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The Story of Maria Valtorta

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Story of Maria Valtorta

The Story of Maria Valtorta

Maria Valtorta (1897-1961) was an Italian writer and poet who, at the age of 23, was tragically struck in the back with an iron bar for no apparent reason.  Her injury eventually left her confined to her bed for the remaining 28 years of her life.

While bedridden, on the morning of 23 April 1943,  Good Friday, Maria Valtorta reported a voice suddenly speaking to her and asking her to write. From her bedroom she called for Marta Diciotti, showed her the sheet in her hands and said that “something extraordinary” had happened.  Diciotti called Father Migliorini regarding the “dictation” Maria Valtorta had reported.  Father Migliorini asked her to write down anything else she “received” and over time provided her with notebooks to write in.

Thereafter, Maria wrote almost every day until 1947 and intermittently in the following years until 1951.  Her notebooks were dated each day, but her writing was not in sequence, in that some of the last chapters of The Poem of the Man God were written before the early chapters.

She produced over 15,000 handwritten pages in 122 notebooks, mostly detailing the life of Jesus.  Controversially, Maria Valtorta claimed much of the writing was based on her visions of Jesus and Mary.  And on personal conversations with and dictations from Jesus.  Her handwritten notebooks were typed out by her priest.  They became the basis of her 5,000-page book The Poem of the Man God, first published in Italian in 1956.

It is this book that contains the best-known information on the ingredients used in Mary’s Balm.  With the balms healing powers described several times throughout the five volumes.

‘Poem of the Man-God’ Quotations – Section 313

Mary has prepared the herbal balm to treat one of the disciples and tells them the ingredients.

Quote: “… if he has difficulty in breathing, do as I told you, using the other little vase of balm.  Take enough of it to rub on his chest, shoulders and kidneys… rub it on and cover him immediately with the woolen bands I gave you.  I prepared the balm for that special purpose.  And you, Syntyche, remember its composition, so that you can make more… lilies, camphor, dittany, resin and cloves with laurel, artemisia…”

It is from reading ‘The Poem of the Man-God’, I decided to create Maria Valtorta’s ingredients as Mary’s Balm.

The Story of Maria Valtorta

Maria Valtorta (1897-1961) was an Italian writer and poet.  At the age of 23 she was tragically struck with an iron bar for no apparent reason. The injury eventually left her confined to her bed for the remaining 28 years of her life.

While bedridden, on the morning of 23 April 1943,  Good Friday, Maria Valtorta reported a voice suddenly speaking to her and asking her to write. From her bedroom she called for Marta Diciotti.  Showed her the sheet in her hands and said that “something extraordinary” had happened.  Diciotti called Father Migliorini regarding the “dictation” Maria Valtorta had reported.  Father Migliorini asked her to write down anything else she “received” and over time provided her with notebooks to write in.

Thereafter, Maria wrote almost every day until 1947 and intermittently in the following years until 1951.  Her notebooks were dated each day, but her writing was not in sequence, in that some of the last chapters of The Poem of the Man God were written before the early chapters.

She produced over 15,000 handwritten pages in 122 notebooks, mostly detailing the life of Jesus. Controversially, Maria Valtorta claimed much of the writing was based on her visions of Jesus and Mary, and on personal conversations with and dictations from Jesus. Her handwritten notebooks were typed out by her priest, and became the basis of her 5,000-page book The Poem of the Man God, first published in Italian in 1956.

It is this book that contains the best-known information on the ingredients use of Mary’s balm, with its healing use described several times throughout the five volumes.

‘Poem of the Man-God’ Quotations – Section 313

Mary has prepared the herbal balm to treat one of the disciples and tells them the ingredients.

Quote: “… if he has difficulty in breathing, do as I told you, using the other little vase of balm. Take enough of it to rub on his chest, shoulders and kidneys… rub it on and cover him immediately with the woollen bands I gave you.  I prepared the balm for that special purpose. And you, Syntyche, remember its composition, so that you can make more… lilies, camphor, dittany, resin and cloves with laurel, artemisia…”

It is from reading ‘The Poem of the Man-God’, I decided to create Maria Valtorta’s ingredients as Mary’s Balm.

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