This is a guest post by Joe Paprocki.
Last year, for the first time in our lives, my wife and I had a “couple’s massage” at a spa while on vacation. It was a one hour full body massage that was sheer bliss! Afterwards, both of us could not thank our masseuses enough for their gift of touch. What’s amazing is how their touch permeates and transcends the physical and massages the spirit, the emotions, and the mind. Not only did our bodies feel relaxed, but so did our minds, hearts, and spirits.
Our Catholic faith teaches us that we are “composite” beings—not a spirit within a body but a spirit and a body that are one. Through physical touch, we come into contact with the spirit of others. I am grateful for those people in my life with whom I share the intimacy that allows for touch, for without it, my very being would be incomplete.
Joe Paprocki is the National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press and has been a religious educator in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. His books include 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness and A Well-Built Faith. Joe blogs about his work as a catechist at Catechist’s Journey.