7 Legendary Stigmatics


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Therese Neumann (1898-1962)
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When she was 20, Therese Neumann survived a horrible fire. But the incident caused her to suffer from paralysis, deafness and blindness. Eight years later, Neumann began to ooze a blood-colored serum from her eyes and the traditional five stigmatic wounds. This continued on Fridays for the rest of her life, especially during the two weeks of Lent. Neumann also claimed to live without any food or drink beyond the Eucharist. Thousands of people visited her each year until her death in 1962.