Item description for The Incorruptibles: A Study of the Incorruption of the Bodies of Various Catholic Saints and Beati by Joan Carroll Cruz...
Overview The stories of 102 canonized Saints and Beati whose bodies were found incorrupt long periods after their deaths, many of which endured abnormally adverse conditions in remaining intact. A fascinating and absolutely documented study--and one which will reinforce people's faith in the Catholic Church--the only religion that possesses the phenomenon of bodily incorruption. A now classic book that belongs in every Catholic home.
Publishers Description 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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Studio: St. Benedict Press & TAN Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2004
Publisher Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN 0895550660 ISBN13 9780895550668
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More About Joan Carroll Cruz
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 and has served as Mistress of Formation (Novice Mistress) for eight years.
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Incorruptibles: A Study of the Incorruption of the Bodies of Various Catholic Saints and Beati?
Classic that needs an update May 10, 2008
Great, fascinating book that I found very compelling and uplifting. However this classic needs some updating. 1) What about current incorruptibles like Padre Pio? The book would be better if it included modern day saints. 2)Whenver possible, show photos. That is the most compelling argument for the incorruptibles. There are many incorrupt saints whose bodies are on display around the world, but their pictures were not included in this book. To be complete, they should be. 3) Photos show the miracle better when they are close up, not at a distance showing the whole reliquary. 4) When photos are not available, use artword depicting the miracle. e.g. the sculpture that was created dipicting St. Cecilia's incorrupt body. To sum up: great book that just needs a facelift. (Pardon the pun.)
Absolutely Amazing and Inspiring Dec 30, 2005
This is an incredible book! It is extremely well researched and very thorough. I was not at all familiar with this phenomenon until I bought this book, and I found it so fascinating.
The book goes through all the [surprisingly] many Saints whose bodies have remained incorrupt - it tells a bit about their lives and about their burials. It details the finding of their bodies incorrupt and the current state of the bodies. Mrs. Cruz goes into some detail on the science behind what makes this phenomenon so utterly amazing [and obviously of Supernatural origins], but she does it in a way that remains interesting and easy to understand.
This book is very faithful to the teachings of the Catholic faith and I found it incredibly faith strengthening. I think it would be difficult to maintain doubt when faced with such compelling evidence.
This book is almost 30 years old now. I would LOVE to see a revision with better photography and some information on how the incorruptibles may have been investigated with modern scientific measures.
Regardless, this is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to every Catholic and anyone else who is interested.
Fascinating Nov 7, 2005
This is an excellent book. I have had the grace to see first hand two of the incorruptibles whose stories are detailed here by Joan Carrol Cruz (Saint Catherine Laboure and St. Bernadette Soubirous), and not even this wonderful book can prepare you for the experience.
While her research is sound, even first rate, Cruz has an easy to read prose that does not descend to the dry and academic. Although Cruz's style is reverent, at times even bordering on devotional, this is an excellent book for Catholic and non-Catholic alike, skeptic and believer.
Heart-breaking!!!!!! Jul 29, 2005
If it does not break your heart, you need self-examination. Badly. To see proof of God and his love and promises to this degree, is such a gift of love. PLEASE get this book if you've EVER had doubts about eternal life or the resurrection of the dead on the last day. What a wonderful, quiet little gift from our father...that says "I keep my promises".
Even for the skeptic an interesting study Jun 6, 2005
This is quite an amazing book and one of my favorites. I personally believe it is bad science to try prove or disprove religious truths and religion is still smarting from trying to use religion to dispute scientific truths. That being said this book in a way makes for an exception to that adage.
The book is about the saints and the beatified whose bodies have not decayed and whether you are a religious person or not I think you will find it a quite interesting phenomena.
The book starts by discussing the natural decay of buried flesh, mummification and certain natural conditions (such as in peat bogs) in which the bodies of the dead will be preserved.
After this discussion Cruz presents a case by case study of the bodies of the saints and the beatified who escaped corruption despite the conditions in which they were buried. With each case there is a brief biography of the individual.
The number of cases in which the bodies of saints escaped decay is actually very remarkable. Included in the book are some astounding photographs.