Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
Memorial Day: February 9
Anne Catherine Emmerich
Prayers & Readings of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
If the Church is true, all in her is true; he who admits not the one, believes not the other.
- Anne Catherine Emmerick
Prayer in Honor of Anna Catharina Emmerich
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! Amen.
An Augustinian nun, stigmatic, and ecstatic, born 8 September, 1774, at Flamsche, near Coesfeld, in the Diocese of Munster, Westphalia, Germany; died at Dulmen, 9 February, 1824.
In her twenty-eighth year (1802) she entered the Augustinian convent at Agnetenberg, Dulmen. Here she was content to be regarded as the lowest in the house. Her zeal, however, disturbed the tepid sisters, who were puzzled and annoyed at her strange powers and her weak health, and notwithstanding her ecstasies in church, cell, or at work, treated her with some antipathy. Despite her excessive frailty, she discharged her duties cheerfully and faithfully. When Jerome Bonaparte closed the convent in 1812 she was compelled to find refuge in a poor widow's house. In 1813 she became bedridden. She foresaw the downfall of Napoleon twelve years in advance, and counseled in a mysterious way the successor of St. Peter. Even in her childhood the supernatural was so ordinary to her that in her innocent ignorance she thought all other children enjoyed the same favours that she did, i.e. to converse familiarly with the Child Jesus, etc. She displayed a marvellous knowledge when the sick and poor came to the "bright little sister" seeking aid; she knew their diseases and prescribed remedies that did not fail. By nature she was quick and lively and easily moved to great sympathy by the sight of the sufferings of others. This feeling passed into her spiritual being with the result that she prayed and suffered much for the souls of Purgatory whom she often saw, and for the salvation of sinners whose miseries were known to her even when far away. Soon after she was confined to bed (1813) the stigmata came externally, even to the marks of the thorns. All this she unsuccessfully tried to conceal as she had concealed the crosses impressed upon her breast.
Sister Emmerich lived during one of the saddest and least glorious periods of the Church's history, when revolution triumphed, impiety flourished, and several of the fairest provinces of its domain were overrun by infidels and cast into such ruinous condition that the Faith seemed about to be completely extinguished. Her mission in part seems to have been by her prayers and sufferings to aid in restoring Church discipline, especially in Westphalia, and at the same time to strengthen at least the little ones of the flock in their belief. Besides all this she saved many souls and recalled to the Christian world that the supernatural is around about it to a degree sometimes forgotten. A rumour that the body was stolen caused her grave to be opened six weeks after her death. The body was found fresh, without any sign of corruption. In 1892 the process of her beatification was introduced by the Bishop of Münster.
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The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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