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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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In Christian spirituality, to share with another what one is or has, so that they are thereby united in being or possessions. Communicating material things necessarily means to be deprived of what is shared. But in things of the spirit, the one who communicates does not lose, say in teaching or loving another person, but is rather enriched by the communication.

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