• Marie Julie Jahenny the Stigmatist


    To begin with, just 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 periodically... "


    Stigmatization exists only with Ecstatics as far as the Church has been able to determine and is preceded and accompanied by enormous suffering, physical and moral, which thus makes the subject similar to the suffering Jesus. Absence of this suffering would not be a good sign as the stigmata are just the symbol of union with the Divine Crucified One and participation with His martyrdom.


    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 genuine 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 practice the most heroic virtues and who have a particularly 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 One.


    There is therefore no possible assimilation between mystical phenomena and morbid phenomena.

    Marie-Julie was born February 12, 1850 at Blain in the hamlet of Coyault, the daughter of Charles Jahenny and Marie Boya and the eldest of five children. Her parents belonged to that class of Catholic peasant who knew how to combine love of work and a simple life-style to being modestly well-off.

    From the time of her first Communion, Marie-Julie was drawn to the Divine Host of the Tabernacle and she joyfully complied to the desire of Jesus Who said to her "Stay a little longer with Me." Which she joyfully did.

    Yet dutiful as a daughter of her household, she willingly played with her sisters, her brother and her friends, to please them. As soon as she was old enough she helped her mother with the housework. To become more holy she became a Third Order Franciscan. For as long as she was able to go to Church," writes M. Ragot [who wrote about her stigmatization], "she was the model of the parish for her regularity and modesty and everyone was edified by her recollection, her devotion and fervor."

    The stigmatization of Marie-Julie began in 1873.

    Doctor Imbert-Gourbeyre, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Clermont-Ferrand, writes: "From the first years of the stigmata ... I was called by Monsignor Fournier, Bishop of Nantes, to examine medically this young Breton peasant; she was then twenty three years old. The examination over, I declared to the Bishop that he possessed a young woman with a genuine stigmata. That there was no fraud at La Fraudais. Monsignor Fournier arrived promptly at the conviction that the manifestations presented by his diocesan were of Divine origin."

    On June 6, 1875, the holy Bishop wrote to the doctor: "The reports that I receive daily on Marie-Julie show me more and more the action of God on this soul. He grants her graces of an obvious supernatural order. At the same time she grows in virtue and noble sentiments. The natural and human disappear in her, and she often speaks to people she sees or who are referred to her giving instructions which are not in keeping with her normal state. Therefore be confident, dear Doctor, the time will come when Marie-Julie herself will be the proof ... She is sincere: what she manifests is supernatural. I see nothing but good, edifying and in conformity with the principles of spirituality. Therefore it is God Who favors her; you may he sure it will turn out well.
    On February 22, 1873, Marie-Julie was seriously ill; Our Lady appeared to her telling her she would have much to suffer. The following March, on the 15th, there was another apparition of the Mother of God: She asked Marie-Julie if she would accept the same sufferings that her Son had endured for men. The reply was in the affirmative upon which Our Lady announced that she would later have five wounds. The stigmata began six days later.

    The doctor interrogated Marie-Julie as to the way she had received the stigmata. She replied: "When I received the stigmata, Our Lord appeared to me with radiant wounds; it was as if a sun surrounded them.

    "A luminous ray came out of each wound and struck my hands, feet and side; at the end of each ray there was a drop of red blood. The ray that left the side of Our Lord was twice as wide as the others and was shaped like a lance. The pain I felt was very great, but it lasted barely one second."

    On February 20, 1874: "No sooner had Marie-Julie received the five wounds than Our Lady announced that she would become the bride of Our Lord ..."
    "In 1875, Marie-Julie announced for over a month and several times that she would soon have a new stigmata: a cross and a flower with the inscription, "CRUX AVE" which would be impressed on her chest. More than a week beforehand she specified the date: it was to be on the 7th of December. The day before Marie-Julie's chest was examined to establish that the promised stigmata did not yet exist. The following day, before the ecstasy, she offered to be examined again; it was deemed useless, she had the right to be believed. Soon she went into ecstasy and while the marvelous impression was being made, witnesses and family were able to verify incomparable scents that emanated from her body through her clothes. When the ecstasy was over, one could see the cross, the flower, and the inscription on her chest."
    "Marie-Julie possesses at this moment the most numerous stigmata that have yet been seen: the five wounds, the crown, the stigmata of the shoulder, of the scourging and of the ropes that tied Our Savior, the stigmata of the ring finger, and the epigraphic and figurative stigmata."
    When she first received the stigmata, it bled every Friday, later only on Good Friday, but the pain of the stigmata always increased, and always more so on Fridays.

    Several Crucifixes bled at Marie-Julie's home. At the request of the stigmatist who was bed-ridden, Father David, her director, had given her a picture of Our Lord on the Cross after having blessed it. An extraordinary attraction for this picture seized her and she loved to meditate with it several times a day. On the 21st of January 1877 Our Lord appeared to her while she was in ecstasy and said to her: "Oh, you who love Me, see how I suffer ... I pour out My Divine Blood to pay for the sins of France ... The picture where I am crucified before which you meditate, will remind you of My suffering. The Divine Blood of My Five Wounds which has just flowed on My Cross, will flow on the five Wounds of this picture ... tell your Father to collect it. .. and now come back to earth: you will find My five Wounds bathed in blood."

    Coming back to herself, Marie-Julie saw the picture covered in blood and all her family witnessed the miracle.
    Mr. Pierre Ragot writes with exactitude in his small book on Marie-Julie: "To purify His elect and to make them victims of atonement, God often uses Satan, who in his hatred of mankind, is in His hands the most active instrument. Sacred Scripture and especially hagiography give us numerous examples of this conduct of Providence."

    Sacramentals.com also carries the Medal of Our Lady of Good Counsel [Notre Dame de la Bonne Garde], which is in strict agreement with the revelations received by Marie-Julie in the course of several ecstasies and recalls the special devotion that this pious stigmatist devoted to the veneration of the Cross and to the Very Holy Virgin whom she implored so often at the foot of the ancient statue of the Notre Dame de la Bonne Garde --- which means Our Lady of Good Protection - and the medal has come to be known as the medal of Our Mother of Good Counsel.

    Marie-Julie was molested by the devil many times. The author cites Doctor Imbert-Gourbeyre: "Marie-Julie had received the stigmata but a few weeks and already Our Lady had warned her several times that she would soon be attacked by the devil. On the 26th of April, She appeared to her again and announced severe trials, promising that She would never abandon her then She disappeared with a gracious smile.

    "A quarter of an hour later the devil appeared to Marie-Julie."
    He attacked her, made the religious pictures fall, the relics; etc. rosaries broken, straw mattress torn, a crucifix thrown on the floor; some people thrown on the floor. Marie-Julie covered in wounds, scratches, beaten nearly every day. The devil appearing either in his usual form or as an animal or under the appearance of a young man of great beauty, always promising cures, riches, etc. The wounds and scratches provoked by the devil never went septic and healed very quickly with holy water.
    On the 29th of September, on the feast of Saint Michael, the devil was defeated and returned the objects he had previously stolen. Marie-Julie was left in peace until the following month of April. At that moment the diabolical assaults began again. Satan forced grass into her mouth and a phial of poisoned blood closing her jaws so that she could not open them until after an exorcism pronounced by Father David. On 12th of January 1875 the devil appeared to her in the form of a priest with a stole that had no cross and wanted to give her a host which she refused.

    Like many other great mystics Marie-Julie underwent starvation or miraculous abstinence. This total abstinence began for the first time on the 12th of April 1874 and lasted ninety four days. She had announced it beforehand as she also did for the second period which lasted five years, one month and twenty two days from the 28th of December 1875. As she had predicted, during these periods Holy Communion was enough to sustain her and as Doctor Imbert-Gourbeyre recorded during the whole of this period there were no liquid or solid excretions.

    During her ecstasies one could observe her usual characteristics in this miraculous state the senses no longer acted; her soul was completely absorbed in God; absolute insensibility to the point that she would not notice or make the least movement when she was pricked or burned or when violent lights were flashed in her eyes. Some of her ecstasies were accompanied by levitation; at that moment she was ecstatically light.

    We add that when her spiritual director or a competent religious Authority gave her the order to interrupt her ecstasy and come back to ordinary life, she obeyed immediately whether the "call" was mental vocal or in writing.

    Marie-Julie also possessed the ability to distinguish between an unconsecrated Host and the actual Eucharist.

    Marie-Julie had the grace almost uniquely reserved to stigmatists, but even exceptional for them of having several auxiliary Angels as well as their own Guardian. She enjoyed this privilege during the time she was deaf, dumb, blind and paralyzed.

    During Christmas night 1879 she received the Child Jesus in her arms, her description of the scene is really touching: "I felt in my soul a great heat of love which set me ablaze; I felt my soul leaving and going in the midst of a multitude of Angels who were going to the Divine crib, and when I was at the Holy Child's crib, I felt this same burning as I had never felt before; and at once the Holy Child said to His dear Mother: 'My dear Mother, give Me the beautiful robe that we have prepared, you and I.' And Our Lady gave me a white dress, and the small Child Jesus placed a white cloak over my shoulders. He said to me: 'I want to rest on your heart, in your arms.' I was about to run away so as not to take Him because I am not worthy, when He said to me: 'Stay there, I want you to carry Me.' I began to cry; He dried my tears with His small hand and there is a crib of fire I received the Holy Infant Jesus ... I held Him in my hands, His adorable little head on my heart, while I held Him, He stroked my cheeks with His delicate hands. He gave me a small kiss ... there in the middle of my forehead, and afterwards He had in His right hand a golden nail and placed it like this ... straight on my heart, saying: 'One day this same golden nail will remain engraved where I have placed it! From the place of this nail will exude a scent which will be the same when you come out of the tomb before the Resurrection.' I do not know what this means and I did not ask Him. 'The marvels of the scent,' He said to me, 'will be the same during your life as after your death.' In fact, from that time on there often came these unique scents from Marie-Julie's chest which were smelled by numerous visitors.



    Herewith are but a few of her predictions, visions, and or prophecies, some of which concern France, while others more universal:

    As early as the 15th of September 1879, Marie-Julie announced Bismarck's Kulturkampf and the war in Germany against Catholics. She also announced the religious persecutions triggered off by the Freemasons and Republicans; military service imposed on religious; the plundering of Church possessions; the closing of colleges; departure and exile of Religious Congregations. The separation of Church and State, the suppression of Crucifixes in hospitals, in courtrooms and teaching establishments; suppression of chaplains in the Army and Navy, the creation of atheistic schools, iniquity, irreligion, revolution and anti-patriotism. In one word, crime---and she added that youth would be directed "by all that is most corrupt and dirty and would be instructed in a blasphemous religion ... the mortal creature would be made to adore all that is most infamous and ignoble, and indecently presented."

    And she said that the Chamber of Deputies is the "hall of hell" and would be struck by the fire of Heaven.

    As early as the 15th of September 1881 she announced all the circumstances of the death of Melanie Calvat, the shepherdess of La Salette, who died twenty-three years later, on the 15th of December, 1904, at Altamura, in Italy, and the prophecy came true exactly.
    She announced beforehand the eruption of Mont Pele at St. Pierre in the Martinique, and then described it while it was taking place.

    She predicted the Transvaal war as early as 1881 and said it would take place at the death of Queen Victoria who died in 1901. She added that France would always have to beware of England.
    On the 26th of October 1877, Marie-Julie saw four crosses. The first was for: "France, your tears and your walling have not been heard."
    The second: "Brittany, your moaning heart sighed to my Son. He has heard your voice."
    The third: "Dear Vendee, how many times you have shed your blood for your faith. My blessings will fall on you."
    The fourth: "Alsace and Lorraine will be reunited to France."

    At the death of Leo XIII, a few days before the opening of the conclave, Marie-Julie had the following revelation which describes in advance the reign of the future Pope: "The Adriatic Cardinal is chosen by God, His reign will be that of Christ. He will not last very long and will be called Pius."
    She predicted the world wars of 1914 and 1939. About this last one, speaking of the Germans, as early as the 18th of November, 1920, she said: "These cruel and barbaric souls have not disarmed against the poor children of My Kingdom ... They seek by means of great injustice to pay their debts with iron ... They will come back. They will do a lot of harm ... But I will keep My Kingdom ... My Divine power will stop their rage ... I will drive them back."

    She foresaw the war in Algeria: "The land of the Arabs will triumph over the poor French armies; all the priests of those religious will have to undergo the most cruel miseries ..." This took place to the letter, since those unfortunate priests were odiously persecuted by too many diocesan Ordinaries of the Metropolis and by the majority of the clergy ...
    She depicted a terribly exact portrait of the false savior, de Gaulle, who was, in fact, consciously or unconsciously, the biggest malefactor in the history of France. Our Lord had said to Marie-Julie: "His lies and his conceit do not deceive Me." [The author provides a footnote quoting a Mon. Zeller former Grandmaster of the Freemasons who relates the reception by De Gaulle of the Grand Lodge of the Grand Orient in France at Algiers in 1943.]

    As to the events and calamities that are either happening now or are to come:
    The Mother of God complains of the contempt that the clergy shows with regard to her messages and her apparitions, and Our Lord adds on the 4th of January, 1884: "I have done everything for My people. I sent My Mother on earth. Very few believed in Her words. My voice was heard everywhere through the victims I Myself had chosen and on whom I worked marvels and prodigies. They were despised and persecuted..."

    On the 19th of September 1901---anniversary of the apparition at La Salette ---Our Lady said: "Today my eyes still have a trace of the tears that I shed on that day, when I wanted to bring my children the good news if they converted, but sad news if they continued with their iniquities ... They take little notice of what I revealed ... Now is the time that these great promises will be accomplished that the Church authorities have despised ... They did not want the light!... I have suffered a great deal for all this. Pain oppresses my heart at this moment ... The most painful sword right now is to see the provisions that have been taken and that are in the making ... It is to see the pastors detaching themselves from the Sacred Bond that directs and governs Holy Church ... My children, when I remember the day I brought my warnings to the holy mountain (La Salette), to the threatened world; when I remember the harsh reception of my words! ... not by all, but by many. And those who should have made them known to the souls, hearts and spirits of children with great confidence, deep penetration; they took no notice! They despised them and most of them refused their confidence ...

    On the 4th of August 1904, the Queen of Heaven returned again to the question because of the wish of some holy priests who wanted to make known the message of La Salette, "Other pastors rebelled," and the message was: "Put back under seas," whereas it should have been "delivered to the world." It was because pastors and the priesthood was the great issue that there was a rebellion "How do you expect punishments not to fall on the world ... they go so far as to make my words disappear and to cause suffering to the ones I devoted to this Holy Cause ... I will reward my good pastors ... my servants ..."

    "Self respect is mortified. I know how my Son is served in Holy Orders and how priests live at all times ... How do you expect Heaven to bless the earth! I do not speak of all pastors, all priests, but the number I exclude is very small ... All the souls are allowed to drift ... very little notice is taken of their salvation! ... They like to rest, good living and comfort ... Our dear priest victims are very few! The Holy Tribunal is looked at with indifference ... they go up to the Holy Altar because they are forced to accomplish this act ..."

    On the 12th of May 1896: "I have done everything I could to save My people from the punishments. Many priests have grumbled and would not believe My Immaculate Word ... They greatly displease me and have offended the Holy of Holies ..."

    And again on the 19th of September of the same year: "The priest is no longer humble; he is no longer respectful, he is frivolous and cold in the holy service. He thinks of strengthening his body when he lets souls groan without consolation ... The worldly feasts will be paid for terribly in eternity... On the day of the great shake-up of My anger: Men will deny the King they served. The faithless priest will not be afraid to deny his Father and put to shame his priesthood for all eternity like Judas. We shall see the betrayals that will take place the day that the terror will be widespread ... To save the life of the body, many will lose their souls!"

    On the 29th of October 1903: "The warnings of the Holy of Holies have been disregarded ... His words were rebuffed by those who should have propagated them, listened to them and increased the grace of love. The missions that Our Lady fulfilled on earth have not been known. No notice was taken of her most solemn words ... there was a revolt against her revelations ... from those who should have spread these words in the whole of France. .. but what a heavy cross awaits them!

    A heavy burden will overwhelm them ... A distinct justice is reserved for them..."

    And in 1907 Our Lord added: "Does not the systematic stifling of My Divine Words comprise the gravest responsibilities! This is why severe accounts will be demanded of those who intercepted the message from on high!"

    During the elections which ensured the triumph of the Republicans (in France) in 1877 and 1879, Our Lady complained: "It was the priests, nearly all of them who were the first to call for the ungodly men who govern the world. The priests hid themselves to give their vote to the revolutionaries ..." (But) "the eyes of my Son followed them."

    "Today, they no longer hide themselves, many of them follow the procession behind the red flag. But Our Lord adds, and refers not only to the clergy but to the majority of the population: "They have all wanted disorder and revolution; they will have their fill." (June 1, 1882).

    On another occasion He complained (October 25, 1881): "I announce a terrible punishment for those I have clothed with sacred vestments and filled with grace ... They persecute My Church ... They are very guilty, not all of them, but many, far the greater number ... I know their intentions, I know their thoughts ... I see weakness taking hold of my priests to a terrifying extent, the greatest part is not on the royalist side, they are on the side that plants in this poor country, their standard is the color of blood and terror."

    And the Queen of Heaven continues: "More than ever the number of priests that one calls real ministers of God is very small, it is really small ... There are many priests who will not ... be asked, on the day of terror, to violate the secrets of the confessional ... This has already started. Did they not install microphones in Padre Pio's confessional ... and did not one of the accomplices of this outrage occupy for too long a time an important place at the Vatican ..."

    She continues: "There are some who work under cover while waiting to discard their priestly vestments to better cause horror and abomination amongst the people ... There will be scandals ... you must expect all kinds of things ... The heart of the Church is now only a bleeding wound. Today crime is brought to the foot of the altar ..."
    And since the stigmatist said she would not repeat this, St. Michael the Archangel replied: "The Lord desires it ... I tell the friends of God to prepare themselves and to redouble their prayers because everything is on the point of very great suffering, but God's friends are forewarned. They can now only wait in the silence of their generous faith ... all the friends of the Cross have a special protection reserved by the Holy of Holies and His Beloved Mother."

    Our Lord specifies [1881]: "Woe to the priest who does not reflect on the enormous responsibility which he will have to give back to Me. And the pastors of the Church [the bishops] what will they do for their faith! The greater number are ready to give their faith to save their bodies ... the suffering they cause [the Church] will never be repaired. In a short time the pastors of the Church will have spread scandals everywhere and will have given the last sword thrust to holy Church."

    And soon after, on the 14th of December 1881, Our Lady added: "The time of crimes has begun ... woe to those who dare to make pacts with these personages who appear in diabolical visions ... my victim, many souls will be possessed a few months before (the crisis) ..., the world will be mad with fear and in this madness, the devil, who is everywhere on earth, will make them deny their Baptism and the Cross ..."

    On the same day did she not announce abortion when she said: "The times of crime have begun. Many mothers will be heartless for their own fruits, still innocent, flowers in Heaven!"

    On the 24th of April 1884, Our Lord said: "Priests will separate themselves from the voice of authority in greatest numbers. A scandalous freedom of disunion, of levity, will spread in all the dioceses of France ..."

    "Later on Our Lord showed me the number of apostasies at the time of the fatal event ... It will be the ministers of God, who will be the first to begin, not all of them ... This punishment will open the Heavens and the God of vengeance will appear with a display of justice ... Never had I seen from so close the anger of God..." (November 11, 1884). "But woe to the pastors who abandon the flock" (January 27, 1882).

    Marie-Julie announces the profanation of the Holy Species: "They will be thrown in the mud." (October 17,1883) This has in fact happened.

    "The temples of God, where Hell has taken up residence and placed its field of action. It is time to raise one's eyes to Heaven because in all corners of the world there will be Antichrists as at the time of the Last Judgment who will travel through the whole world to pervert ..."

    She sees the temporary triumph of Freemasonry, the secularized priest ... all these enemies want churches to become theaters of infernal dances and will continue implacably their aim to obtain the cessation of Holy Mass.
    They also intend to remove all Crucifixes and statues of the Saints from all the shrines and throw them in a profane place to break them with joy."

    How could she foresee all that is happening in front of our eyes since the 9th of June 1880 if she was not inspired?

    On the 19th of March 1878, Our Lady gave the approximate date of the last crisis: "In a hundred years Heaven will have harvested its crop ... even before the hundred years are up." Therefore, it is not far off.

    And, He announced the introduction of the enemies of the Church into its bosom: "Before long they will come into power in everything and it will be freedom of evil ... The holy ministry will be covered in shame ... An undercover grumbling reigns in the hearts of many priests against the bond of Faith (the Pope)."

    She frequently announced that the enemies of the Church would penetrate into its bosom: "And perpetrate horrible scandals and thrust the sword into the heart of the Church. Rage has never been greater."

    She had a vision of a dialogue between Our Lord and Lucifer and the latter said: I will attack the Church. I will overthrow the Cross, I will decimate the people, I will deposit a great weakness of Faith in hearts. There will also be A GREAT DENIAL OF RELIGION. For a time I will be MASTER of all things, everything will be under MY CONTROL, even Your temple and all Your people."

    "Saint Michael says that Satan will have possession of everything for some time and that he will reign completely over everything; that all goodness, Faith, Religion will be buried in the tomb ... Satan and his own will triumph with joy, but after this triumph, the Lord will in His turn gather His Own people and will REIGN and TRIUMPH OVER EVIL and WILL RAISE UP from the tomb the buried Church, the prostrated Cross ..."

    Marie-Julie saw that "there will not remain any vestige of the Holy Sacrifice, no apparent trace of faith. CONFUSION will be everywhere ..."

    "All the works approved by the infallible Church will cease to exist as they are today for a time. In this sorrowful annihilation, brilliant signs will be manifested on earth. If because of the wickedness of men Holy Church will be in darkness, the Lord will also send darkness that will stop the wicked in their search of wickedness ..."