Stigmata are primarily associated with the Roman Catholic faith. Many reported stigmatics are members of Catholic religious orders.
Stigmata (singular stigma) are bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, such as the hands and feet. In some cases, rope marks on the wrists have accompanied the wounds on the hands.
I have always been a little bemused by Stigmata, which seems born more from hysteria than the Holy Spirit. Firstly, why mainly hands and feet, but not so commonly; forehead (crown of thorns), side or chest area and wheels on the back (from the lashing), as well?
Are the wounds on the feet from 1 nail being driven through both feet, or are wounds from two separate nails shown?
And, what is the purpose of being inflicted by these wounds of Christ?
Finally, I was once commissioned to paint a picture of Jesus on the cross for a video – a horrible picture, but the producer liked it! Anyhoo… try as I might, I simply could not get the picture to work if I placed the nails through the palms of the hands. However, as soon as I moved the nails to the wrist area, the picture seemed to come alive!
My question is, do you believe Stigmata is a blessing from God? If so, why to you believe that and what do you think the purpose of stigmata is?
Asked by A J Ryder
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