From: William Putnam
To: Curtis Johnson
Date: Feb 18 1998 6:57:00 am
Subject: Case #5 3/4
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Therese Neumann is the outstanding example in modern times
of the miracle of inedia (the phenomenon of being able to
go without food) - As a matter of fact, nothing whatever,
no matter whether it was in solid or liquid form, would
remain in Therese's body.  Even a drop of water that may
have trickled down her throat in the process of brushing
her teeth was immediately ejected.  For this reason, she
was unable to take any medicines to relieve her sufferings.
Therese had no urge to eat anything, except Our Lord in
daily Holy Communion.

Remarkable as this phenomenon was, it is by no means
unprecedented in ecclesiastical history.  Those who would
presume to deny it in Therese's case because of its alleged
impossibility would also have to deny all the other certified,
incontestable cases of inedia that are found in the lives
of other saintly and specially favored people.

The book entitled Catholic Mystical Life states that this
phenomenon has only happened to saintly Catholic men and
women who have been singled out to live in such a
supernatural manner.  The Patron Saint of Switzerland, St.
Nicholas of Flue, lived without food and water for over
twenty years.  His only nourishment was the monthly
reception of the Sacred Host in Holy Communion.  The
stigmatic Augustinian nun, Ven.  Anne Catherine Emmerich,
lived for the twelve years prior to her death consuming
nothing but daily Holy Communion and a daily glass of
fresh well water.

Several additional examples of such cases include:
Blessed Angela of Foligno, who lived thus for close to
eight years; Elizabeth von Reute, for more than fifteen
years; St. Lidwina of Schiedam, for twenty years;
Dominika Lazzari and Louise Lateau, each fourteen years.
All these cases were subjected to the most gruelling
investigations from both sides, pro and con, and found
to be authentic.

In not one of these cases has this supernatural phenomenon
ever been "explained" by human investigations and laboratory
tests.  Such unusual occurrences are an act of God, and man
will never be able to come up with a valid explanation.
I am one who believes that; I always have, and I always will.

"One very important reason which leads us to believe in the
unquestionable genuineness of Therese's total abstinence from
food is the fact that Therese is deeply grounded in a peculiar
phenomenal relationship with the main ecclesiastical Sacrament,
namely, the Holy Eucharist or the Last Supper." So wrote a
priest who was present on the eve of a Palm Sunday.

An assistant priest once asked Therese the question, "Don't
you feel any hunger?" She answered immediately, "You know
that I don't eat!" The priest continued, "Do you want to be
greater than the Saviour?  While on earth He ate like we do."
Therese laughed out loud and answered unswervingly, "The
Saviour is able to do everything.  Or don't you know that He
is almighty?"

Then she turned to the priest once more and continued with
great emphasis: "Father, the result from nothing remains
nothing.  I do not live on nothing.  I live on our Saviour.
He revealed to us: 'My Body is truly a food.' Why should
this not truly be the case, if it is His will?"

Despite the fact that Therese ate no food except Holy
Communion from the spring of 1922, she steadily gained
weight.  When she was investigated in July of 1927, Therese
weighed 121 pounds.  In 1935 she weighed 140 pounds.

During my visit with her in 1945 she weighed in excess of
185 pounds; in 1950 she weighed over 200 pounds, and in 1953
her weight had reached over 215 pounds! I mentioned to
Therese in 1953 that she had gained weight since I last saw
her.  Her laughing reply was, "I will no doubt be as heavy
as my grandmother!" She, too, was a large woman and weighed
in the neighborhood of 260 pounds.

In 1945 I had jokingly asked her what she had done with her
ration cards during the war.  She laughed and replied, "You
know, Mr. Vogl, there are many mouths to feed in the Neumann
family!" (Actually, she gave them to the poor, as she herself
told me on another occasion.)

It is considered noteworthy that Therese's teeth, too, did
not suffer from her abstinence from food and drink.  Her
teeth were as normal as anybody else's-and maybe better.

From the book: *Therese Neumann* Mystic and Stigmatist,
Aldalbert Albert Vogl, ISBN 0-89555-241-8


But.having done all of this work, I feel that I am
somehow "casting my pearls before swine" with the
obsenity that followed in your post. But, I will
post my stuff anyway and simply say, having taken
all of the trouble so for what it is worth, which
you probably will not grant much, I present it for
you to read.

Continued in next post....

* PW *

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