José Manuel Fidalgo
6. Tasks and principles of a correct biblical hermeneutics
We have seen that the task of biblical hermeneutics is to take the meaning of the Christian facts and truths to another level of understanding. Neither the text nor the concrete historical existence can be eliminated. But what would eliminate them is an abstract and atemporal interpretation of the content of the text, and a purely existential exegesis. Hence, hermeneutics needs to carry out various tasks.
Rev José Mario O Mandía
Is there anything beyond immediate inference? The answer is yes.
Immediate inference leads us to truths that are hidden in the truths we already know, but it does not get us very far. Our own experience shows that we do not only think through immediate inference, but through mediate inference.
What I always cherish in my heart was the family atmosphere I experienced in my parish–St. Lawrence Church. It was first shown through the care of our parish priest, Fr Peter Martinelli, PIME. Fr Peter was a tall, strong-built Italian — we needed to look up or to go two steps higher on the staircase to speak to him.
Acts 2:42-47; I Pt 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31
John takes Thomas as a symbol of the difficulty that every Christian has who comes to believe.
Joaquim Magalhães de Castro
Regarding the history of Portuguese expansion, the historian Charles Boxer mentions in one of his works a letter from the Governor of the East India Company, who from Batavia wrote to his superiors in the Netherlands: “It has been 100 years since we expelled the Portuguese.
Bernardo lived in the valley of Cuapa, Nicaragua. He was a poor but devout Catholic who volunteered to care for the small sacristy of his church since the time of his boyhood. It was due to his conscientious care of the sacristy that led to the first apparition.