SAINT BERNADETTE Intact, as if she had just gone to sleep, and awaits only the angel's call to rise to her feet. God did not want her to escape totally from our human wretchedness, nor leave her brothers and sisters for whom she gave her life. She is still among us — A. Ravier, S.J.
Incorruptible Saints. Incorruptibility is the name given to the situation in which a dead person does not decay after death. Incorruptible saints remain completely flexible, as if they were only sleeping.Incorruptible bodies are often said to have the Odour Of Sanctity, exuding a sweet aroma. Over the years there have been hundreds of Saints whose bodies have been found to incorrupt. The above is St. Bernadette-133 years after her death
St. Bernadette - Was born at Lourdes, France. One Thursday, February 11, 1858, when she was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood, a very beautiful Lady appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto called Massabielle. She told Bernadette that she should prah for sinners, do pennance, and have a chapel built there in her honor. (One of my favorite stories, and Saint.)
What is an Incorruptible? - Saint Bernadette Soubirous is one example of an incorruptible- St. Bernadette was the original visionary at Lourdes, France and died in 1879 in Nevers, France. Her body was exhumed 30 years later in 1909 and was discovered completely incorrupt and free of odor. The body was again exhumed a second time ten years later in 1919 and again in 1925 and was still incorrupt. Her body is still on display in the Chapel of St. Bernadette in Nevers, France to this day.