|Blessed Maria Bolognesi, Mystic, Stigmatic, Layperson|
The webmaster would like to gratefully thank Mrs. Angelica Avcikurt for translating from the original Italian the inspiring and informative passages below. May God reward her for her efforts. The source for this article is the book "Maria Bolognesi -Vita Esperienze Mistiche Spiritualita" by Tito M. Sartori O.S.M.
Once, when she arrived with other young women to the bridge leading to the road of the parish church of Saint Cassian, Maria suddenly froze: her dress was pulled back by a mysterious presence. Since there was no wind, even Maria’s friends were astonished to see the physical effect of this invisible action. In their testimonies, the young women stated that they returned home screaming with fear. In the summer of 1941, her father managed to have Maria blessed by the pastor of St. Cassian. By outward appearances, this blessing was seemingly ineffective. But – during that same day – it was followed by a second blessing, imparted by the Bishop of Rovigo, which definitely helped, however it did not free her completely.
During the following months, the diabolical possession was no longer total, as in the past: Maria was now able to pray, go to church, and sometimes attend Mass. However, her body was stricken with a sudden loss of weight which “devoured” and “consumed” her. Her suffering was so excruciating that she aroused pity, but it seemed that no one could help her, except by going to Jesus and asking Him to free her from so much pain. At the end of January 1942, convinced that she had only three days of life left, Maria was able to go to confession and receive Communion.
The following three days were atrociously painful for her. For three consecutive days she cried, invoking the Lord and all the saints of heaven to come to help her... At the beginning of the 4th day, her complete healing finally occurred in the house of the Piva family.”
Her typical way of responding to Jesus in this and future encounters was to say: “Jesus, I give you all my heart. Use me as You wish, I am nothing.”
|Jesus told Maria that she would imitate St Gemma|
At this point Maria exclaimed, “My God, what pain! If Jesus weren't near me, I would not be able to stand it.” Maria sweat blood for five minutes and afterwards her bed sheet was soaked in blood.
|The blood stained paper Maria wrote with Jesus prophesy concerning the end of World War 2|
“And when will peace come?” Maria asked.
“It will happen in 1945. Remember on April 22, 1945, people in your region will be dispersed near the Po River. There will be disorder. The Americans will be the ones to cross the Po. On the 25th there will be a great battle. You won’t be able to make a move. On the 26th many regions will be free from danger and also on the 26th there will be Americans, Indians, and so many people from other nations that you have never seen. You will be freed on the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel (April 26). However, world peace will not happen until the day after the Feast of Our Lady of Pompeii (May 8). Then the bells will toll, but still you will not be at peace with everyone. The Japanese won’t give in easily. But we’ll take care of that.”
Just as Jesus indicated, Maria folded the paper put it in a cloth pouch and pressed it to her chest. She gave it to her spiritual director Rev. Basiano Paiato with the Piva couple present. They were all in shock as the revelations proved precisely true.
On the day of the aggression, she was knocked out by three men, who remain unknown, tied up, muffled, with flesh stripped out of her legs and her hands, and left in the snow with two toe nails almost torn off. Since many people in the town were suspicious of her, the police Sargent took her to the Magistrate and accused her of faking an assault. She was absolved from these charges on October 25, 1948.
She answered negatively. Jesus the said, “Maria, don’t be afraid. Do you see the devil?”......
“My God! How ugly is the devil. If I weren't with You, Jesus, how afraid I would have been.”
She replied: “I have been married for a long time.”
“You are not married. It is just an idea you have.”
“This is the Crucifix. This is my sweet husband, Jesus. I will love Him until I will rest with Him forever in Paradise.”
“Those are just words. If you put away what you are holding, I will give you the greatest wealth in the world.”
“You are the devil. Go away. I believe in one almighty God, maker of Heaven and Earth.”
“Miss, put away those beads.”
“In the name of God, get away for me, Satan. In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, go away. I will not leave Jesus.” She concludes this first temptation by writing in her diary, “Mercy! What a horrible flame on my window. What fright!”
“In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, go away, Satan.” Then, the lady disappeared in a flash of fire.
|The cilice (an instrument of penance) that Blessed Maria Bolognesi wore|
“Maria, how are you?”
“Jesus, here I am, as You can see.”
“Maria, how did you manage to get here with your feet in that condition and a fever of 39 C?” “Listen, Jesus, I love You so, so much. I am all Yours.”
Jesus then told her, “Now I am going to take from you every wound, on your hands, feet and side.” “Jesus, I am Your little rag. Your little beggar.”
“Maria, I am your Jesus whom you love so much. Here is My ring. It is yours now.”
Maria was shocked and replied, “But Jesus, Jesus, this is not the first one (ring) you gave me. This is a big ring. Why Jesus?”
|The "Ecce Homo" ring that Jesus gave to Maria|
“Jesus, yes, I see. Will You give it to me forever? What will I tell my spiritual director?”
“Maria, My Wounds are yours also. I know how much you love Me. You always tell Me: 'I only want to belong to Jesus.' And I am yours.”
“Thank you, Jesus. The little ring that You gave me in 1942 during Holy Week, will You not give it to me again? Will you leave this one always with me?”
“Yes, Maria. You will have always this one. I will always need your sacrifices. Your sufferings will be many.”
“Jesus, whenever You want, whatever You want. If my life were necessary for the good of us all, I would give it up gladly.”
“Jesus, Jesus, I am really angry. You are bad. I didn’t want this to happen. I have begged You so many times.”
“Maria, I have also asked you so many times and you always refused. You did not want this but I did. In order for your director to be able to give testimony he had to witness this.”
“Jesus, I am embarrassed and really angry.”
The next day Jesus came to ask her if she was still angry, but when she saw Jesus crying she wanted to console Him.
We saw her [Gemma's] broken shoes, her dress, the lace work, her shirt with blood stains. We saw her dishes, everything she used for eating. We even saw her little bed. What joy! What peace! My heart recovered a bit."
“Come with me.”
“Where do You want me to come?”
“Maria, I am taking you to Paradise for a few minutes.”
She saw herself wearing a white robe. Jesus smiling asked her, “Maria, would you stay here forever?”
“Jesus, Jesus, how much light! Heaven is a garden of bright and perfumed souls. No painter could come close to depicting this. So much light, a multitude of angels! How I would love to be here!” Jesus interrupted her saying, “Now I will take you with Me to visit Purgatory.”
“Jesus, You are so good. You know I don’t deserve anything.”
“Maria, you will feel the same suffering that the souls in Purgatory feel.”
The impact was so painful that she exclaimed, “My God, my God! Only with Jesus’ grace and strength can one overcome certain pains and suffering. Jesus, through Your pity and mercy, take all these souls with You to Paradise soon.”
Jesus then told her, “Now you will wake up and you will feel very tired and worn out.”
When she woke up she did feel very tired and Zoe, her companion, was next to her.
Three days later, she visited Heaven again dressed in white. She wrote, “I saw a multitude of souls that enjoyed the presence of Jesus.” Then she said, “Jesus, I would also like to be a little angel, but I would prefer to stay in Purgatory even if I did not deserve it in order to save those who suffer so much.”
“Maria, you know how painful the sufferings in Purgatory are.”
“Yes, Jesus, more than once you have let me see it. That is why I pray so much and why I would like to stay in Purgatory and suffer for souls so that they may be purified and can soon enjoy Your company in Heaven.”
“Maria, if I asked you a long time in Purgatory for the salvation of souls, would you do it?”
“I would not hesitate, I would accept immediately. When I think that a suffering or a great pain here on Earth cannot be compared to the smallest sufferings of the souls in Purgatory, how could I refuse?”
Jesus took her to Heaven again on January 22, 1960, but He abruptly announced, “Maria, now I am taking you to visit Purgatory.”
Then she noticed that she was dressed in red and saw many souls. She saw seven souls rising. Jesus explained, “See, Maria, you pray so much for the souls in Purgatory, those over there are entering Heaven.”
“Jesus, You are so good.”
“Maria, can You tell me how painful this place is?”
“Jesus, I feel that I am burning from thirst. I cannot compare any pain to that which I feel right now.”
“Jesus, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Suddenly, she found herself dressed in white walking along a long road made of flowers. Jesus said: “Maria, I know that you are mourning your spiritual director and that you have been thinking about his death since you saw Me on July 18th. Now you will see your holy director.” Then she saw Mons. Marenga who looked beautiful and in contemplation with other souls. He looked at her but did not speak.
These are but a few instances of her trips to Heaven and Purgatory that are found in her diary.
|A painting drawn by Blessed Maria Bolognesi in 1968|
Perhaps as a way to relax during this time, she took up painting in 1968. Since she was bed-bound because of her health problems; she started painting pictures that she would give to benefactors as a way of thanking them. She mainly pained landscapes, flowers and animals.
|St Padre Pio purportedly appeared in bilocation to Maria on numerous occasions|
On January 30, 1980 at 2:00 am Maria Bolognesi passed away because of another heart attack.
Concerning Blessed Maria Bolognesi, following his September 8, 2013 Angelus address, Pope Francis stated: "Blessed Maria Bolognesi spent her life in service to others, especially the poor and sick, enduring great suffering in profound union with the passion of Christ. We give thanks to God for her testimony to the Gospel!” -Pope Francis
As stated at the beginning of this article, the source for this article is the book "Maria Bolognesi -Vita Esperienze Mistiche Spiritualita" by Tito M. Sartori O.S.M., published by EDIZIONI MB
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