Saturday, February 24, 2007
"The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ"

I have just finished the initial parts of "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ", which is the book containing the private revelations of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. While it is not necessary for Catholics to believe private revelation after the time of the apostles, I strongly believe in her visions. The account I just finished reading of the Last Supper was so poignant and incredibly detailed. I did not know that the Supper Room of Jesus at one time housed the Ark of the New Covenant! Plus, the home was set up so that in the most inner part, Jesus and the 12 disciples ate the Last Supper, while being separated from the other areas by a veil. It is symbolic of the Temple veil! And, the Holy Grail was originally owned by Abraham and even used by Melchizedek!

I strongly am suggesting this book should be read during Lent. If you don't or can't get a physical copy, you can read "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ" online.

Private Revelation

Like all private revelation since the time of the Bible, these visions and promises do not have to be believed by anyone. The Church, in her authority, declares them worthy of belief, but a Catholic does not have to believe them in order to remain a Catholic.

Pope Benedict XV said: "The approbation of such revelations implies nothing more than, after mature examination, it is permissible to publish them for the unit of the faithful. Though they don't merit the same credence as the truths of religion, one can, however, believe them out of human faith, conforming to the rules of prudence by which they are probable, and supported by sufficient motives that one might believe in them piously."

5 comment(s):

del_button February 25, 2007 at 5:31 AM
Anonymous said...

Okay, you've convinced me!
*heads off to Amazon*

Sadly this won't come before I go off to Pluscarden, but then I'll always have my Breviary there.

Just for curiousity, can you say anything more about the Church's position towards these revelations?

del_button February 25, 2007 at 7:10 AM
Matthew said...

The Church does support the revelations and believes that Blessed Emmerich did have visions. She also had the stigmata for many years.

I hope you enjoy it. I am finding it extremely touching.

del_button February 25, 2007 at 12:19 PM
Anonymous said...

I think I will.

I can see common threads with the experiential nature of revelation in the Hindu tradition. It is like their concept of lila, i.e. entering into the drama of God in one's vision.

I will see when I get it (next weekend at the earliest). Thanks again!

del_button February 26, 2007 at 2:18 PM
Leticia said...

Mark, GET this book, you'll have a holy LENT with it.

del_button March 10, 2007 at 4:18 AM
Anonymous said...

And the book has come. :)

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