The Incorruptible Bernadette

Psalm 16:10 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; nor wilt then give thy holy one to see corruption.

Of the many miracles surrounding Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, one of the most undeniable and remarkable doesn't concern what happened but what didn't happen.


Bernadette died in April of 1879 and, according to the natural order of things, should have decayed and decomposed to a skeleton. That's not what happened. Bernadette's body was exhumed from the grave on September 22nd, 1909, about 30 1/2 years after her death.


There was no sign of decomposition. There is no way to describe this but miraculous. This would be amazing if it were the end of the story. It isn't.


When her body was exhumed again 10 years later- in 1919- the situation had not changed.


It was no different in 2019 either.






Today, more than 140 years after her death, Bernadette's body (never embalmed) remains on display in Nevers, France.


She looks today like she died yesterday.


Impossible you say?


Agreed.


For God, impossible is just a starting point.