Newsletter n. 5/23 – supplement

The history of Christianity has always been characterized by mystics, by people who claimed to have had direct conversations with Jesus, visions of the Virgin Mary and saints, knowledge of future and past events. In the face of these phenomena it would seem that we cannot have any element of scientific verification. In recent years, however, for the first time in the study of the writings of mystics, it has been demonstrated, with a series of studies published in international journals[1], that a critical and punctual scientific approach, using astronomy, archeology, history, statistical analysis, meteorology, and other disciplines, allows us to investigate the coherence and correctness of the information contained in these writings, obtained by inspiration of divine grace, according to the testimony of those who reported them.

These scientific studies concern, in particular, the literary production of Maria Valtorta, who lived in the 20th century. This is the only documented case in the world scientific literature. These studies deepen the mystery of how a bedridden person, such as Maria Valtorta was, could have done, since she was semi-paralyzed from the waist down, during the Second World War, without specific skills or access to adequate libraries or essays available, to reporting in his writings many data of all sorts – astronomical, historical, geographical, chronological, and much more – surprisingly consistent with each other and correct, while narrating the life of Jesus, Mary, and episodes from the life of saints. The published studies have made it possible to ascertain in his writings even the presence of data prior to the progress in a specific scientific discipline, concerning, for example, archaeological discoveries that occurred only after her death and, therefore, not attributable with certainty to the skills and knowledge of Maria Valtorta.

In the case of Maria Valtorta, in an attempt to justify what she wrote, one would be led to speak of space-time bilocation, that is, bilocation not only in space but also in time: she seemed to be present at the same time in her home in Viareggio, during the Second World War, and in Palestine 2000 years ago, during the public life of Jesus, this possibility which, according to current knowledge, has no possibility of scientific verification, other than the indirect one of detecting the presence of information attributable to the knowledge of Valtorta. This is a topic that deserves an adequate study, even theological one, in which the arrow of the passing of time, of the kronos, is abolished and surpassed by the “time of grace”, by the kairos, allowing Valtorta to witness the most important history of always, of a God who becomes man out of love, and gives his whole life for the redemption and eternal happiness of his creatures. Of a God who, to show the most intimate details of his life of love, lived as a true man among men, abolishes the barriers of time (kronos) which, as a true God, He himself created.

In an atheistic vision of all that exists, evidently, this is not possible, although even science questions the actual possibility of time travel. The scientific evidence reported in the studies cited, therefore, should seriously question non-believers. In a reality of faith in Christ, who died and rose again for our salvation, however, an answer to the Valtorta mystery is possible. While admitting the existence of a God, it is usual to think that He cannot violate the natural laws that He himself wanted, which govern the whole universe, that mathematical order intrinsic to every reality of creation that science always more discovering. Love, however, can do it, in a sort of epikeia in which God goes beyond the mathematical “letter of the law” that underlies all of creation, to perform his miracles, such as those that Maria Valtorta said she experienced during the most difficult years of her life, crucified by pain in a bed, but free in spirit to travel through time and space, to get to know her Beloved ever better, and to tell His love for all of humanity to us, so that we could love Him more and more and forever.

— prof. Liberato De Caro

[1] E. Matricciani, L. De Caro, Literary Fiction or Ancient Astronomical and Meteorological Observations in the Work of Maria Valtorta?, in “Religions, 8, 2017, pp. 1-23; E. Matricciani, L. De Caro, A Mathematical Analysis of Maria Valtorta’s Mystical Writings, in “Religions”, 9, 2018, pp. 1-23; L. De Caro, F. La Greca, E. Matricciani, Saint Peter’s First Burial Site According to Maria Valtorta’s Mystical Writings, Checked Against the Archeology of Rome in the I Century, in “J-Multidisciplinary Scientific Journal, 3, 2020, pp. 366-400; E. Matricciani, L. De Caro, Jesus Christ’s Speeches in Maria Valtorta’s Mystical Writings: Setting, Topics,Duration and Deep‒Language Mathematical Analysis, in “J-Multidisciplinary Scientific Journal, 3, 2020, pp. 100-123; L. De Caro, F. La Greca, E. Matricciani, The search of St Peter’s memory a catacumbas in the cemeterial area a Duos Lauros in Rome, in “Heritage, 4, 2021, pp. 479-506; L. De Caro, F. La Greca, E. Matricciani, Hidden and coherent chronology of Jesus’ life in the literary work of Maria Valtorta, in “SCIREA Journal of Sociology”, 5, 2021, pp. 477-529; E. Matricciani, The Temporal Making of a Great Literary Corpus by a XX-Century Mystic: Statistics of Daily Words and Writing Time, in “Open Journal of Statistics, 2022, 12, pp. 155-167; L. De Caro, F. La Greca, E. Matricciani, Chronology of Jesus’ and John the Baptist’ Births, and Jesus’ Epiphany and Death in Maria Valtorta’s Writings, in “Open Journal of Social Sciences” 11, 2023, pp. 174-196.

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