The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
Clemens Brentano was a well-known and well-to-do German poet and
writer. After he had met the German nun and mystic, Anna Emmerich, on
September 24, 1818, he was so amazed, he decided to be her
stenographer. He later wrote, "I feel that I must stay here, that I
must not leave this admirable creature before her death. I feel that my
mission is here, and that God has heard the prayer I made when I begged
him to give me something to do for His glory that would not be above my
strength. I shall endeavor to gather and preserve the treasures of
grace that I have here before my eyes." So, daily, for six years, this
writer sublimated his career to take dictation. Why? Because he could
see that this was God's work.
Beginning in 1818, Anna Katharina Emmerich dictated to Clemens Brentano
over a period of 6 years various details about the life of Jesus Christ
in chronological order. She had additional visions of "celebrated"
events such as Christmas, Easter, and Saints Holidays when those feast
days occurred in the Catholic Church. Anna's visions, as the reader
will see, are quite detailed. Internal biblical "contradictions" are
often straightforwardly explained away, though Anna, appears unaware
that she does so. For example, the genealogy of Jesus is given both in
Luke 3:28-38 and Matthew 1:1-16, and they obviously differ. However, by
compiling the relationships that Anna relates in this text, it can be
seen that one gospel is stating Jesus' genealogical descent through
Jesus' foster-father, Joseph, and the other, through Mary.
The primary additions to this new edition of The Life of the Blessed
Virgin Mary are:
1. Woodcut figures that were included in the German 1852 edition have
2. Archaic word usage and all spelling has been revised to modern
3. All place names and proper names have been updated to modern
4. Textual omissions of previous editions have been corrected.
5. German section titles, omitted by the English translator, have been
translated and included.
6. Some new footnotes have been added.
Footnotes are typically concluded with initials in parenthesis.
Footnotes without initials or initialed "Tr." are from Michael
Palairet, CB are from Clemens Brentano, and SB from Sebastian Bullough.
Donald R. Dickerson, Jr
12 November 2007