Stigmata, as defined by Catholic Online, is a term used by members of the Christian faith to describe bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, such as the hands, wrists, and feet.
Here are few cases of Stigmata aside from the famous stories of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Pio of Pietrelcina.
Therese Neumann was born on April 8, 1898, in the small village of Konnersreuth, Bavaria, Germany to a poor family. A fire accident in their farm left her partially paralyzed. However, she forced herself to be active despite her limitations and that resulted to more accidents and injuries. She became totally blind.
Therese turned to God in her difficult times and asked the intercession of Therese of Lisieux. She received her first miracle when her sight was completely restored and after two years she was able to walk.
In 1926, she received her first stigmata accompanying the visions of the last days of Christ. Her family thought she was dying so they gave Therese her last rites, she miraculously returned to a normal state.
From then on, the stigmata would appear on Therese every week for two days. She was told in a vision to abstain from food and drink, and from 1926 to her death in 1962, Therese took no nourishment with the exception of the Holy Eucharist.
She died in 1962.
Marie Rose Ferron
Marie Rose Ferron was born on May 24, 1902 in St Germain de Grantham, Quebec. When she was six, she had a vision of Christ’s Crucifixion. “He was looking at me with sadness in His eyes,” she once said.
Rose was hit by mysterious paralysis and she suffered digestive problems hindering her to eat solid food. In 1927, whip-like wounds appeared on her arms on a weekly basis. Soon, Rose also suffered the “Five Holy Wounds” to her hands, feet, and side. She also had the outline of a crown of thorns upon her head. The stigmata never went away and Rose was in perpetual agony. Only the Holy Eucharist sustained her until the last years of her life.
She died at age 33–the same age when Jesus died on the cross.
Jejomar Castillo was born on March 15, 2015 in Quezon City, Philippines. The child bore and bearing strange injuries on his face, hands and feet almost identical to the famous wounds suffered by Jesus, including the head wounds associated with the Crown of thorns and the wounds caused by the crucifixion itself. His sores bleed regularly and seemed unable to heal.
James Bruse was confused about his faith. But in 1991, while he was in his parents’ home a statue of Our Lady of Grace wept. Soon, other statues wept when Bruse was in attendance, and many thousands saw it.
On the same year, James complained of sharp pains and wounds appeared on his wrists, feet and right side of his body. People for whom he prayed reported medical miracles. There was a report that after he prayed over a girl, her eyesight returned.
James’ stigmata disappeared and his wounds healed completely.
In 1996, Emiliano Aden 19 years old from Argentina received his first stigmata. While walking with his girlfriend from a supermarket, he felt a piercing pain in his forehead.
He was rushed to the hospital but was sent home telling him he had a migraine. But his forehead bled and he lost consciousness. From then Emiliano continues to bleed from his wrists, forehead, and an undisclosed deep wound, spending his days in a combination of prayer, pain, and ecstasy.
The church does not recognized his bleeding as divine origin but Emiliano believed otherwise.