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A saint’s writings finally in print

At New Liturgical Movement, Peter Kwasniewski drew attention to a major new publishing project. Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) is, Kwasniewski wrote, one of the Church’s “most fascinating and complex mystics”. Beatified by John Paul II, Blessed Anne had an extraordinary range of visions. Her visions of Early Church worship, for instance, included details which were confirmed by later scholarship.

“Unfortunately,” Kwasniewski said, “Anne Catherine has been ill-served in English. Until quite recently, the available translations represented but a tiny sliver of her marvellous range of visions, edited with pious intentions and rendered in a stiff style.”

But now Angelico Press – which published three volumes of her visions in 2015 – is bringing out 11 volumes of Blessed Anne’s writings, including her “Life of the Virgin Mary” and “Mysteries of the Old Testament”.

This latter part “commences with an account of Joseph and his wife Asenath in Egypt” and “fresh perspectives are offered on Moses, Samson and Delilah, the Nazirites, Elijah and Elisha, Tobias, Ezra, Zoroaster, the Holy Book of Ctesiphon, and the final prophet, Malachi.

“The second part is thrilling, passing through several stages of the Ark of the Covenant, which reaches its consummation, in its fourth and final form, in the Virgin Mary herself.”

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