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To: Ottofire

“to verify the condition of the saint’s body and find a way to ensure its preservation.”

Why? If the soul has left, isn’t it a useless shell?


2 posted on 01/26/2008 7:53:22 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Proud2BeRight

Indeed.


3 posted on 01/26/2008 8:06:11 AM PST by dadgum
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To: Proud2BeRight

Historically speaking, the incorruptibility of the mortal remains is looked at as one of the many signs of sainthood. St. Bernadette of Lourdes body is incorrupt as are many other bodies of saints throughout the ages.


4 posted on 01/26/2008 8:53:47 AM PST by pbear8 (The innocent cry out to God)
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To: Proud2BeRight; Ottofire; annalex

“Why? If the soul has left, isn’t it a useless shell?”

Veneration of relics (most often body parts) of saints is nearly as old as The Church. If I recall correctly, and Alex can if I am wrong, such veneration began in 155 AD after the martyrdom of +Polycarp.


18 posted on 01/26/2008 3:38:17 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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