New favorite blog alert: All the Saints You Should Know: Bodies, Bones, Relics, Lore and Oddities from the Catholic Church by Elizabeth Harper.
Because, you know you should know these.
Elizabeth is a member of The Order of the Good Death, and travels the lands to research and photograph the folk practices of Catholicism and the phenomenon of incorrupt saints, long dead but not at all decayed.
I believe Catholic churches are memory theaters where nature, science, arts, humanity, math, politics, and the divine mingle in miniature. There’s a wealth of knowledge locked inside sacred objects, though it’s often hidden in plain sight.
I haven’t yet read completely through each post in the archives of the site, but each one has been equally informative and fascinating. I previously had no idea that there were saintly relics in the East Village of Manhattan, just blocks from an apartment I once lived in, that a folk art museum in Mexico City houses nearly a dozen mummies, or even what the hard facts on what makes a saint incorrupt were (or lack thereof).
Elizabeth also shares an extensive recommended reading list, for your further research once you’ve visited her blog.
All images by Elizabeth Harper, reposted with permission.