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PHYSICAL MIRACLE

An event produced by God which surpasses the powers of physical or bodily nature. Tow kinds of physical miracles are known to Catholic theology: 1. Those essentially supernatural, such as raising the dead, which only divine power can perform (major miracles); and 2. those relatively supernatural, such as sudden healing, which the angels can perform under divine providence (minor miracles).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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