The Incorruptibles

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  • The Incorruptibles
  • Fascinating and awe-inspiring
  • Meticulously researched
  • Includes stories of incorrupt saints, blessed, and venerables

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 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. Frances 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. Frances de Sales, St. Jane Frances de Chantal, St. Andrew Bobola, St. Vincent de Paul, Bl. Anna Maria Taigi, The Cure of Ars, St. Catherine Laboure, St. Bernadette Soubirous and St. Charbel Makhouf. Though the bodies of many other holy persons have also been found incorrupt, the author has confined her study to 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 the saints are still with us in the Mystical Body of Christ, as well as a proof of the truth of the Catholc 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 whos popularity will only increase through time.

Imprimatur: Most Rev. Phillip Hannan, Archbishop of New Orleans, November 19, 1974

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  • 5 Sep 30th 2018

    This group of saints has always been interesting to me. I am very pleased with the book.

    Renella Kendall

  • 4 May 31st 2018
    the incorruptibles

    Enjoyed the photos. Nice stories.

    james wojdyla

  • 5 Mar 23rd 2018
    The incorruptibles

    Very informative book

    James Lindsay

  • 4 Aug 16th 2017
    The Incorruptibles

    Interesting read about the Catholic phenomenon of saints whose bodies are wholly or partially incorrupt. Well written.

    James West

  • 5 Nov 25th 2016
    The Incorruptibles

    When I saw the title of this book and the content, I was very interested. The book is well researched and gives the reader the ability to understand how some saints received this distinguishing trait of being incorruptible. It is easy to read and very informative. Glad to have purchased it.


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  • 4 Oct 12th 2015
    The Incorruptibles

    Am enjoying the results of the author's research. Some saints I had never heard of; others bring a smile as one considers them old friends. Of course, where there is faith, one really does not need to see the incorruptible remains of an official saint to believe in him or her example. The 'incorruptibility' is just another sign of God's blessing on the individual.


  • 5 Sep 9th 2015
    The Incorruptibles

    I purchased this book after reading "Blessed Margaret of Castello", who was an incorruptible. I never realized there were so many incorruptibles. This book is very informative. I so enjoyed this book that I recommended it to a friend. I'm mailing both my books to my friend so that she may enjoy them too. I highly recommend "The Incorruptibles."

    Kathleen Delgado

  • 5 Aug 21st 2015
    Fasinating Reading for Every Catholic

    Until I read this book I had no idea that so many Catholic Saints, Beati and Venerables lie incorrupt! This is one of the most interesting and informative books I've ever read. I believe a copy should be in every Catholic home.


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