Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with emotion and joy that I speak to you to-day
about Marie-Julie Jahenny who had the stigmata and was from La Fraudais
near Blain in Brittany.
I knew her well and received great graces during her
ecstasies at which I assisted.
First of all, what is the stigmata ?
Tanquerey, in his “Précis of
Ascetical and Mystical Theology” says: “This phenomenon consists of a
sort of impression of the sacred wounds of the Saviour on the feet,
hands, side and forehead, they appear spontaneously, without provocation
by any exterior wound and blood that is not corrupt flows from them
It seems to be an established fact that
stigmatisation exists only with ECSTATICS and that it is preceded and
accompanied by VERY GREAT suffering, physical and moral, which thus
makes the subject similar to the suffering Jesus. Absence of this
suffering would be a bad sign as the stigmata are just the symbol of
union with the Divine Crucified One and participation with His
Existence of the stigmata is proved by so many
witnesses, that unbelievers themselves generally admit their existence
but they try to give them a natural explanation.
The signs to distinguish real stigmata of
supernatural origin are the following :
1 ° The stigmata are placed in the same places where
Our Lord received the five wounds, whereas the exudation of blood of
those who are hypnotized is not placed in the same fashion.
2 ° Usually the renewal of wounds and sufferings of
the stigmatists take place on the days or times which recall the Passion
of the Saviour, such as Friday or some feast of Our Lord.
3 ° These wounds NEVER FESTER ; the blood that flows
from them is pure, whereas the smallest natural wound on another part of
the body suppurates, even with stigmatists. They do NOT HEAL, despite
the usual remedies and sometimes persist for thirty or forty years.
4 ° They produce copious bleeding this can be noted
on the first day of their appearance, but they become inexplicable the
following days. The abundance of the bleeding is also inexplicable; the
stigmata are generally on the surface, far away from the large blood
vessels, and yet they bleed profusely !
5 ° Finally and above all these stigmata are to be
found only with people who PRACTISE THE MOST HEROIC VIRTUES and who have
a particulary great love of the cross.
The study of all these circumstances demonstrates
well that this is not an ordinary pathological case, but that there is
here the intervention of an intelligent and free cause which works on
these stigmatists to make them more conformable to the Divine Crucified
There is therefore no possible assimilation between
MYSTICAL PHENOMENA and morbid phenomena.
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Marie-Julie was born on l2th
of February 1850 at Blain in the hamlet of Coyault. Daughter of Charles
Jahenny and Marie Boya, she was the eldest of five children. Her parents
belonged to essentially Christian families of ‘that class of peasant who
knows how to combine love of work and a simple life-style to being
Marie-Julie Jahenny - The breton stigmatist
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