course, most of the movie was based on Scripture, but the Bible lacks
some descriptive details – details such as: Were nails or rope used to
hang Jesus on the Cross? Did Jesus see angels and demons while he was
suffering? What did Mary Magdalen look like?
To fill in such blanks, Mel Gibson relied on the visions of two nuns:
Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich (Catholic Encyclopedia)
This holy nun was told by the Lord she had received the gift of more visions of the past, present and future than anyone in Christian history.
This holy nun saw everything. She heard the conversations the Lord had on the Cross. She saw where Jesus went the moment he died. She saw the people with whom He conversed in the Limbo of the Fathers. She heard what the Lord said to His mother after He rose. She saw the bones of Adam in a straight line down from the Lord’s Cross. She saw souls in purgatory and offered up great personal sufferings on their behalf. She spoke to her Guardian angel
Even as a child, she saw things most of us just have to believe. At Mass, she saw graces falling on people, some accepting them, and others bouncing them back.
“She foresaw the downfall of Napoleon twelve years in advance, and counseled in a mysterious way the successor of St. Peter. Even in her childhood the supernatural was so ordinary to her that in her innocent ignorance she thought all other children enjoyed the same favours that she did, i.e. to converse familiarly with the Child Jesus etc” (Source: Catholic Encyclopedia)
The stigmatic, bedridden nun even had a vision of the Blessed Mother’s first-century home in Turkey, which was subsequently found and is now a pilgrimage site.
Ann Catherine Emmerich(Catholic-forum)
The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (You can read it online for free!)
"The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
"The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary"
"The Life of Our Lord,"
are a few things revealed in her book:
She saw that each parish and diocese, each city and country has its
own particular and powerful guardian angel.
She saw how the various indulgences we gain actually remit specific
punishments, which otherwise would await us in Purgatory.
She shows that, to gain an indulgence, we must approach the
Sacraments with true repentance and a firm purpose of amendment - or we
do not gain it.
She often visited Purgatory and revealed that Protestants suffer
there much more than Catholics because no-one prays for them or offers
Mass for them.
She deposes that it is more holy to pray for the Poor Souls in
Purgatory than for sinners who are still alive, and she explains why.
She describes the nature, extent and power of victim souls, and
their role in the life of the Church.
She describes the condition of St Lydwine of Schiedam, a victim
soul during a time where there were "three popes", and how her
body came apart into three pieces, joined only by the slenderest of
She saw only 6 victim souls in her time working like herself on
behalf of the Universal Church, and about 100 thousand Catholic people
worldwide who were great in their faith.
She revealed that the Saints are particularly powerful on their
feast days and should be especially invoked then.
She saw that many Saints come from the same families, the antiquity
of which families often extends far back into the Old Testament.
She saw the strong link - even long after their deaths - between
holy souls in Heaven and their descendants here on earth, lasting even
She saw that the Garden of Eden, with all it contained, was a
perfect picture of the Kingdom of God.
She revealed that Enoch and Elias are in Paradise, where they await
their return to the world to preach at the End of Time.
She revealed that Our Lord suffered from the wound in His shoulder
more than from any other.
She continually saw a false church and wicked men scheming against
the Catholic Church and doing much harm - both in her own time and in
She saw in vision the enemies of the Church tearing it down and
trying to build a new one - on strictly human plans - but none of the
Saints would lend a hand.
Later, this church of men is destroyed and the Saints of God join
in to rebuild the one true Church of God, which becomes more glorious
than ever before.
She saw the revival of the priesthood and the religious orders
after a period of great decadence.
She saw that the Church never has allowed children of Catholics to
be raised outside her fold, and that as soon as solidly established, she
has banned mixed marriages.
She describes in detail her visions of Heaven, which she saw as
"the Heavenly Jerusalem".
She saw all these things, plus more, much more - on virtually every
aspect of the Faith - that she reports in a simple, unaffected manner,
which yet penetrates the soul of the reader with its truth and power.
also is from the BACK OF HER BIOGRAPHY:
Catherine Emmerich was told by Our Lord that her gift of seeing the
past, present and future in mystic vision was greater than that
possessed by anyone else in history. Born at Flamske, in Westphalia,
Germany, on September 8, 1774, she became a nun of the Augustinian Order
at Dulmen. She had the use of reason from her birth and could understand
liturgical Latin from her first time at Mass. During the last 12 years
of her life, she could eat no food except Holy Communion, nor take any
drink except water, subsisting entirely on the Holy Eucharist. From 1802
until her death, she bore the wounds of the Crown of Thorns, and from
1812, the full stigmata of Our Lord, including a cross over her heart
and the wound from the lance.
that contain the Anne Catherine Emmerich’s visions:
that contains Maria de Agredo’s visions
of God (You can read this popular abridgement for free online!)
de Agredo saw all sorts of fascinating things: She saw angels from all
different choirs being sent to accompany the Virgin Mary. She saw Mary
at a young age conversing with the Lord in the temple and making a
lifelong vow of chastity before Him. She saw Mary’s parents suffering
for 20 years unable to conceive. She saw mary’s parents promise God if
they conceived, they would offer her to the temple in perpetual service.
She saw how the Angel Gabriel told Mary’s father they would conceive a
girl and name her Mary, a name that had been chosen for her from the
beginning of time. She learned that a thousand angels guarded Mary and
that Mary sent the angels to console her parents in their sorrow after
losing Mary to the temple, and again to console Mary’s father in his
hour of death. She learned Mary’s mother knew for some time that she
was to be grandmother of the Messiah, but that Mary’s father learned
only on his deathbed.
de Agredo also saw that the souls of the just down in Limbo were
informed that Mary had entered the world and the Savior was coming.
you read any good books lately? Maybe a detective novel or sci-fi story?
How could you waste your time on such trivialities when there is
fascinating stuff out there like the books of visions these nuns had! Of
course, they are not Scripture, so they are not infallible. But these
holy nuns were not making this stuff up (though they admit they could
have forgotten something or misinterpreted something, not to mention the
people recording their statements could have added things)
overall, this stuff is fascinating and sheds light on some holy people
and their real interaction with angels and God himself.