Servant of God
Of the Divine Will
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.
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 before 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
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 addition 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, Saint Annibale Maria Di Francia, through Luisa that these 36 Volumes are to be called: “The Book of Heaven.”
Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Annibale and declared him to be the Saint for our time to pray to for Vocations.
Yet, Saint Annibale himself stated in Messina on February 14, 1927:
…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.
On June 4, 2005 a letter was sent from the Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie–Nazareth
by His Grace, Mons. Savino Giannotti stating that:
“The “Divine Will” has guided the Archdiocese, in this last decade,
for the completion of the works regarding the process of the Cause of Beatification of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta.
The Diocesan Postulation announces having completed this journey” (and will be handed over to the Vatican.)
Holy Spirit, Come Supreme Will,
down to reign in Your Kingdom on earth
and in our hearts!
TRANSCRIPT OF PADRE BUCCI’S CONFERNECE
by Iole C. Checcone, PhD.
Conference 1 of 3
Luisa Piccarreta; “The Person”
Luisa Piccarreta was born
in Corato the 23rd of April, 1865 and died there in March, 1947.
Her birth, childhood and youth are wrought with various
• Interior dialogues before the Blessed Sacrament in the church of Santa Maria Greca.
of desperation, where phenomena that border on the incredible take place: “mysterious youth”, diabolic temptations, the mulberry
tree, the little bridges.
• “Rigor Mortis”, Fr. Loiodice, the lack of understanding of the clergy of Corato, intervention
of the Archbishop, Giuseppe Bianchi Dottula.
• The confessor Fr. Cataldo De Benedittis that puts her in the Third
Dominican Order with the name of Sister Magdalene; he gives her permission to be permanently bed-ridden as victim of expiration
for the sins of mankind.
• Refusal of food, out of obedience she must eat once a day but immediately vomited everything.
of “tombolo” lace-making from which she supported herself and her family.
Luisa, assisted at daily Mass
celebrated in her little room by the confessor assigned to her by the Bishop or by some other priest who occasionally substituted
She received the Holy Eucharist daily and it was the only food she retained.
After the celebration
of the Mass she remained in silence for two hours giving thanks and at about 8 AM many girls came to her house to learn tombolo
Towards noon, they brought her food that the wealthy families of Corato sent her, (often my sister Gemma
and I went to the Cimadomo house to pick up what they had prepared.
Luisa ate very little because the food was generally
consumed by her sister Angelina and by her parents, or by people who later took care of her.
Shortly thereafter, her
sister or Fr. Bucci’s aunt Rosaria would come in with a basin and Luisa brought up everything she had eaten -- the little
she had eaten -- entirely and now it had not the odor of vomitus but a perfumed scent.
After dinner, Luisa would retire
to meditate and pray for about three hours. In the late afternoon several pious women, among whom were the sisters Cimadomo,
and they began to pray the holy Rosary in its entirety, with meditations that Luisa had on the Divine Will.
everyone had left, Luisa would close herself in prayer. Her little room was closed and during this time she daily, in obedience
to the directives of her confessor who had ordered her to write everything down without neglecting a single detail, she would
write down that which occurred between herself and Our Lord.
The following morning, at about 5 A. M., the caregiver would
come into her room to make ready the altar for Mass while awaiting the arrival of her confessor. Luisa was always seated in
her bed with her head tilted to the right, rigid and immobile as though in rigor mortis.
The confessor approached
her bed, made the sign of the cross over her body and she was revived and began her normal routine.
If per chance the
confessor or any other priest did not come to make the sign of the cross over her body, she would remain in that rigid state
She needed this priestly authority daily in order to take up her normal life.
For Piccarreta this
total dependence on the authority of the priest was an enormous sacrifice and object of great humiliation, especially when
the priests were not available.
The Servant of God repeatedly asked the Lord to be freed from this dependence on priestly
authority so as not to burden them with such a daily commitment.
The Lord comforted her saying: “this is a great privilege
that I give you, that of surrendering your entire life, your entire person, to priestly authority; I have given this privilege
to only one other creature, to My Mother”.
Luisa and the authority of the Church
The life of the Servant
of God can only be defined as: obedience.
Luisa had to remain her entire life under the tutelage of priestly authority.
cannot conceive of Luisa Piccarreta except within the jurisdiction of priestly authority. Even in her physical body, everything
had to be given over to the authority of the Church.
Luisa is totally in the hands of the Church that nourishes her
and guides her life’s journey.
Luisa is a Catholic woman; she loves the Church; she prays for the Church; she sacrifices
herself for the Church; and yields everything to the Church. This is the way she expressed herself:
“If the Church tells
you that my life is a fraud and my writings are false, you must obey the Church and you must destroy everything; because the
Church is the tender mother who loves us with a divine love. The teaching of the Church is the life of the believer”; (from
the notes of Rosaria Bucci).
All those who because of false interpretations of the message of the Servant of God express
concepts that are not in line with the magisterium of the Church, are being prompted by Satan and not by the Spirit of God.
Luisa and the personalities of her time
Luisa was in touch with priests who had a solid priestly formation;
must not forget that Fr. Cataldo de Benedictis was the first priest to understand that in Luisa, he had before him a privileged
soul and sought to guide her in her initial steps towards saintliness.
It was this priest that allowed Luisa to become
the perennial victim of Divine Will keeping always to her bed for 64 continuous and uninterrupted years.
It was also
he who prudently obliged her to eat once a day even if subsequently she brought everything back up.
The other personage
to remember is the archbishop of Trani, Archbishop Giuseppe Bianchi Dottula, who suffered greatly in the upheavals that led
to the unification of Italy.
The other priest to influence her life was Fr. Gennaro di Gennaro who in 1898 succeeded
Fr. Cataldo de Benedictis as the confessor of the servant of God. He impressed upon her that out of obedience she was to write
down everything that happened between Our Lord and the servant of God. Thus began the famous diaries that were terminated
in 1938 when she received the order to no longer write.
From the diaries have come 36 volumes of the highest spirituality,
all treating the Divine Will.
Another personage of vital importance was Saint Annibale Maria di Francia, who from
1910 until 1927 became her confessor and approved her diaries;
St. Annibale approved, as delegate of Archbishop Giuseppe
M. Leo, the first 19 diaries with the Church’s imprimatur of the Archbishop of Trani.
Therefore the first 19 volumes
should have the paternity of the Rogationist fathers.
A personage who stands out is His Eminence, Fernando Cento, one
of her devout disciples. Since his youth he had frequented Luisa and Luisa foretold that he would one day become cardinal.
In fact, having been elevated to the office of cardinal, he served as Apostolic Nunzio to various countries for Pope John
Cardinal Cento spoke often and everywhere about Piccarreta, so much so as to convince Cardinal Palazzini
of her spirituality who would later become the first Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints to love and
task an interest in Luisa Piccarreta. Cardinal Palazzini called her: “dear Luisa”.
One cannot forget her last confessor
Fr. Benedetto Calvi, great pastoral figure, who ministered to Luisa for almost twenty years until her pious death.
will be this priest who becomes involved in the strict orders of the Holy See that struck Piccarreta. These regrettable events
did not dissuade him because he was well aware of the treasure of holiness locked within the Servant of God and soon after
her death with the authorization of the Archbishop Addazzi, disseminated the first prayer cards of Luisa with the title, Servant
of God, conferred to her by the Archbishop.
With Saint Padre Pio, she had personal contacts through the facilitator
Federico Abbresc, great convert of S. Padre Pio who frequently visited the Servant of God and kept her in contact with the
Piccarreta often told the people around her that Padre Pio was a holy priest according to the image of the
heart of God, and many times sent Rosaria Bucci to Padre Pio. Nothing is known of the meetings that occurred.
his part, Saint Padre Pio invited people to pay a visit to Luisa “the Saint”; this is the way he also referred to her.
people closest to her
The people closest to the Servant of God were:
• her parents, whom Luisa defined as “angels
of honesty and purity”
• her sister, Angelina, who remained single and was at her side until her death
noble sisters Cimadomo
• Miss Argues who transcribed her writings
• Rosaria Bucci who since 1907 was always
at her side and being her confidante to the end of Luisa’s life
• Her niece, Giuseppina, she too having chosen a single
And many other pious women who gathered in her house daily to pray and to deepen their spirituality in the Divine
Padre Bernardion Bucci
At the Opening
of Luisa's Cause
In Rome - March 7, 2006