Shroud of Turin Matches Visions Given to the Saints and other visionaries




NEW, see at bottom:  Veronica's veil image matches the shroud.

The passion of Jesus, on Good Thursday and Good Friday has been mystically revealed to many saints throughout history and through Catalina Rivas from Columbia  (covered on other areas of this website.)   Catalina Rivas is proven to be receiving messages supernaturally through scientific testing.  Catalina writes theologically difficult passages in ten different languages that she does not know.  Catalina suffers the stigmata on Good Fridays, to the point of death, and then fully recovers and heals within a day or so; healing which should take 2 months according to the doctors witnessing the event.

What follows are notes about 4 other mystics/saints that have also received visions of the passion in separate countries, separate centuries; independent accounts that match each other and are backed by miracles and saintly lives, given to Christ.  What is amazing is that these accounts give details of the passion, the cross, the crown of thorns and more that are different from classical accounts.  However, these testimonies, and Catalina's, match each other and now through close scrutiny, match the wounds revealed on the shroud of Turin!

Also, a  recent mystic known as "Francis"bears the wounds of Christ and suffers the passion of Jesus every night at midnight and moreso on special feastdays and Good Thursday and Good Friday.  Francis's accounts of the agony he experiences matches the accounts of what was revealed to the saints below; from the crowning of thorns, the scourging, to the crucifixion with Jesus's arms and legs being stretched until they are pulled out of joint, Francis feeling like his upper body is being torn apart.

There are skeptics that claim the Shroud of Turin is a medeival forgery based on carbon dating.  My being a scientist that deals with such testing I can tell you that instrumental analysis can be effected and thrown off by many factors.  This is summarized succinctly by Spirit Daily

Following is a “cliff notes” type summary  of “The Holy Shroud and Four Visions” by Tan Books.

The visionaries:
St. Bridget of Sweden lived from 1303 to 1373.  She was favored with visions and revelations most of her life, covering the whole life Jesus and his mother.  St. Bridget founded the famous double monastery of Vadstena.

Venerable Maria d’Agreda, from Spain, lived from 1602 to 1665.  Her father and two brothers entered the Franciscan Order.  Their home was turned into a convent that she, her sister and mother entered.  She ate one meal a day and slept 2 hours.  She was favored with visions and revelations of our Lord and his mother, which can be found in “The Mystical City.”

Anne Catherine Emmerich was born in Westphalia and lived from 1774 to 1824.  She entered the convent in 1802.  In 1812 she received the stigmata on her hands, feet, side and head.  A cross the shape of that shown her in her  visions, with the arms forming a “Y” (verified by the other visionaries and the shroud) was imprinted on her breast.  From that day forward until her death 10 years later, she took no solid foods.  She had visions of the Passion and other events of  Jesus and his mother.

Teresa Neuman was born on Good Friday 1898.  She decided to enter a missionary order of Sister for Central Africa after WWI.  She prepared herself for religious life by following the life based on St. Teresa of Lisieux for whose beatification she prayed.  However, following a spinal injury and several subsequent falls she became blind, paralyzed, bed-ridden, covered with sores and contracted bronchitis and pneumonia.  Her blindness was cured on the day of the Beatification of St. Teresa.  A leg that was to be amputated was healed by the application of leaves from the grave of St. Teresa.  Her paralysis and sores were healed on the day of St. Teresa’s canonization.  Her appendicitis was cured by the application of a relic of St. Teresa.  And her pneumonia was cured on the anniversary of the death of the saint.  Upon the curing of her paralysis she heard the voice of what she believed to be St. Teresa  who told her she would still have to endure great suffering.
In 1926, she received the stigmata in the form of 5 wounds and later she received the marks of the Crown of Thorns, the wound on the shoulder, the marks of the scourging and wound on her knees corresponding to Christ’s falling under the weight of the cross.
Once a week beginning at 11:00 P.M. on Thursday and lasting until 1:00PM on Friday she had a vision of the Passion of Our Lord in about forty scenes with short intervals, and experienced the suffering corresponding to the various scenes--The Agony, the dungeon of Ciphers, the Scourging, Crowning with Thorns, Carrying of the Cross and Crucifixion.  During Lent, all the stigmata bleed profusely; outside Lent only the stigmata of the crown of thorns, of the the wound in the side, and the eyes bleed.
During this time Teresa Neuman, for around 20 years, received the Holy Eucharist as her only daily nourishment. This was confirmed by medical doctors during her very lengthy stays in hospitals and by fellow nuns in the convent.

The following accounts of Jesus’ passion are difficult to read because of the brutality shown Jesus.  Some might ask why should one read or contemplate such gruesome detail.  But then again, maybe we should ask why Jesus has revealed this detail.  Through many messengers Jesus has shown us that he receives consolation from, and rewards graces to those who prayerfully meditate on his passion.  Combining these meditations with the Divine Mercy chaplet would most assuredly call mercy down from heaven on the earth during these times.

The Scourging:
"The whips or scourges which they first made use of appeared to be made of a species of flexible white wood, or perhaps they were composed of the sinews of the ox.  Some scourges were made of  knotted rope.
Jesus  strips for the scourging.  The pillar he is bound to is rather tall.  He is suspended  by his hands from a ring so that his body is stretched tight.  Our Savior stands on the ground.  He is mercilessly scourged by two men at the same time.  Those who scourge Him resemble those who took Him prisoner in the Garden of Olives.  The executioners are changed twice so that actually six men scourge Him.  They are fed a bright red fluid to inebriate them and increase their fury.
The next two executioners made use of a species of thorny stick covered with knots and splinters.  The blows of these sticks tore His flesh to pieces;  His blood spouted out so as to stain their arms, and He groaned, prayed and shuddered.
Two fresh executioners untied Jesus and fastened Him up with His back turned towards the pillar.   They recommenced scourging Him with even greater fury than before;
Even though they could find no sound spot in which to open further veins one among them struck him constantly in the face with a new rod.
Even pieces of His flesh fell to the ground and in many parts of shoulders the bones were laid bare and become plainly visible, all covered with blood."

I saw the Blessed Virgin in a continual ecstasy during the scourging of Her Divine Son: she saw and suffered inexpressible love and grief all the torments He was enduring."

By Mary’s own words, given through St. Bridget: “They led him to the pillar, My Son stripped Himself, and He Himself stretched His hands to the pillar, which His enemies pitilessly bound.  They scourged His body pure from all spot or stain… His whole body was lacerated with scourges tipped with sharp points turned back, not pulling out but ploughing up… At the first blow, I who stood nearest, fell as if dead, and on recovering my sense, I beheld His body bruised and beaten to the very ribs so that the ribs could be seen.  And, what was still more bitter, went the scourge was raised, His very flesh was furrowed with the thongs. My Son stood thus, all bloody, all torn, so that no soundness could be found on Him nor any spot to scourge.”

The description of our Lord’s mangled body after the scourging given by all four are much alike and correspond with the evidence from the Holy Shroud.

The Crowning of Thorns:
“The executioners brought out our Savior to the guardhouse, where they again stripped Him of his clothes in a most cruel and insulting manner.  They put upon His shoulders a dirty torn purple mantle in order that thus clad as a mock king He may serve as an object of mockery and derision for them.  On His sacred head they placed a network woven with thorns to represent a crown.  This was formed with three branches plated together forming a network of big strong thorns with very sharp points .  The greatest parts of the thorns were purposely turned inwards so as to pierce Our Lord’s head.   It is placed on the Lord’s head like a helmet; it is not just a crown as we see it depicted in our pictures.  One of the soldiers presses the crown of thorns firmly on His head.  The blood flows down His whole face which shows signs of intense pain during this terrible treatment. They put a reed in his hand.  They then seized the reed from His hand and struck His head so violently that His eyes were filled with blood;  they knelt before Him: derided Him; spat in His face and buffeted Him saying at the same time, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

The relics of the crown of thorns which are still preserved show that the thorns were two to three inches in length.  Long sharp thorns of this kind abound in Palestine.  The image on the Holy Shroud confirms the that no ordinary thorns would have made the wounds that the shroud reveals.  The shroud also shows that the actual crown of thorns was not in the form of a circlet, but in the form of a cap or helmet which covered the whole head.

The way of the Cross differs considerably from the Way of the Cross we make in the church.  The cross consists of three beams of roughly hewn very heavy wood.  The two crossbars were tied to the central beam and this was placed on Jesus’ right shoulder which was already wounded from the scourging."

"Our DivineLord has a leathern girdle round his body.  Ropes were attached to the belt and were held by two men in front and two behind.  Those in front dragged Him forward to hasten His steps and those behind held Him back to vex him and torment Him, with the result that he fell several times."
(Astoundingly, as Teresa Neuman describes the vision of Jesus carrying the cross and falling on the stones her own knees begin to bleed profusely, spontaneously.)
 "As he staggers along with the cross on his right shoulder, the cross sways and hits against the crown of thorns and embeds it more deeply in His sacred head.
Our blessed Lady, in the company of St. John and the holy women, followed her Divine Son on the way to Calvary.  When prevented from approaching Him by the surging crowd, an angel guided the little company through a side-street, and Mother and Son met face to face.  She fell on her knees and adored Him with deepest veneration but was rudely pushed aside by the executioners.
As Jesus proceeds, some smote him on the back, others struck Him in the face, so violently that although I could not see the person striking, I distinctly heard the sound of the blow. At Mary’s earnest prayers the Heavenly Father permitted that the heavy load be lightened, and Simon of Cyrene was constrained to help Him to carry it.  At first Simon is reluctant but then later he has compassion on Jesus and tries vigorously to lighten Our Lord’s burden.
When he reaches the place of execution, He again falls to the ground.  He has fallen, or at least stumbled, not merely three times but many times.  I do not see how the cross is assembled but during this time our Lord is led away.  Jesus sits on a stone waiting to be fetched, lost in prayer.  His hands are not folded but He repeatedly wrings them, looks up to heaven several times and then again He lowers His head and looks at the ground.  Thus He is quite lost in Himself."

The Shroud shows evidence that Jesus carried a rough, heavy object on His right shoulder.  In the outer third of the region above the right shoulder blade there is a very large contusion, approximately 10cm. by 9cm.  It is made of abrasions of various sizes and shapes one over the other.  It shows indistinctly the blows of the scourging, but more clearly than these the trace of a heavy, rigid yet shifting object, whose movements compressed and opened the former abrasions.  This load was the cross.  The left shoulder shows no signs of having borne a heavy load.

The Crucifixion
"When the executioners found it was impossible to drag the woolen garment which His Mother had woven for Him over His head, on account of the crown of thorns, they tore off this most painful crown, thus reopening every wound… He shook like the aspen as He stood before them… He was covered with open wounds and His shoulders and back were torn to the  bone by the dreadful scourging He had endured.  They led Him to a large stone and placed Him roughly down upon it, but no sooner was He seated than they aggravated His sufferings by putting the crown of thorns on His head.  Then seizing His right arm, they dragged it to the hole prepared for the nail, and having tied it tightly down with a cord, one of them knelt on sacred chest, a second held His hand flat and a third, taking a long thick, nail, drove it through the flesh deep into the wooden cross… When they perceived that the other hand would not reach the hole that had been bored for it they again knelt on Him while they violently pulled on ropes attached to  His left hand, in a most cruel manner,  until his hand reached.  They repeated this action with the feet, stretching His Body beyond all bounds, and joining his feet affixed them to the cross using one nail.  So violently extended were those glorious limbs that all the nerves and veins were fairly broken; all the members of His body rent asunder so that all the bones thus wrenched from their sockets could be numbered.

When all is ready the cross is raised.

…When it comes time for Him to speak to Her and to St. John  He first turns to Mary on His right side, but only with a few words.  Jesus turns to John on the other side.  John now goes  to Mary and holds her by the arm to give her some support.  The face of the Mother of God is wan and white as if she felt ill.

…The weakness of Jesus increases more and more.  Our Saviour raises His head and says a few words in a feeble voice… Moreover He cannot really raise His head properly because the crown of thorns prevents Him.  One can see how the end draws nearer and nearer.  His whole Body begins to look bluish, His eyes sink deeper into their sockets, His face and nose become pointed and drawn, and the color of His Face almost yellowish-grey.

After a while, Jesus suddenly raises His head as much as He can, as if He wishes to rouse Himself, and , looking upwards, calls out something in a loud voice.  Then He bows His head.  His knees give way.  Our dear Saviour sinks down on the Cross.  He is dead.  His head falls slowly on His breast."

These accounts are verified by the markings on the shroud.  Also, from Teresa Neumann’s and Anne Catherine Emmerich’s account:

“When the sacred side of Jesus is transpierced with the lance, I see that the lance is vigorously thrust through the right side opposite the heart.  The lance comes out on the other side, but only a little shows."

The imprint of the wound made by the lance is plainly visible on the Holy Shroud including a mark on the back of the left side at the point where they said the lance emerged.

In Teresa Neumann’s stigmata the wound on the side seems to go right through her heart, and it appears on her back like the point of a lance.

So, realize these accounts of the saints and venerables were given centuries and countries apart.  They could not have known about each others testimonies.   The fact these accounts match each other but differ from classic beliefs of the crucifixion is proof enough scientifically to show that some supernatural revelation occurred to each.  The fact that currently Francis and others suffer the passion and wounds just as described by those revelations and that the shroud of Turin also matches these non-classical accounts, in my mind, is incontestable proof that the miraculous is present in our midsts.  That God and Jesus are speaking to us, interacting with us and using us in the community of saints.

To review a scientific study showing Padre Pio's stigmata was supernatural and matched the shroud of Turin click HERE
After decades studying Christ's death, Dr. Frederick Zugibe, proves wounds in the hands indicated by the Shroud of Turin, and also matching the stigmata of Padre Pio, Catalina Rivas, Francis, and the saints who bore the wounds,  would support the weight during crucifixion.  Click HERE for the story.
To read details on how the blood on the Shroud of Turin, the face burial cloth of Jesus, and the blood from the eucharistic miracle of Leptano all match type AB blood against odds greater than 1 in 25000 click HERE
To read Michael Brown's synopsis of the scientific testing of the shroud proving beyond any reasonable doubt the shroud is real click HERE

Painting in Sacred Blood,  the image on Veronica's Veil matches the Shroud of Turin
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by Michael S. Rose

06/09/06

Almost four centuries after its mysterious disappearance, Fr.
Heinrich Pfeiffer reported that he has rediscovered one of
Christendom's most intriguing relics: the Veil of Veronica, the cloth
with which Jesus wiped His face on the road to Calvary.

In This Article...
Sanctuary of the Holy Face
Stolen, Sold and Donated
The Same Face as the Shroud

Sanctuary of the Holy Face

Fr. Pfeiffer, a professor of Christian Art History in Rome, found the
relic in the Abbey of Manoppello, Italy. The German Jesuit invested 13
years of searching through archives to prove that this is the same
cloth that disappeared from the Vatican in 1608.

Manoppello is a small, ancient town in the Abruzzo region of Italy,
about 150 miles from Rome in the Apennine Mountains. The Capuchin
friary there is appropriately named the Sanctuary of the Holy Face. A
piece of stained, pale cloth kept in this tiny village has long been
regarded by the Capuchin monks as a sacred icon with wondrous
properties.

The story of St. Veronica and her veil appears in various early
Christian writings. Most notably, the apocryphal "Acts of Pilate" from
the sixth century, identifies Veronica with the hemorrhaging woman who
was cured by touching the hem of Jesus' cloak. Veronica is described
as a pious matron from Jerusalem, and numbered among the holy women
who accompanied our Lord to Calvary.

During the Passion, she is said to have wiped sweat from His brow.
Jesus rewarded Veronica for her charity by leaving her an imprint of
His face on the "veil." She later traveled to Rome, bringing with her
this image of Christ, which was long exposed to public veneration.

The almost transparent white veil measures about 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches
and bears dark red features of a serene bearded man with long hair and
open eyes, patiently enduring suffering. Bruises and other scars are
apparent on his forehead. Clotted blood is on his nose, and one pupil
is slightly dilated.

The sacred veil is so thin one can easily see through it. In fact, the
image becomes invisible depending on the angle from which the cloth is
viewed, something that was considered a miracle in itself in medieval
times.

Stolen, Sold and Donated

Documented history of the mysterious relic dates back to at least the
fourth century. On the occasion of the first known Jubilee year, 1300,
we know that the veil was kept in the Vatican Basilica as a popular
goal of pilgrims, as it is mentioned in Canto XXXI of Dante's
Paradiso. Fr. Pfeiffer believes the sacred relic was stolen during the
restoration of the Basilica in the year 1608., when the chapel housing
the veil was demolished. Shortly thereafter, the veil appeared in
Manoppello.

Ten years later, in 1618, Vatican archivist Giacomo Grimaldi drew up a
list of the sacred objects held in the old St. Peter's Basilica. The
reliquary containing the Veil of Veronica was on that list, but
Grimaldi indicated that the reliquary's crystal glass was broken.

According to records at the monastery written in 1646, the wife of a
soldier sold the veil to a nobleman of Manoppello in 1608 in order to
ransom her husband from prison. Thirty years later, the nobleman
donated the relic to the Capuchins. In 1638, it was placed in a walnut
frame adorned in silver and gold between two sheets of glass. It
remained in the monastery ever since.

The Same Face as the Shroud

"There are few such objects in history," Fr. Pfeiffer explained to
Rome's Zenit News Agency a few years ago. "This is not a painting. We
don't know what the material is that shapes the image, but it is the
color of blood."

Ultraviolet examinations of the cloth confirm that the image is not
paint, and the fibers of the veil do not have any type of color. Thus,
it was not woven with dyed fibers. Particularly noteworthy are several
small flecks of reddish brown — presumably drops of blood from the
wounds caused by the Crown of Thorns.

Enlarged digital photographs of the veil reveal that the image is
identical on both sides of the cloth — a feat impossible to achieve by
ancient techniques, and extremely difficult to achieve even today.
These photographs have also been used to compare the veil with the
face on the Shroud of Turin. Striking similarities are apparent: the
faces are the same shape and size, both have shoulder-length hair with
a tuft on the forehead, the noses are the same length, and the beards
match. The only difference is that on the veil the mouth and eyes are
open. Those who carried out the tests concluded that the two relics
bear the image of the same face, "photographed" at two different times.

For those interested, the Veil of Veronica remains on display at the
Capuchin Abbey of Manoppello.


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