The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Anna Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) was a mystic and stigmatic whose visions became the source of THE DOLOROUS PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Anne Catherine's visions clearly fall in the category of private revelation. Although Sacred Scripture is infallible, private revelation is fallible. Although God cannot err in anything He does, errors can be introduced into private revelation by a misunderstanding on the part of the person who receives the revelation, or by an error made by the person who writes down or transmits the revelation. Sacred Scripture is immune from these types of error; private revelation is not. Anne Catherine's visions come from God, but they are fallible because they come to us through fallible human persons. However, her visions are neither mere human meditations nor pious fiction. Her account of events in the lives of Jesus and Mary were revealed to her by God.