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The Extraordinary Story Of The Victim Soul And Saint Who Had Visions Of Heaven, Saints And Also Spoke To Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Extraordinary Story Of The Victim Soul And Saint Who Had Visions Of Heaven, Saints And Also Spoke To Blessed Virgin Mary.


“Her shoulders had to be bandaged to keep them from falling asunder… As the Pope could no longer guard the entire flock, Lidwina lost the use of her right eye, and the left was so weak that she could not endure the light. 
Soon the entire dismemberment and devastation of the Church was cast upon her… as Christianity for forty years was divided between popes and anti-popes, so, too, was Lidwina’s body literally separated into two parts.

(The Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich by Very Rev. Carl E. Schmöger, C.SS.R).

Although we are all called to take up our cross, not everyone is called to be a victim soul.

Saint Lidwina of Schiedam, a victim soul born in Schiedam, Netherlands in 1380, lived in Holland during the Western Schism while two anti-popes split the Church.

Throughout the internal Church attacks, dioceses falling apart, confusion spreading like wildfire, and the laity losing faith, God hand-picked St. Lidwina to become a powerful instrument of expiation for the good of His Church.

St Lidwina was invited to share in Christ’s great mystery of suffering and love from a very young age.

While ice skating during a bitter winter, a friend knocked over 15-year-old Lidwina, causing her to break a small rib in her right side. A hard abscess grew around the broken rib which never healed.

From that point on, she was bedridden, could not eat or drink without vomiting, suffered from burning fevers, ulcers and tumors, and her organs suffered terribly. She also fractured her forehead, which extended to the middle of her nose and a cleft from her lower lip to her chin that would often bleed.

She could not see from her right eye and had a weak left eye. For thirty-three years, until her death, St Lidwina’s body deteriorated, and became a spectacle of pure suffering, defying the laws of nature.

Several years passed. Lidwina was deprived of a spiritual director, receiving Holy Communion only at Easter when she was carried to Church.

She laid in darkness and spent many nights sobbing to herself. Like a forsaken home that was once a place of excitement and warmth, so too did Lidwina temporarily depart from her joyful and lively self, for suffering and abandonment moulded her into a vessel of despondency and despair.

But St. Lidwina’s world was set on fire when she finally understood the potent mystery of love: love that is willing to suffer is life-giving.

In the words of St Mother Teresa, “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

By meditating upon the Passion of Christ with the aid of her new-found spiritual director, Fr. John Walters of Lyden, a spark ignited within St Lidwina, allowing her to find happiness in her pain through fortitude, patience and trust in God’s will.

True peace came upon St. Lidwina after she received the gift of tears. She then comprehended God’s unconditional love and care, which opened the floodgates to renewal and consolation.

One day after receiving the Eucharist, she cried uncontrollably for fourteen days. This experience inundated her spirit with perfect consolation.

Like a spring of cleansing water, Lidwina’s discovery of the redemptive strength of love allowed her to recommit to prayer, fasting and penance. The more suffering she endured, the closer she was to the Cross of Christ.

After eight years of suffering, she said: “It is not I who suffer; it is my Lord Jesus who suffers in me!

St. Lidwina’s Visions.

Eventually, St Lidwina was graced with the supernatural gift of ecstatic visions.

She was often visited by her guardian angel and the saints, and saw Heaven and Purgatory. In his book Saint Lydwine of SchiedamThomas à Kempis described St. Lidwina’s incredible visions:

“She saw also how the holy martyrs, confessors, prophets, virgins, and other orders of the blessed enjoyed their glory in themselves…

“When she gazed upon these joys, many saints, addressing her sweetly, comforted her and, exhorting her to patience, spoke thus: ‘What trouble or harm is it to those who are here now, that in the world they suffered many adversities for Christ?’

After many familiar colloquies…Christ’s Mother addressed these words to her: “Most dear daughter… let your heart be strengthened in the bearing of sorrows; because for these things which you suffer now, you shall gain wondrous and great glory.”

In one vision, she was shown a rose-bush and heard the words “when this shall be in bloom, your suffering will be at an end”.

In 1433 she said, “I see the rose-bush in full bloom!”

That year on Easter Sunday, she saw Jesus coming towards her to administer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. St Lidwina then died peacefully and completely wrapped in God’s love.

After she died, her house was turned into a hospital, and a stone chapel was built near her grave.

Although St Lidwina courageously bore the wounds of the persecuted Church, God abundantly rewarded her through Eternal Life. He allowed her to receive all that she had sacrificed for the good of the Church and salvation of souls.

Saint Lidwina’s legacy lives on, her story echoing across the centuries to give hope to all the silent victims and patient sufferers throughout history.

Just as Christ turned to His Father in his vulnerability, crying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” St. Lidwina also turned to God, with weeping eyes, but full of hope.

She united her despair, abandonment and expiatory pains to Christ’s Passion for the good of humanity. She was a victim of love.

Today, St. Lidwina’s message can be heard loud and clear: suffering that is embraced with love is life-giving, fruitful and salvific.

St. Lidwina’s story of perseverance through adversity is often the key to unlocking our extraordinary destinies. We sometimes must fall to our lowest point, so that through God’s help, we can stand up tall.

To all those grappling with chronic illness, sickness, abandonment and hopelessness, may you also look to God in the same way that Saint Lidwina did, weeping but hopeful, uniting your sufferings to Christ, knowing that you can one day partake in His infinite glory.

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (6).

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (6).

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“The moon is chilly and rocky, full of high mountains, deep cavities, and valleys. She both attracts and repels the earth. Her waters are constantly rising and falling, drawing up masses of vapor from’ the earth which like great clouds fill up the hollow places; again they appear to over­flow and gravitate so powerfully upon the earth that men become melancholy. I see in her many human figures flying from light into darkness as if hiding their shame, as if their conscience were in a bad state. This I see more frequent­ly in the centre of the moon. In other parts are fields, worship offered to God on moon. 

The soil is yellow and strong; the vegetation like pitch, fungi, or mushrooms. The moon exerts a wonderful influence over the earth and all nature. Men regard her so wistfully, because one nat­urally turns to what belongs to him. I often see descending from her huge clouds like masses of poison which generally hang over the sea; but the good Spirits, the Angels scatter them and render them harmless. Certain low districts the earths are cursed on account of sin there committed, and over them I see falling poison, darkness, fog. The noblest races live in the most highly favoured regions.

“The souls that I see hiding in darkness seem to be with­out suffering or joy, as if imprisoned till the Day of Judg­ment. The moon’s light is dull, of a bluish white, and the farther from the moon, the brighter it becomes.

“Comets are full of baneful influences; they are like birds of passage- Were there not between them and the earth so great tempests and other influences exercised by the spirits, they might easily do the latter much harm. They are the abodes of the passionate spirits. Their tail, their influence, follows as smoke from fire…

To be continued.

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (5).

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (5).


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The four-winged Angels- the Elohim, who distribute God’s graces, are Ss. Raphiel (not Raphael), Etophiel, Salathiel, and Em­manuel.

*There is much greater Order even among the bad spirits and demons than there is on earth. Whenever an Angel withdraws, a devil steps instantly into his place and begins his own work.

Great order reigns also among the planetary spirits, who are fallen spirits, but not devils. They are very, very different from devils. They go to and fro between the earth and the nine spheres. In one of these spheres they are sad and melancholy; in another, impetuous and violent; in a third, light and giddy; in a fourth, stingy, parsimonious, miserly, etc. They exert an influence over the whole earth, over every man from his birth, and they form cer­tain orders and associations. 

In the planets I saw forms re­sembling plants and trees, but light and unsubstantial, like mushrooms. There are, also, waters on them, some clear as crystal, others muddy and poisonous; and it seemed to me that each planet contains a metal. The spirits make use of fruits adapted to their own nature. Some are an occasion of good, inasmuch as man himself directs their influence to good. Not all the heavenly- bodies are inhabited, some are only gardens or storehouses for certain fruits and influences, I see places in which are souls who, although not Christian, yet led good lives on earth. They are now in uncertainty, feeling that some day or other their lot will change; they are without joy or pain. Like the others, they feed upon certain fruits…

To be continued

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (4).

The Universe, The Entire Planetary System And The Angels By Blessed Catherine Emmerich (4).

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*There are, also, souls neither in Heaven, Purgatory, nor Hell, but wandering the earth in trouble and anguish, aiming at something they are bound to perform. They haunt deserted places, ruins, tombs, and the scenes of their past misdeeds. They are spectres.”

Some hours after she cried out in ecstasy: “O whoever saw the like! A great, flaming Angel swept from the throne of God down to the city of Palermo where an insurrection rages. He spoke words of chastisement in a voice that pierced through the marrow of my bones, and people fell dead in the city below!”

On another occasion, she said: “I have often understood, in my childhood and later, that three whole Choirs of Angelic Spirits higher than the Archangels, fell, but all were not cast into Hell; some, experiencing a sort of repentance, es­caped for a time. They are the planetary spirits that come upon earth to tempt men. At the last day they will be judged and condemned….. I have seen, too, that many of the damned go not directly to Hell, but suffer in lonely places on earth.

*If men make progress in the spiritual life, they receive Guardian Angels of a higher order such as kings and princes have…

To be continued 

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