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TOUCH

Physical contact produced by any one of group of external senses whose organs respond to pressure, heat, cold, pain, or pleasure. In spiritual literature, touch is a familiar expression among mystics to describe their experience of God in terms that are similar to tactile sensations. The dominant features are an awareness of closeness to the divine, and a feeling of comfort or repose in the presence of an invisible but very real power that mkaes them interiorly satisfied.

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

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