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The Holy Pontiff and the Twelve with him

“Last night I had a vision of the Pope. I saw St. Francis carrying the church, and the basilica of St. Peter borne on the shoulders a little man who had some­thing of the Jew in his countenance. It looked very peril­ous. Mary stood on the north side of the church with her mantle extended over it. The little man was almost bent double. He is, as yet, a laic [Monday, December 25, 2017]. I know who he is. The twelve men whom I always see as the twelve new Apostles ought to have helped him, but they arrived too late; however, just as he was about to fall, they all ran up with myriads of angels to his assistance. It was only the pavement and the back part of the church, for all the rest had been demolished by the secret society helped by the servants of the church themselves. They bore it to another place, and it seemed as if rows of palaces fell before it like fields of wheat in harvest time.

” When I saw St. Peter’s in this ruinous state and so many ecclesiastics laboring, though secretly, at its de­struction, I was so overcome that I cried earnestly to Jesus for mercy.  Then I saw my Heavenly Spouse before me under the form of a youth. He spoke to me for a long time. He told me that this translation of St. Peter’s signified that the Church would apparently fall to total ruin: but that, resting on these supports, she would be raised up again. Even if there should remain but one Catholic Christian, the Church would again triumph since its foundations were not cast in the intellect or councils of men. She had never yet been without members praying and suffering for her. He showed me all that He Himself had endured for her, what efficacy He had bestowed upon the merits and labors of the martyrs, and He ended by saying that He would endure it all over again if it were possible for Him again to suffer. He showed me, also, in numberless pictures, the miserable aims of Christians and ecclesiastics throughout the whole world. The vision grew wider, more extended until it embraced my own country; and then Jesus exhorted me to perseverance in prayer and ex­piatory suffering. It was an unspeakably great and sorrowful picture. I cannot describe it! – I was also told that very few Christians, in the true sense of the term, are to be found nowadays and that the Jews of our day are pure Pharisees, though still more obstinate; only Judith’s people in Africa belong to the ancient Jews. – I am greatly afflicted by what I  saw!”

Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich by VERY REV. K. E. SCHMOGER, C.SS.R.