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St. Bernadette's Body after 122 years.

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Setsuko Flin

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I thought this was truly amazing, and beautiful. :)

St. Bernadette's Body after 122 years.

The thing to remember is that the poor sisters of those days were buried in a pine box and in no way embalmed like today.

This is one of the 200+ miracle facts of incorruptible bodies that can only be traced to most of the declared saints of the Roman Catholic Church.

These are the pictures of St. Bernadette who died 122 years ago in Lourdes, France and was buried... her body was only discovered 30 years ago. After church officials decided to examine it, they discovered her body is still fresh today. If you ever go to Lourdes, France you can see her in the church in Lourdes. Her body isn't decomposing because during her lifetime, the Blessed Mother would always appear to her and give messages and advice to all mankind on the right way to live on this earth. Many miracles have taken place in Lourdes and still do until today.

These pictures were taken in the church at Lourdes where her body is on display.

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Scientists have wondered about this because it defies the laws of nature and instead of expecting a foul smell of a dead body, a fragrance of flowers can be experienced when the glass of coffin is opened. Some say they experience the fragrance by just going near the coffin. You can visit the Church of Lourdes, France to verify yourself the authenticity of this truly wonderful experience and see for yourself a living miracle of our times.


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"The body is practically mummified, covered with patches of mildew and quite a notable layer of salts, which appear to be calcium salts. ... The skin has disappeared in some places, but it is still present on most parts of the body."[/b]

Embalmed.

Even if not intentionally.
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Setsuko Flin

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Embalmed.

Even if not intentionally.[/b]


Yes it is. but even embalming can't preserve a body that well for that long.

EDIT: Just did some research, and learned she wasn't embalmed or preserved.
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200 years isn't all that long. I think god could think of more helpful ways of showing his power than preventing the body decay of a corpse. Maybe something like preventing the body decay of living, sick children.
FYGer.

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That's really awesome. I don't care what the "doubters" say.

God is wonderful in His Saints.

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200 years isn't all that long. I think God could think of more helpful ways of showing His power than preventing the body decay of a corpse.[/b]

Amen

Im just a skeptic, dont let this take anything away from your awe of this.. :) awe away
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200 years isn't all that long. I think god could think of more helpful ways of showing his power than preventing the body decay of a corpse. Maybe something like preventing the body decay of living, sick children.[/b]


Forgive me for my second post. I just did some reading, and learned that St. Bernadette was not embalmed. The nuns back then were very poor, and couldn't afford to embalm anyone.
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Forgive me for my second post. I just did some reading, and learned that St. Bernadette was not embalmed. The nuns back then were very poor, and couldn't afford to embalm anyone.[/b]


Makes it even more awesome!

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I absolutely adore St. Bernadette, and the story of her and the spring Mary showed her. Oh what a wonderful post!!!!!!

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Forgive me for my second post. I just did some reading, and learned that St. Bernadette was not embalmed. The nuns back then were very poor, and couldn't afford to embalm anyone.[/b]

Thus why I said "even unintentionally"; the fact that she was preserved by means other than human ritua, doesn't mean she wasn't embalmed. It's clear that she hs a "crust," as wikipedia puts it, of salts and oher preserving additives.
FYGer.

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I absolutely adore St. Bernadette, and the story of her and the spring Mary showed her. Oh what a wonderful post!!!!!![/b]


I know! The story at Lourdes is so amazing. :)

You know proud_orthodox_guy, you're right, it is amazing, and I don't care what people say, it's truly the work of a God. :)
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I'm pretty skeptical of many stories about God appearing and strange things happening with bodies, but many preservations of this nature do have an eerie otherworldly feel. Even if she was exposed to some preserving naturally occurring chemicals, I don't think they would have preserved her this well. You'd swear she was still alive.

Even good old Abe Lincoln didn't look that good after years in the ground and being dug up and viewed over and over. Lenin's body doesn't look so hot either.
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Heh, the Evangelicals are skeptical of every miracle that occurs outside of Evangelicalism. I think this is great, it is eerie and otherworldy, but who's to say that religion shouldn't be uncomfortable? :)

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I'm pretty skeptical of many stories about God appearing and strange things happening with bodies, but many preservations of this nature do have an eerie otherworldly feel. Even if she was exposed to some preserving naturally occurring chemicals, I don't think they would have preserved her this well. You'd swear she was still alive.[/b]

If you were to look up other reports on it, you would see that patches of her skin have deteriorated as normal. Kinda makes you think that a natural, uneven distribution of salts accumulated, preserving certain parts of which they naturally took pictures of, eh?

No, no, it's a miracle.
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http://www.dailymail...babys-skin.html

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If you were to look up other reports on it, you would see that patches of her skin have deteriorated as normal. Kinda makes you think that a natural, uneven distribution of salts accumulated, preserving certain parts of which they naturally took pictures of, eh?

No, no, it's a miracle.[/b]

As someone who has taken in depth science courses I stand by what I've said. The salts wouldn't preserve what they have touched THAT well
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Then maybe you should use your in-depth theology knowledge to ask god why he's wasting miracle time on dead people.

By the way, cool dry environments, accompanied by certain, not-uncommon chemical reactions have preserved corpses for a thousand years without the normal amount of degradation.
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Guys calm down in here. This thread is not for debating the validity of this miracle but for just enjoying it. Do not start bashing or debating in this thread.


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Theology knowledge...uh huh...

The effect of saponification creates a distinctive "look" that this corpse does not have.

I will also have to remember that God has a set limit on miracles. They're a bit like food stamps I suppose
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*sigh* Another one of my topics turned into a flaming debate.

I GIVE UP!!!!
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