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Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (8 September 1774 - 9 February 1824) was a Catholic Augustinian nun, stigmatic, and ecstatic. She was born in Flamsche, near Coesfeld, in the Diocese of Münster, Westphalia, Germany and died in Dülmen. On October 3, 2004, Pope John Paul II officially beatified her, giving her the title "Blessed". (It is worth noting that her writings were not considered in the beatification process, since they were all dictated to Klemens Brentano, who may have taken liberties in his translation and recording of her words.) Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Blessed is a dancehall album by Jamaican musician Beenie Man, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music). ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 1774 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1824 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The Augustinians, named after Saint Augustine of Hippo (died AD 430), are several Roman Catholic monastic orders and congregations of both men and women living according to a guide to religious life known as the Rule of Saint Augustine. ... In general, a nun is a female ascetic who chooses to voluntarily leave mainstream society and live her life in prayer and contemplation in a monastery or convent. ... Coesfeld is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, capital of the district Coesfeld. ... Town Hall at Prinzipalmarkt Münster: Prinzipalmarkt Münster is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Westphalia (German: Westfalen) is a region in Germany, centred on the cities of Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Münster, Bielefeld, and Osnabrück and included in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. ... Dülmen is a city in the district Coesfeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in Leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), born Karol Józef WojtyÅ‚a (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) reigned as pope of the Catholic Church for almost 27 years, from 16 October 1978, making his the second-longest pontificate (or the third-longest, as enumerated by Roman Catholic tradition). ... In Catholicism, beatification (from Latin beatus, blessed, via Greek μακαριος, makarios) is a recognition accorded by the church of a dead persons accession to Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in their name (intercession of saints). ... Clemens Brentano, or Klemens Brentano (September 8, 1778 - July 28, 1842) was a German poet and novelist. ...


Childhood

Her parents were very poor. At twelve she was bound out to a farmer, and later was a seamstress for several years. She was sent to study music, but finding the organist's family very poor she gave them the little she had saved to enter a convent, and waited on them as a servant for several years.


In her twenty-eighth year (1802) she entered the Augustinian convent at Agnetenberg, Dulmen. Her sisters came to believe that she had supernatural powers, mostly as a result of multiple ecstasies she appeared to experience. When Jerome Bonaparte closed the convent in 1812 she found refuge in a widow's house. In 1813 she became bedridden. --69. ... Dülmen is a city in the district Coesfeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... ecstasy (drug) and religious ecstasy Ecstasy, from the Greek ekstasis, to be outside oneself, is a category of trance or trancelike states in which an individual transcends ordinary consciousness and as a result has a heightened capacity for exceptional thought or experience. ... Jérôme Bonaparte (November 15, 1784 - June 24, 1860) was the youngest brother of Emperor Napoleon I of France. ... 1812 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1813 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Catholic Tradition states that she foresaw the downfall of Napoleon twelve years in advance, and that she counseled in a mysterious way the successor of St. Peter. For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... According to tradition, Peter was crucified upside-down, as shown in this painting by Caravaggio. ...


As a child she had visions in which she talked with Jesus as a child; the Catholic Church later came to accept her claims as factual, i.e. that she really did have supernatural conversations with Jesus in heaven.


The sick and poor came to her for help, and according to contemporaries she supernaturally knew what their diseases were, and prescribed infallible cures. There is no documented evidence to support such claims.


She prayed for the souls of those people who she believed were condemned to Purgatory; she had many episodes in which she claimed to see the souls. The term purgatory is best defined as the means by which the elect reach perfection before entering into the Kingdom of Heaven Many different theories on how purgatory takes place have been discussed in the past. ...


By 1813 she was confined to bed, and stigmata appeared on her body. Stigmata (plural of stigma) are wounds that were, according to the Bible, inflicted on Jesus during his crucifixion. ...


Then followed an Episcopal commission to inquire into her life, and the claims surrounding miraculous signs. The examination was very strict. The vicar-general, the famous Overberg, and three physicians conducted the investigation with scrupulous care and became convinced of the sanctity of the "pious Beguine", as she was called, and the genuineness of the stigmata.


At the end of 1818 Emmerich claimed God granted her prayer to be relieved of the stigmata, and the wounds in her hands and feet closed, but the others remained, and on Good Friday all were wont to reopen. 1818 is a common year starting on Thursday. ...


In 1819 Emmerich was investigated again. She was forcibly removed to a large room in another house and kept under the strictest surveillance day and night for three weeks, away from all her friends except her confessor. About this time Klemens Brentano, the famous poet, was induced to visit her; to his great amazement she recognized him, and he claimed she told him he had been pointed out to her as the man who was to enable her to fulfill God's command, namely, to write down for the good of innumerable souls the revelations made to her. He took down briefly in writing the main points, and, as she spoke the Westphalian dialect, he immediately rewrote them in ordinary German. He would read what he wrote to her, and made changes until she gave her complete approval. Brentano became one of Emmerich's many supporters at the time, believing her to be a "chosen bride of Christ". 1819 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Clemens Brentano, or Klemens Brentano (September 8, 1778 - July 28, 1842) was a German poet and novelist. ... Westphalia (German: Westfalen) is a region in Germany, centred on the cities of Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Münster, Bielefeld, and Osnabrück and included in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. ...


The Dolorous Passion

In 1833 appeared the first-fruits of Brentano's toil, "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Meditations of Anne Catherine Emmerich" (Sulzbach). The work has been criticized for Anti-Semitic depictions of Jews; however, it is uncertain whether these are due to Emmerich or Brentano. There is disagreement on the Anti-Semitism of the work as well. 1833 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The Eternal Jew: 1937 German poster. ...


Brentano prepared for publication "The Life of The Blessed Virgin Mary", but this appeared at Munich only in 1852. From the manuscript of Brentano, Father Schmoeger published in three volumes The Life of Our Lord (Ratisbon, 1858-80), and in 1881 a large illustrated edition of the same. The latter also wrote her life in two volumes. For the 2005 Steven Spielberg film, see Munich (film). ... 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


Her visions go into details, often slight, which give them a vividness that strongly holds the reader's interest as one graphic scene follows another in rapid succession as if visible to the physical eye.


Her visions led to the discovery of the house of Mary where Catholic Tradition says she lived until she was assumed into heaven, located on a hill near Ephesus, Turkey. Pope John Paul II visited the House of the Virgin Mary in 1979. ... Ephesus (Greek: Έφεσσος) was one of the great cities of the Ionian Greeks in Asia Minor, located in Lydia where the Cayster river flows into the Aegean Sea (in modern day Turkey). ...


In 2003 actor Mel Gibson wrote and directed a movie, The Passion of the Christ, which raised a pre-release controversy about parts of the screenplay apparently based on Emmerich's meditations on the New Testament. 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mel Gibson. ... The Passion of the Christ (2004) is an independent film about the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ. ... The New Testament, sometimes called the Greek Testament or Greek Scriptures is the name given to the part of the Christian Bible that was written after the birth of Jesus. ...


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Anne Catherine Emmerich (2024 words)
The vicar-general, the famous Overberg, and three physicians conducted the investigation with scrupulous care and became convinced of the sanctity of the "pious Beguine", as she was called, and the genuineness of the stigmata.
At the end of 1818 Emmerich claimed God granted her prayer to be relieved of the stigmata, and the wounds in her hands and feet closed, but the others remained, and on Good Friday all were wont to reopen.
Anne Catherine's Visions for the Church, as written down by Brentano, described the future of the Roman Catholic Church as seen by Emmerich by 1820.
LIFE OF BLESSED ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH (13163 words)
ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH was born at Flamske, a village situated about a mile and a half from Coesfeld, in the bishopric of Munster, on the 8th of September 1774, and was baptised in the church of St. James at Coesfeld.
Anne Catherine had always been weak and delicate, and yet had been, from her earliest childhood, in the habit of practising many mortifications, of fasting and of passing the night in watching and prayer in the open air.
Anne Catherine showed her all the love she could by comfortng and praying for her, and closing her eyes with her own hands—those hands marked with the stigmas on the 13th of March of the same year.
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