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13 February 2014 | by James Leachman

Where strangers find a home

Each generation in a Catholic parish is likely to be different from the next in its origins, culture and outlook. Communities must also adapt in accordance with the gifts that newcomers bring The only thing constant in life is change. Tradition, treasuring our heritage, and seeing ourselves as part of the communion of saints, is highly significant in the Catholic Church – but, that does not mean that change is to be avoided. No, it implies change in continuity with the past. Blessed John Henry Newman is often quoted on the change process and its relationship to time. In his “Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine”, he says “time changes in order to remain the same. In a higher world it is otherwise, but here on earth, to live is to change and to be perfect


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