The hermeneutic of continuity

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The hermeneutic of continuity

This blog is written by Fr Tim Finigan, Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, visiting tutor in Sacramental Theology at St John's Seminary Wonersh, and tutor in Dogmatic Theology at St Hugh's Charterhouse, Parkminster. I was ordained priest in 1984. The hermeneutic of continuity blog is a personal endeavour and has no official standing of any sort.

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FatherTF
Apr 04 2021, 21:01

In public life, some basically well-meaning figures have the graciousness to wish us well at Easter and to recognise the importance of the Christian feast day. Perhaps they might assure us that their thoughts are with us at this time. That is kind of them and in Christian charity we should thank them for their kindness, but Easter should be a great deal more than that for...


FatherTF
Mar 25 2021, 20:00

The angels are immeasurably more powerful and holy than any of us. We would quake in terror were we to meet an angel face-to-face. Yet the Holy Gabriel bows down in humility before the Blessed Virgin to acknowledge his Queen. When we repeat his words in the Rosary, the Angelus, the Liturgy of the Church, and on many other occasions, we should try to make that salutation ...


FatherTF
Mar 23 2021, 11:43

The end-of-life charity Marie Curie, has proposed that today be a day of reflection. It is the first anniversary of the beginning of lockdown last year. (I remember the date, because I moved to Lewisham the following day, when the regulations took effect.)

Marie Curie’s summary is as follows,

"Join Marie Curie for this moment of reflection, as guests share their ...

FatherTF
Mar 17 2021, 17:49

The popular image of Saint Patrick has suffered a fate similar to that of Saint Nicholas. His image has degenerated into a soft toy character, with notes of condescending “oirishness”, associated with the colour green, leprechauns, Guinness, and silly hats. Each year, priests and laity who love him as a saint and respect the great cultural influence that he had in his ...


FatherTF
Mar 14 2021, 17:51

The Jewish people naturally hated their seventy years’ captivity in Babylon. Essentially, they had been ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem and taken to Iraq. In Psalm 121 we can feel their joy and expectation at being set free and finally making their way back to Jerusalem. Their joy was focussed particularly on being able to go to the Temple and worship God once again...