There was a great TV special made by a famous catholic TV personality here in Oz a while ago. He is Mike Wilesee . you can read about a documentary he made incl. 2 eucharistic miracles here catholicweekly.com.au/02/jul/28/07.html
I wrote this to a friend re incorruptibles. It’s not 100% accurate in that I make my own conclusions as to why their incorrupt and some are partially preserved. It may help though.
I wrote this to someone a while ago about incorruptibles. Given our discussion I thought you might find it of interest. Most of these incorruptible lived when your Christian ancestors were catholic. These are your brothers in Christ. You should know a bit about them. They are not fake, mummified or tampered with in any way. They are asleep awaiting the resurrection. Many of these incorruptible are displayed for all to see. It’s not morbid curiosity or anything distasteful. It’s explained a little below. I know a girl a bit younger than me and she is a very virtuous, knowledgeable and devout catholic. She has been her whole life. She has tremendous faith. She used to go door knocking with me. She went to Rome about 15 yrs ago and saw some of these incorruptibles. She was astonished to see these miracles and some others. She said she had always believed but now she believed much more and almost didn’t need faith any more.
We only need faith when something is uncertain. When we know absolutely we don’t need faith, we know. She still needed faith, but the faith she had went sky high was the point.
This is one main purpose of displaying them. Another one is to convert the unbeliever. If God has worked miracles it is for a purpose. Even if we think something strange we need to understand that we might be wrong and God might be right.
The bible reference is
Acts 2: 27] For thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades,
nor let thy Holy One see corruption.
28] Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;
thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence.'
29] "Brethren, I may say to you confidently of the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30] Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
31] he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
32] This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
You need to understand that when we’re baptized we become another Christ. And when we are truly like Christ we may even do extraordinary miraculous things as with Christ. This is what St Paul meant when he said, “ it is no longer I that live but Christ lives in me” I know that I am the most imperfect replica of Christ but some people are very close to the goal of becoming like Christ and they do extraordinary deeds. The first incorruptible found was St Cecilia who died a martyr in 177AD. She was discovered many centuries later. These incorruptibles are always the most extraordinarily good Christians and when the coffins are opened they exude the scent of sanctity – a sweet smell which I think stays ( they never smell bad in any case ) and is a further sign from God of their extraordinary holiness. No half baked christians are incorruptible. You need to understand a little catholic theology to know why these select few are apparently better than other Christians. When we’re baptized we receive grace. This grace is a strange thing. It’s hard to understand. It’s a part of God and yet a created thing. But there cannot be a created piece of God. Our languages are inadequate to explain some things. We can never receive too much grace. The potential for receiving grace is infinite. Every time we respond to Gods will and do good acts we receive more grace. The more grace we receive the more we become like God. This grace transforms us into Jesus and the more we receive the more we become like Jesus. We lose grace through sin, but we get it all back by