What do I say in this book of mine?
I trace out a simple and beautiful road, but a difficult one, oh how difficult! It is necessary to travel it, if you wish to live the consecration.
I teach you how to live; I form you in a practical way to live with me.
I tell you the things which I have most in my Heart. . ." (Msg. No. 282, g-j)
Starting in July, 1973, Don Stefano began to note down some limpid and strong thoughts which sprang up from his soul. In obedience to his spiritual director, he undertook to gather them together in a little book, which numbered but a few pages and thus he managed to prepare the first edition which was presented at a gathering of priests of the Movement, which took place at the end of September of that same year.
Everyone became aware, at first with a certain amount of surprise and then with a profound joy of soul, that it was a very small and limited means, but one chosen by Our Lady, for the spread of the Movement throughout every part of the world. The book in fact is an instrument, humanly speaking quite limited, of which our heavenly mother has willed to make use in order to draw to herself priests and the faithful entrusted to their care. Once attracted to her motherly heart, priests and faithful will be brought by her into the intimacy of the Heart of Jesus, to live in the heart of the Church, his mystical body.
The book is not organized into well-defined and connected chapters. This is because the Marian Movement of Priests itself is understood more clearly in its demands and richness little by little as Our Lady makes it known through the writings of Don Stefano Gobbi. She herself is defining, spreading, and establishing the MMP, now in every part of the world, in a manner which is discreet as it is magnificent.