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The interval between physical contact with a stimulus and a person's actual reaction. The term mainly applies to the years between five and twelve, when children do not, unless abnormally and unwisely aroused, react to sexual stimulation. The Church advises parents to cultivate this period for teaching children the principles of faith and training them in the moral habits they will need as the foundation of their adult Christian life.