|Italian mystic, Maria Valtorta (1897-1961)|
Vision of Maria Valtorta on Jun 06, 1944:
"... here [Bethlehem] the night of the twenty fifth of Chislev [Jewish month], Feast of the Lights, Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin [Mary], the Immanuel, the Word of God made flesh, for the love of man: I Who am speaking to you."
Poor St Joseph was utterly disheartened when no one had charity on the heavily pregnant condition of his Betrothed, Virgin Mary, perpetual ever Virgin. The inn keeper, Hezekiah, a Judean, could have found a "hole" in his crowded hotel, but did not do so because he was seemingly prejudiced against poor, unknown Galileans, as were Mary and Joseph there, although both were descendants from the line of king David, a Judean. Joseph then knocked on many private doors asking for lodging, and they all said no.
When he and Mary finally went to the grotto after all failures to get lodging, there was only an ox there, and the stench therein was somewhat unbearable. Their donkey duly went and placed itself alongside the ox. It is inferred that the donkey knew that it had carried its Creator to Bethlehem.
During this short interval of Mary's absorption into the Light, the grotto, for the short interval, was miraculously turned into a glorious palace room of unimaginable splendour. Everything was turned into precious stones or magnificence, and even the animal excrement on the ground was turned into precious stones or other magnificence.
The shepherds, 12 in all, came soon after with a sheep's skin (for Baby Jesus), and with a lamb that had recently lambed and so had milk. Baby Jesus was crying, being hungry, and Mary for the moment had no breast milk to feed Him with, for the time being, as She was not yet lactating. After a few days, the shepherds were able to find accommodation for the Holy Family in the Bethlehem town proper. Mary later lactated and was then able to breast feed Her Baby Son and God.
The 3 kings or wise men from the East came when Jesus was about 6-12 months old, a toddler. All the 3 kings experienced a sort of "pre-Pentecost," as they, as well as all their servants, all spoke and understood severally in their own native language. Very soon after, the Holy Family had to flee for Egypt, for king Herod wanted to kill the Child Jesus, and the gifts of the 3 kings served for this purpose, as well as for acquiring or renting a poor house in Egypt, and finally to buy furniture for their despoiled house in Nazareth when they finally returned home. The money from the 3 kings ended at this point. The pyramids were visible from that house in then Matarea, Egypt.
Satan had a gut feeling that Jesus was then in the world, and was actively, desperately, looking for Him, in order to destroy His Mission. But the Father cast a veil over the Holy Family to prevent Satan from recognising Jesus before the appointed time - a veil of ordinary living. Satan knows the present and the past, but not the future. Satan is extremely intelligent, having once been magnificent Lucifer and prince of all the angels. No man can defeat Satan in debate, except God.
Joseph and Mary were fully married in accordance with the Jewish traditions at the time, except that the marriage was never carnally consummated. God knows where to lay His Gifts. Before they married, Joseph and Mary offered their chastity to God, except that Mary had already offered Her virginity to God when She was about 2-3 years old and then known as the "Flower of Nazareth" because of Her exceptional beauty. Had Adam and Eve not sinned at the beginning, earth would have been a pre-Heaven, and man (and woman) would have been conceived and born similarly to how Jesus was: by the power of the Holy Spirit, Who is the real Spouse of Mary.
Mary, the Madonna, was born Immaculate, i.e. without Original Sin. She was conceived in a natural way by their married parents, St Joachim and St Anne, who never knew that they had given birth to the Mother of God and ours. Anne did not experience any discomfort or pain in carrying Mary, nor with Her delivery. Mary always brings joy, not pain. Except for Her parents and those who assisted at Her birth, no one else on earth had ever seen Her Body.
Mary is the Father's masterpiece of Beauty. The Father says to us: be good, come to Heaven, and enjoy beholding the beauty of Mary. The Father created the colour of wheat, golden, to match the colour of Mary's hair; the colour of the sky, sky-blue, to match the colour of Her eyes; the colour of the pearl, white, to match the colour of Her teeth; the colour of the lily, white, to match the colour of Her skin; the harmonious speech of the nightingale to match the sound of Her speech; and... the weeping speech of the turtledove to match the sound of Her weeping... Our Lady of Sorrows.
Jesus and Mary are now both in Heaven, more beautiful than ever, with Their transformed magnificent glorified human Bodies, except that Jesus' glorified Body still carries, by His will as an exception, the Stigmata but in a glorious way, to remind us for all eternity how much it cost Him to redeem and save us. St Joseph and all the other humans in Heaven await the end of the world and the Last Judgement before they can acquire their own beautiful glorified body. Those born on earth with a deformed body will, if they are good and go to Heaven, acquire a glorified body more beautiful than the angels'. Life in Heaven is an eternal present in unceasing joy. God has given us an easy road map to get there: obeying the immutable Ten Commandments.
One additional note from Maria Valtorta's visions concerning the events during the time of the birth of Jesus:
-The slaughter of the innocents in Bethlehem ordered by King Herod: Maria saw the number of babies killed as being exactly thirty-two, of which eighteen in the actual town of Bethlehem and four-teen in the nearby country. Also six baby girls were slaughtered as the hired cut-throats could not tell them from baby boys because they were dressed alike, and also because of the darkness and their hurry to kill. The above information was given by Maria Valtorta on a separate sheet added to the original manuscript.