Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerick
Mystic, Stigmatist, Visionary, and Prophet
Saints day: 9th of February
From a long time, she was thought to be called:
"Emmerich”; her real name is:
Catherine Emmerick was born on the 8th of September 1774 in the diocese of
Münster in community near Flamschen near Dülmen in Germany. This day is
celebrated in the Catholic Church as the birthday of Our Blessed Lady. She was
the daughter of Bernard Emmerick and Anna Hillers, a poor and devote farming
couple. She was the fifth child in a family of nine children. She had visions
from early childhood fairly constantly.
When she was baptized, she saw her patron saints, Anne and Catherine, who both
bent forward and blessed her. The child Jesus was also there and permitted her
to see a wedding ring.
She also regularly was her guardian Angel in the spirit, who was always with her
to protect her. She could also mystically see her guardian angel and ask him
questions in her childish innocence. This contact remained until her death on
the 9th of February 1824. She was also able to mystically see Mary and other
Saints. Besides she was able to hold mystical conversations with them. Once
she started to talk of these happenings locally, she discovered that people did
not always understand, what she experienced and thus she became silent.
For a while she looked after a herd of cows. Through this she was close to
nature with the animals and she learnt working of poisonous and healing herbs.
She did not have an easy life as a farmer’s daughter, but chose simplicity that
did not make her life any easier. At sixteen years of age, she woke up to her
desire to enter a convent. But she was poor and had to wait a further twelve
years to enter. She seldom spoke and was very withdrawn in herself, but showed
sensitivity for the sufferings of others and often asked God to let her suffer.
She was also very stubborn and highly-strung. She had weak and sickly health. By
touching the remains of deceased Saints, she received lots of information and
had close contact with many dead souls in Limbo. At the age of 24 she had a very
important experience. In front of the Tabernacle, whilst in prayer by the
crucifix, she saw Jesus appear to her from the tabernacle as a young glowing
gentleman. In His left hand He held a wreath of flowers and in His right hand
He held a crown of thorns and asked which she would prefer. Eventually she chose
the crown of thorns. When she had recovered her normal feelings, she felt a
great deal of pain around her head. Drops of blood that later started to appear
on her head had to be covered with a hair band.
Having been accepted as a novice on
November 13, 1802, Anne Catherine entered the Augustinian convent,
belonging to Augustine Nuns, at Agnetenberg
in Dülmen on the 18th of December 1802. As
was to be expected in this small convent community, her fellow nuns quickly
discovered her mission. Some talked about her behind her back, as they were
jealous and proud. She was clairvoyant, in feeling and sound, Anne was able to
experience this gossip and under went it as if she was being hit by sharp arrow
in her face. She did not show this, but her fellow nuns knew of her pity for
them, which she received for them and they got a horrible feeling. Immediately
prior to entering the convent, she felt very ill with pains around her heart.
This pain stayed with her for the rest of her life. In 1812 during an ecstasy in
the area of her heart, close to her sternum a cross was left behind. She was
very ill in the convent, but it was not due to her own constitution but much
more that she could suffer for other people who normally did not know that they
were suffering. In fact, she adopted others suffering. Later on, when praying
about and concentrating on the sufferings of Christ, she felt a burning pain in
her hands and feet.
On the 29th of December 1811, at three p.m, the crucified Lord Jesus appeared to
her with gleaming wounds, which penetrated her hands, feet and side like burning
arrows that started to bleed. From that day forth, she never left her bed and
had no need of food, drink or anything else. She was able to hide this for than
three months, as she only bled on a Friday. Her earlier stigma, the crown of
thorns also commenced bleeding whereas this had never occurred before.
From the year 1812 until her death, she bore the stigmata of Our Lord,
head, right side, both hands and her feet. The feet are one wound as
one nail pierced both feet. This stigmatism was kept secret from the world until
1813, but the convent was dissolved in 1812. She went to live with a friendly
Priest at the home of a poor widow in Dülmen, each in a separate room. There she
became part of a positive human community with which she had bonds in mainly
positive, but also negative ways. For example some Jesuits were part of this
Anne wanted her visions to be noted, so that they would not be lost without
being written down. On Thursday the 24th of September 1818 Clemens Brentano, the
celebrated poet and writer, a Catholic, came to visit her. She immediately
recognized him as the person in answer to her prayers. She told him: “I know you
before you came to me. That is why, when I first saw you coming into my room,
I thought: "There he is". Brentano was deeply moved by her personality and came to her
bedside everyday for five years to write down her visions. He was spoilt by the
big salons in Berlin, chose to bury himself in the farming town of Dülmen. He
always showed Anne what he had written and asked her to read it and tell him if
he had noted all correctly. She saw it all gleaming with a bright light. Thus did
she know that it all was true?
Brentano wrote all of it down for her in a book: “The Sad Sufferings of Our Lord
Jesus Christ”, which was published in 1833. Ten years after Anne Catherine
A person such as Anne Catherine Emmerick is able to explain the immediate past
and the distant past exactly in detail. People, dates, places and events. This
going hand in hand with an exact personal, extraordinary vision of faith.
Confirmed years later by, documentation, research, science, expeditions, bible
exegesis and theology. Thanks to the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerick, the
home of the Virgin Mary and John were discovered on a hill near the Turkish
Ephesus. Since then it has been an important place of pilgrimage for Christians
and Moslems. At the beginning of 1800, she received many personal “revelations”
about the sufferings of Jesus. She "saw" Jesus’ last days pass before her like a
film. This movie: "The Passion of the Christ", of director Mel Gibson, is
based on the four evangelical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and on one
other account. The other material comes from a book sometimes referred to as the
fifth Gospel: "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ", which book is an
account of the visions of the passion and crucifixion experienced by Anne
Anne Catherine is simple and uncomplicated. People are under the impression, that
it is impossible to tell all this without having seen it and lived through it.
Anne Catherine Emmerick said about her visions: “Never have I believed the
visions other than those in the Catholic catechism; not visions, but only the
teachings of our religion only lead my spiritual life.” You would be surprised
at the detail visions. Such has physical facts, up to and including the way she
describes the interior of the Cenacle (the room where the Last Supper was held
and Whitsunday), the form of the cross and the type of wood the cross was made
from and the nails, which were used, is described in detail. Not only physically
visible facts are detailed, but also the order in which they occur. It is very
moving the way in which Anne describes the state of Mary Magdalena as she dried
Jesus feet with her hair. The Roman Catholic Church leaves us free to value
these visions. A Church and a State examination have been made of the situation
during Anne Catherine’s life. They were unable to discover anything that
contradicts the teachings of the Church.
A prophecy of Anne Catherine Emmerick:
the great reduction in church clergy
and that they would become more materialistic. Only a few remain true to God.
She also told of the increase in the membership of the protestant church.
Some of Anne Catherine's Emmericks visions:
the fall of the bad angels, the creation of the earth and Paradise, from Adam
and Eve and the mortal sin.…… I had these visions by night and day, in my home
fields, at home, working many different things, just about anywhere at any time.
Before The Fall, Adam and Eve were made differently to us, miserable people
today. They were One with God, bound in love to God.… They were through God, the Lord of Nature.... The people were created
to replace the fallen angels.... The first people were exactly like God, it was
like heaven on earth. Everything was one with, in Him and agreed with Him; his
form was like God’s form. He was to colonize the world and enjoy and thank God.
The first people were “angels”, but they were tangible and radiant, with a body.
This body could not die and they had no need of food to survive;
Joseph in Egypt, the exodus, the prophets Elias and Malachi. And now for the
miracle; her visions were completely harmonious with the bible, no false term or
note were to be found.
Very different from what we are given today! Their explanations leave little
room for the mystical!
the new and strange looking church that they were trying to build. There was
nothing holy about it. People were kneading bread in the crypt, but it would not
rise, also they did not receive the Body of Christ. Those who were wrong, not
through their own fault, and those who desired The Body of Christ were comforted
spiritually, but not through communion. Then my Guide (Jesus) said: “This is
over the badly discriminated Church a majestic Lady with a corn blue cloak, which
spread over the heavens and wearing a crown of stars on Her head. The Light
shone from Her and through the dismal darkness.. where this light shone,
everything was renewed and commenced to bloom……….
Anne Catherine Emmerick died on the 9th of February 1824 in Dülmen at the age of
49. She was buried in the catholic graveyard behind the Holy Cross-church
Because about 50.000 pilgrims took sand away from the grave between 1877 and 1910, a
Polish Duchess had an iron fence put around it. In 1891, 67 years after her
death a study was started in preparation of her being declared Blessed. This
process was stopped in 1927; more time was needed to prove the legitimism of the
documents, which Brentano had written down for her. In 1973 a miracle occurred
said to be due to intercession to Anne. A nun with a swollen windpipe and lung
tuberculosis and asked Anne Catherine to intercede for her and was miraculously
cured. The Vatican recognized this miracle, because of which the process for her
to be declared blessed was reopened in 1973. In 1975 her human remains were dug
up and reburied in the cellar grave in the Holy Cross Church in Dülmen. The
process required to proclaim her blessed was concluded in 2004. Our pope
John Paul II beatified Anne Catherine Emmerick in Rome on the 3rd of October
2004. Bishop Reinhard
Lettermann said: “The declaration of Blessedness of a mystic from Münster filled
all with great joy and thanks".
A book has been published:
"The Life of Catherine Emmerick", written by Parson
Carl E. Schmoeger, published in 1870 and later republished in 1968 by Maria Regina
Guild, L.A California.
If you wish to visit the memorial place for Anne Catherine Emmerick, you can
visit the Parish: “Our Lady Queen”, Anna-Katharina-Emmerick-Straße 28
This only by appointment made with the parish council, telephone number:
0049-2594/9510. The grave is to be found in the Holy Cross Church,
Kreuzkirche 10 in Dülmen.
It is open from 8 a.m until 6 p.m via the tower.
Honour of Anne Catherine Emmerick
Beloved Savior, crucified Love! In the goodness
of Thy Most Sacred Heart we pray Thee, honor on earth Thy wound-adored
bride. Thou Thyself hast said, "Whosoever exalted himself shall be
humbled and whosoever humbles himself shall be exalted." In Thy Most
Holy Name we pray Thee, raise her up soon from her oblivion!
God, Holy Ghost, dispense of all graces, who through Thy servant during
her life on earth did bestow upon suffering mankind so many helps for
both body and soul, let her who is now in the blessed joy of heaven
become a helper in need for all mankind forever, that we may call upon
her with confidence in our sufferings and spiritual needs!
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