A few things have happened over the past few days which have made me stop and think. Sunday, 13th July, was an extraordinary day. In a lot of ways it was a fairly ordinary Sunday. No, it was odd because God spoke to me - or at least, at the time I thought He might have. The idea of hearing voices fills my mind with images of mad men clad in hair shirts, sat on top of rocks in the desert in the blazing sun, eating locusts, smoking strange herbs and babbling nonsense… I hope no-one thinks of me like that - but, you know, if they do - so what?
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In the s, the Holy Face of Jesus inspired those who endured the Plague to look for hope in the light of Resurrection faith. An eyewitness noted:. Each tail had a knot and through the middle of it there were sometimes sharp nails fixed. They marched naked in a file one behind the other and whipped themselves with these scourges on their naked and bleeding bodies. The Plague first reached Europe by way of Italy, creeping into Burgundy in July before decimating Paris at the end of the summer. Once contracting the disease, victims met a swift but painful death. In Avignon in , 11, people were buried in a single graveyard in a six-week period.
The Shroud of Turin in Italian, la Sacra Sindone is the most studied artifact in the history of the world. It is a piece of burial cloth having attributes from the time and place of Jesus , with what appears to have imprinted on it the face of a man and blood stains. Denial of the authenticity of the blood-stained Shroud is a type of conspiracy theory which atheists criticize in other contexts. There is overwhelming forensic evidence on the Shroud indicating that it is the image of man who was unusually both scourged and crucified, and yet as described about Jesus in the Bible without the breaking of the victim's legs as was sometimes done to expedite the execution.
Purported fragments of the True Cross were brought to western Europe from the Holy Land and the Byzantine Empire throughout the Middle Ages, and their popularity appears to have increased with the greater contact between these regions during the Crusades. Reliquaries of the True Cross were sometimes made in the shape of a cross, and in this example, which is missing its back plate, a cavity near the base of the cross held the relic, accessible through a small cruciform opening. In the twelfth century, enamel work flourished in the monastic workshops of the Meuse River valley, and these Mosan enamels have a distinct style, differing from Limoges works in many details.