- In the place where I
arrived, seated around a long table, there were some men who were
praying, under the guidance of He whom they called
"Master" : a majestic figure which stood out amongst them,
with a beard, long hair, and an inscrutable face.
For me, there wasn't a place around the table, however, I saw an
inviting stone on the ground and there I sat down, right in front of
He, who was the Lord Jesus !
Everyone began to pray and I also participated in their prayers. At
a certain point, the Master looked at me, bowed His head towards the
table before me, He opened something that was similar to a register,
then He wrote three things in three different spaces, raising every
time, His gaze towards me. The men closer to Him and also all those
who had their backs towards me, turned around together and looked at
me radiantly, full of joy, and exclaiming, they said to me :
" He has accepted you! He has accepted you! He has written you
in all the three spaces of the register. "
I was full of joy, happy, even though I didn't understand profoundly
and completely the meaning of all that was happening to me. Then the
Master handed to me with His right hand, a kind of writing-pad and
said to me: " Now you read."
I understood that I had to read, really me, by myself. I took the
writing-pad shyly, fearing that I couldn't know how to satisfy the
Master. It was a hard and difficult moment for me. I began to read
the first page, but my reading wasn't fluent because I didn't
understand well. The Master insisted however, until I read better,
and so I recommenced from the beginning and read correctly.
All of a sudden I found in my hand, something like a small
blue-shining board on which there weren't written words, but square
signs in relief, unknown to me, like engraved on the surface
itself. These signs I could see with my own eyes and feel with my
finger tips, but I couldn't decipher them or none the less read
Therefore I stopped not knowing how to go ahead; I felt regret for
not knowing how to bring about the conclusion that the Master
had asked of me. But, some of the first men, turned to me and said:
" We will help you, be at peace.
- It was only after seven months
that, with amazement, I saw again those characters
on a table of ancient alphabets in an encyclopeadia which had
recently been acquired at home :
characters corresponding, as from the document reproduced here, to
the letters , among the southern semitic characters : "He"
I discovered then, thanks to the research of my wife, that they
specifically indicated two verses of Psalm 119 (118), from the
The only Psalm of its nature, in which, in a constant tension of
love and fear, the servant of the Lord asks and obtains that God
reveals His teachings to him directly, in the deepness of his heart.
That Psalm so became my fervent and constant prayer.
Marcello some time afterwards
discovered surprisingly in a special exposition in the city of
Ponte Felcino-Perugia, that the face of the Master was the same of
that of the Sacred Shroud.