Incorruptibles: A Study of the Incorruption of the Bodies of Various Catholic Saints and Beati

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Continuously popular since it first appeared in 1977, The Incorruptibles remains the acknowledged classic on the bodies of Saints that did not undergo decomposition after death, many remaining fresh and flexible for years, or even centuries. After explaining both natural and artificial mummification, the author shows that the incorruption of the Saints bodies fits into neither category but constitutes a much greater phenomenon which is unexplained by modern science even to this day. The author presents 102 ...

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Overview

Continuously popular since it first appeared in 1977, The Incorruptibles remains the acknowledged classic on the bodies of Saints that did not undergo decomposition after death, many remaining fresh and flexible for years, or even centuries. After explaining both natural and artificial mummification, the author shows that the incorruption of the Saints bodies fits into neither category but constitutes a much greater phenomenon which is unexplained by modern science even to this day. The author presents 102 canonized Saints, Beati and Venerables, summarizing their lives, the discovery of their incorruption and investigations by Church and medical authorities.

The incorruptible bodies of saints are a consoling sign of Christ s victory over death, a confirmation of the dogma of the Resurrection of the Body, a sign that the Saints are still with us in the Mystical Body of Christ, as well as a proof of the truth of the Catholic Faith for only in the Catholic Church do we find this phenomenon. Impr. 310 pgs 33 Illus, PB

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895550668
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press /Tan Books Publishers Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 203,149
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Carroll Cruz is a native of New Orleans and is the educational product of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She attended grade school, high school and college under their tutelage. Mrs. Cruz has been a tertiary in the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order (Third Order) since 1968; for eight years she served as Mistress of Formation (Novice Mistress).

For her non-fiction books, Joan Carroll Cruz depended heavily on information received from foreign shrines, churches, convents and monasteries. Her books include The Incorruptibles, published in 1977; Desires of Thy Heart, a strongly Catholic-themed novel, also in 1977; Relics, published in 1983; Eucharistic Miracles in 1987; Secular Saints in 1989; Prayers and Heavenly Promises in 1990; Miraculous Images of Our Lady in 1993; Miraculous Images of Our Lord in 1995; Mysteries, Marvels, Miracles: In the Lives of the Saints in 1997; Angels & Devils in 1999; and Saints for the Sick in 2010.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Amazing and inspiring

    As a life-long Protestant (until this coming Easter, anyway), I had no idea that this phenomena existed. What a joy and wonder to discover it! The book is well-written, with a few helpful and amazing photographs. But, it's the subject matter itself that is so compelling! Look carefully at the cover photo...the high resolution, COLOR photo of St. Bernadette. She died well over 100 years ago. She was never embalmed. Now, if you're a Protestant, that should give you reason to pause. Whether or not you read this book, it is definitely a topic of importance!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    VERY GOOD STUDY ABOUT THE INCORRUPT STATE

    I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THIS MIRACLE OF INCORRUPTABLE BODIES OF SAINTS. CRUZ THE AUTHOR DOES A VERY GOOD STUDY ON EACH SAINT . I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN MIRACLES !

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

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    How can one NOT believe?

    A collection of brief stories that incorporates both science and faith. A great way to spark one's interest in the lives of the saints.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Saints History Book

    Great book on historical events of lives of Catholic Saints.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    Gave it 1 star because I couldn't give it a zer0

    I was so disappointed in this book. About incorruption: I did believe in incorrution, but this book gives no good, solid evidence. The cover is deceiving because all the pictures inside are of obvious, naturally ocurring, slow decaying mummies. About the book's content: The author does not go into enough detail about why a certain individual was considered for sainthood. This person lived, founded a monastary and died. Not enough info. To make an analogy, imagine reading a book about famous business leaders that describes Bill Gates as the founder big company without mentioning software or computers. It would be considered a lame biography. The biographies in this book are extremely weak. There is some content that the author gives in too much detail: the torture of martyrs. Tell me the Saint was imprisoned. Tell me the Saint was abused and tortured. Do not tell me the details of the torture. Parts of this book made me want to vomit. Fortunately, there are only a few scattered examples among the many, many boring 'born, lived, died' biographies. About the writing style: Don't let the 1991 copyright fool you! This book is written the dry and boring format common to religious books written in the 1800s. I have read some old religious books. The writing takes too long to make a simple point and then drones on after the point has been made. It's like reading a legal pleading. The older books also give graphic descriptions with respect to torture as does this author. I wonder if the author spent so much time reading old books for her research that she just became emersed in that style? To sum it up: Massive disappointment, waste of money.

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