Therese Neumann: Mystic and Stigmatist
Softcover, 272 pp.
By: Adalbert Albert Vogl
The life and remarkable gifts of Therese Neumann (1898-1962), who bore the stigmata from 1926 to 1962, and suffered the Passion of Jesus on Fridays. She went without food and drink (save Communion) for 26 years. Also tells of her visions, language phenomena, mystical recognition of the Holy Eucharist, of priests, priestly blessings and relics, her bilocation and other mystical gifts. Twenty pictures in color and over 50 in black and white.
Therese Neuman von Konnersreuth (1898-1962) is a German Catholic mystic and stigmatist who was allegedly targeted by the Nazis because of her growing popularity. She is said to have been part of many miracles and survived on nothing but Eucharist from 1926 until 1962. Paramahansa Yogananda visited her and wrote about it in his book Autobiography of a Yogi. She was born on Good Friday, April 8,1898 and died on September 18, 1962. At the age of 20, she became blind and paralyzed. She miraculously regained her sight in 1923 through prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux. Later her limbs were instantly healed. In 1923 Therese began to drink only liquids and four years later stopped consuming them entirely. In July 1927 a medical doctor and four Fransciscan nurses kept watch on her 24 hours a day for a two week period. They confirmed that she consumed nothing except for the swallowing of one concentrated wafer, and had no ill effects, loss of weight, or dehydration. This continued for the rest of her life. In 1926, the stigmata, or the sacred wounds of Christ appeared on her head, breast, hands, and feet. Every Friday, she would experience the Passion of Christ, suffering in her own body all his historic agonies. During her Friday trances, she would utter phrases identified by scholars as ancient Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek.