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To: Campion

to recover relics;
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Why is the condition of the body important?

What is the purpose of relics?


12 posted on 10/31/2008 9:55:15 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are NOT stupid)
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To: wintertime
Some saints' bodies are miraculously preserved from decomposition. It's generally considered evidence of great sanctity.

(The reverse is not true, however. Some very great saints were not incorrupt; St. Therese of Liseux is a famous example. Someone actually told her during her life that she would be incorrupt after she died. She said, "Absolutely not" ... and she was right.)

Relics are venerated as a tangible connection to the saint and his life. This has been true since the earliest days of Christianity, when the liturgy was celebrated in the catacombs surrounded by the relics of the martyrs. To this day, a Catholic (or Orthodox) altar generally contains a relic of a saint.

13 posted on 10/31/2008 10:06:50 PM PDT by Campion (Vote for Obama and Get Nuclear War for Free!)
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To: wintertime
Why is the condition of the body important?

I variety of Saints have been exhumed and their bodies have been found to be preserved. When this cannot be explained by mummification, or some other kind of preservation that can be explained by natural causes, the incorruptibility of the body is seen to be a sign of the person's Sainthood. But this is not an essential characteristic of a Saint. Only a minority are incorruptible.

More info here or here.

What is the purpose of relics?

For an explanation of the Catholic view on relics, see here.
15 posted on 10/31/2008 10:27:08 PM PDT by bdeaner
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To: wintertime

Just as an aside, the monks of the Carthusian Order are buried straight into the ground. I read a book about them and there were photos. One was of such a burial - I found it odd, but now I wish I could be buried this way.

My mortal remains are of no use to me. I don’t expect God to have a problem recreating a physical body once the time comes - He has a lot of practice with that ;)


20 posted on 11/01/2008 10:38:31 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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