Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Anne Emmerich
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The Blessed Anne Catheine Emmerich is a
respected and tormented figure in the Catholic church.
She was bedridden for most of her life and was a stigmatic as well.
Anne was a very supernaturally-affected person, and professed to have
seen many visions in her life. These were recorded by a friend and
published. Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary was uncompleted when
scribe died, and so was published as is. The book could be compared to
Milton's Paradise Lost in theme as it is a "bringing to life" of
scriptures, in this case, the experiences of Mary, Mother of Jesus.
Anne describes in vivid detail the events of Mary's life: the immaculate
conception, her marriage, Christ's birth from Mary's perspective, and
the events of Holy Week according to the Blessed Mother. Anne saw in
her visions the most minute traits, exemplified by the description of
Mary's wedding dress, hairstyle ("interwoven with white silk and
pearls...a great net falling over her shoulders"), and ring. Whether or
not Anne saw these visions is up for debate, but the descriptions are
nonetheless entrancing. Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a
and creative look into the spirit of the Mary, the lauded mother of the
CCEL Staff Writer