In case you’re wondering what a stigmata is, these are markings on the body that resemble the w0unds inflicted on Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. These w0unds appear in the forehead, palms, and wrists.
Below is list of 10 people who claimed to have miraculously manifested stigmata. Read on to find out how they got the divine markings.
1. St. Francis of Assissi
St. Francis of Assissi was the first notable person to experience the stigmata phenomenon. He was a young and rich man who chose to devote his whole life to God. In 1224, he went to a retreat in the mountains and fasted for 40 days. The stigmata appeared in his palms soon after. He hid the w0unds and suffered from them. 2 years later, he died. He is considered the founder of all Franciscan orders and the patron saint of ecologists and merchants.
2. Fr. Zlatco Sudac
During a friendly get-together, Croatian priest Zlatco Sudac received a 1 inch-long wound on his forehead. A year after, markings also appeared on his palms, feet, and side. The Vatican declared that his w0unds were “not of human origin.” Zlatco claimed that the markings didn’t cause him any pain whenever he prayed. Aside from the stigmata, he also claimed to possess divine abilities of levitation, prophecy, and bilocation (being in two places at the same time).
3. Emiliano Aden
At the age of 19, Emiliano manifested stigmata while on his way home with his girlfriend from the grocery store. As he walked, he felt a piercing pain on his forehead. He was then rushed to the hospital, but when he was told he had migraine, his forehead started bleeding and then he collapsed. The bleeding didn’t stop no matter what his mother did. Eventually, he was rushed to a local priest.
Unfortunately, the priest denied his case and accused Emiliano of causing his own w0unds. Despite the priest’s accusation, Emiliano believed that his markings were divine. Today, the bleeding from his forehead, hands and an unrevealed wound continue, but he combines them with prayer and ecstasy.
4. Ethel Chapman
Ethel Chapman suffered from multiple sclerosis, paralyzing her from the waist down. She was unable to hold things using her hands. However, during a particularly eventful Good Friday, Ethel’s hands started to bleed in front of numerous witnesses.
Ethel claimed to have the power to levitate and said that whenever she levitated she would smell sweet perfume in the air. In 1973, she told BBC, “I remember saying quite plainly ‘Oh Lord, please show me in some way you're there.' I felt myself being drawn on to the Cross. I felt the pain of the nails through my hands and through my feet… I felt myself all the agony and all the pain that the Lord Himself went through.''
5. Padre Pio
Padre Pio was perhaps the most famous stigmatic. At the age of five, he saw visions of himself being pierced with a lance. In 1903, he became a Franciscan and subsequently a priest. In 1918, he manifested bleeding markings on his palms and feet. He lost about a cup of blood daily. Strangely enough, his blood smelled ‘sweet’. Many were sceptical about the legitimacy of Padre Pio’s w0unds. Nevertheless, he was declared a saint in 2002.
6. Natuzza Evolo
Natuzza was illiterate. She never learned to read nor write, even her own name. Abandoned by their father, she had to take care of her siblings. This left her with no education.
What’s strangest about her case was that her stigmata formed hemography — her blood shaped itself into Christian writings and Hebrew images! This phenomenon made her popular among devout Catholics. She died in 2009.
7. Therese Neumann
Therese was a strong and healthy woman until she became partially paralyzed after she fell from a stool. More accidents followed, leaving her bedridden and completely blind by 1919. Her suffering caused her to renew her faith in God.
During Therese of Lisieux’s beatification, her eyesight was miraculously restored. After two years, the spirit of Therese of Lisieux visited her and told her that she would be able to walk again. She did and her body went back to normal. Afterwards, she manifested her first stigmata which appeared twice a week. From 1926 to 1962, she saw visions telling her to refrain from eating and drinking.
8. James Bruse
In 1991, American pastor James Bruse was questioning his faith. That same year, the statue of Our Lady of Grace inside his parents’ house wept in front of devout witnesses. As it cried, it also reportedly changed color. After Christmas of that year, James manifested painful w0unds on his palms, feet and wrists.
His stigmata caused many devout Christians to seek him for prayers and blessings. These people reportedly experienced miracles and were cured of illnesses. In 1994, his w0unds mysteriously disappeared.
9. Cora Evans
A simple housewife from the USA, Cora Evans experienced her first stigmata in 1947. According to her, “I suddenly felt the infinite devotion of God for His creatures with my soul and suddenly I felt the pain and saw the terrible wound in the hand of Jesus. The wound in my right hand is beginning to appear.”
Cora claimed she was visited by God when she was 3-years-old. She referred to him as ‘The Master’. She said God gave her two options: ‘come home’ with Him or suffer. She chose the latter.
She then manifested w0unds on her hands and head, which formed into a crown of thorns. 56 years later, she was recognized by the church as a “Servant of God.”
10. Marie Rose Ferron
Rose bore all the w0unds that Jesus Christ received. At the age of 6, she witnessed His crucifixion. She said, “He was looking at me with sadness in His eyes.” In her teens, Rose became completely bedridden after a mysterious paralysis took hold of her. Soon after, severe stomach problems and whip-like w0unds followed.
Rose then suffered from the “Five Holy w0unds” located on her hands, feet, and side. A wound resembling a crown of thorns manifested on her forehead. She spent the rest of her life ingesting only liquids due to her digestive problems, and devoted herself to the Holy Eucharist.
“Seven years before Rose died, she cried out to Jesus and asked when He was going to take her home, and He said ‘in seven years.' It was exactly seven years later when she died at age 33–the same age when Jesus died on the cross,” claimed Diane Marshall, a family friend.
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