question about caring for the bodies of deceased


#1

If bodies were buried so they could be available for the Last Judgment, why did we break up bits of saints’ bodies and spread them all over the world? Thanks!


#2

[quote=workinprogress]If bodies were buried so they could be available for the Last Judgment, why did we break up bits of saints’ bodies and spread them all over the world? Thanks!
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At the final judgement we shall get our body back. Whether we were organ donors, cremated or parts taken away, it doesn’t matter.
Parts of Saints bodies are taken as holy relics. This has been practised since the beginning of Christianity. And I believe the Jews did this with the prophets too.


#3

Thanks! I was wondering though why cremation was frowned upon but not splitting up parts of a saint’s body when there was a concern then of having the body, or at least the ashes, in one place for the Second Coming.


#4

Why would we want these old bodies back?
At the resurection we will get new, glorified bodies.
Remember when Jesus rose from the dead, even his own friends did not recognize Him.

Don’t worry about what will rot in the grave. That has little to do with what is in store for you when we are lifted up.


#5

The reason cremation is frowned upon is because it is associated with certain non-Catholic groups using it to mock the Catholic belief of resurrection from the dead: “Your body will never come back, it’s nothing but a pile of ashes!” they say. The answer to which, of course, is that God is capable of bringing your body back no matter what happens to it–whether buried, burned, or parts scattered throughout the world.


#6

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