SG asks: “Is Luisa Piccarreta and the “In the Divine Will” movement New Age? Orthodox? Approved?”
The latest communication that I have about this movement is dated November 1, 2012, and is signed by Archbishop Giovan Battista Pichierri of the Diocese of Trani. In this letter he confirms that in 1994, the Holy See opened a Diocesan Inquiry into the life and virtues of Luisa and that her writings are now under investigation.
The problem with Luisa’s writings is one that has dogged the writings of many saints in the past, such as Sister Faustina Kowalski and the Divine Mercy, where erroneous translations result in doctrinal errors that don’t actually exist in the original documents.
“I still observe with sorrow that ‘the doctrine of the Divine Will has not always been presented in a correct and respectful way, according to the doctrine and the Magisterium of the Church, putting remarks in the mouth of Louis that are not even implicitly found in her writings,” the Archbishop writes in the November letter. “This provokes a trauma in consciences and even confusion and rejection among the people and by some Priests and Bishops.”
For those of you who are unaware of Luisa and her teachings on the Divine Will, she was born in Corato, Italy in 1865 and died in the same home where she was born in 1947. During that time, she was regularly visited by Our Lord and Our Lady in dreams and visions and lived solely on the Eucharist and the Divine Will for more than 60 years. In 1889, at the age of 24, she was granted the grace of mystical marriage with Jesus and at the same time received the Gift of the Divine Will – a grace that enabled her to live in the Will of God much as Adam and Eve did before the fall. Jesus referred to the granting of this grace as the advent of the Third Fiat of God – the first being the Fiat of Creation, followed by the Fiat of Redemption. This final Fiat would be known as the Fiat of Sanctification.
Largely dictated to her by Jesus and Mary, her writings explain that living in the Divine Will here on earth is the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In this state, God lives and operates directly in the soul because it is fused with His Will, so that only one Will operates. All of Luisa’s acts then became Divine acts, not because she was “another God” but because as a creature of God, she consented to allowing His will to operate within her. Some of her followers describe it as the human soul being like an empty glass that allows itself to be filled with the Will of God.
In total, Luisa wrote 36 volumes about the Divine Will, all of which are now under scrutiny by the Holy See.
Archbishop Pichierri is hoping to have a critical edition of Luisa’s writings prepared in order to provide the faithful with a trustworthy text of her writings. He has also forbidden anyone to publish any translation of her writings through print or Internet in anticipation of this approved volume.
The books that I have were published by The Luisa Piccarreta Center for the Divine Will, which was the only organization in the U.S. that had permission to print her books back in the mid- to late-90’s. However, they are no longer permitted to do so.
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UPDATE: As of 2017, nothing has changed on the investigation of this cause. Please see this update from EWTN on the status of Luisa and her writings.