The Suffering of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

February 9th marks the anniversary of the death of Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich in 1824.  An Augustinian nun, she was highly favoured by God from a very young age with the grace of having intimate knowledge of the divine through visions and supernatural visits from her guardian angel, many saints, Our Lady, and of course, Our Blessed Lord Himself. Bl. Anne Catherine is well known for her prophecies, visions and insights into all aspects of salvation history. What is less known was her desire for a life of redemptive suffering in union with Our Lord, a life of profound humility, obedience and countless acts of charity toward the sick and the poor.

Her deep desire to suffer with Our Lord was present from an early age. Her voluntary mortifications reflected her love of hard physical work and suffering for souls. She ate and drank only what was necessary and only what was rejected by others. She prayed all hours of each night; in the winter, she knelt on the snow. Her bed consisted of planks shaped like a cross on the floor. Throughout her life, Bl. Anne Catherine communicated with the souls in Purgatory as she offered all her prayers, works and suffering for them. From childhood, she was visited by suffering souls, often in groups, who begged her assistance.

At the age of twenty-four, before her entrance into religious life, she was given the grace to experience the visible and actual pain of Our Lord’s crown of thorns. She frequently suffered days and nights of terrible pain and swelling about her forehead and temples. The bandage strips wrapped about her head many times did not stem the flow of blood.

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Family Day and the Christian “Way’

Yesterday afternoon, I offered Mass for the tenth wedding anniversary of a young couple who moved away from the parish some years back.

They’d invited their family and friends to the celebration, including about ten other young couples. Several of the families were late for Mass—no surprise there, since many small children were involved.

Among the servers was a young lad from the parish where our former parishioners now live. As each of the latecomers arrived, I turned to him and asked “Know those people?” And each time he whispered, “They’re from our church.”

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A Simple Way to Deal with Protesters…

I’m not sure how morally sound this is, but perhaps if the trucker – or rail conductor – proceeded more slowly, they would have plenty of time to get out of the way. As Johnny Cash crooned, I hear that train a comin’, it’s rollin’ down the tracks…

How to deal with protesters…….its this easy pic.twitter.com/9UmzYdAgXa

— Gojonewsnow (@gojonewsnow) February 15, 2020

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Date set Cardinal Pell’s last chance appeal hearing

Sydney, Australia, Feb 15, 2020 / 05:12 pm (CNA).- Australia’s High Court has set a date for the final appeal of Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in 2018 on five charges of child sexual abuse.

The cardinal’s final appeal in the Australian judiciary will be heard March 11 and 12 by the High Court, according to Australian media reports. Pell lost an initial appeal in Victorian courts in August 2019.

Pell’s attorney’s are expected to argue before the High Court that his conviction should have been overturned because it was based upon uncorroborated testimony of only one complainant.

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