by Suzanne Eovaldi
Our Lord is risen. Our God lives. The Shroud of Turin is speaking to all Christians now more than at any other time in our current history when so many of our religious freedoms are under attack by the US government. John C. Iannone is a Catholic writer and lecturer who is traveling throughout the South during our pre- Easter preparations to bring the story of the holy Shroud to us.
One can only marvel at what this holy garment reveals to us about the suffering Jesus went through to be one of us and to suffer in such horrible ways to draw out our sins and weaknesses into his own Divinity. The Shroud’s authenticity was attacked in the late 1980s by the New York Times which was doing what it does best– mocking the beliefs of Christians.
But Mr. Iannone has studied the issues surrounding this Holy garment since 1978. He tells any and all listeners that real time evidence exists of Jesus’ presence. Invited by Shroud Custodian Cardinal Saldarini to analyze the Cloth, Mr. Iannone told a Fort Pierce Florida audience at St. Anastasia’s Catholic Church that the four soil samples he and fellow scientists examined from the cloth match precisely the four soil types at the locations where the Shroud was known to have traveled!
And listeners were audibly moved when shown the marks of the six whipping points, called flagram, which matched the description of Jesus’ torture by his captors. The “epsilon,” which is a small positive quantity that provides mathematical analysis, could be seen as a lightened area flowing out of the lips of our Lord as HIS very death was taking place! Other evidence shows how the traditional Jewish burial posture of knees bent toward the torso plus the hands being crossed over the body were explained by the lecturer to be consistent with markings on the Shroud.
But clearly the most transcendental part of the evening’s lecture came when the Catholic scholar explained the very exact analysis points to the location on the cloth when Jesus rose from death.
The Resurrection of our Lord is revealed by a piece of cloth that survives today to bring spirituality and hope of the Life of Our Lord to us all! “No cloth in history has been so studied as the Holy Shroud. Nor has any cloth so caught the fascination and reverence of the world,” says the introduction to Mr. Iannone’s speech.
He even gave details about the pollen and flower image samples found by researchers and explained how these samples, along with the soil types, help to verify the Shroud’s authenticity. Modern blood and DNA samples also are consistent. The findings of pathologists and hematologists add additional verification of the Shroud’s authenticity. as do wound specialists examining wound patterns on the material.
Mr. Iannone has written three books on the Shroud, including his most recent, “The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin.” He has done over 260 lectures to churches of all denominations throughout the US, Canada, and in Rome. He is working on a film called, “The Shroud Conspiracy” which is expected to be released in 2015. “As Jesus Christ entered Eternity, the atoms of His Body at the Resurrection accelerated dramatically. At the Resurrection His body was changed from a dead Body to a Resurrected Glorified Body.” (1) And the light of Jesus’ Resurrection even shows up in NSA analysis!
So as our Christian faith is under an assault unprecedented in modern history, the Shroud of Turin speaks to us in a way that detractors cannot and will not silence. As Our Lord’s Resurrection nears, let us keep in our spirits the notion of our Lord’s light actually being in evidence on the Holy Cloth that covered his agony.
Remember His words to us on this Easter Sunday, 2014: “Love one another as I have Loved You. I am the way, the truth, the life.”