It was not clear to Mary Ann at the time
that this meant she would suffer the Passion of Our Lord through the many
years ahead on each of the Fridays of Advent and Lent.
To those privileged to be present it will
remain a never-to-be-forgotten spiritual experience, a lifetime inspiration;
also, a fuller understanding and deeper appreciation of the great and
tremendous sacrifice that Our Lord and God made, so mankind could once again
have the opportunity to enjoy the eternal happiness of Heaven. At various
times before and after her suffering of the Passion, important messages were
given concerning the work, the need for unity, prayer and sacrifice if we
were to save our Country, Church, Youth, etc., stress being placed always on
the necessity of the Rosary and the Constant Vigil of Prayer.
For the people present, some for the first
time, most felt they had a better understanding of the meaning and purpose
of Our Lord’s suffering; also, the great love that Christ had for us, and
His complete obedience to God the Father, as He willingly accepted all the
pain and suffering that went with the Scourging, Crowning, Carrying of the
Cross, and His Death on Calvary.
As we know the Sacred Sacrifice of the Mass
is a continuation of Our Lord’s Sacrifice and Death; and, when instituting
It, Christ meant to give all the opportunity to share in the great Graces He
won for us along with the privilege of sharing His Divinity as He shared our
humanity. This to be each time we receive Him into our heart and soul in
Holy Communion. A plan so unique and meritorious could only have been
devised in Heaven by God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. A greater
recognition and appreciation
by everyone is only proper when one
considers that it was Our Lord Who took it upon Himself to make atonement
for our sins; likewise, that He deserves and expects our cooperation if we
hope to share in the “Glory of Glories.” As He expressed it, “Unless you
likewise do penance you shall all perish”; “Pick up your cross and follow
Me”; “The servant is no better than the Master”; etc.
Human nature no doubt will always be
perverse and the temptations of Satan cause man to fall from his dignity of
“A Being,” created just a little less than the angels; also, that the
attraction of material things will continue to divert man’s attention from
the higher and nobler purpose of life. So, God in His Wisdom and Mercy has
seen fit to choose certain special friends who would also suffer Our Lord’s
Passion in reparation for some of the many offenses against Him.
To help you and other sincere, good people
properly identify and respect these chosen Victim Souls, or Stigmatics some
or all of His Wounds, have been given to them.
Mary Ann is one of those referred to above.
She has suffered the Passion of Our Lord as the Blessed Mother said she
would on the Fridays of Advent and Lent since 1950; the usual time, twelve
noon until three P.M., with the
exception of Holy Thursday and Good Friday of 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963.
Then the suffering started on Holy Thursday night at 9:00 P.M. and continued
until 12:00 midnight, when Our Lord was in the dungeon. It started again on
Good Friday morning at 9:00 A.M. when Christ left the dungeon, finishing
when Our Lord expired on the Cross at 3:00 P.M.
The Stigmata of the Thorn Wounds of Our Lord
were present on Mary Ann during Lent in the years of 1951 and 1952.
Regarding the reference to Calvary and the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as being one and the same, see the October 7,
1950 Message quote, “To all Priests: Don’t be in a hurry to say your
Mass; take your time. Remember the Lord hung on the Cross three hours in
agony. Live the Way of the Cross. My Son was crucified here (at this
point, Mary Ann held up the Good Friday Crucifix) for your sins, but you
forget it. My Son was scourged at the pillar, the blood coming down. His
precious blood was all over, but you forget it. The Almighty Dollar is your
God. Forget the Almighty Dollar and remember this Cross with the Crucifixion
of Your Lord upon it. He died for you. Now remember Him.”
The question in the minds of some people and
Mary Ann’s was, why had the Blessed Mother chosen her? The answer was made
clear to all by the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 30, 1950 when She said,
“From childhood on, until today, the Stations of the Cross have made your
heart heavy, and you shed tears because my Son’s sufferings grieve you. This
is why I chose you, my Child.” With a family to care for and at times in
poor health, Mary Ann realized that this would be a most difficult mission.
Yet, she said when one looks into the eyes of Our Blessed Lady, you cannot
refuse Her anything.
The following excerpts are from the accounts
of good priests and reliable doctors who were at the bedside of Mary Ann
when she suffered Our Lord’s Passion.
Rev. Leo A. Scheetz, Earl Park, Indiana,
states on February 16, 1951 (see Vol. 2,
page 167 of the 4 volumes, “My Work With
Necedah, by Henry Swan) “The above statements are merely a brief account of
what actually took place as I took notes at the time things were happening.
There has been no attempt to establish nor to dramatize what I saw, nor to
read anything into the actions and agonies as they transpired. If one were
to witness what I saw Mary Ann go through from twelve to three at someone’s
death bed it would frighten them sick, but knowing that this was but the
seventh reoccurrence of the similar thing, one could rest secure that she
was not about to die; otherwise, it would have been too much to take. There
remains for her to state what she saw and went through visually or mentally
during that time in order to give meaning to so much apparent agony, pain,
and what not.”
K. Spurlock, March 16,1951:
“The sight that we
saw was too magnetic to look away. It
seemed to draw everyone of our senses and strain every nerve and muscle.
After standing for half an hour my knees were breaking. At the first sight
of her sufferings my breath was taken away, and a dull pressure seemed to
grip my heart. The expression of her sorrow seemed to tear one’s chest
apart, and the thought that came first to me was: Oh, how horrible was Our
Lord’s suffering. It hurt to watch it.
I have read many times of the sufferings of
privileged people, like Therese Neumann, etc., but never before did realize
what it actually meant. I do not know if these others are like this or not,
but this is certainly genuine and real.
Only the week before I had seen the slides
and heard the lecture on the Holy Shroud of Turin. That was still fresh in
my mind, so I noticed how closely her position represented that which the
scientists tell us is depicted by the Shroud. Her arms were outstretched at
the same angle as we see in the Shroud reproduction of the Cross. They are
very rigid. Her whole body is rigid and cannot be moved without moving it
all at once.
I thought again of the Shroud of Turin and
the explanation of the scientists who tell us how Our Lord’s chest was
pushed down by His weight, so that He literally died of a broken heart. She
held this position for three hours. Her throat was throbbing, at times
gasping and speaking, at other times almost like a death rattle. Several
times panting as if her breath would tear her apart, then again long labored
breathing like a person drawing their last breath. Sometimes she seemed
exhausted and lay back in quiet suffering, and one could see and feel the
pain growing and growing until it finally would swell up into one sudden
outburst of agony. Her head would roll or she would strain at the nails.
The doctors said she did not speak as much
this time but seemed to suffer more. The words were filled with sadness,
like the repetition several times of the sounds: “Osee” or “Jose” said
twice, and then followed by other words. Once it seemed to me she said,
“Deos, Deos” or “Theos”, but I am not sure. There did not seem to be any
Latin. But they were real words with real inflections.
In my opinion these three hours of suffering
by Mary Ann cannot be explained in any natural way. To me it was more
convincing and impressive than even the moving of the sun. More convincing I
think for the ordinary observer because it can be checked and re-checked,
and there is no chance of illusion. Dr. De Werth said it was not hypnotism.
That in my opinion would be impossible in this case. I am convinced of the
supernatural cause. Until an official statement is made, however, we can
only hold our own private opinions.”
Rev. F. B. Dickman, Wedron, Illinois, May
1970: “Mary Ann has suffered the Passion of Our Lord on the Fridays of
Advent and Lent since 1950. I have been present at several of these. She
also suffered for several years during the night hours. In fact almost every
day of her life since 1950 has been one of suffering. There never has been a
time in the Church when so many visions of the Blessed Mother and Saints,
and so many revelations have continued for so many years. I have never heard
Mary Ann utter a word that in the slightest degree was contrary to any thing
in our Faith. Never have I heard her use any language that showed an
unsound mental condition.”
The following is an experience related by
Mr. H. Swan after her family doctor,
Dr. Meyers, had given Mary Ann some special medication. It is taken from
Vol. 2 of the four Volumes by H. Swan, pages 75-76. Mr. Swan was her
protector and present during her suffering periods including the times she
suffered the Passion. “The suffering was very, very severe on the 18th of
June, and shortly after it started we called out for prayers. Betty
Wakershauser was out in a car praying, and was called to do the phoning. At
a little after 10:00 P. M., Dr. Meyers and Father Connolly were called and
shortly thereafter. Father Connolly prayed
over Mary Ann and gave her his Blessing. The heart condition seemed to get
better, and then physical suffering with its violent action started.
Dr. Meyers wanted to know if he could give
her a hypo and I gave my consent,
although I had no faith in its effect. Doc gave her the shot and for all the
relief of pain it gave her, it might as well have been water. It did
however, after about 20 minutes or so make her violently ill, and caused her
to gag and throw up. There was no normal reaction to the shot whatever.
Father Connolly and Doc after staying until about 11:30 P.
M. left for home. I
that it was good for both of them to witness
Also Dr. Meyers had given Mary Ann medicine
to reduce the swelling in her limbs, but this also did not have the result
that would normally be expected. He also tried shots, but received the same
A Message that was given on June 21, 1955,
stated: “Henry, many tests have been given and more will be given. That was
a test that was permitted to be given the other night. It was given to
convince the doctor and you that medication does not work. This type of
injection is very hard on the Victim and it will take three days for her to
recover from it.” “Other tests will be given. You must be present when the
tests are given and your permission will be needed”.
Mary Ann suffered much during these three
days. There was much gagging and retching. At the end of the third day it
was all over.
Dr. John De Werth, Menomonee Falls,
Wisconsin, March 16, 1951:
Dr. De Werth gives a most complete and
accurate description on the above date from a medical standpoint, almost
minute by minute, of the suffering of Mary Ann from 12 noon to 3:00 P.M.
For this full account see pages 272-279 Vol. 2 of 4 Vols., “My Work With
Necedah,” by H. Swan. It also includes the Revelations that were given from
2:43 to 2:53 P.M. Likewise he refers to real words with definite
inflections similar to the reference in the report by Msgr. Spurlock.
Some additional interesting facts re:
certain happenings during the suffering of the Passion of Our Lord by Mary
1. She would go for the full period of
Advent as well as the forty days of Lent without eating any solid foods, yet
on Christmas Day or Easter Sunday, she was able to eat a full meal without
any ill effects.
2. Anna Katharina Emmerick, a mystic who
lived from 1774 to 1824 is and has been with Mary Ann during the suffering
of the Passion and has been especially helpful when Revelations or Messages
were given and were not fully understood. In other words when Czar Alex
spoke in German, she would give the correct interpretation in English.
3. On December 5, 1958, a request was made
from the Celestials in Heaven to obtain a four-foot white corpus of Our
Lord, and have it ready for the December 12, 1958 suffering. At this time
instructions were given for Mary Ann to mark the Corpus with red and purple
crayons as she viewed the Scourging of Our Lord. Mr. Swan held it and
though it was very difficult, through the tears Mary Ann marked the bruises,
lacerations and blood where they had appeared on Our Lord’s Body. This was
to serve as a model for the sculptors and the artists to follow when making
the life-size Corpus, which as requested, is now on the grounds in the
4. A weight phenomenon was checked and
verified several times in 1951 and 1952 during the three hour period as Mary
Ann suffered the Passion of Our Lord. Doctors, clergy, her husband and
others tried to lift the foot of the bed. Normally this would not be
difficult. However, even with great effort it was practically impossible.
Though this was checked on various Fridays, the results were always the
From St. John of the Cross and other
outstanding authorities in the field of Mystical Theology, the weight
phenomenon alone would suffice to prove that her ecstacies are not natural.
Ecstatic rigidity was another
characteristic of Mary Ann’s suffering the Passion. When her arms went out
in the form of a cross, before or while Our Lord was nailed to the Cross,
her arms and fingers would be completely rigid. Doctors, clergy and others
tried to bend her arms or straighten her fingers, neither being possible
until Our Lord expired and her arms relaxed.
The same was true as her left foot
went over the right as Our Lord’s feet were nailed to the Cross.
Dr. Imbert Gourbeyre was a professor
of medicine for over twenty-five years and the author of research work on
mystical phenomena in relation to medicine. He is one of the few doctors
who had the occasion to study both these sciences, so therefore can speak
authoritatively on the subject. In his opinion, there is no need of the
phenomenon of weight to prove genuineness of ecstacy, he holds that
“ecstatic rigidity alone” is already sufficient proof.
5. On Friday, March 17, 1967, a Friday of
Lent, the Seven Sorrows of Our Sorrowful Mother of the Passion Prayer was
given. It was suggested that it be used as a meditation for the Seven