Conceived before time, Maria Giuseppa Norcia born January 21, 1940. Chosen by the Father for the fulfilment of His Plan of Love and Redemption for humanity, She lives Her whole life in intimate union with God, Who knowns Her since ever.
On June 13, 1947, in the place where the “Little Cradle” is now, She welcomes Baby Jesus in Her pure and stainless Heart, Who descended from Heaven by the Will of the Father.
Full of the Divine Presence, She grows confident and serene. May 15, 1974 is the Day of Her Marriage with Heaven. Thanks to Her faithful “yes” to the divine Will, the Father fulfils His Plan of Salvation for all humanity.
The Father leads Her, full of His grace, in being first Daughter, then Bride and then Mother.
Faithful woman to Her Lord, She embodies the virtues of Strength, Humility, Sweetness and Simplicity. For all women and for all men of good will, She is the living example of purity, obedience, and humility.
Through Her pure and spotless Heart, the Immaculate Mother of God and Her only-begotten Son consist and are loved in all hearts. In the Immaculate Conception the mystery of Mary is both human and divine, inscrutable and inaccessible.
On July 5, 2008, She renews Her “yes” to the Will of the Father, who calls Her to Heaven after thirty‑three years lived in prayer in the “Little Cradle of Baby Jesus”, where God has established His Home among the people and has placed His Tabernacle. Here is the New Jerusalem, the Column of Light, the White Island, the Castle of Souls, the Center of the Infinite Mercy, prepared for the Era of the Holy Spirit for the fulfilment of Peace.
In the year 1975, in the hilly countryside of Gallinaro (Frosinone, Italy), a little church was built on the Via Fonte and dedicated to the Infant Jesus. It was built by Mrs. Antoniella Fazio, the widow of Cesidio Norcia, on her own land. Ever since then, as if to a Shrine, groups of pilgrims and faithful continuously visit this place, to beseech the graces promised by Baby Jesus to Giuseppina Norcia for those who pray there together. Mrs. Giuseppina Norcia is the Antoniella’s daughter; she is a widow too, and the mother of two children, Vincenzo and Anna Antonietta. She was born and raised in Gallinaro, where her mother lived, who was also involved in the extraordinary events of her daughter. Both women attest that, two days before her first Holy Communion in 1947, while her mother was making cakes for the occasion with two other women, Lina and Maria Colavecchio, – Giuseppina was playing all alone near her house where the little church stands today. Suddenly Giuseppina saw a little soft shiny cloud appearing and descending from the sky, on which a baby of superhuman beauty was sleeping. It was the Baby Jesus! The little cloud stopped a few feet from the little visionary. As Jesus opened His eyes, which were of incomparable sweetness, He stared and smiled at her. Giuseppina, enraptured by the heavenly vision, would have wanted to touch His little feet, kiss His eyes, and hold Him in her arms, but her stretched out arms could not reach Him. “Mummy, Mummy!”, she cried out repeatedly, hoping that her mother would arrive in time to get Him. Her mother rushed out at once with the other women but, before she arrived, the apparition disappeared. The young girl kept on looking up at the sky, longing to see Jesus again who had privileged her with a visit in the semblance of His own infancy just before she was to receive Him sacramentally. Her mother and the women who were with her were overtaken by overwhelming emotion. They too searched the sky for a long time but with no success, while they joyfully listened to Giuseppina as she described the details of the wonderful vision. Baby Jesus’ smile remained indelibly imprinted in the little visionary’s heart, making her foresee that the Lord would come back to smile at her. She grew up with this hope and in loving expectation. She incessantly repeated:
«I love you, Jesus, I love you so much, I rely on You; do not leave me alone. Do with me as You please; May Your will be done».
She frequently received the Sacraments to keep herself closer to the Lord, by whom she felt invisibly protected and guarded in His adorable Heart. When she was eighteen, she was married to a young man from the town of Sora, Umberto Lombardi who is remembered, for his goodness, by all those who knew him. He died unexpectedly after twelve years of marriage, leaving his beloved family in very great sorrow. In 1974, Giuseppina suddenly fell gravely ill. During her illness, on May 15, 1974, at 2:30 pm, while she was praying more intensely than ever in her bedroom, she was surrounded with a very bright light which pervaded the whole room. Suddenly, right beside her, there appeared Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel. It was never easy for Giuseppina to express what she felt when Baby Jesus appeared to her, but it is even less easier for her to say what she felt that day when, after such a long time, Jesus, no longer as an infant but as an adult, came back to console her in her suffering. The majesty of the Lord was incomparable; His beauty was extraordinary. A perfume of paradise exuded from Him; His hair had reflections of gold. Our Lady was extraordinarily beautiful, dressed in white with a sky blue veil and belt. At Her side stood Saint Michael the Archangel as an adolescent, all purity, vigour and splendour. The three talked a long time, consoling her and instructing her on how to pray and to make others pray, and entrusting her with a mission of salvation. They also warned her of a terrible trial which she would have to undergo the following night. In fact she had to hold out against an attack of the devil who, arriving in her room with great roar, frightened her with his horrible and menacing appearance. Giuseppina was speechless with terror and unable to call for help. She grasped in her hands her rosary beads, which the devil furiously tried to tear away from her. Humiliated by the vain attempt, the “ugly beast” lifted Giuseppina with inexpressible fury and slammed her repeatedly against the wall to annihilate her. At that moment, she remembered the words of Saint Michael the Archangel. “The devil can be won only by prayer,” but during that terrible struggle, she could not pray. Her relatives rushed into her room, and she made them understand, by shaking her rosary beads, that they should pray. As soon as her relatives began the Holy Rosary, the infernal assailant felt lost; he broke the rosary beads that he could not tear from Giuseppina’s hands and fled. A few days later, Jesus reappeared with the Virgin Mary and the martyr Saint Mesia – whose body lies in the church of the castle of Alvito – foretelling to Giuseppina that He would heal her…as later happened. In this circumstance Jesus said to her: “You see, nothing is difficult for Me. Everyone who asks receives, everyone who loves will be loved in return.” Saint Mesia has an important role in the events of Giuseppina’s life, but we will not speak about it here, for reasons of brevity. In the year 1975, Jesus confided an important secret to Giuseppina which must not be revealed until He gives permission to do so. Jesus and the Virgin Mary showed her the wonderful reality of Paradise and the horrors of hell to make her understand the eternal pains. And here our Lady, in seeing her lost children, said to Giuseppina, weeping: “See where sinners end. Help Me… let’s hurry!” And showing her the rosary beads, She added: “After the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion there is no other way! You have seen that we are in battle with the devil. Teach everybody to make good use of time for the glory of God and salvation of souls. Pray much for the conversion of poor sinners: they too are My children. The Holy Rosary is the most powerful weapon to fight the devil, to save souls, to set them free from evil and temptation. Understand me: it is the heart of a Mother who suffers for Her lost children. Help me. My dear Jesus is always sad, as you know.” In that moment Jesus appeared sad and said: “Never get tired of repeating to those who have forgotten and keep forgetting the words I pronounced at the Last Supper: MY BODY WAS IMMOLATED AND MY BLOOD WAS SHED FOR YOU. COME TO ME. WHEN YOU RECEIVE THAT BREAD AND THAT WINE YOU WILL FEEL THE WARMTH OF MY LOVE, YOU WILL FEEL THE LOVE OF YOUR GOD. KEEP WATCH. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF. RESPECT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS”. After saying that, Jesus had the Angels sing the last two verses of the Our Fathe: “FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.” Then He added: “These words must be put into practice and taught to those who do not know them”. Finally, the Lord showed her Mount Calvary to make her better understand that the Holy Mass is essentially the RENEWAL OF THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST, and that the Eucharist contains Him immolated among us for our salvation. In the meantime the Angels were singing: “STAY WITH US LORD! ALLELUIA. You are wheat, Lord, of the elected, You are the bread descended from Heaven. STAY WITH US LORD! ALLELUIA. You are the wine that germinates virgins, You are for the weak the bread of the strong. STAY WITH US LORD! ALLELUIA. You are the guide to the banquet of Heaven, You are the pledge of future glory. STAY WITH US LORD! ALLELUIA. How sweet, Lord, Your table! How sweet your words! STAY WITH US LORD! ALLELUIA. We shall be brothers at the table of the Father, We shall be one heart and one soul. STAY WITH US LORD! ALLELUIA.
Jesus’ conversations with Giuseppina still continue. The Lord insisted so much in having a little church built in the place so cherished by Him, where He first appeared in Gallinaro, which would serve as a “Cradle for Him”, because from it he desired to grant heavenly treasures to all souls. One day, our Lord traced out to Giuseppina a luminous path, suspended in the air, and at the end of the path there was an arrow which indicated precisely the point where the building was to be erected. Today Jesus still desires that “near that Cradle people should pray together to obtain from Him the desired graces, not only for the health of the soul but also for that of the body.” In the little Cradle of Gallinaro, Giuseppina, with simplicity and sincere charity, receives pilgrims, exhorts them to conversion, encourages them to receive the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, and infuses them with unlimited trust in the goodness of Baby Jesus. And the graces truly multiply because God keeps His promises. We may spontaneously ask ourselves whether Giuseppina acts independently of any verification. No. From the very beginning she has made known her spiritual experiences to the diocesan ecclesiastical authority, offering herself totally to its judgement and ordinances. And this diocesan authority follows the facts with scrupulous diligence and provides Giuseppina with regular and prudent spiritual assistance. But what can one think about the mission she states to have received from the Divine Redeemer? God has always manifested Himself and keeps manifesting Himself to His believers in different ways and degrees, giving them His “charisms”. We know that the Church of Christ is continuously shaken by the Holy Spirit, sometimes more and sometimes less, according to her needs, as is proven by the life of the saints and the past and present history of the Church. And it is also the Holy Spirit who raises up so many humble souls who, like lamps, illuminate others who are immersed and lost in the haze of the world, made ever thicker by Satan and his minions. Lamps set in place by Christ, not so that they shine with their own light, but with the light transmitted by God. Numerous lights, so that God’s invincible mercy can also triumph in our times, in which we are facing the most dreadful attack of Satan ever delivered before, against God and the Church: yet another, desperate attempt to hamper the achievement of the kingdom of Christ on earth. In such a tremendous attack, many cannot resist and abandon the battlefield of God; they adhere foolishly to the prince of darkness, of impiety and of hate, precipitating in his same eternal damnation. That is why the Lord, in His infinite Mercy, multiplies the means of salvation using “reparatory souls” to bring back to the faith those who have lost the true Way. As for Giuseppina, invested with mystic charisms through which she acts, she is fully aware of her role as an instrument. Nothing she says or does is her own; she does only what God communicates to her during the meetings with those who God Himself sends her. Moreover, intent on her duties as a mother and on her daily work, she lives in communion with God and her neighbour. Trust in Giuseppina’s mission is due to the spiritual fruits this mission itself produces, in addition to the persistent and increasing influx of all who direct their steps to the “Mystic Cradle” of Gallinaro, where Baby Jesus infuses trust, soothes pains, irradiates light, gives back faith, peace, love and leads to profound and stable conversion. In that little church all truly meet the infinite tenderness of the Divine Saviour of the world. Of course, there will always be someone who, having little faith, will have doubts concerning that Cradle; or someone who will commiserate her who has received the heavenly charge of making the Cradle shine to the eyes of human creatures, groping in the darkness of iniquity, needful of exceptional signs of divine mercy in order to get out of it. But these deriders are not aware that their rationalistic certainty breaks against the attestation of the Holy Spirit, that is “as long as man thinks that human reason can be the measure of all things, he will never understand spiritual realities”. (1Cor 2,12-16). They are fallacious judges and should not be followed. Spiritual gifts or charisms, especially if they manifest themselves in God-fearing persons, must not be prejudicially refused in a hasty and injurious way, because this would lead to an aprioristic and heretical negation of the action of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Rather, in such matters, before passing judgment, one should consult the legitimate authority of the Church, the only authority that is competent in distinguishing true “spiritual gifts” from diabolical and human falsehoods. Giuseppina declares that she has revealed her spiritual experiences from the very beginning to her Bishop, under whose guidance she acts with unconditional obedience. And this is a reassuring sign. Through His Most Holy Infancy and Childhood, may the Lord Jesus bless us, protect us from all evil and lead us to eternal life.
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