Was Saint Teresa of Avila an incorrupt saint?
Nine months after her death, the nuns of her community wondered
about the condition of her body and the heavenly perfume
surrounding her tomb. The provincial of the order, Fr. Jerome
Gracian, gave permission for the exhumation of the body and
described the proceedings: "The coffin lid was smashed, half rotten
and full of mildew, the smell of damp was very pungent . . . the
clothes had fallen to pieces . . . The whole body was covered with
the earth which had penetrated into the coffin and so was all damp
too, but as fresh and whole as if it had only been buried the day
before." After washing and re-clothing the body, " . . . there
spread through the whole house a wonderful penetrating fragrance
which lasted some days . . ."
3 years later the body was thoroughly examined by 2 doctors in the presence of the community and the bishop. The doctors declared the condition of the body to be "truly miraculous . . . for after 3 years, without having been embalmed, the entire body was in such a perfect state of preservation that nothing was wanting to it in any way, and a wonderful odor issued from it.The entire body of St. Teresa remains incorrupt.