[lit-ideas] Re: Stay undead!

  • From: John Wager <john.wager1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:44:09 -0500

All: Is it really true that the reason Thomas a Kempis (author of Imitation of Christ) is not a saint, is that when his body was exhumed, it was discovered that he had been buried alive, and showed signs of trying to get out of the coffin? I have heard this from more than one person. The thinking was that finding one's self inside a coffin thusly was reason to despair, hence no sainthood.

I've just done a quick Google search and while the question seems to get raised, nobody has any answers based on historical records.

He died in 1471; is that too long ago for his death story to be included in a list of "urban myths?"

- phatic wrote:

A ditty to cheer up all you undead out there.

As they lower me down into that hole in the ground
I scream out for help but they hear not a sound
I fear at the lid, my fingers they bleed
Is this happening to me or is it just a dream

"Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence and ignorance." -------------------------------------------------
John Wager                john.wager1@xxxxxxxxxxx
                                  Lisle, IL, USA

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