此书是17世纪西班牙修女Sister Mary Jesus Agreda 所著. 她得到天主默感启示, 看到圣母和耶稣的一生, 包括天上及人间的生平; 还有天主创造世界, 魔鬼和背叛天主的堕落天神等事情经过. 这一切详详细细地记录在这四巨册中.
这套书在1949得到罗马教庭认可, 列为圣书，是天主教经典，三百多年来影响天主教主流思想. 这书中所记载耶稣和圣母的人间生活,完全苦行: 终生吃素, 手不沾金钱, 自给自足.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO THE READER REVELATIONS
NOTHING that essentially differs fromthe teachings of the Catholic Church can rightfully be taught or believed byany man or under any pretext.
Moreover, even the essential doctrinescan be taught and expounded only in the sense and spirit approved, or at leastnot disapproved, by the Church.
This at once will establish the positionwhich private revelations, whether coming from Heaven or originating fromhallucination, merely human or devilish, hold in the Church of God.
There can be no doubt that God can anddoes manifest to chosen souls hidden things in addition to what He teachesthrough the public ministry of His Church.
It is also an accepted truth that Hesometimes reveals them to his friends for the express purpose of communicatingthis extra knowledge to other well disposed persons through the natural andhuman means at the disposal of those receiving his revelations.
These manifestations He invariablysurrounds with enough evidence to satisfy all requirements of a cautious andwell founded human belief.
It follows naturally that whenever Hethus surrounds private revelations with evidences of their heavenly origin, Hewill be pleased with a rational and loving belief and dissatisfied with acaptious and obstinate unbelief of the facts or truths thus privately revealed.
Where, however, these external evidencesare wanting, or wherever holy Church intimates the least direct or indirectdisapproval, there any faith in private revelation would be not only foolish,but positively wrong.
The Church has as yet given no publicand full approval to private revelations of any kind; nor will she ever do so,since that would be really an addition to the deposit of faith left by Christ.
But tacitly and indirectly she hasapproved many private revelations, and among them the writings of Mary ofAgreda.
She could well do so, since there are nowritings of that kind which exhibit more reliable human proofs of divine originthan the “Ciudad de Dios” of the Venerable Servant of God, Mary of Jesus of Agreda.
The existence of the Bible justifies thequery, whether there are not other books that have been written under supernaturalguidance, though we know of course that none of them can ever have the sameimportance and authenticity as the Bible.
For the Bible was provided as the recordof the general revelations of God to mankind at all its stages to the end oftimes.
A VAST FIFLD BETWEEN
Evidently there remains an immensedomain of truths outside the range of natural human knowledge and not speciallyrevealed in the Bible.
You will at once say: that whole fieldis covered by the one true religion.
Of course it is. The teaching andministry of men especially appointed for that purpose, the practice and exampleof those eminent in the Christian virtues, the writings of those versed inhigher truths, are the ordinary means of spreading truth and leading men totheir great destiny.
But besides all this, history provesthat God, for special purposes, often grants to his friends higher insight intosupernatural truths and facts, which, if at his command they are recorded inwriting, are intended by Him as an additional source of higher knowledge andwell deserve to be considered as private revelations.
EARMARKS OF DECEIT
Past ages simply teem with writings thatclaim to be derived from or based on divine revelation or inspiration. Many ofthem are clearly nothing but frauds, showing the signs of conscious orunconscious hallucination.
Many again seem beyond mere naturalhuman powers of insight, but at the same time in their authorship andtendencies show nothing divine or beneficent, thus proving that besides humanerror and malice the sinister and treacherous knowledge of malign spirits oftenfinds its way into such writings. Ancient sorcery and magic and modernspiritism have their root in this sort of preternatural communication.
TO BE CLOSELY SCRUTINIZED
Hence it would be foolish not to demandthe closest inquiry into anything put forward as private revelation.
Fortunately it is easy to apply sure andunfailing tests.
All that is necessary, is to ascertainthe character and motives of the writer and the result or drift of hiswritings.
Mahomet proves himself an epilepticadventurer and his Koran a travesty of Judaism and Christianity, settling likea blight upon civilization.
Joseph Smith and his companions turn outto be rebellious incendiaries and murderers and their book of Mormon aridiculous fake, establishing a fanatic and bigamous theocracy.
The fakir Dowie pretending prophecy,ends as a lunatic in a bankrupt Zion, yet leaving millions to his relatives.
The humbugging Eddy, aftercrazy-quilting scraps from the Bible with shreds of Buddhism, Brahmanism andTheosophy, shuffles off her wrinkled coil amid a numerous following of dupeswho rather expected her faked science to keep her perpetually alive or raiseher up from the dead,Is there any difficulty in discovering the fraud in revelations ofsuch a kind?
Yet they claim divine inspiration andvery often contain passages which show sources of information and deceit notaltogether human.
The sinister manifestation of spiritismand the astounding information often furnished by mediums, are not all sleightof hand or illusion of the senses; some of these things can be explained onlyby assuming interference of a sinister spirit world.
REALLY ANOTHER ARGUMENT FOR PRIVATEREVELATIONS
Would it not be absurd to concede thecommunication with evil spirits or departed souls, damned or otherwise, (andall reasonable people concede it), and deny the possibility of communing withthe good spirits or souls and with God?
Who would want to limit the power of Godin this way?
It will not do to claim that all thecommunication of God and the good spirits takes the ordinary course provided inthe public ministry of the true religion.
For it does not. Saint Paul saw thingsthat he dared not reveal, though he was not slow in writing down his otherrevelations.
The doctrine of the ImmaculateConception and the Infallibility was privately revealed many times before theywere officially defined and accepted as self-understood truths by allreasonable men.
Before these doctrines were defined, whohad the greater prudence and insight?
Those people who refused to believethese truths because they were privately revealed, or those who examined thoserevelations and finding them humanly credible, and not contrary to the truereligion, simply accepted them as revealed by God?
I should think the latter showedthemselves ahead of their times and far more enlightened in their belief thanthe former, who persisted in a finical unbelief concerning all privaterevelations.
NO DIFFICULTY TO DISTINGUISH THE TRUEFROM THE FALSE
If we find that the author of allegedprivate revelations has been a faithful adherent of the one true religionestablished by God, that he has led a good and blameless life, that hiswritings do not run counter to the Bible nor to the public teachings of thetrue Church, that he was not actuated by motives of selfish gain, pecuniary orotherwise, that the writings themselves tend toward the practice of perfectionboth as far as the writer as well as the reader is concerned, that they havenot been openly disapproved by the Church;
then certainly, if the informationrecorded is such that it would presuppose supernatural inspiration or directcommunication with the higher world, we are not justified in immediatelyrejecting the writings as fraudulent.
Closer examination may easily lead toreasonable certainty that they are privately revealed.
But we all know that this acceptance cannever mean anything more than a mere human belief, not the belief of faith,such as for instance is demanded by holy Scripture.
In fact, as soon as any such writinglays claim to implicit faith, it certainly is no revelation and ought to berejected at once as spurious.