Friday, 9 May 2014

Shroud of Turin -- New Evidence

3D image taken from the Shroud of Turin

Jesus Christ Crucified, Died and was Buried


As this is the 1st Week of Easter, my meditations on the Resurrection of Jesus lead me to look at The Shroud of Turin. With my Catholic upbringing and education as well as my faith, my heart knows that He is certainly RISEN.  I don't need proof that the shroud is authentic to keep my faith.  But what a great gift He has given in leaving this wonderful sign of His Glory!  
Computer 3D image from the Shroud of Turin

Many scientists have tried to debunk this miracle, but have not succeeded.  As science develops more and more in technology – the results are showing that IT IS Christ’s Shroud.

What is the Shroud of Turin?? 
Here is a definition from wikipedia

The Shroud of Turin or Turin Shroud (Italian: Sindone di Torino) is a length of linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. 
Shroud of Turin showing wounds of Christ

There is no consensus yet on exactly how the image was created, and it is believed by some to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth, despite radiocarbon dating placing its origins in the Medieval period. (they have found that the piece of cloth investigated with the Carbon dating was a weave NOT of the same cloth but added on during a restoration in Medieval times. 

The image is much clearer in black-and-white negative than in its natural sepia color. The negative image was first observed in 1898, on the reverse photographic plate of amateur photographer Secondo Pia, who was allowed to photograph it while it was being exhibited in the Turin Cathedral. The shroud is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, northern Italy.

"Four university professors have published an article in “Injury” magazine revealing that the crucified man that was wrapped in the Turin Shroud suffered a dislocation of the humerus, the paralysis of one arm and a violent trauma to the neck and chest.
 Christ's shoulder wound
The person whose figure is imprinted on the Shroud is believed to have collapsed under the weight of the cross, or the “patibulum” as it is referred to in the study, the horizontal part of the cross. The Man of the Shroud the academics explain, fell “forwards” and suffered a “violent” knock” “while falling to the ground.” “Neck and shoulder muscle paralysis” were “caused by a heavy object hitting the back between the neck and shoulder and causing displacement of the head from the side opposite to the shoulder depression.
Simeon of Cyrean helps carry the Cross of Christ
At this point it would have been impossible for the cross bearer to go on holding it and this brings to mind the passage in the Gospel which describes how the soldiers forced Simon of Cyrene to pick up Jesus’ cross. Not an act of compassion therefore, but of necessity. This explains why “the right shoulder is lower than the left by 10±5 degrees” and The right eye is retracted in the orbit” because of the paralysis of the entire arm, the academics say.
That the man on the Shroud is our Lord, I have little doubt. Science confirms what the saints already knew... "
Read the complete article:
Science, Saints and the Shroud of Turin.. Article on the National Catholic Register...
In March 2010, researchers unveiled a revolutionary radiocarbon dating method that could allow scientists to safely establish accurate ages for precious artifacts like the Shroud of Turin. Unlike traditional carbon dating, the new process does not require samples; instead, the entire object is exposed to an electrically charged gas that gently oxidizes its surface without causing damage. This means that, someday soon, the world may have a more precise estimate of the Shroud of Turin’s real age.
Jesus' face as recreated in 3D, scientifically from the Shroud of Turin
 (from the documentary "The Real Face of Jesus?" on The History Channel)

The face was painstakingly constructed by a team of graphic artists studying the Shroud of Turin, which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus.