While the king rests in his own room my nard yields its perfume. My love is a sachet of myrrh lying between my breasts. My love is a cluster of henna flowers among the vines of En-Gedi. How beautiful you are, my beloved, how beautiful you are! Your eyes are doves. -Song of Songs.
King Solomon’s “poetry” is neither an allegory nor a metaphor, but a literal description of the spiritual manifestation of God within the heart of a human soul. Reread these words and imagine for yourself this mystical experience: Look into your heart, feel and see Jesus – the Trinity – as He beats your heart as He is your heart – it is His presence – where Love exists and expresses through our emotions and as the scent of an aromatic perfume from the sachet of myrrh that lies between and above one’s breasts. A body can be likened to the thuribles;
as priests swing a thurible, burning incense rises to the heavens – we see the visual and the incense rises from the sachet of myrrh as both a visual and olfactory sense. Our prayers at Mass rise with the incense to the heavens and reach the Throne of God. Jesus professes that the kingdom of God is within – the mystic knows this in a literal sense as described above. Everyone can become a Saint. Do you remember the story of the the three Wisemen? Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh are their gifts to the Infant Jesus; Myrrh is symbolic of His sufferings.
Chiara relies on only God to redeem herself and her family. Chiara engages in the Spiritual Warfare Battle of her life! How does the enmity between herself and Lucifer resolve? This odour of sanctity can be understood to mean two things:
- An ontological state (a state of being), not usually related to an actual olfactory sensation, indicating that the individual possessing it is in a state of grace (i.e., a state characterized by the absence of mortal sin). Usually refers to the state of an individual’s soul at the time of death. Some canonized saints are said to have died in an odour of sanctity.
- An actual odour (scent or aroma) present at the time of death and for some time thereafter.
Odour of Sanctity and Sainthood
The term “odour of sanctity” appears to have emerged in the Middle Ages, at a time when many saints were raised to that status by acclamation of the faithful. In the absence of carefully written records, either by or about the individual, evidence of a saintly life was attested to only by personal recollections of those around him or her. It appears that the odour of sanctity occurring at the person’s death carried some weight in convincing the local ecclesiastical authority to “canonize” the saint – to allow the faithful to venerate and pray to him or her.
Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint Maravillas of Jesus (both Spanish Discalced Carmelites) were reported to have emitted heavenly scents immediately after their respective deaths, with Teresa’s scent filling her monastery the moment she died. Saint Thérèse de Lisieux (a French Discalced Carmelite known as “the Little Flower”) was said to have produced a strong scent of roses at her death, which was detectable for days afterward.
Likewise, the blood issuing from Padre Pio‘s stigmata allegedly smelled of flowers. Some dust taken from the incorrupt remains of Maria Droste zu Vischering in 1899 was meanwhile said to have emanated an agreeable scent. Chiara’s experience is hilarious! God acts in “Devil Maker”and exhibits His glorious sense of humor.
Saint Therese of Lisieux – the Little Flower of Jesus is one of the mystical characters within the film, “Devil Maker”. “Devil Maker” is based in part upon actual experiences and a true life story. How can we not display the power of God through the lives of the Saints in this Dark Comedy? Does the “Pyromaniacal Spitfire Chiara” manage to overcome, survive, and reform her evil ways? How can Chiara find a silver lining in every painful, unfortunate experience to live – and not die? There is a lesson for anyone who dares to watch “Devil Maker”!
- Jump up
^ De Liso, Oscar (1960). “Ch. 6”. Padre Pio, the priest who bears the wounds of Christ. McGraw-Hill. p. 102. LCC 60-15686.
- Sainthood in the Later Middle Ages; By Andri Vauchez
- The Historic Note-book: With an Appendix of Battles; By Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
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