These letters are from Antoinetta (nicknamed Nennolina), a young girl in
love with Jesus and Mary, who lived in Rome in the 1930's. She began to
express her inspirations when only 5 and a half years old, at first dictating
to her mother and later writing herself. Her parish church was "Holy
Cross in Jerusalem" and her grade school was taught by nuns. She was a
model not only of tender affection but also great courage and compassion.
She suffered terribly but patiently with cancer from the age of five, lost a
leg by amputation, and passed away before her seventh birthday. Her
cause for beatification being pursued in Rome.
15 September 1936 Letter No. 1
Dear Jesus, today I'm going to do errands and I'm going to my nuns and I will tell them that I want
to make First Communion at Christmas.
Jesus, come quickly into my heart, that I will hold you very very tight and I will kiss you!
Oh Jesus, I want you to remain always in my heart.
A greeting and a kiss from your
18 September 1936 Letter No. 3
You are good.
Descend upon us and bless us.
Take my heart and bring it to Jesus.
Oh Madonnina, You are the star of our heart.
18 September 1936 Letter No. 2
Loving Jesus I give you my heart Jesus give me souls!...Jesus You are good...Jesus welcome your
child Kiss her loving Jesus
26 September 1936 Letter No. 9
Dear child Jesus You are Holy. You are good help me do me this favor give me back my leg give me
souls loving Jesus don't leave again from my heart be always with me Dear child Jesus You are
holy!...You are good!...Help me do me this favor give me back my leg if you want. If you don't want,
Fiat voluntas tua. Jesus give me souls...loving Jesus...don't leave again from my heart stay always
27 September 1936 Letter No. 10
Dear child Mary help me protect me pray for me to Jesus that He make me become good Holy
Madonnina O Mary You are Holy.
28 September 1936 Letter No. 11
To mom, Mom sweet love be on the rose mom you are love.
Mom a greeting to you
mom O sweet love
a greeting to you heart
mom the flower kisses you
light you are o sweet love
mom you keep your children well
that greet you so much
mom you are good
O how good you are
O mom sweet love
the rose just kisses you.
28 September 1936 Letter No. 12
So many best wishes from your Nennolina. O loving Daddy I kiss you and your child greets your
heart Daddy you are good and wish your Nennolina very well who will pray always for you and will
tell Jesus to give you health and make you go to Paradise but first that He give you still many years
of life these are the best wishes from your Nennolina.
28 September 1936 Letter No. 13
Dad o sweet love
a greeting to you a kiss to the heart
I kiss you all o sweet love
you are the dad of your children
you are good you are love
o dad the rose that you take in hand
that is most fragrant.
28 September 1936 Letter No. 14
Margherita you are good come with me
O dear little sister a kiss to your heart
A greeting to your soul.
28 September 1936 Letter No. 15
To the Madonnina
Madonnina you are good
descend upon us and bless us
take my heart take it to Jesus
Oh! Madonnina you are the star of our heart.
28 September 1936 Letter No. 16
Loving Jesus I give you my heart
Jesus give me souls!...
Jesus you are good!...
Jesus welcome your child
kiss her o loving Jesus.
03 October 1936 Letter No. 17
Dear child Jesus
Oh child Jesus forgive me if I said my prayers badly, You are so good!
Bless me and bless also my dad my mom my little sister bless also my grandparents uncles and aunts
and also Caterina.
Child Jesus protect my dad my mom and my little sister and give them good health child Jesus
make me sleep well. Child Jesus forgive me all the sins that I have done child Jesus give good
health to all and bless the priests the little pagans and make yourself known by all those evil ones
who do not wish you well. Child Jesus I greet you and I kiss you with all my heart...Child Jesus give
Good night Jesus, good night Madonnina.
So many kisses from your
03 October 1936 Letter No. 18
I ask your pardon for all the sins that I have done today. Dear child Jesus I wish you very well and
today I have done everything possible to make you happy Oh child Jesus bless all the world the
priests the little pagans, bless my parents. Many kisses from you Antonietta.
04 October 1936 Letter No. 19
You who are so good help us protect us save us...
You too Jesus!
Madonnina help me to be good to make a good and holy Communion. Madonnina bless us, save my
dad save my Mom, save all the good and bad...help my dad protect all the world.
Madonnina protect my little sister whom I wish very well. Dear Madonnina pray to Jesus that he
make me become good, bless all the nuns the priests the missionaries and the little pagans many
kisses from your Antonietta.
04 October 1936 Letter No. 20
Dear St.Therese I wish you so well and so pray to your Jesus that He make me good...many kisses
from Your Antonietta
04 October 1936 Letter No. 21
Dear Jesus, I wish you so well, Oh Jesus!...You Who are so good help me and forgive me the sins
that I have done many kisses from your
05 October 1936 Letter No. 22
Dear Jesus!...Every day is dedicated to You and to your Mommy I always come to find you in
Church and greet You, your Mommy and the good Saints.
Oh dear Jesus!...Give me souls, make them become good!...
Make many souls become good!...
Oh child Jesus! You Who are so good forgive also me and all children!...And also make yourself
known by pagan children.
Loving child Jesus I want to be always good so that You make souls become good, but make many
O child Jesus I have been waiting for you for so long in my heart!...I don't know when Christmas
might be. It is true that Christmas is the most beautiful day!...It is beautiful because I want to
receive you into my heart...
Many kisses and greetings from your Antoinetta for You and for Your Mommy.
02 May 1937 Letter No. 161
I love you so much and in this month of May I want to make so many but many little sacrifices.
Dear Madonnina, tell God the Father that I love him so much.
Dear Madonnina, tell also Your son Jesus that I am very happy that today He came into my heart.
dear Madonnina, tell the Holy Spirit that in a few days I will receive Him and I will be very happy to
Dear Madonnina, You help me come into heaven with Jesus and all the Saints and also with You
Dear Madonnina I want to tell you again I love You so so much and You, by means of Jesus, make
me save many souls but many many souls dear Madonnina tell the Holy Spirit again to illuminate me
and give me all of His seven gifts and make me holy and make me grow up good.
Dear Madonnina, I entrust to You the Church the Holy Father the Clergyand specially my
Spiritual Father I entrust to you also my family and especially my parents, I entrust to you Aunt
Laurina and all aunts, uncles and relatives and all.
Greetings and kisses from your dear Antonietta
ANTONIETTA OF JESUS
02 May 1937 Letter No. 162
Dear Crucified Jesus,
I really wish You well and I love You so much.
I want to be on Calvary with You and I suffer with joy because I know how to be on Calvary.
Dear Jesus. Thanks that You have sent me this illness because it's a way to arrive in Paradise.
Dear Jesus, tell God the Father that I love Him so much, Him too. Dear Jesus, I want to be Your
lamp and Your lilly dear Jesus, dear Jesus give me the strength necessary to stand the pains that I
offer for sinners [at this moment she was taken to vomiting].
Dear Jesus, tell the Holy Spirit to illuminate me with love and fill me with His seven gifts.
Dear Jesus, tell the Madonnina that I love her so much and that I want to be with her on Calvary
because I want to be Your victim of love dear Jesus.
Dear Jesus, I entrust to you my Spiritual Father, and do for him all the graces necessary.
Dear Jesus, I entrust to you my parents and Margherita.
Dear Jesus, I send you lots of greetings and kisses.
Antoinetta of Jesus
Jesus' own thoughts about children:
"I heartily agree with you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and
knowledgeable and have revealed them to children. Yes, Father, it was a delight that it should so come about before
you." Matthew 11:25-6
At that time the disciples went up to Jesus saying, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Calling a child over
and putting it in their midst, He said, "Amen I tell you, if you do not turn and become as children, there is no way you will
enter into the kingdom of heaven; and whoever humbles themself as this child, this one is greatest in the kingdom of
heaven. And whoever receives one child like this in my name, receives me." Matthew 18:1-5