True Life in God
Vassula Ryden

True Life in God

Starting at a very young age, Vassula Ryden experienced terrifying nightmares, which she attributed to Satan. Between the ages of ten and twelve, she had mystic experiences, including what she describes as a spiritual marriage to Jesus. During her teenage years, she saw on several occasions the souls of dead people surrounding her, and afterwards, she became indifferent to religious matters.1

Towards the end of November 1985, while living in Bangladesh, Vassula claims that an invisible being contacted her and identified itself as her “guardian angel.” The entity manifested itself by moving Vassula’s hand without her being able to control it, forming words and drawings. By this means, Vassula started to receive “messages” for about four to six hours per day.

Three months later, Vassula experienced a brief encounter with another being, who identified himself as “God the Father.” The “guardian angel” then submitted her to a purification week, which was followed by another visit from an entity who identified himself as “Jesus.” This entity also used the guided dictation of messages to communicate, calling the messages True Life in God. Other entities have also intervened, including the Blessed Mother, Michael the Archangel, and Saint Padre Pio.2

The main themes of these messages are the "abomination of desolation" in the Catholic Church, Christian unity, adhesion to Pope John Paul II, the closeness of a time of “purification” and the importance of making the messages known in order to end the division among Christian denominations.

The writings, which consist of several hundred pages, have been translated and published in 40 languages and promoted throughout the world. Vassula maintains that the method in which she receives the messages is not channeling or a New Age practice known as automatic writing, but that the messages are actually coming from heavenly sources.

In 1995, the Roman Catholic Church issued warnings against the writings by publishing a Notification from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in which several negative elements and theological errors were pointed out.3

In January 2007, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith addressed an internal communication to all the Presidents of the Bishops' conferences around the world reconfirming the negative doctrinal judgment of the 1995 Notification regarding Mrs. Ryden's writings and advised the faithful not to participate in True Life in God messages, writings or prayer groups.4 The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's document reads as follows:


2007 Notification Regarding Vassula Ryden

Other Warnings about Vassula Ryden’s Messages

1. Bishop Maurice E. Piat, Diocese of Port-Louis, Ile Maurice — In a letter dated April 5, 2002, the Bishop warns the faithful against Mrs. Ryden's messages. He affirms that they can make one subject to serious deviations to their piousness and to their personal relationship with God. He therefore asks that Mrs. Ryden's ideas not be spread in the diocese, whether by the selling of her books or the organization of meetings near churches or inside church properties.

2. Archbishop of Kandy, Sri Lanka — Informed of a planned meeting of Vassula in his Diocese, the Archbishop took action by distributing the 1995 Notification in all his parishes and forbidding priests from attending the meetings.

3. The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong — A few days before Vassula Ryden's visit to Hong Kong, the Diocese issued a negative declaration regarding this visit by advising the faithful not to attend her meetings. This statement was published in two of the Diocese's newspapers.

4. The Catholic Church in Scotland — A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland has warned people against going to Vassula's September 11th meeting in Edinburgh. Mentioning the 1995 Notification, he said Vassula "certainly did not" operate with the approval of the Church and that "the advice to Catholics is not to attend her gatherings due to the suspect nature of her alleged revelations, which contain doctrinal errors."



  1. Mon Ange Daniel — Les débuts de La Vraie Vie en Dieu, Vassula Ryden, Editions du Parvis, Hauteville (Suisse), 2001.
  3. "Did the TLIG messages get a nihil obstat and imprimatur?"
  4. "The Catholic Church's position regarding Vassula Ryden's TLIG messages."