apparitions

Extraordinary and remarkable appearances or manifestations of some object presented to man by God in a most singular way. They are also called corporeal visions, because in them the objects themselves, or at least their species, make an organic impression upon our senses. The senses perceive an objective reality naturally invisible to man. It is not necessary that the object perceived be flesh and blood, it suffices that it be a sensible or luminous form.

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