Venerable Theresa Neumann
Venerable Therese Neumann
One of the reasons I am here on earth today is to prove that man can live by God’s invisible light, and not by food only. Therese Neumann
A renowned visitor of hers, Paramahansa Yogananda believed she was here to reassure all Christians of the historical authenticity of Jesus' life and crucifixion as recorded in the New Testament, and to dramatically display the ever-living bond between Him and his devotees.
Therese Neumann was born in April of 1898 in the village of Konnersreuth in Bavaria, Germany, the first of eleven children. When she was twenty years old an accident left her partially paralyzed. In 1919, she was blinded completely and various other accidents left her bedridden. Therese had a great devotion to St Therese of Lisieux and credits her with healing of her paralysis and bedsores.
In 1926, Therese developed the stigmata. She was also reported to have had visions of Christ. Controversy surrounded Therese Neumann’s wounds but several sources say these wounds never healed, never became infected and were present at her death. In addition to the stigmata she was reported to have consumed no food other than the Eucharist for a period of forty years. A medical doctor and four Franciscan nurses kept watch over her for a period of two weeks and confirmed that she consumed nothing except the Eucharist. She suffered no ill effects, loss of weight or dehydration.
During the time of the Third Reich in Germany, Therese Neumann was the target of ridicule. The Nazis knew of her opposition to them and while she was never physically harmed, her family’s home, her parish church and the priest’s house all received direct attacks.
Therese Neumann died on September 18, 1962, from cardiac arrest. She was sixty-four years of age. 40,0000 people signed a petition asking for her beatification. In 2005, Bishop Gerhard Muller of Regensburg formally opened the Vatican proceedings for her beatification.
An interesting anecdote to this information is the circumstance by which Father Kunst obtained the artifact connected to Therese Neumann. The story is available with the artifact.
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