Wednesday, December 17
Stigmata and More
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
And say "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
--Shakespeare, Henry V, IV, iii.
It was fitting for Christ's soul at His Resurrection to resume the body with its scars. In the first place, for Christ's own glory. For Bede says on Luke 24:40 that He kept His scars not from inability to heal them, "but to wear them as an everlasting trophy of His victory." Hence Augustine says (De Civ. Dei xxii): "Perhaps in that kingdom we shall see on the bodies of the Martyrs the traces of the wounds which they bore for Christ's name: because it will not be a deformity, but a dignity in them; and a certain kind of beauty will shine in them, in the body, though not of the body."
--St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa, III.liv.4,
Okay, perhaps that's more than a trace in St. Denis's case, but it does make you think.
(Top picture stolen from one of Fallen Sparrow's more intriguing entries, entitled "Dualism, Zombies, and Persistently Conscious Heads." Really.)