By Padre Bernardino Bucci, OFM
The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta was born in Corato in the Province of Bari, Italy on April 23, 1865 and died there in the odor of sanctity on March 4, 1947.
Luisa from her very birth was given a mystical life, for example, at the age of 17 she received the Mystical Union that Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Catherine of Siena received right beore they died. After this mystical Union Jesus asked Luisa if she would stay in bed and because of her “Fiat!”, He taught Luisa about the Life of the Divine Will, forming It first in her.
For the next 64 years until her death Luisa stayed in bed basically not eating, drinking or sleeping. Luisa was nourished by receiving the Most Holy Eucharist during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily said in her room. This special blessing was given by Pope Saint Pious X and Pope Leo XIII his predecessor. Luisa also lived on the food of the Divine Will, which Jesus said in the Gospels, “a food that you do not know of….”
During that time through great sufferings and a sublime call to holiness Jesus taught Luisa about the fulfillment of the Our Father, the prayer that Jesus taught His Apostles.
Jesus taught Luisa that now is the time for the Kingdom of God to reign on earth as in Heaven. Jesus dictated 36 Volumes of the doctrine of the Divine Will, which He gave the title “The Kingdom of the Fiat in the Midst of Creatures. Book of Heaven – The Recall of the Creature into the Order, to Its Place and into the Purpose for Which He was Created by God”, to teach Luisa how to “Live” in the Divine Will. This is different than the devotional life of the Saints which is “doing” the Will of God.
These Volumes were basically dictated in three sections: in the first section, Volumes 1-10, Jesus shows Luisa how to become a Divine Mirror of Jesus Himself. In the second section, Volumes 11-19, Jesus shows Luisa how to “Live” in the Divine Will through the Power of the Holy Spirit. In the third section, Volumes 20-36, Jesus shows Luisa how to receive the Divine Inheritance of the Father.
In humble obedience Luisa, under the constant direction of the Church, faithfully wrote all that Jesus Himself wanted her to put down on paper. This would be not only for herself but for those who would read it, so that they too could “Live” in the Divine Will as Luisa learned how to “Live” in the Divine Will, by putting into practice these “Truths” taught by Jesus and Mary.
In additon to the 36 Volumes Jesus dictated the book, “The Hours of the Passion” and Our Lady dictated the book, “Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will” to Luisa. Jesus told her Confessor, St. Annibale Maria Di Francia, through Luisa, that these 36 Volumes are to be called: “The Book of Heaven.”
Pope John Paul II canonized St. Annibale and declared him to be the Saint for our time to pray to for Vocations.
“…Know that I no longer occupy myself with almost anything of the other things of my Institutes, since I dedicated myself completely to the great work of the Divine Will. I talk about It with people of (docile) spirit; I engage in conversation about this topic with whomever I best can; I promote It as much as I can, even in my Institutes.” St. Annibale – Feb. 14, 1927
As Father Annibale penetrated into Luisa’s spirituality, he came to realize just how necessary it was to make known to the world all the writings on the Divine Will that our Lord made Luisa record, to accelerate the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth, and so that the Divine Will would be done on earth as it is in Heaven. In fact, he was providentially appointed not only spiritual director in all matters concerning her writings and their publication, but their ecclesiastical censor as well, as we see by this document that can be found below or at top drop-down bar under “Who is Luisa?”.
This document on the lives of St. Annibale Maria Di Francia and the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, including writings, letters and more, can be found below or top drop-down bar under “Who is Luisa?”.
Quotes on Luisa Piccarreta and the Divine Will
This document quoting many in and after the life of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, can be found below or top drop-down bar under “Who is Luisa?”
Contemplating the Mysteries of Luisa Piccarreta
By Fr. Bucci, OFM – Member of the Tribunal for the Cause for Beatification of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. The document can be found below, or at top drop-down bar under “Who is Luisa?”
Fr. Bucci has this to say about how to enter the writings of Luisa Piccarreta:
…”Some prerequisites are required in order to enter into the writing of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta: profound Eucharistic formation, devotion to the Most Holy Virgin, total submission to priestly authority; all her writings must be read and meditated upon in the light of Sacred Scripture and the infallible magisterium of the Church.
Only in this way are her writings understandable and of highest formative Christian value. Otherwise, they can create inept fanaticism that clearly contradicts the Christian-Catholic thought and mentality of Piccarreta…”
The Second Coming of Christ in Glory
(Documents connecting the Messages of Our Lady to Fr. Gobbi (Marian Movement of Priests) as well as writings of St. Faustina (Divine Mercy) to the writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta can be found below, or at top drop-down bar under “Who is Luisa?”)
Excerpt from a speech by Father Stefano Gobbi given June 24, 1996 in San Marino, Italy:
“Dear Mother (Father Gobbi turns to the statue of Our Lady next to him), forgive me, I am not pleased that the serpent is here but I am pleased that You crush its head—crush it!
“Finally, the power of the serpent will be broken, it will be powerless, it will no longer be able to seduce creatures to say no to the Divine Will. The creatures will say YES to the Divine Will of God.
“In this complete fulfillment of the Divine Will the creation will be almost transposed into an original state, in a state of a new earthly paradise, in which all creatures will say YES to the Divine Will of the Heavenly Father.
“Here in Italy, a certain woman named Luisa Piccarreta, [Servant of God,] whose beatification is in progress, wrote a great book about Divine Will. Once when I was inMexico, I was shown passages of the book, which related to so many topics about which our book [To the Priests: Our Lady’s Beloved Sons] also speaks.
“Let me cite a passage from this book [The Book of Heaven] by the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta. She says that 2000 years after creation came the Great Flood so that the water would cleanse mankind; and 2000 years later, came the flood of the Blood: the Redemption; and still 2000 years hence, there will be the flood of fire—a spiritual fire, I believe—and finally the Kingdom of [the] Divine Will will come upon this world: because every creature will fulfill the Divine Will of God in a complete way.
“This is what I think, that the Second Coming of Christ in glory will bring this Kingdom of [the] Divine Will. Every creature will fulfill the Will of the Father completely and the Heavenly Father will be glorified in His children, who will say YES to His Divine Will. Christ will bring His Kingdom, the Kingdom of holiness and of humble obedience to the Will of the Heavenly Father.”
Editor’s Note: The YES of the children of God is that FIAT (Let it be done) we learn from the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta.