The Birth of Jesus as shown to Maria Valtorta

Italian mystic, Maria Valtorta (1897-1961)
The Birth of Jesus as shown in a vision to the mystic, Maria Valtorta (1897-1961) 

Vision of Maria Valtorta on Jun 06, 1944:
I still see the inside of the poor stony shelter, where Mary and Joseph have found refuge, sharing the lot of some animals.
The little fire is dozing together with its guardian. Mary lifts Her head slowly from Her bed and looks round. She sees that Joseph's head is bowed over his chest, as if he were meditating, and She thinks that his good intention to remain awake has been overcome by tiredness. She smiles lovingly and making less noise than a butterfly alighting on a rose, She sits up and then goes on Her knees. She prays with a blissful smile on Her face. She prays with Her arms stretched out, almost in the shape of a cross, with the palms of Her hands facing up and forward, and She never seems to tire in that position. She then prostrates Herself with Her face on the hay, in an even more ardent prayer. A long prayer.
Joseph rouses. He notices that the fire is almost out and the stable almost dark. He throws a handful of very slender heath on to the fire and the flames are revived, he then adds some thicker twigs and finally some sticks, because the cold is really biting: the cold of a serene winter night that comes into the ruins from everywhere. Poor Joseph must be frozen sitting as he is near the door, if we can call a door the hole where Joseph's mantle serves as a curtain. He warms his hands near the fire, then takes his sandals off and warms his feet. When the fire is gaily blazing and its light is steady, he turns round. But he does not see anything, not even Mary's white veil that formed a clear line on the dark hay. He gets up and slowly moves towards Her pallet.
« Are You not sleeping, Mary? » he asks.
He asks Her three times until She turns round and replies: « I am praying. »
« Is there anything you need? »
« No, Joseph. »
« Try and sleep a little. At least try and rest. »
« I will try. But I don't get tired praying. »
« God be with You, Mary. »
« And with you, Joseph. »
Mary resumes Her position. Joseph to avoid falling asleep, goes on his knees near the fire and prays. He prays with his hands pressed against his face. He removes them now and again to feed the fire and then he resumes his ardent prayer. Apart from the noise of the crackling sticks and the noise made now and again by the donkey stamping its hooves on the ground, no other sound is heard.
A thin ray of moonlight creeps in through a crack in the vault and it seems a blade of unearthly silver looking for Mary. It stretches in length as the moon climbs higher in the sky and at last reaches Her. It is now on Her head, where it forms a halo of pure light.
Mary lifts Her head, as if She had a celestial call, and She gets up and goes on to Her knees again. Oh! How beautiful it is here now! She raises Her head, and Her face shines in the white moonlight and becomes transfigured by a supernatural smile. What does She see? What does She hear? What does She feel? She is the only one who can tell what She saw, heard and felt in the refulgent hour of Her Maternity. I can only see that the light around Her is increasing more and more. It seems to come down from Heaven, to arise from the poor things around Her, above all it seems to originate from Herself.
Her deep blue dress now seems of a pale myosotis blue, and Her hands and face are becoming clear blue as if they were placed under the glare of a huge pale sapphire. This hue is spreading more and more on the things around Her, it covers them, purifies them and brightens everything. It reminds me, although it is somewhat softer, of the hue I see in the vision of holy Paradise, and also of the colour I saw in the visit of the Wise Men.
The light is given off more and more intensely from Mary's body, it absorbs the moonlight. She seems to be drawing to Herself all the light that can descend from Heaven. She is now the Depository of the Light. She is to give this Light to the world. And this blissful, uncontainable, immeasurable, eternal, divine Light which is about to be given, is heralded by a dawn, a morning star, a chorus of atoms of Light that increase continuously like a tide, and rise more and more like incense, and descend like a large stream and stretch out like veils…
The vault, full of crevices, of cobwebs, of protruding rubble balanced by a miracle of physics, the dark, smokey repellent vault, now seems the ceiling of a royal hall. Each boulder is a block of silver, each crack an opal flash, each cobweb a most precious canopy interwoven with silver and diamonds. A huge green lizard, hibernating between two stones, seems an emerald jewel forgotten there by a queen: and a bunch of hibernating bats is like a precious onyx chandelier. The hay from the upper manger is no longer grass blades: it is pure silver wires quivering in the air with the grace of loose hair.
The dark wood of the lower manger is a block of burnished silver. The walls are covered with a brocade in which the white silk disappears under the pearly embroidery of the relief, and the soil… what is the soil now? It is a crystal lit tip by a white light. Its protrusions are like roses thrown in homage of the soil; the holes are precious cups from which perfumes and scents are to arise.
And the light increases more and more. It is now unbearable to the eye. And the Virgin disappears in so much light, as if She had been absorbed by an incandescent curtain…and the Mother emerges.
Yes. When the light becomes endurable once again to my eyes, I see Mary with the new-born Son in Her arms. A little Baby, rosy and plump, bustling with His little hands as big as rose buds and kicking with His tiny feet that could be contained in the hollow of the heart of a rose: and is crying with a thin trembling voice, just like a new-born little lamb, opening His pretty little mouth that resembles a wild strawberry, and showing a tiny tongue that trembles against the rosy roof of His mouth. And He moves His little head that is so blond that it seems without any hair, a little round head that His Mummy holds in the hollow of Her hand, while She looks at Her Baby and adores Him weeping and smiling at the same time, and She bends down to kiss Him not on His innocent head, but on the centre of His chest, where underneath there is His little heart beating for us… where one day there will be the Wound. And His Mother is doctoring that wound in advance, with Her immaculate kiss.
The ox, woken up by the dazzling light, gets up with a great noise of hooves and bellows, the donkey turns its head round and brays. It is the light that rouses them but I love to think that they wanted to greet their Creator, both for themselves and on behalf of all the animals.
Also Joseph, who almost enraptured, was praying so ardently as to be isolated from what was around him, now rouses and he sees a strange light filter through the fingers of his hands pressed against his face. He removes his hands, lifts his head and turns round. The ox, standing as it is, hides Mary. But She calls him: « Joseph, come. »
Joseph rushes. And when he sees, he stops, struck by reverence, and he is about to fall on his knees where he is. But Mary insists: « Come, Joseph » and She leans on the hay with Her left hand and, holding the Child close to Her heart with Her right one, She gets up and moves towards Joseph, who is walking embarrassed, because of a conflict in him between his desire to go and his fear of being irreverent.
They meet at the foot of the straw bed and they look at each other, weeping blissfully.
« Come, let us offer Jesus to the Father » says Mary. And while Joseph kneels down, She stands up between two trunks supporting the vault, She lifts up Her Creature in Her arms and says: « Here I am. On His behalf, O God, I speak these words to You: here I am to do Your will. And I, Mary, and My spouse, Joseph, with Him. Here are Your servants, O Lord. May Your will always be done by us, in every hour, in every event, for Your glory and Your love. »
Then Mary bends down and says: « Here, Joseph, take Him », and offers him the Child.
« What! I?… Me?… Oh, no! I am not worthy! » Joseph is utterly dumbfounded at the idea of having to touch God.
But Mary insists smiling: « You are well worthy. No one is more worthy than you are, and that is why the Most High chose you. Take Him, Joseph, and hold Him while I look for the linens. »
Joseph, blushing almost purple, stretches his arms out and takes the Baby, Who is screaming because of the cold and when he has Him in his arms, he no longer persists in the intention of holding Him far from himself, out of respect, but he presses Him to his heart and bursts into tears exclaiming: « Oh! Lord! My God! » And he bends down to kiss His tiny feet and feels them cold. He then sits on the ground, and holds Him close to his chest and with his brown tunic and his hands he tries to cover Him, and warm Him, defending Him from the bitterly cold wind of the night. He would like to go near the fire, but there is a cold draft there coming in from the door. It is better to stay where he is. No, it is better to go between the two animals which serve as a protection against the air and give out warmth. Thus, he goes between the ox and the donkey, with his back to the door, bending over the New-Born to form with his body a shelter, the two sides of which are a grey head with long ears, and a huge white muzzle with a steaming nose and two gentle soft eyes.
Mary has opened the trunk and has pulled out the linens and swaddling clothes. She has been near the fire warming them. She now moves towards Joseph and envelops the Baby with lukewarm linen and then with Her veil to protect His little head. « Where shall we put Him now? » She asks.
Joseph looks round, thinking… « Wait » he says. « Let us move the animals and their hay over here, we will then pull down that hay up there and arrange it in here. The wood on the side will protect Him from the air, the hay will serve as a pillow and the ox will warm Him a little with its breath. The ox is better than the donkey. It is more patient and quiet. » And he bustles about, while Mary is lulling the Baby, holding Him close to Her heart, and laying Her cheek on His tiny head to warm it.
Joseph makes up the fire, without economy this time, to have a good blaze, and he warms the hay and as it dries up, he keeps it near his chest, so that it will not get cold. Then, when he has gathered enough to make a little mattress for the Child, he goes to the manger and sorts it out as if it were a cradle. « It is ready » he says. « Now we would need a blanket, because the hay stings, and also to cover Him. »
« Take My mantle » says Mary.
« You will be cold. »
« Oh! It does not matter! The blanket is too coarse. The mantle is soft and warm. I am not cold at all. Don't let Him suffer any longer! »
Joseph takes the wide mantle of soft dark blue wool, he double folds it and lays it on the hay, leaving a strip hanging out of the manger. The first bed for the Saviour is ready.
And the Mother, with Her sweet, graceful gait, moves to the manger, lays Him in it, and covers Him with the strip of Her mantle. She arranges it also around His bare head, almost completely covered by the hay, from which it is protected only by Mary's thin veil. Only His little face, the size of a man's fist, is left uncovered. Mary and Joseph, bending over the manger, are blissfully happy watching Him sleep His first sleep, because the warmth of the clothes and of the hay has appeased His crying, and made Him sleepy.
"A fuller Christmas Story" -compiled by Joseph Costa

Pursuant to the Gospel that Jesus dictated to Maria Valtorta, He said the following, in a conversation with some of His disciplines when they went to visit the grotto of His birth at Bethlehem:
"... 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."
As you would already know, Immanuel means: "God is with us." Jesus is true God and true Man. If you re-examine the Gospel according to St John, you will notice that he tried as much as possible to highlight the fact that Jesus was, is God.

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.
At the time, the same night, for the delivery of Baby Jesus, a beam of Light entered the dark grotto and went to Mary. She immediately stood up and was encircled by that Light, that expanded, and Mary disappeared in ecstasy into that Light. A short time later, She emerged from that Light, standing with naked Baby Jesus in Her arms. Joseph did not see all this in this short interval. She then gave Baby Jesus to Joseph to hold so that She could get a (meagre) garment for Him. Joseph then went between the donkey and the ox in order to get some warmth for naked Baby Jesus, as it was a bitterly cold winter's night. [I can't recall whether Baby Jesus first cried at this point or when He was placed in the manger that was full of rough straw beneath that meagre garment.]

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.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. +

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.

This article is one of a trilogy of articles compiled from the writings of Maria Valtorta (1897-1961) by Joseph Costa. The three articles are:
-The Final Judgment of Humanity by Jesus the Judge

Also, for a short biography on the Italian mystic, Maria Valtorta see:


Anonymous said...

This site would do so much better if it publicized 'approved' stuff only. So many unapproved discussions here.
A good Catholic would only promote what is approved.

Maria Valtorta is condemned by the church with Garabandal in which is much discussed too.

Anonymous said...

To reply to the above comment, neither Garabandal nor Maria Valtorta were ever officially "unapproved" by the Church, although 50 years ago some (note a portion---not all) of the latter's writings were put on the CDF's "List of forbidden books", however the restrictions of the list were lifted in June of 1966--almost 50 years ago. And other than that there has not been any other official prohibitions against Maria Valtorta or her writings. (Source: Wikpedia)

And as far as Garabandal being officially "unapproved", this simply is not true either. Thus far, there has been no definitive pronouncement made by the Church (Source: EWTN).

Michael Miller said...

Thank you for posting this beautiful gem for this Christmas season. I am not afraid my eyes may read it or my heart understand it. God does not have to approve every thought a man has or a woman. I am a loyal and devoted Catholic and there are many ways for His word to be spoken. Speak with your life, let is say faith and joy and love, for Christ on the cross forgave before He died and was before He died. Better He be born in us than die.

luis marujo said...


Let me first tell you (Glenn) I really enjoy the site and I apreciate all your (REALLY GOOD) work. Please, keep on, as we, men, need to be constantly reminded of God's love and the peril of being too 'human' and forgetting our most important thing: our soul.

Just to comment on the subject, I must say I have read once (and reading it again) the work of Maria Valtorta (The Poem of the Man-God (or 'The Gospel as it was revealed to me' - in portuguese) and after having read so many revelations to a lot of saints, I have found nothing against the Catholic Faith nor the dogmas in the works of Maria Valtorta.

To say the truth, it was actually Maria Valtorta's work that brought me back to being a believer (after i had a crisis of faith on my 20's), because it is so detailed that in one particular section of one of the books (in portuguese, The Poem of the Man God is split in 10 books) it mentions an aqueduct that existed on a particular road in Israel. Weeks after I read the book, I saw in the newspaper that this particular aqueduct was discovered by people digging to build a major building, and then investigated by archeologists ... And it was exactly the same thing as mentioned in the books!!! Nobody knew it was there!!!! How could then a woman bedriden for years, describe something in detail that wasn't even known by people living there in Israel???

It is the devil's work to descredit these kind of revelations, because they bring us close to God again.
After reading so many revelations and lives of the saints, I can advise: if it has nothing against the Catholic faith nor the dogmas and brings you close to God, consider it real revelation...

Keep up, thanks.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Thank you Luis for your very thoughful commentary concerning the revelations given to Maria Valtorta. I sincerely appreciate it.
May God bless you and your loved ones,
Glenn Dallaire

Oareana Trinity said...

Soon it will be know the Mystery's of the Church, One is the Holy Familly is a physical manifestation of the Trinity. The family is the purist and most in depth way the human mind can Comprehend the one true God of Abraham as three divine persons. Natural law of Biology Genetics unveils the unity of the Trinity is cemented in universal truth that God the Father can only be fully united to God the Son Through with and in God the "eternal" Holy Mother Spirit. This is Not saying the Immaculate conception is God because she was Born,,, However this understanding of God the "eternal Holy Mother Spirit will give full understanding of the Virgin Mary's role in Co-redemption,,

Petrus Romanus

Ps I pray Charlie unites now so we and the others with teachings can fulfill Gods will in "Unity" as He has asked us too

Maria said...

Quando a nossa alma toma essa leitura como alimento, é impossível que não venha de Deus, de uma maneira ou de outra!A Igreja faz o seu papel! Mas acreditar ou não é algo muito pessoal. A mim muito me edificou a leitura. Grata.

Robert R. said...

Dear Glenn.
All of Maria Valtorta's works are inspirational to such a degree that her works have spoken to me in a trans-formative way like few others have. 'By their fruits you shall know them...' I can attest that the fruits of her work are inspired by the Divine, and any concerns about her are totally misplaced. Pope Pius XII gave verbal approval for her works to be published. I concur with all those readers who have felt and experienced God's work and hand in this work which will help to revive faith and hope, with charity from those who may have other opinions. Ask God if His hand is behind this work.....follow what you feel to be right for you....!

Robert R.

Glenn Dallaire said...

Thanks for your comments Robert! I feel much the same concerning Maria Valtorta's writings.

May God bless you and your loved ones.
Glenn Dallaire

Ron Beall said...

The Vatican, a den of serpents, is not 'approved' in heaven. They have no right to approve or unapprove. Valtorta is a wonderful servant of the living God. We are blessed by her obedience to Christ through her writings given to her by God Himself.

Anonymous said...

You can download the five volumes in PDF, Text, Kindle and other formats

For your ears only: volume 1 and 2 in MP3 format
This was done by a Text to Speech software. Not perfect but better than nothing.
(Please note that the page numbers are read also)

Anonymous said...

The Gospel As Revealed To Me by Maria Valtorta is a gift from Jesus that expands our understanding of His life and mission. For the first time, this collection is available in an unabridged audio book, read by Father Peter Bowes.

Anonymous said...

Whether true or not, it is a beautiful poetic reflection. I personally doubt Mary and Jesus were blond and blue eyed. Maybe in visions, but not in real life. I suspect darker skin, eyes and hair for both. Thanks for the reflection, though.

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