Over the weekend the remains of Eastern Orthodox Archbishop Dmitri, who died in 2011, were moved from a cemetery to be interred in a crypt at St. Seraphim Cathedral in Oak Lawn. Rod Dreher of the American Conservative — a former editorial writer for for the Dallas Morning News — wrote of how Dmitri inspired him as he and his family converted to Orthodoxy from Catholicism in 2005:
When the cemetery personnel opened his coffin, they found Vladyka Dmitri incorrupt.
That is to say, his body had not decayed. He has been buried for four and a half years under the Texas ground, and his body looks like it did the day he died.
This is a miracle. In Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christianity, it is seen as a sign that the deceased was, and is, a saint. If you read The Brothers Karamazov, you may remember that whether or not the deceased Elder Zosima was incorruptible was a feature of the narrative.
In Dallas today, they found their incorruptible. I don’t suppose a soul who knew Vladyka Dmitri is surprised. I knew him in the last five years of his life. What a dear and holy man he was.