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Raul Nidoy


Hi, thanks for including my comments in your blog! Sorry I wrote that in a hurry so it had a number of errors. I just revised it and it now has an image:

When we "seek the face of Christ," why should we emphasize the particular face of Christ in the Shroud of Turin, and not just an all-embracing way of seeking out Jesus' face-- his personality, his expressions, his look, Jesus' self shining out through his words?

The answer lies in the reply to the question on why three of the universal sacraments have a symbolic force limited to a specific region in the world, the Mediterranean region: olive oil, bread, wine.

Ratzinger answers the question in his book, Spirit of the Liturgy: God's incarnation binds us to the history of a particular place. It does not mean doing as we please, a typical tendency of those who want to invent a new liturgy, or new sacraments. No. "The elements become sacraments through connection with the unique history of God in relation to man in Jesus Christ."

And Ratzinger concludes:

It is with this particular face, with this particular human form, that Christ comes to us, and precisely thus does he make us brethren beyond all boundaries. Precisely thus do we recognize him: "It is the Lord" (Jn 21:7).

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  • Because the Shroud of Turin is a religious object, believed by many to be the burial shroud of Jesus, and because scientists and historians have yet to prove or disprove its authenticity, it is controversial and interesting.

    Until recently skeptics had the upper hand in debates about the Shroud's authenticity. No more!

    A must read:

    New 2005 Shroud of Turin Brouhaha: Science vs Papal Custodian

    1) Finding a second face on the back of the Shroud of Turin in 2004, 2) discovering Madder root dyestuff and splices in the carbon 14 sample site thus invalidating the C14 dating, and 3) realizing that the images may have been formed by a Maillard chemical reaction between amines from a body and a polysaccharide residue on the cloth are having profound implications in the study of the Shroud of Turin. All this is sobering news for those who want the images to be proof of a resurrection just as it is sobering for skeptics of authenticity.

    A short forensic science essay gives another perspective:

    Forensic Science CSI - Quest to Explain the Pictures of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin