The article is an adaptation of an essay Michael Brown penned for the Spirit Daily.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich was born to a poor German family of peasants on September 8, 1774. She entered an Augustinian convent in 1802. When the convent was closed in 1812, due to the Napoleonic Wars, she moved to a private home, where she resided until her death on February 2, 1824.
From childhood she experienced many extraordinary mystical graces. Before becoming a nun she endured the pains of the crown of thorns and in 1808 those of the wounds of Christ. In 1812 the stigmata became visible.
On May 13, 1820, the nun saw that “the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect, while storms were damaging it. But I saw also that help was coming when distress had reached its peak. I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle [over it]. I saw a Pope who was at once gentle and very firm… I saw a great renewal, and the Church rose high in the sky.”
On September 12, 1820, according to Catholic Prophecy, Sister Emmerich foresaw “a strange church being built against every rule… No angels were supervising the building operations. In that church, nothing came from high above… There was only division and chaos. It is probably a church of human creation, following the latest fashion.
“I saw again the strange big church that was being built. There was nothing holy in it. I saw this just as I saw a movement led by ecclesiastics to which contributed angels, saints, and other Christians. But there [in the strange new big church] all the work was being done mechanically. Everything was being done according to human reason.
“I saw all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it. I did neither see a single angel nor a single saint helping in the work. But far away in the background, I saw the seat of a cruel people armed with spears, and I saw a laughing figure which said: ‘Do build it as solid as you can; we will pull it to the ground.'”
From August to October of 1820, the Venerable Emmerich wrote: “I see more martyrs, not now but in the future… I saw a secret sect relentlessly undermining the great Church. Near them I saw a horrible beast coming up from the sea. All over the world, good and devout people, especially the clergy, were harassed, oppressed, and put into prison. When the Church had been for the most part destroyed and when only the sanctuary and altar were still standing, I saw the wreckers enter the Church with the Beast. There, they met a Woman of noble carriage who seemed to be with Child because she walked slowly. “At this sight, the enemies were terrorized.” After great tribulation, the nun saw the Church “promptly rebuilt,” with the Blessed Mother “more magnificent than ever.”
On September 20, 1820, Sister Emmerich “saw the Church of St. Peter destroyed but the sanctuary and the main altar. St. Michael came down into the Church, clad in his suit of armor, and he paused, threatening with his sword a number of unworthy pastors who wanted to enter.”
On October 4, 1820, the mystic wrote: “When I saw the Church of St. Peter in ruins, and the manner in which so many of the clergy were themselves busy at this work of destruction — none of them wishing to do it openly in front of the others — I was in such distress that I cried out to Jesus with all my might, imploring His mercy.
“Then I saw before me the Heavenly Spouse, and He spoke to me for a long time. He said, among other things, that this translation of the Church from one place to another meant that she would seem to be in complete decline. But she would rise again; even if there remained but one Catholic, the Church would conquer again because she does not rest on human counsels and intelligence.”
Sister Emmerich’s visions focus on the contemporary Church Crisis, but she stated the Church will rise again.
“I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle [over it]. I saw a Pope who was at once gentle and very firm… I saw a great renewal, and the Church rose high in the sky,” wrote the nun. Petrus Romanus is perhaps the pontiff mentioned in the excerpt. Consult the article Our Lady of Anguera and Petrus Romanus.
“But she [the Church] would rise again; even if there remained but one Catholic, the Church would conquer again because she does not rest on human counsels and intelligence,” said the Holy Spirit. Christ founded the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Spirit is guiding her till Christ’s Second Coming. Brethren, Surrender to the Holy Spirit during The Great Spiritual War.