Bottom Line: If you had the chance to personally be a witness to the entire Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ– from the Last Supper through His Resurrection – would you take it? This stunning account from the venerated mystic, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, drops you in the City of David in first century AD, within 5 feet of our Lord. Your meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries will deepen exponentially, and you’ll find it that much harder to deliberately sin. You can’t help but fall deeply in love with Jesus when you read this book.
Quick Bite: This is the book Mel Gibson based his movie “Passion of the Christ” off of. Anne Catherine says:
“We ought, indeed, to be ashamed of that weakness and susceptibility which renders us unable to listen composedly to the descriptions, or speak without repugnance, of those sufferings which our Lord endured so calmly and patiently for our salvation. The horror we feel is as great as that of a murderer who is forced to place his hands upon the wounds he himself has inflicted on his victim. Jesus endured all without opening his mouth; and it was man, sinful man, who perpetrated all these outrages against one who was at once their Brother, their Redeemer, and their God. I, too, am a great sinner, and my sins caused these sufferings. At the day of judgment, when the most hidden things will be manifested, we shall see the share we have had in the torments endured by the Son of God; we shall see how far we have caused them by the sins we so frequently commit, and which are, in fact, a species of consent which we give to, and participate in, the tortures which were inflicted on Jesus by his cruel enemies. If, alas! we reflected seriously on this, we should repeat with much greater fervor the words which we find so often in prayer-books: ‘Lord, grant that I may die, rather than ever willfully offend thee again by sin.’” p.177
Synopsis: Have you ever wished someone would combine all four gospels into a comprehensive, seamless account? Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich does this, leaving nothing out, and filling in many of the blanks, adding a myriad of details and back stories as she helps the reader truly see our Lord as both fully human and fully divine.
Blessed Anne was an Augustinian nun in Germany. She lived between 1774 to 1824. She was known as a mystic, stigmatist, visionary, and prophet in her time. The gift of vision our Lord gave her is said to have been greater than He has given to any Saint before or since. In the scope of any vision, He allowed her to see the past, present, and future of people, places, and objects. He also allowed her to see into a man’s heart. For example, as the vision unfolds, she can see the questions and emotions Pilate is undergoing as his conscience battles with his will.
You’ll discover a goldmine of nuggets, such as the history of the chalice Jesus used when instituting the Eucharist, the history of the Upper Room, familial ties and close friendships of many characters we know from the Passion and other biblical accounts such as the history and identity of the woman we now know as Veronica, who happened to be a family friend of the Holy Family. Vera = Latin for True, Icon = Greek for Image – hence the veil of the true image (vera icon) becomes transliterated as the veil of Veronica, so as you can see, veronica was not her name.
More importantly, you’ll be made to witness every aspect of our Lord’s Last Supper, His Agony in the Garden, the Arrest, the Scourging the Crowning of Thorns, the Trial by Pontius Pilate, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion and the Dying on the Cross and His Resurrection.
You’ll find this wonderful book available in the bookstore. Recorded Audio has a great audio-book version. When I first listened to the Audio Book, it grabbed me in such a way that I listened to it 5 times in a row (the Audio Book is 11 hours long). When praying the Sorrowful Mysteries, they become real and palpable. This book is very easy to read, and it goes down like dessert. It will keep you up at night.