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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Incorrupt bodies of Saints


This is the body of Blessed Ildefonso Schuster, the Cardinal - Archbishop of Milan during World War II, after his body was exhumed in preparation for his beatification on January 28, 1985. Schuster was beatified on May 12, 1996 by Pope John Paul II.

Now his body is displayed at the Duomo. His face is covered with a silver mask as an Italian tradition.


For other photos of other incorrupt bodies of saints, click here.

5 comments:

  1. I personally rather see a beautiful peaceful face like above than and see a blessed or a saint with a silver mask on personally.

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  2. Mee to Dannyboy76, or maybe a silicon mask like what was done on Padre Pio's body. I am no fan of wax or silver masks.

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  3. I used to be a Catholic until I woke up one day, became enlightened, and realized through science that these incorrupt saints are no more than mummies which are slowly decaying - look under the masks and wax and silver to see the truth. The church's preoccupation with these poor dead people, no different that you or I, borders on the macabre.

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    1. Is that all the reason why you left the Church?

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    2. The Church is not merely preoccupied on the poor dead people, nor on the macabre.

      First of all, the Church firmly believes that our bodies that has died to sin in Christ by virtue of our baptism will once again be raised and glorified on the day of the Resurrection. This temple of your soul that was sanctified by God's Spirit will again be made new in Christ. Ergo, it is holy and not a mere macabre thing.

      Second, the Church believes in the communion of Saint, i.e. those whose robes where washed white by the Blood of the Lamb, hence she venerates each faithful who successfully made it to the presence of God by the merits of Christ but does NOT in anyway adore these host of holy men and woman, a way of thanking the good Lord for his redemptive act on the cross. The mummies you call macabre will one day reunite with these holy souls and will be renewed in Christ.

      Call them mummies, but for us, they are fruits of the sanctifying act of Christ on the cross. For us, they still are alive in Christ and we can still call upon them to pray for us. Death does not cut them off from Christ nor from his pilgrim mystical body, the Church on earth.

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