by: Anne Catherine Emmerich
The Dolorous Passion has been inspiring thousands since it first appeared in 1833 - being based on the detailed visions of Our Lord's Passion and Death as seen by Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), a German Augustinian nun, and recorded by Clemens Brentano, a prominent literary figure of the day. A saintly person from her youth and a great mystic and victim soul, Sister Emmerich was privileged by God during almost a lifetime of ecstatic visions to see all the events of Our Lord's suffering and death, which visions we can now understand in hindsight were a great gift from God for the world. Her account of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, while faithful to the bible, is heartrending, edifying, and surprising - and filled with intimate detail. The Dolorous Passion recounts with incredible precision the horrendous suffering undergone by our Saviour in His superhumanly heroic act of Redemption. Also illuminating is its description of Mary's participation in the suffering of her Son, so that this book gives the reader a poignant understanding of why Our Lady is often called our "Co-Redemptrix" and "Queen of Martyrs". The Dolorous Passion is a singular book that conveys a lasting impression of the terrible Agony of Our Lord, of His infinite love for us that motivated His agony, and how His Passion and Death were brought on by each person's sins. Here is a book that gives one a holy feeling just to read it. Here is a book that will melt a heart of stone!