Blessed Jacinta of Fatima and her incorrupt body Apr 30, 2010 11:47:17 GMT -5
Post by Flo (Host) on Apr 30, 2010 11:47:17 GMT -5
"The first exhumation of Jacinta’s body, on 12 September 1935. This photograph, which her cousin Sister Lucy found so moving, was taken in the cemetery of Vila Nova de Ourem, when the lead coffin was opened. Father Ludwig Fischer examines the seer’s face, so well preserved fifteen years after her death".
Jacinta gives messages even in death
In her extreme suffering before she died, Jacinta's face had looked worn and emaciated. But in death, her cheeks had filled out and had taken on a healthy color. Nurse Nadeja Silvestre said: "She did not look the same child; she had become radiant and beautiful." When Mother Godinho held vigil beside the coffin, she glanced at the little lamp nearby. She was astonished to see that the lamp contained no oil but still burned brightly. Her body which at times before death did not exude a pleasant odor, because of infection and open sores, and the extreme sufferings which afflicted her, after death exuded the scent of sweet perfume. When her body was carried into the Lisbon Church, the church bells rang while no one was at the ropes, and the tower door was locked. It was thought they were rung by angels. Jacinta once said she had heard the angels sing but "angels do not sing as men sing."
Jacinta's body was first exhumed on September 12, 1935. Seeing her incorrupt body, her father, Senhor Marto was asked what he thought now. He said that the children now belonged to the world and stated that viewing Jacinta's body "was somewhat like looking at a person grown old, whom one had known young." An eyewitness account of the second exhumation of Jacinta's body, which took place in 1951, was carried in the papers of the time as follows:
"The expression on Jacinta's face was that of great peace, and all who saw her could not help feeling that they were greatly privileged to have been granted such a favor.
The fact that Jacinta's face appeared much older than she was at the time of her death cause different reactions. Perhaps one explanation is that her body reflected her spiritual maturity at the time of her death, which came when Jacinta was not quite ten years old. Artists seem to have a difficult time capturing her features while retaining an appearance of a little girl. They always seem to depict her older, whether in statues or paintings. Is there a divine message in this? A third transfer of her body from the Cemetery of Orem to the cemetery of Fatima and finally to the Basilica in the Cova took place on May 5, 1951.
Jacinta, whose life after beatification, will doubtlessly become known to millions more of today's children, presents an heroic holy child who by the age of nine had practiced heroic virtues to inspire the children of the world during the third millennium.