Science Devoid of Wisdom

Maria Valtorta
The Holy Spirit to Maria Valtorta:




“Elsewhere there are some who believe more in the false prophets, impure voices stirred up to speak by Satan and condemned by the law of the Church, and it is a condemnation for all who, as Catholics, listen to them-these Satanic voices speaking by means of mediumistic tables and spiritists, voices speaking to deceive, seduce, lead astray, and separate people from the Church.


Only the spirits of light are truthful and good guides. But they never come-I repeat, never-by human imposition and do not need any special apparatus to manifest themselves. God sends them whenever He wants to whomever He wants. And they are the only ones who tell the truth. The others, in all of their manifestations, are a lie. Because they are the manifestations of Satanism, and Satan is only deceit. Everything proceeding from these voices, even if they appear to say good words, is always contaminated with error in a subtle manner. They speak to separate people from the Church by saying it is not necessary to communicate with God. They speak to sneak in false theories on reincarnation, on a system of evolution of souls, and on successive lives-all of which is absolutely false. They speak to suggest scientific solutions to the most luminous manifestations of Divine Omnipotence, which created everything from nothing.


Poor science wanting to be only “science” and rejecting Wisdom! Science can confirm Wisdom, but it cannot abolish it. Where it abolishes it, it extinguishes an ocean of comforting light for human souls and intellects.


Woe to whoever puts out this Light! Like the gesture of a mad tyrant who, out of hatred or delirium, places mines in a city or temple and blows it to smithereens is the gesture of those who, out of excessive love for science, nearly a form of worship-whereas it is Wisdom that should be loved, listened to, and believed in because it comes from the “Father of Lights, in whom there is no variation or shadow of change” (James 1:17), who is the Spirit of Truth and Love and wants us to be nourished with truth to love more and more perfectly and wants us to see so as to know better, serve better, and love better-blow the building of simple, innocent Faith to smithereens, or at least many parts of it. The main ones.


But when the foundations and main walls are undermined, can a building stand any longer? It cannot. And when, out of human thirst to appear learned and modern, advanced for one’s time, the cornerstones are removed from the foundations of the building of faith-declared to be no longer in keeping with the present moment, childish, and inadmissible, fables which can no longer be accepted-what happens? A great deal collapses, causing victims; a great deal remains ruined and disfigured; a great deal which was luminously beautiful becomes darkly and smokily adorned with poor human lights which with their smoke obscure the heavenly lights and prompt questions in bewildered souls, questions which science does not satisfy and which Wisdom can no longer destroy, and voids are created which nothing manages to fill. A world of pure faith collapses. And the ruins of their syllogisms, deductions, and research do not fill the void which has arisen.


To contest known truth is a sin against the Holy Spirit. And it has been stated that “the Holy Spirit as a teacher flees from pretense and keeps away from senseless thoughts and withdraws when iniquity appears” (Wisdom 1:5). And what iniquity is greater than deducing that God, the Almighty, had to wait for spontaneous evolution to create his masterpiece, which is man? What thought is more senseless than that of someone thinking that God was powerless to create the most beautiful work of his creation directly?


The truth about everything is in the Book. For it is the word written through the inspiration of Wisdom-that is, of God. Everything else is pretense, imagination, and human deduction. Only one never errs: God. Man, even the holiest or the most learned in human culture, can always err when speaking or acting as “man”-that is, when not moved by the Holy Spirit, when not illuminated by the Light-Jesus, when his gaze is turned away from the Father-God, no longer seeing Him in all his works.


Science, too, can be good and useful. God has given man the intellect with a good purpose and in order for him to use it. But ninety percent of men do not always use it for a good purpose. And more than ninety percent of scientists do not use it for a good purpose.


Why? Because they lose sight of God and his law in order to follow and chase after human ways and chimeras. Yes, even if they apparently serve Him and offer Him external worship and even, indeed, relative internal worship and are convinced they honor Him, in reality they no longer see Him luminously or luminously see the eternal precepts of love. They no longer live the life of God, which is a life of love. If they lived this life, if they saw God and his Law luminously, how could they use their intellect to destroy the simple faith of the “least ones” with their scientific deductions and, with their scientific discoveries, the existence of so many human lives, of whole cities, and even undermine the entire globe by disturbing the equilibrium, the order of the elements, of the cosmic laws, established by God, which for millennia has been making the earth live and produce vegetable and animal lives without emerging from its orbit, without shifting from its axis, hereby avoiding apocalyptic cataclysms?
But it is a greater crime to destroy the simple faith of the “least ones,” destroy the conviction in the masses that God is the loving Father who takes care of even the birds and the flowers in the field and listens to and grants the requests which his children present to Him with prayer filled with faith.


How can man simply believe any longer if, in the name of science and with the support of uncertain scientific evidence, you upset the foundations of the Revelation contained in the Book? How can man believe any longer that God is powerful and loving, a Father who takes care of his children, if, on account of your discoveries, man is stricken by punishments-no, not punishments, for the wicked are punished by all human laws, whereas your means of destruction strike an enormous number of the non-wicked-if man is tortured to the point of going mad or dying of error and wounds, reduced to not having even the lair God grants to even ferocious animals, the food and clothing granted to the birds and flowers in the field?


The greatest crime! To destroy faith and trust. Faith in the truth of Revelation. Trust in divine goodness and omnipotence. The first destruction brings about the collapse of a whole world of beliefs which were a powerful incentive to live as children of God; it cancels out all the luminous poetry of celebration of the infinite goodness of the Lord. The second makes man, discouraged by what he has experienced, wonder, “What is the use of praying, sacrificing, and living as just people if we are stricken all the same in this way?” It is doubt that arises! It is the consequent relaxation of faith and customs! It is the abandonment of prayer! Sometimes, it is despair! These are the fruits of science when separated from Wisdom.


The fruits of the accursed tree of knowledge when not rendered good by the ingrafting of Wisdom. You want to know everything, investigate everything, and explain everything. But man’s intellect, especially that of fallen man, an intellect wounded by original sin, an intellect wounded by mental concupiscence, cannot know everything. Even Adam, though having been made the “king” of all creation, had received a prohibition: “Do no eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for the day you eat thereof you shall die” (Genesis 2:17). He did not obey, he wanted to know everything, and he died, first to Grace and then in the flesh. Now as well too many, when faced with the two trees-the one giving Life (that is, Jesus the Redeemer-Savior-Word, who gives eternal Life) and the tree of knowledge, which yields fruits which are generally of death-reach out to the latter and not the former, taste the latter and not the former, and bring about their death and cause death.


Is science to blame for everything? No, as no man is totally and perennially wicked, so science is not always and in all respects wicked and blameworthy. There are scientists who use their knowledge for good works. Others who, having discovered means for killing, destroy them, preferring to renounce the human glory they would obtain from such a discovery provided they can spare humanity new scourges. Others for whom, since they are truly Christians, scientific study augments religion and supernatural and moral virtues.


They are blessed by God and are benefactors of mankind. And they should be imitated by all the others. But that is not the case. Listened and caught up with the support of their deductions are the other scientists, the ones who scrutinize and explain everything in human terms, seeing it all with their human, material sight, which looks downwards, at the earth and its secrets, as animals do, and worse than they do. For in reality animals, many of them, may be said to praise things-at least the beautiful things in creation, the good things, and are grateful to the sun warming them, to the water quenching their thirst, to the fruits of the earth feeding them, to man loving them-much better than man does.


Man, a rational creature, endowed with a spirit and supernatural life, ought to be able to look on high, to Heaven, to God. To purify his sight and knowledge through contemplation of divine works, through the belief that He has made them, and to see the indelible sign impressed upon all of them, testifying to their being made by God.


Religion and faith, religion and charity, make human research actively good. When deprived of these spiritual forces or possessing them to an imperfect degree, human research falls into error or draws others into error and into the weakening or death of faith.


In order to appear up-to-date, in keeping with the times, which in reality are certainly not times to be applauded, do not reject the lights, all the lights coming to you directly from Revelation and Wisdom and indirectly from the wise investigation of Christian scientists who have elevated themselves to God to be able to penetrate into the mysteries of the world as well, but who do so in a good spirit in order to know their truth, a truth which confirms God’s work and gives Him praise for it. But, for the sake of appearing up-to-date and in keeping with the times, do not pursue those “depths of Satan,” as they are called in Revelation 2:24, or at least “of the world,” which are not consonant with Revelation, to explain what exists and exists only through divine omnipotence and action.”


The Notebooks 1945-1950, pages 585-590

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