Ana Catherine Emmerich De Westfalia was a agustina nun who lived between 1774 and 1824. Practically from very short age (4 years), and to its death, Ana Catherine she was marked by a series of strange experiences that would accentuate their religious fervor: visions, estigmatizaciones, miracles and numerous penances, that took it to take the habits to the twenty-eight years. When it became ill, in 1813, it was left postroad in bed until his death. Due to the intensity of his visions, and to which in it he related, a German writer called Merciful Brentano visited it almost to newspaper since he got worse his disease, and put record in writing of those mystical experiences that in éxtasis state the nun told. Those narrations, that reflect the cruelty of the passion and death of Christ, were compiled by Brentano and its work now is published by the Booket Publishing house, in which it is the amplest published edition in Castilian to date in our country. The importance of this book is in precise it of its content (including certain scenes of the suplicio and torture of Jesus de Nazaret). It can say that it is considered by many like the testimony of an eyewitness of the chilling events happened in the Palestine of century I, and that would end the life of that acclaimed Jewish carpenter like Mesías. To such an extent the content of some passages gets to be exact that the work has been used as it guides in more than an archaeological exploration.
But mainly, and that is necessary to emphasize it, which will call the attention of the reader more will be the crudity of the narrations. Passages exist, like the Flagelación De Jesus, or Jesus Vejado and Coronado De Espinas, who will be able to untie in those who enter in this work a great feeling of impotence before the barbarism and the injustice. Others, like the Desperation of Judas, show to us with incredible dramatic quality which the repentance and the feeling of fault can do in the human being, getting to turn it a despoliation incapable to think coherently, and much less to act. Other passages, as those of Jesus Nailed In the Cross and the Rise de la Cruz teach to us, with unusual cruelty, the so amazing capacity that it has the man to become a criminal beast, and to treat to its resemblances like authentic pieces of meat, without concerning the suffering to them that can get to cause. It is a book that is not going to leave nobody indifferent one. To emphasize, like peculiar note, that the Bitter Passion of Christ has served as base director Mel Gibson to recreate in screen its film the Passion De Christ.