If you are faint of heart, if you get grossed out easily, then I wouldn't recommend viewing this particular blog entry, for it will feature dead bodies that are lying in state (like dead bodies in a casket). Up until a year ago, I easily lost my appetite upon viewing, let alone talking about this. This post will have images, videos and links. So, you were forewarned!
I was raised Catholic. And as most of you may know, Catholicism is a beautiful religion filled with lots of mystery and mysticism: the Immaculate Conception, the stigmata, miracles, incorruptibility and much more. Incorruptibility isn't just something of the Catholic faith, it is prevalent in Hinduism and Buddhism as well.
Incorruptibility is, "bodies that reportedly undergo little or no decomposition, or delayed decomposition, and are referred to as incorrupt or incorruptible," according to Wikipedia.org.
Incorruptibility Wikipedia Article
Blessed Ildefonso Schuster, the Cardinal - Archbishop of Milan|| http://files.splinder.com/c50573e977804a3aabb8db7ca8ac6845.jpeg
St. Bernadette || http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6dKQTchkJaA/R1u6DC2DiNI/AAAAAAAACR0/32A0OZIDFyk/s400/St.+Bernadette+Soubirous.jpg
Martyred St. Silvan || http://lh3.ggpht.com/_tSek4hWoC6Y/TEqWR9pxT5I/AAAAAAAABrs/pk_Bbdg7Xog/image001.jpg
St. Veronica Giuliani || http://www.semperaltius.com/incorrupt_saints_files/image001.jpg
St. Catherine of Bolgna || http://www.penitents.org/PictCathBolgna.jpeg
St. Vincent de Paul || http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/82/St._Vincent_de_Paul.jpg/800px-St._Vincent_de_Paul.jpg
Padre Pio || http://houstonfranciscans.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/ppio.jpg
St. Catherine Laboure || http://www.traditioninaction.org/SOD/SODimages5/232_incorrupt_labourel.jpg
St. John Vianney || http://www.salemcatholic.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/the-incorrupt-body-of-st-john-vianney.jpg
Khambo Lama in Lotus Position || http://www.sacred-destinations.com/russia/images/ivolginsky-datsan/resized/Itigelov_preserved-wp-fairuse-350.jpg
The link below is a short video on this topic as well.
How beautiful is it that these special Saints, these special servants of God & Buddha, that their bodies are still almost the same as when they had just left this world and onto the next? A lot of these incorruptibles are hundreds upon hundreds of years old. Our world is one of mystery, mysticism, paranormal, phenomenons and miracles.
With warm regards,
Christina E. Pietrowski