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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
normandie_m
normandie_m
Melbourne...
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From: threeoranges Date: October 1st, 2007 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Incorruptibles fascinate me too! Judging from her waxy look St Bernadette has probably been embalmed, but St Theresa...! How I wish I'd had time to see her tomb in Rome this year. (Would I go down and view her corpse for myself, if offered the chance to see with my own eyes whether she was incorrupt or not? Probably.)

I should however hasten to add that I consider incorruptibles proof of an interesting phenomenon in nature, rather than a sign of divine favour. I suspect that it's the storage conditions, but I'd like to know for sure.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: October 1st, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whereabouts is St. Theresa's tomb? I saw St. Clare when I was in Assisi, though she's been embalmed and the claims of her incorruptibility go back some time. I've heard claims that Pope John XXIII is incorruptible as well (this was a couple of years ago, when he was moved out of his tomb into St. Jerome's altar after John Paul II's passing), but that's definitely the embalming process at work too.

I should however hasten to add that I consider incorruptibles proof of an interesting phenomenon in nature, rather than a sign of divine favour.

I'm inclined to think of incorruptibles in the same way I look at the Marian apparitions- they're not exactly fundamental to the core beliefs in Catholicism and when presented with the choice of take it or leave it, I go with the latter. I'm absolutely fascinated by the reaction that people will have to such phenomenon though, and the accounts that arise out of discovering an incorruptible (many bodies had miraculous properties associated with them in the past, adding weight to the idea of their divine favour).
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