Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich 8

Prophecies of
Anne Catherine Emmerich...Part 8

Here Anne Catherine is given many visions of the suffering of
the Jews in a special place of purgation. She relates their suffering and gives vignettes of souls known to her.

1) "I was taken by the soul of the old Jewess to the abode of
Jewish souls to help and comfort many poor creatures belonging
to Coesfield, some of whom I knew. It is an isolated place of
purgation, quite separate from that of Christians. I was deeply
touched at seeing that they are not eternally lost, and I beheld
their various pitiable conditions."

2) "I saw a poor, but uncommonly pious Jewish family who used
to trade in old silver and little crosses as goldsmiths do, and who
now had to work incessantly, melting, weighing, and filing. But
not having the implements necessary, they could never finish
anything, something obliged them continually to begin all over
again. I remember making a bellows for them, and I spoke to
them of the Messiah, etc. All that I said the old Jewess repeated
and confirmed."

3) " I saw some of them swimming in blood and entrails which
produced an ever-abiding loathing; others running without ever a
moment's rest; some dragging heavy loads; others constantly
rolling and unrolling packages; others again, tormented by bees,
wax, honey--but it is inexpressable!--"

4) "I visited all the Jews of this city. I went by night into their
dwellings. The rabbi was perfectly inflexible, petrified as it were.
He possesses no bond of grace. I could in no way approach him."

5) "Mrs. P-- is chained down by the firm, fundamental principle
that it is a sin even to think upon Christian truths. One must
repel such thought at once, she thinks."

6) "The nearest to Christianity is the big Jewess who sells meat.
If she were not such a cheat she would receive still more grace.
But no one sympathizes with these people. I stood at her beside
and tried to influence her; I told her many things.-She awoke in
fright and ran to her husband, saying that she thought her mother appeared to her. She was in great agony of mind, and she resolved to give alms to poor Christians."

7) She entered the store of a Jewess, of Coesfield. She was
busily arranging her goods, mixing up laces and linen of inferior
quality with superior in order to deceive customers. This fraud
Sister Emmerich prevented by perplexing the woman in such a way that she could not find what she was seeking, could not open drawers, etc. Greatly disquieted she ran in tears to her husband who, on hearing her trouble, decided that she had committed some sin, yielded to some bad thought perhaps for which she must do penance.

Then Sister Emmerich received a certain power over her. She
spoke to her conscience and made her feel so sensibly the wrong
she was about to do that the woman cried to her husband for
assistance and consolation. He ran to her saying: "Now, do you
not see that you did something wrong?"--and the wife resolved to
give a quantity of old linen and other alms to poor Christians in
expiation of her fraud. she thus obtained pardon for many other

8) "I was also among some Jews who lived in caves near Mt.
Sinai and committed numerous robberies and cruelties in the
country around. I had to frighten them--perhaps for the sake of
the Christian pilgrims as well as for that of the inhabitants of
the place."

Taken from: The Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich ( Vol 11 pages 243-245)
Authored by: Very Reverend Carl E. Schmöger, C.SS.R.
Published by;
Copyright: 1885

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich 7

Prophecies of
Anne Catherine Emmerich...Part 7

Here we present the ominous prophecies from Anne that
portend the Vatican downfall. She is accompanied by St
Frances of Rome. We draw near the fulfillment of these
very prophecies.

1) "As I went through Rome with Frances and the saint, we
saw a great palace enveloped in flames (the Vatican). I was in
dread lest the inmates would be consumed, for no one tried to
extinguish the fire; but when we drew near, it suddenly ceased
and left the building black and scorched."

2) "After passing through numerous magnificent apartments, we
reached that of the Pope. We found him sitting in the dark, asleep in a large arm-chair. He was very sick and weak, no longer able to walk, and people were going to and fro before his door."

3) "The ecclesiastics most nearly connected with him pleased me
not. They appeared to be false and lukewarm, and the simple-minded pious men whom I once saw by him were now removed to a distant part of the palace."

4) "I spoke long with the Holy Father, and I cannot express
how very real my presence there seemed to be; for I, too, was
extremely weak and the people around were constantly obliged
to support me."

5) "I spoke with the Bishops soon to be appointed, and I again
told the Pope that he must not leave Rome, for if he did, all
would go to ruin. He thought the evil inevitable and that his
personal safety as well as other considerations, would oblige him
to go, a measure to which he felt himself strongly inclined and to
which he was advised by his counsellors."

6) "I saw Rome in such a state that the least spark would
inflame it, and Sicily dark, frightful, abandoned by all that could
leave it."

7) One day whilst in ecstasy, she groaned: "I see the Church
alone, forsaken by all and around her strife, misery, hatred,
treason, resentment, total blindness. I see messengers sent on
all sides from a dark central point with messages that issue from
their mouths like black vapor, enkindling in the breasts of their
hearers rage and hatred. I pray earnestly for the oppressed!"

8) "In those places in which some souls still pray I see light
descending; but others, pitchy darkness. The situation is terrible!
May God have mercy! How much I have prayed! O city, (Rome)
with what art thou threatened! The storm approaches--be on thy
guard! I trust thou wilt stand firm!"

9) "Last night I made the Way of the Cross at Coesfeld with a
crowd of souls who showed me the distress of the Church and the
necessity of prayer. Then I had a vision of many gardens lying
around me in a circle, and the Pope's situation with respect to
his Bishops."

10) "In these earthly gardens, I saw the temporal, spiritual
authority, and above them in the air I saw their future Bishops;
for instance, I saw above the garden of the stern Superior, a new
Bishop with the cross, mitre, and other episcopal insignia, and
standing around him Protestants who wished him to enter the
garden below, but not on the conditions established by the Holy
Father. They tried to insinuate themselves by all sorts of covert
means; they destroyed a part of the garden, or sowed bad seed in
it. I saw them sometimes here, sometimes there, cultivating the
land or letting it lie untilled, tearing up and not clearing away,
etc.; all was full of pitfalls and rubbish. I saw them intercepting
or turning away the roads that led to the Pope.

When they did succeed in getting a Bishop according to their
liking, I saw that he had been intruded contrary to the will of
the Holy Father; consequently, he possessed no legitimate spiritual authority.

It is very distressing!--I see one who has few claims to holiness
about to be installed in the see of a holy deceased Bishop."

11) "Judgment takes but a very short time. It is held the instant
the soul leaves the body and just over the place where death occurred Jesus, Mary, the holy patron, and the good angel of the soul are present. Mary is present even at the judgment of Protestants." (Vol 2 page 230)

Taken from: The Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich
(Vol 2 pp 301-303)
Authored by:
Very Reverend Carl E. Schmöger, C.SS.R
Published by:
Copyright: 1885

Prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich 6

Prophecies of
Anne Catherine Emmerich......Part 6

Here we describe what Anne Catherine calls "the little black fellow" who apparently travels the world in his effort to construct the "One World Government" and destroy the Church.

1) "I always see these 'Illuminati' in a certain connection with the
coming of Antichrist; for, by their secrets, by their injustice, they
forward the accomplishment of that mystery of iniquity."(Vol 1 p 405)

2) "I saw the Pope praying. surrounded by false friends who often
did the very opposite to what he had ordered, and I saw a little
black fellow (a laic) laboring actively against the Church. Whilst
it was thus being pulled down on one side, it was rebuilt on the
other, but not very zealously." (Vol 1 p. 565)

Prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich 5

Prophecies of
Anne Catherine Emmerich......Part V

Here Anne Catherine is given a glance at paradise and relates a
few of the many things she sees. It is a real place and still exists,
though out of the reach of man. Just a foretaste of what awaits the one who waits on God.

1) "Unicorns still exist and herd together. I know of a piece of the
horn of one of these animals which is for sick beasts what blessed
objects are for men."

2) "I have often seen that unicorns still exist, but far remote from
the abodes of men, away up in the valleys around the Mountain of
the Prophets. In size, they are something like a colt with slender
legs; they can climb steep heights and stand on a very narrow
ledge, their feet drawn close together."

3) "They cast their hoofs like shells or shoes, for I have often
seen them scattered around. They have long yellowish hair, very
thick and long around the neck and breast; it looks like wreathes.
They live to a great age."

4) "On their forehead is a single horn, an ell in length, which
curls up toward the back of the head, and which they shed at
certain periods. It is sought after and preserved as something
very precious."

5) "The unicorns are very timid, so shy one cannot approach them, and they live in peace among themselves and with other animals. The males and females dwell apart and come together only at certain times, for they are chaste and produce not many young."

6) "It is very difficult to see or catch them, as they live far behind
the other animals over which they exercise a wonderful empire; even the most venomous, the most horrible seem to regard them with a species of respect. Serpents and other frightful things coil themselves up and lie humbly on their backs when a unicorn approaches and breathes on them."

7) "They have a kind of alliance with the most savage beasts, they
mutually protect one another. When danger threatens a unicorn,
the others spread terror on all sides whilst the unicorn hides
behind them but it, in its turn, protects them from their enemies,
for all withdraw in affright from the secret and marvellous power
of the unicorn's breath."

8) "It must be the purest of all the lower animals, since all have
so great reverence for it. Wherever it feeds, wherever it drinks, all venomous things withdraw."

9) " It seems to me that it is looked upon as something holy,
since it is said that the unicorn rests its head only upon the bosom of a pure virgin. This signifies that flesh issued pure and holy only from the bosom of the Blessed Virgin Mary; that degenerate flesh was regenerated in her, or that in her for the first time flesh became pure; in her, the ungovernable was vanquished; in her, what was savage was subdued; in her, unrestrained humanity became pure and tractable; in her bosom was the poison drawn from the earth."

10) "I saw these animals also in Paradise, but much more
beautiful. Once I saw them harnessed to the chariot of Elias
when he appeared to a man of the Old Testament. I have seen
them on wild, raging torrents, and running swiftly in deep,
narrow, rugged valleys; and I have also seen them in far distant
places where lie heaps of their bones on shores and in
underground caves."

Taken from: The Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich (V2- pp 577-578)
Authored by:
Carl E. Schmöger C.SS.R.
Published by:
Copyright: 1885

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich 4

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

Prophecies of
Anne Catherine Emmerich .....Part 4

On the Depths of Purgatory.........section 2

1)..." I cannot say exactly where purgatory lies. But when going there I generally journey northward awhile when leaving the earth by a gloomy, difficult road of water, snow, briars, swamps, etc., I descend by dark aerial paths as if far under the earth to dismal places of different degrees of cold, fog and obscurity. I go around among souls in higher or lower positions, of more or less difficult access. Last night I went among them all, consoling them and receiving their commissions for various labors. I had to say right off the Litany of the Saints and the Seven Penitential Psalms. My guide warned me to guard carefully against impatience and to offer every vexation for the poor souls. The other morning I almost forgot his admonition and was on the point of yielding to impatience, but I repressed it. I am very glad I did so, and I thank my good angel for helping me. No words can say what immense consolation the poor souls receive from a little sacrifice, a trifling self-victory." (Vol II pp 254-255)

2) Nov 2, 1821.--For fourteen days, Sister Emmerich had been constantly occupied with the poor souls, offering for them prayers, mortifications, alms and spiritual labors, and arranging numerous things to be given away on the Feast of All-Souls(Nov 2). She related the following :--"I went again with the saints to purgatory. The prisons of the souls are not all in the same place, they are far apart and very different. The road to them often lies over icebergs, snow and clouds; sometimes it winds all around the earth. The saints float lightly by me on luminous clouds of various colors, according to the different kinds of help and consolation their good works and entitle them to bestow. I had to travel painful, rugged paths, pray the while and offering it all for the souls. I reminded the saints of their own sufferings, and offered them to God in union with the merits of Jesus Christ for the same intention.
The abodes of the the souls differ according to each one's state, yet they all struck me as being round like globes. I can compare them only to those places which I call gardens and in which I see certain graces preserved like fruits; so, too, are these sojourns of the souls like gardens, storehouses, worlds full of disagreeable things, privations, torments, miseries, anguish, etc., etc., and some are much smaller than others. When I arrive I can clearly distinguish their round form and perhaps a ray of light falling on some point, or twilight on the horizon. Some are a little better than others, but in none can the blue sky be seen, all are more or less dark and obscure. In some the souls are near one another and in great agony; some are deeper down, and others higher and clearer." (Vol II p 255).

3) "The places in which souls are separately confined are also of various forms: for instance, some are shaped like ovens. They who were united on earth are together in purgatory only when they have need of the same degree of purification. In many places the light is colored, that is fiery, or of a dull red. There are other abodes in which evil spirits persecute, frighten, and torment the souls, and these are the most horrible. One would take them for hell, did not the inexpressibly touching patience of the souls proclaim the contrary.
Words can not describe their consolation and joy when one among them is delivered. There are also places for penitential works, as those in which I once saw them raising and storming ramparts, the women on the islands cultivating the fruits which were taken away on rafts, etc. These souls are in a less suffering state; they can do something for others worse off than themselves. It may be symbolical, but it is symbolical of truth. The vegetation is scanty and stunted, the fruits the same; yet they afford relief to those still more needy. Kings and princes are often thrown with those whom they once oppressed and whom they now serve in humble suffering."(Vol II p 256)

4) "I have seen in purgatory Protestants who were pious in their ignorance; they are very desolate, for no prayers are offered for them."(Vol II p 256)

5) "I saw souls passing from a lower to a higher grade to fill up the vacancies left by some who had finished their purgation. Some can go around giving and receiving consolation. It is a great grace to be able to appear and beg help and prayers. I have also seen the places in which some souls canonized on earth were purified; their sanctity had not reached its perfection in their lifetime. I went to many priests and churches and ordered Masses and devotions for the souls." (Vol II p 256)

6) "I was at Rome in St Peter's, near noble ecclesiastics, Cardinals, I think, who had to say seven Masses for certain souls. I know not why they had ommitted doing so. Whilst they were being said, I saw the neglected souls, dark and sad, gathered around the altar; they exclaimed, as if hungry: 'We have not been fed for so long!'--I think it was foundation Masses that had been neglected. The confiscation of foundations for Masses for the dead is, as I see, unspeakable cruelty and a theft committed against the poorest of the poor. On my route I saw few if any of the living, but I met souls, angels, and saints, and I saw many of the effects of prayer. During these days, I have had to drag to the confessional and to church many people who otherwise would never have gone." (Vol II pp 256-257)

7) Nov 2, 1822--"Last night I had much to do in purgatory. I went northward and, as it seemed, around the pole of the globe. I saw the icebergs above me; and yet purgatory does not appear to be at the centre, for I can see the moon. In going around among the prisons, I tried to make an opening that a little light might enter. The outside looks like a shining black wall in the form of a crescent; inside are innumerable chambers and passages, high and low, ascending and descending. Near the entrance it is not so bad, the souls are free to move around; but further on they are more strictly imprisoned. Here lies one stretched as it were in a hole, a ditch, there several are together in different positions, higher and lower; sometimes, one is seen seated on high as if on a rock. the further we penetrate, the more frightful it becomes, for demons there exercise their power. It is a temporary hell in which souls are tormented by horrible spectres and hideous forms that wander around, persecuting and terrifying their victims." (Vol II p 258)

Taken from: The Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich
Authored by: Carl E Schmöger C.SS.R
Published by:

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Prophecies of Anne Catherine Emmerich 3

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

The Prophecies of
Anne Catherine Emmerich....Part 3

On the Existence of Purgatory.......section 1

1) "I was with my guide," she says, "among the poor souls in purgatory. I saw their desolation, their inability to help themselves, and the little assistance they get from the living. Ah, their misery is inexpressible! Whilst contemplating their state, I saw a mountain separated me from my guide. I sighed for him like one famished, I almost swooned with desire. I saw him on the opposite side, but I could not reach him. He said to me: 'See, how thou sighest for help! The poor souls are always in the state in which thou art!' He often took me to pray before caverns and prisons. I prostrated, I wept with my arms extended, and I cried to God for mercy. My angel encouraged me to offer all kinds of privations for the poor souls. they cannot help themselves, they are cruelly neglected. I often sent him to the angels of certain persons in suffering, to inspire them to suffer their pains for them. They are instantly relieved by such offerings; they become joyous, so grateful! Whenever I do something for them, they pray for me. I am terrified to see the riches the Church holds out in such abundance neglected, dissipated, so lightly esteemed, whilst the poor souls are languishing for them."

2) "The prayer most pleasing to God is that made for others and particularly for the poor souls. Pray for them, if you want your prayers to bring high interest."

3) "The poor souls suffer inexpressibly. The difference between the pains of purgatory and those of hell is this: in hell reigns only despair, whilst in purgatory the hope of deliverance sweetens all. The greatest torment of the damned is the anger of God. Some faint idea of His wrath may be formed from the terror of a defenceless person exposed to the attack of a furious man.'

4) "Last night I was in purgatory. It seemed to me that I was taken into a deep abyss, a vast region, where I saw, and the site filled me with sorrow, the poor souls so sad, so silent, yet with something in their countenance which tells that the thought of God's mercy gives joy to their heart. Enthroned in their midst was the Mother of God, more beautiful than I had ever seen her before."-- Then she said to him (her inquisitor Dean Rensing) "Instruct your penitents to pray fervently for the poor souls in purgatory, for they in gratitude will pray for them in return. Prayer for these poor souls is most agreeable to God, as it admits them to His presence sooner."

5) "I went with my guide into a gloomy prison for souls, where I consoled on all sides. The souls were buried in darkness, all more or less so; some to the neck, others to the waist. They were in separate, though adjoining dungeons, some tortured with thirst, others by cold, others by heat, unable to help themselves, sighing in uninterrupted torments. I saw numbers delivered and their joy was inexpressible. They went forth as gray figures. They received for their short passage to a higher region the costume and distinctive marks of their state upon earth. They assembled in a vast place above purgatory enclosed as with a thorn-hedge. I saw many physicians received by a procession of physicians like themselves and conducted on high. I saw numbers of soldiers liberated, and the sight made me rejoice with the poor men slaughtered in war. I saw few female religious, still fewer judges; but led out by blessed nuns were numbers of virginal souls who had wanted only an opportunity to consecrate themselves to the religious life. I saw some kings of olden times, some members of royal families, a large number of ecclesiastics, and many peasants, among whom I saw some of my acquaintance and others who, by their costume, seemed to belong to foreign lands. Each class was led on high and in different directions by souls of their own condition in life and, as they ascended, they were divested of their earthly insignia and clothed in a luminous robe peculiar to the blessed. I recognized in purgatory not only my own acquaintances, but also their relatives whom, perhaps, I had never before seen. I saw in the greatest abandonment those poor, dear souls who have no one to think of them. Among those who forget them are so many of their brethen in the faith who neglect prayer! It is for such souls that I pray the most.

........Then I saw many of the poor souls whom I had known in life, with whom I had had dealings, looking wistfully after me from purgatory, and I understood the difference between true and false sympathy. They followed me with sad eyes, repenting of many things now that I was forced to leave them.--They were citizens of the little city." (Vol II pp 202-203)