Miracle. When we hear this word we often laugh. It is accompanied by disbelief because we believe in something that is not or can not be touched. But there are tangible things that have been called miraculously for several hundred years. What are you talking about? About the sacred bodies after their death. During their lives they were different, but at some point in their lives something so extraordinary happened, one can say the miracle that everything took a different course later. One such person was Marie-Bernarde Soubirous. She was born on 7 January 1844 in Lourdes, France. The daughter of Francois Soubirous - the poor miller and Louise Casterot, and also the oldest of six siblings. She spent her childhood in the "Boly" mill. In 1854 Bernadeta and his family leave the mill and move to Laborde's house. In 1855 a cholera epidemic reaches Lourdes. Bernadette is able to survive, but her health due to the asthma that her teasing is worsening. In the same year, in the winter, having nothing to pay for the rent, the whole family is thrown out of the house to live in a former jail - Cachot, in a damp bedroom of 4.5 in. And as if there are no problems, her father is accused of stealing two
flour bags and arrested.At age 13, Bernadeta goes to Bartes to feed the sheep. After a few months, however, he returns to Lourdes to prepare, among other things, for the First Holy Communion. However, one day a miracle happens, the course of which is following. On the morning of February 11, 1858, Bernadeta and her sister go to search for the dry branches needed to light the fire in the fireplace. The daughter of a local stonemason also joins them. The girls cross the bridge over Gave, then pass the Savy mill and reach the place where the Savy canal joins the river. Behind the canal is the Old Rock - Masse Vieille. Sister Bernadette and his friend go to the other side of the canal. When Bernadette is left alone, she suddenly hears a strange sound, similar to the sound of the wind and at about 3 meters she sees the light from which the figure of a woman emerges. This is the first of the 18 apparitions of Our Lady. On March 25, Mary gives Bernadette her name, "I am the Immaculate Conception." After the apparitions of Bernadet in 1866 he enters the monastery of Nevers (home of the Sisters of Mercy and Christian Education), and names the religious name of Maria-Bernard. In the monastery she works as a nurse, but she is seriously ill. He died at the age of 35, April 16, 1878. And here we have another miracle. Her body has not decayed to this day. It rests in a special reliquary at the monastery of Newers. Bernadette's body was exhumed in 1909, 30 years after her death. There were almost no signs of decay except that the body had become a little wrinkled. In addition, her mouth was slightly covered, partly exposed her teeth and slightly shrunk nose. The hands are in perfect condition and the skin is milky white. What about the habit in which she was buried, the rosary? Now the rosary, which was held in his hands, rusted. The clothes got rotten, but her body did not produce a dead odor. During the exhumation process, the nuns removed her rotten clothing, bathed her, and dressed in a clean habit. It was reassembled in a grave with a special document describing the details of exhumation. Ten years later, when the efforts to bring about canonization began, her body was exhumed again. It turned out that it is preserved in equally good condition, the first time. What was noticeable was a slight one
loss of color on the face color. Presumably this was due to the washing of the nun during the first exhumation. In 1925 Pius XI proclaimed her blessed and in 1933 she was proclaimed a saint. What is the dictate of this immortal body? Accepting complicity in the Passion and the Cross of Christ? Can anything else? Many saints, for their full confidence in the Lord, have been gifted with supernatural gifts, such as levitation, biolocation (ability to stay in two places simultaneously), or even something else. Yet completely unbelievable but wonderful is the gift of preserving some of the sacred bodies from their decomposition after death. Many times, during the exhumation, the sacred body was found instead of the skeleton. Instead of a dead odor, the body exuded a heavenly scent and was naturally elastic. During the collection of some of these bodies as relics, blood flowed. Even though the bodies were not embalmed, preserved are still inviolable. Such examples are many. Ex: St. Teresa of Avila, exhumed 332 years after her death, buried without embalming, in the damp earth still covered with stones and lime, which accelerates the decay. In spite of such passage of time, her body was intact, she was flexible, and she leaked blood when the relics were taken away. More than 300 years after death. Unbelievable. Another example is 1926 and the exhumation of St. Lucia Filippini, died in 1732, also intact or Francis Xavier died in 1552, and described after the exhumation as if he was asleep. Similarly, the case of Św. Catherine Laboure, whom Our Lady entrusted to the mission of the miraculous Medal, the model of which she revealed. She died in 1876roku. 57 years later, her body was exhumed for beatification. It was as fresh as the day of the funeral. Today they can be seen at the House of the Sisters of Charity in Paris. The infinite body also concerns St. Agnes, or Św. Clare of Assisi, whose body has not undergone decomposition for 700 years. Has anyone used these and other saints not described here to decay - it seems not.