished by the Son, and in the Sanctifying and perennial Act of the Holy Spirit. Everything is concentrated on the Spirit of the Trinitarian Family from which springs the Kingdom.

For this purpose man was created, to participate  by grace in all goods arising from the Trinitarian Kingdom.

The Kingdom was announced  by Jesus who invited to beg for it, through the prayer of Church par excellence, the “Pater Noster” from which comes the promise to live the Divine Will “as in Heaven, so on earth.” (Mt 6:10)

It is important  that man dispose himself in order to acquire the eternal Kingdom,  but it is also necessary for him to acquire regime over himself and the dominion of his own passions.  Only in that way he can live of Christ and with Christ.

“This  is the meaning of being one with the Father’s Will.” (Benedict XVI)

The Jubilee of mercy  let us to foretaste the first fruits of the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom on earth and the prelude to the triumph of  the “Fiat Voluntas Tua”  for all mankind.

“Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever”. 


Associazione Luisa Piccarreta

Associazione Luisa Piccarreta – Piccoli Figli della Divina Volontà
Via Luisa Piccarreta, 25/27 CORATO BA70033

11/22 Feast Day of St. Cecilia

Born at Rome, of the illustrious family of the Coecilli, Cecilia as a child consecrated her virginity to God.  Forced to marry Valerian, a young pagan, she said to him:  “Valerian, I am placed under the guardianship of an angel who protects my virginity.”

Valerian declared that he would believe in Jesus Christ if he saw the angel.  Cecilia sent him first to Pope Urban, in the Catacombs, to be baptized.  Valerian saw the angel, and got his brother Tiburtius to be baptized; he also saw the angel.  A short time after, both brothers were martyred under the prefect Almachius.

Finally the latter arrested Cecilia and ordered her to be put to death in her home.  This was about 230 A.D.  Her body was discovered in 1599 by Cardinal Sfondrati, just as it was at the moment of her death (see end of this post).

The name of St. Cecilia is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.

“At the sound of musical instruments,” says the formerlly celebrated first antiphon at Vespers, “the virgin Cecilia sang to God in her heart.”

St. Cecilia is the patroness of musicians.

St. Cecilia


Selected Letters of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta to Mother Cecilia

33.  To Mother Cecilia


Fiat – In Voluntate Dei!

My good and reverend Mother,

I feel the certain hope of finding you in the Divine Volition, Which possesses the fullness of all goods; therefore there is no good which I cannot wish you on the beautiful day of your Saint Cecilia.  So I wish you the peace of the Fiat, that may make full day arise in you, always serene, so that the darkness of the night, of disturbances and oppressions may have no place.  Peace can be called daylight of God, in which the Divine Volition forms Its day of ever growing sanctity, and ever new graces.  Dearest Mother, one single act we do in the Divine Will is so great as to surpass the greatness of Heaven and earth; it encloses immensity, power, and all goods.  Therefore my wish for you is that all your life be a continuous act of Divine Will, and then you will have love for all, a sanctity that makes up for all and encloses God Himself.  And when God is with us, what beautiful and good things can we not receive and accomplish?  I could not wish anything more beautiful than the peace of the Divine Will.  It will be your guide, It will sustain you and comfort you in the circumstances of life, and also the bitter ones, which are never lacking.

I leave you in the Divine Volition, so that the feast of Saint Cecilia may be more beautiful, and may be the echo of the feast of Heaven.  My sister kisses your right hand and sends her affectionate and sincere wishes.  And I, renewing my wishes, kiss your right hand.  Most affectionately yours,

the little daughter of the Divine Will

Corato, November 20, 1937


64.  To Mother Cecilia

In Voluntate Dei!

My good and reverend Mother,

I received your dear letter, that consoled me very much.  Thank you from the heart. In these times my state is very painful, because of the books and other things; but in my poor heart I have the sure hope that these will be the last gems that my dear Jesus will place on my little crown.  And when I feel my hear suffocating with sorrow, I hide in the Divine Will and in It I find the necessary strength.  What a magic force, what powerful magnet does the Divine Will possess!  In the hardest pains It knows how to give rest, placing Its balm on the most embittered wounds.  So, my dearest Mother, let us never move from within the Fiat.  It will form Its divine room in us, in which we will find Jesus, Who will take us in His arms… He will nourish us with the precious food of His Will.  He will cover us with love, hiding all our sufferings in His own, in order to make us more like Him; and in His emphasis of love, He will say to us:  “My daughter, do not fear, I Myself will be your life, your strength, your All.  We will live together and form one single life.  How happy we will be!”

Now, this is my wish for Saint Cecilia:  that the Fiat give you Its divine room, in which you will live one life with dear Jesus.  I can tell you nothing but this:  may the Divine Will cover you and hide you within Itself, but so much as to feel nothing but Will of God within you …

Thank you, thank you for everything.  May Heaven repay you with blessings, and hide you more in His Will, so that the earth may turn into Heaven for you, and all things may be bearers of Divine Will.

I renew my wishes together with my sister.  I believe that this year I am the one opening the wishes for Saint Cecilia – wishes of peace and of union.  Pray for me.  Leaving you in the Divine Will and kissing your right hand, united to my sister, I say,

most affectionately yours,

the little daughter of the Divine Will

Corato, November 10, 1938


105.  To Mother Cecilia

In Voluntate Dei!

My good and reverend Mother,

I feel the duty to send you my wishes for your Name Day of Saint Cecilia.  She was a martyr of blood, and I wish you a greater martyrdom, more noble and divine, more heroic and more accepted by God – that is, the martyrdom of the Divine Will.  This martyrdom surpasses all other martyrdoms; even more, as many times as you do the Will of God instead of doing yours, so many times will you be able to say:  “I am martyr for You; the martyrdom I offer You is not of blood or of flesh, but with my will united to Yours, I offer You a divine martyrdom.”  Goodness of God!  If only our acts enter the Divine Volition, everything is changed into divine in us, and what is human has no longer life.

Here is my wish.  I could not send you a more beautiful one; more so, since the opportunities are not lacking.  In all circumstances, even painful, you will have a refuge in which to take shelter.  Jesus is waiting for you open arms to receive you and to help you to form in you the noble martyrdom of the Divine Will.

Now let’s come to us.  The Lord has allowed that you go far away, without even seeing each other.  Fiat, Fiat!  And it also seems that you want to forget me:  Fiat to this as well.  But I beg you to never forget to pray for me, poor creature, and from the heart I will do it for you.  It seems to me that I had in you a far away mother who had a thought for me.  Now, Fiat.  Let us remain always united in the Divine Will, from which we will draw the strength and the sanctity He wants from us.

My sister sends you her wishes and kisses your right hand, and I leave you in the Divine Volition to make yourself a saint.  Pray for me.  Kissing your hand, I say,

Most affectionately yours,

The little daughter of the Divine Will.


115.  To Mother Cecilia

My good and reverend Mother,

Here I am to you, after such a long silence.  Dear Cecilia makes the thought arise in me of sending you my wishes.  But what wishes could I send you?  And here is the Holy Divine Will, which comes before me and says:  “My Will never ends; I have always to give.  Therefore, send her, as wish, my Love which rises continuously, my sanctity which is ever new, my virtue which is always working.  I never tire of speaking, but I also want to receive the little love of the creatures – their will into Mine, to be able to dispose them to receive into their will the prodigies which my Divine Will can do.”

Here is my little wish:  your will at the mercy of the Divine Will.  In this way you will feel in you the Sanctity, the love and the works of the Supreme Fiat as your own.  Your life will no longer be of the earth, but of Heaven.  Your acts will be nothing but divine conquests, in which you will form as many Jesuses for as many acts as you do.  So you will be able to bring Jesus to all.

My good Mother, I think you will appreciate my little wish; more so, since it comes from the heart of a daughter who wants to see her mother as though carried in the arms of the Divine Will, to become the saint It wants her to be.


And more on St. Cecilia from the EWTN website (click here)

Feast: November 22


For over a thousand years St. Cecilia has been one of the most venerated martyrs of the early Church; she is among the seven martyrs named in the Canon of the Mass. According to a tradition current at the end of the fifth century, Cecilia was a Roman girl of patrician family, who had been brought up as a Christian. She fasted often, and wore a coarse garment beneath her rich clothing. Although she wished to remain a virgin, her father betrothed her to a young pagan named Valerian. When the wedding day came, Cecilia sat apart from the guests, repeating psalms and praying. After the ceremony, when the guests had departed and she was alone with her husband, Cecilia made known her great desire to remain as she was, saying that she already had a lover, an angel of God, who was very jealous. Valerian, shaken by suspicion, fear, and anger, said to her: “Show me this angel. If he is of God, I shall refrain, as you wish, but if he is a human lover, you both must die.” Cecilia answered: “If you believe in the one true and living God and receive the water of baptism, then you shall see the angel.” Valerian assented, and following his wife’s directions sought out a bishop named Urban, who was in hiding among the tombs of the martyrs, for this was a time of persecutions. Valerian made his profession of faith and the bishop baptized him. When the young husband returned, he found an angel with flaming wings standing beside Cecilia. The angel placed chaplets of roses and lilies on their heads. The brother of Valerian, Tiburtius, was also converted; and after being baptized he too experienced many marvels. Valerian and Tiburtius devoted themselves to good works in behalf of the Christian community, and they made it their special duty to give proper burial to those Christians who were put to death by order of the prefect Almachius. The two brothers were themselves soon sentenced for refusing to sacrifice to Jupiter. Maximus, a Roman officer charged with their execution, was converted by a vision that came to him in the hour of their death. After professing Christianity, he too suffered martyrdom. The three were buried by the grieving Cecilia, and a little later she herself was sentenced. The prefect came and tried to reason with her, but when he found her firm in the faith and scornful of his threats, he gave an order that she was to be suffocated in her own bathroom. Surviving this attempt on her life, a soldier was sent to behead her. He struck at her neck three times, then left her lying, still alive, for it was against the law to strike a fourth time. She lingered on for three days, during which the Christians who remained in Rome flocked to her house. In dying she bequeathed all her goods to the poor, and her house to the bishop for a Christian place of worship. She was buried in the crypt of the Caecilii at the catacomb of St. Callistus.

The above legend of St. Cecilia dates back, as we have said, to the end of the fifth century. There is no mention of this saint in the Depositio Martyrum, but there is a record of an early Roman Christian church founded by a lady of this name. In the ninth century Pope Paschal I moved the remains of many martyrs from the catacombs to new churches within the city; the presumed relics of St. Cecilia, her husband, his brother, and the Roman officer Maximus, were all placed in the church of St. Cecilia. The origin of her veneration as a patron of music is unknown to us. She was not associated with music in the early period or in the account given in the medieval Golden Legend by Jacobus Voragine, but artists of later times have delighted in depicting her at the organ, singing God’s praise or listening to a choir of angels.

This was taken from “Lives of Saints”, Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.


 The photo above is a piece of art by Stefano Maderno (1576-1636). This is how her incorrupt body was found lying before it was moved. The axe marks were visible in her neck and her arm was outstretched with three fingers extended (which was, of course, explained as a testimony to her faith in the Triune God). While at first glance the statue is graceful and flowing, a longer examination reveals the awkwardness of her position. Carved into the floor in front of the altar is this statement:

Behold the body of the most holy virgin Cecilia,
whom I myself saw lying incorrupt in the tomb.
I have in this marble expressed for you the same saint
in the very same posture.