The Incorruptibles: A Study of the Incorruption of the Bodies of Various Catholic Saints and Beati
Author: Joan Carroll Cruz
Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 inches, 310 pages.
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 neigher category but constitutes a much greater phenomenon - a phenomenon unexplained by modern science even to this day.
Mrs. Cruz presents a chapter on each of 102 canonized Saints, Beati, and Venerables, covering their lives, the discovery of their incorruption, investigations by Church and medical authorities, photos where available, and many other remarkable facts associated with their incorrupt bodies. These include heavenly fragrances, the exuding of holy oil and the flow of fresh blood several years after death. Also included here are the stories of Saints whose bodies were found in damp graves, or whose caskets or clothing had deteriorated around their incorrupt bodies, or whose bodies were even buried in lime to hasten decomposition. Among the most famous Saints considered here are St. Cecilia, St. Agatha, St. Albert the Great, St. Margaret of Cortona, St. Nicholas of Tolentino, St. Clare, Bl. Margaret of Castello, St. Francis of Rome, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. Rita of Cascia, "San Diego", St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Angela Merici, St. Francis Xavier, St. Louis Bertrand, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Charles Borromeo, St. John of the Cross, St. Pascal Baylon, St. Philip Neri, St. Rose of Lima, St. Francis de Sales, St. Jane Francis de Chantal, St. Andrew Bobola, St. Vincent de Paul, Bl. Anne Maria Taigi, The Cure of Ars, St. Catherine Laboure, St. Bernadette Soubirous and St. Charbel Makhlouf. Though the bodies of many other holy persons have also been found incorrupt, the author has confirmed her study of the bodies of canonized Saints and Beati, plus Venerables.
The Incorruptibles are a consoling sign of Christ's victory over death, a confirmation of the dogma of the Resurrection of the Body, a sign that 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. Thus The Incorruptibles has to be one of the most significant Catholic Books of the last 100 years, and a book whose popularity will only increase in the years to come.