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SUBTILITY

Quality of the glorified human body which St. Paul calls "spiritualized." It is not, however, to be conceived as a transformation of the body into spirit or as a refinement into an ethereal substance. The prototype is the risen body of Christ, which emerged from the sealed tomb and penetrated closed doors. The basis for subtility lies in the complete dominion of the body by the transfigured soul.

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

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