Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
by Anne Emmerich
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Anne Catherine Emmerich was an Augustinian
nun recognized as the recipient of many mystic gifts and
vision. She is believed to have received the full
stigmata, of which she reported suffering the physical
effects of Jesus' punctured hands, feet, side, and
forehead. Moved by her religious piety, German poet
Clemens Brentano was inspired to document her ordeal.
Brentano spent many months with Anne Catherine as she
dictated the details of her encounters, which Brentano
later compiled into the book The Dolorous Passion of our
Lord Jesus Christ. In this book, Anne Catherine's visions
of Christ's agony and death are documented in unimaginable detail. While
Anne Catherine's sacred wounds were witnessed by many during her time,
the highly poetical and extravagant imagery in Brentano's book have led
scholars to believe that Brentano may have embellished her descriptions
as he recorded them. Consequently, this account of Anne Catherine's
visions should be appreciated for its meditative value rather than for
its historical accuracy.
CCEL Staff Writer