(CEV) From “The Poem of the Man-God”, Vol. 5, p. 614
Jesus speaks for the first time:
Jesus: «Father, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing!»
This prayer overcomes all fear in Disma (the good robber). He dares to look at the Christ and says:
The good robber (Disma): «Lord, remember me when You are in Your Kingdom. It is just that I should suffer. But give me mercy and peace hereafter. I heard You speak once and I foolishly rejected Your word. I now repent. And I repent of my sins before You, the Son of the Most High. I believe that You come from God. I believe in Your power. I believe in Your mercy. Christ, forgive me in the name of Your Mother and of Your Most Holy Father.»
Jesus turns round and looks at him with deep compassion, and He smiles a still beautiful smile with His poor tortured lips. He says
Jesus: «I tell you: today you will be with Me in Paradise»
“Woman, this is Your son. Son, this is your Mother”
[…] The sky becomes duller and duller. Now the clouds hardly ever open to let the sun shine. On the contrary they cluster on top of one another.[…]
Jesus seems to be turning ominously livid, because of a beginning of putrefaction, as if He were already dead. His head begins to hang over His chest. His strength fails Him rapidly. He shivers, although He is burning with fever. And in His weakness, He whispers the name that so far He has only uttered in the bottom of His heart:
Jesus: «Mother! Mother!»
He murmurs it in a low voice, like a sigh, as if He were already lightly delirious and thus prevented from holding back what His will would not like to reveal. And each time Mary makes an unrestrainable gesture of stretching Her arms, as if She wished to succor Him. […]
[…] It is in this frightening twilight that Jesus gives John to Mary and Mary to John. He lowers His head, because the Mother has gone closer to the cross to see Him better, and He says:
Jesus: «Woman, this is Your son. Son, this is your Mother.»
“Eloi, Eloi, lamma scebacteni!”
Jesus’ sufferings increase more and more. And the light fades more and more. […] With great difficulty, pressing once again on His tortured feet, finding strength in His will, and only in it, Jesus stiffens on the cross, He stands upright, as if He were a healthy man with all his strength, He raises His face, looking with wide open eyes at the world stretched at His feet, at the far away town, which one can see just indistinctly[…].
He shouts in a loud voice, overcoming with His will-power and with the need of His soul the obstacle of His swollen tongue and His oedematous throat:
Jesus: «Eloi, Eloi, lamma scebacteni!» (I hear Him say so).
He must feel that He is dying, and in absolute abandonment by Heaven, if He confesses His Father’s abandonment, with such an exclamation. People laugh and deride Him.
I am thirsty!
Darkness becomes deeper. Jerusalem disappears completely. The very slopes of Calvary seem to vanish. Only the top is visible […] And from that light, which is no longer light, comes the plaintive voice of Jesus:
Jesus: «I am thirsty!»
A soldier goes towards a jar […] and offers the sponge to the Dying Victim.
Jesus leans eagerly forward towards the approaching sponge. He looks like a starving baby […]. Jesus, Who has greedily sucked the sour bitter drink, makes a wry face in disgust. Above all, it must act as a corrosive on His wounded split lips.
And fainter and fainter, sounding like a child’s wailing, comes the invocation:
And the poor wretch whispers:
Mary, Jesus’ Mother : «Yes, darling, I am here.»
And when His sight becomes misty and makes Him say:
Jesus: «Mother, where are You? I cannot see You any more. Are You abandoning Me as well?»
Maria Valtorta: The Poem of The Man-God
Evaluation of the Work of Maria Valtorta by Padre Livio Fanzaga, Catholic priest (Radio Maria):
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