Introduction to the Book of Heaven

Book of Heaven - The Call of the Creature to Return to the Order, to the Place, and to the Purpose for Which It was Created by God.

St. Hannibal Mary di Francia – Apostle of the Divine Will - June 6, 1924

“These are writings that must now be made known to the world. I believe they will produce great good. For as sublime as is this science of the Divine Will, so do these writings of divine dictation, present it, clearly and limpidly. In my opinion, no human intellect would have been able to form them.”


By Padre Bernardino Bucci, OFM

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 odour of sanctity on March 4, 1947.

Luisa 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 fulfilment of the Our Father, the prayer that Jesus taught His Apostles.

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.

The thirty-six Volumes of the ‘Book of Heaven’, the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta are divided into three parts: 

  Volumes 1 – 10

  Divine Mirrors – How to Become a Divine Mirror of Jesus

  Volumes 11 – 19     

  How to Live in the Divine Will Through the Power of the Holy Spirit

  Volumes 20 – 36     

  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, St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia, through Luisa, that these 36 Volumes are to be called: “The Book of Heaven.”

Pope John Paul II canonized St. Hannibal and declared him to be the Saint for our time to pray to for Vocations.

“…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.”   St. Hannibal Mary di Francia – Apostle of the Divine Will – Feb. 14, 1927

As Father Hannibal penetrated into Luisa’s spirituality, he came to realize just how necessary it was to make known to the world all the writings on the Divine Will that our Lord made Luisa record, to accelerate the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth, and so that the Divine Will would be done on earth as it is in Heaven. In fact, he was providentially appointed not only spiritual director in all matters concerning her writings and their publication, but their ecclesiastical censor as well.