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Miracles of The Saints

Despite being a semi-infidel Catholic ( 😆 ) I always love the cultural side of my religion. The paintings, the sculptures (iconography, anyone? :mrgreen: ), the music, and so on. And there is another thing that I am interested in. The miracles. Well, indeed each religions have its own mysticism, which includes supernatural events that some argue cannot be explained scientifically and thus considered miracles (although Richard Dawkins criticised this as a violation of Occam’s Razor), but having such stuffs embodied in my own religion brings me some chills. Below are some of the miracles.

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First, flying saints. Some saints are said to be able to levitate. While several saints such as Ignatius Loyola, Theresia Avila, and a recent one Gemma Galgani can “only” fly for a short period in their lives, a prominent example, Joseph of Cupertino, was seen flying several times for more than an hour each. Isn’t it nice to have this ability? 😀

Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Saint Joseph of Cupertino

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The second one is more gory. Cephalophore. In Catholicism, several people are raised into sainthood because of their martyrdom. Saint Denis, for example, was executed by beheading for converting many pagan French into Christianity. Miraculously, after his head was separated from his body, he picked his head, walked for seven miles into his burial place while preaching, and died there. Several other saints that are famous for their recognitions as cephalophores include Aphrodisius of Alexandria, Paul of Tarsus and Ginés de la Jara.

Saint Denis

Saint Denis

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The third one, which will make the last I will write about today, is even more scary, since you can see them this day. Incorruptibility, which means the body of the person does not decay over time. An example is Saint Zita, who died around 700 years ago.

Saint Zita

Saint Zita

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Me? Hoho. I am pretty much a logical person, but I believe that there are many things that we human cannot perceive and infer. Such miracle may actually be scientific events that take place only for selected individuals who fulfil certain requirements, but it is just that up to now we do not know precisely how things go. Or maybe they do not actually make sense for us, but only for creatures that are of higher order than of us. Angels, possibly. Or Kirby. But maybe the church only makes up the stories. Hahah.

All pictures are taken from Wikipedia.

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