The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
4. THE INFUSING OF MARY'S SOUL AND HER BIRTH.
4.1 THE UNITING OF MARY'S SOUL AND BODY.
I had a vision of the creation of Mary's most holy soul and of its
being united to her most pure body. In the glory by which the Most Holy
Trinity is usually represented in my visions I saw a movement like a
great shining mountain, and yet also like a human figure; and I saw
something rise out of the midst of this figure towards its mouth and go
forth from it like a shining brightness. Then I saw this brightness
standing separate before the Face of God, turning and shaping itself--
or rather being shaped, for I saw that while this brightness took human
form, yet it was by the Will of God that it received a form so
unspeakably beautiful. I saw, too, that God showed the beauty of this
soul to the angels, and that they had unspeakable joy in its beauty. I
am unable to describe in words all that I saw and understood.
When seventeen weeks and five days after the conception of the Blessed
Virgin had gone by (that is to say, five days before Anna's pregnancy
was half accomplished), I saw the Blessed Virgin's holy mother lying
asleep in her bed in her house near Nazareth. Then there came a shining
light above her, and a ray from this light fell upon the middle of her
side, and the light passed into her in the shape of a little shining
human figure. In the same instant I saw the Blessed Virgin's holy
mother raise herself on her couch surrounded by light. She was in
ecstasy, and had a vision of her womb opening like a tabernacle to
enclose a shining little virgin from whom man's whole salvation was to
spring. I saw that this was the instant in which for the first time the
child moved within her. Anna then rose from her couch, dressed herself,
and announced her joy to the holy Joachim. They both thanked God, and I
saw them praying under the tree in the garden where the angel had
comforted Anna. It was made known to me that the Blessed Virgin's soul
was united to her body five days earlier than with other children, and
that her birth was twelve days earlier.