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Despite the protests of theologians that relics themselves were not animate or sentient -- being mere matter left behind in the world while the soul of the saint dwelt in heaven -- the widespread imputation of a powerful virtus to saints' relics parallels revenant beliefs in several important ways.(118) In both cases, the local community's evaluation of individuals' manner of life and death is central to the definition of their bodies as powerful after death.(119) Saints, like revenants, were likely to die before their time, through persecution or simple austerity, thus leaving "energy still unexpended" in their physical remains.(120) Moreover, the emphasis upon the relics' incorruption again suggests that continuing vitality was connected to the congruence of flesh and bone.
He says that Christ's generation and birth from the Virgin are pure of passion and are characterized by incorruption ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.]).
In effect he says this: Since your outer man is corrupt, and you have ceased to possess the blessing of incorruption characteristic of virgins, at least imitate the incorruption of the spirit by subsequent abstinence, and what you cannot show in the body exhibit in the mind.
As exemplified by Irenaeus, the prophetic model encompasses themes that have been identified in previous classifications of patristic soteriological motifs, such as divine victory, (30) Christ as giver of incorruption and deification, (31) the enactment of eschatological judgment, (32) and Christ as exemplar of obedience.
that by this communion with the Deity mankind might at the same time be deified, for this end it is that, by dispensation of this grace, He disseminates Himself in every believer through the flesh, whose substance comes from bread and wine, blending Himself with the bodies of believers, to secure that, by this union with the immortal, man, too, may be a sharer in incorruption. (Catechetical Oration 37)
Readers will discover countless fascinating and pious stories, prophetic dreams and visions, apparitions of Christ and Our Lady, appearances of the devil in disguise, miraculous healings, episodes of bi-location, stigmata, incorruption after death, and more.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
e) Corpses: bloating; oozing blood; bright blood; ruddiness of skin; flaccid limbs; warm to the touch; erection; movement in the coffin; incorruption; new skin and nail growth; chewed shrouds and limbs; noises.
Make it a fountain of incorruption, a gift of sanctification, a loosing of sins, a healing of sicknesses, a destruction of demons, unapproachable by hostile powers, filled with angelic might; and let them that take counsel together against Your creature flee therefrom, for I have called upon Your Name, O Lord, which is wonderful, and glorious, and terrible unto adversaries."
(46) Edmund's ability to communicate after his decapitation "anticipates his future incorruption" as a saint.
incorruption. The truth itself must perish to our senses before it can
Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.