Works by Anne Emmerich
- Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Description: 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.
- Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Description: 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