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A Five Page Paper Which Covers The History, Occurances, And Catholic Beliefs Behind The Stigmata Of Jesus Christ. (Bibliography Included)

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"Stigmata""To be like Him in His suffering and torment, before death comes!" (Timmermans) This was the revelation that St. Francis of Assisi came to the night before the stigmata was conferred upon him. The stigmata is the appearance of wounds on the hands and feet, and sometimes on the side and head, which duplicate the wounds of Christ's crucifixion. There are many theories as to why the stigmata occurs, many accept it with blind faith as a sign from God, while many more approach the whole matter with skepticism. This phenomenon, which manifests itself in our world, be it good or evil, raises many questions: what is it, where did it come from, what causes it, and why are some so fortunate ...view middle of the document...

Self-inflicted wounds are common among people with certain kinds of brain disorders, but claiming that the wounds are miraculous is rare and is more likely due to excessive religiosity than to a diseased brain, though both could be at work in some cases. Others may inflict the wounds upon themselves unconsciously and when they become aware of their presence, having no idea how they got there, claim them to be of a miraculous origin. On a similar note, the wounds may be caused not unconsciously, but rather subconsciously. Very little is known of this field of science, however, it essentially states that the mind has ultimate control over the body; if someone were to want the stigmata bad enough, pray hard enough, believe strong enough, then it will happen. (Thiers) For example, in the case of the placebo, a sugar pill is given to a patient, which should have no effect, however, if the doctor tells the patient that the pill will cure his ailment, there is a chance that the mind will heal the body on its own. In staying with this, one would assume that it is possible for the body to operate in reverse and create open wounds or lesions if he truly believes it will happen. Other evidence to support the skeptics of the stigmata comes from the form of the wounds themselves. Interestingly, those of St. Francis (except for the wound in his side) were not wounds that bled, but impressions of the heads of the nails, round and black and standing clear from the flesh. (Timmermans) Since then, although bleeding wounds have been typical, they can be exceedingly diverse, showing no consistency, which would suggest them being replications of a single pattern. For example, wounds might be anything from tiny, straight slits to multiple slash marks.These previous two notions of the causes of the stigmata are not the most frightening. All skepticism aside, if one assumes that the source of the stigmata is supernatural then the biggest concern would not be whether or not it is authentic, but rather which side of the "spiritual fence" it came from. The stigmata is most commonly thought of as a good thing because it comes from God, this is not necessarily true. One of the main concerns of the Catholic Church in professing the validity of all Stigmatics is not whether or not they are real, but if they are caused by daemons. Prayer, much like an Ouiji board, opens up the "spiritual gates"; when we pray for the stigmata we are asking for something not of this world. While our intentions may be good, we cannot be sure of what we are allowing to enter our bodies. But why would Satan enter into the body of such a holy individual? To over simplify, the higher we climb the "spiritual ladder" towards God, equivocates to a much greater victory for Satan if he were to "knock us off". Thus, praying for the stigmata is not always a wise thing to do.St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is credited with being the first stigmatic, or at least the first "true" one, his suffering occurring...

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