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Life aided by 'weapons of righteousness'

January 26, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Son of God "emptied himself" and became human. No glory seeker, Jesus lived a mostly obscure life in Nazareth and then, when he did come to public attention, he allowed himself to be mocked and put to death in a most unseemly manner.

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Unbelief scourges the eternal soul

February 2, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Most serious Christians have, at one time or another, tried to convince a non-believer of the truth of the Gospel. Maybe some have had success, but certainly not me.

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The forsaken one receives glory

February 9, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a dispute with the Jewish leaders, Jesus chastises them by saying, "How can you believe when you accept glory from one another?" (John 5.44). Why depend on God when you are already full of yourself?

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'Second Adam' frees us from sin

February 16, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It's difficult for us to conceive of the rational process that led St. Paul to write that the sin of Adam brought condemnation on all who came after. To us, the source of the doctrine of original sin is obvious – the story in Genesis of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit.

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Baptism makes us part of Christ's Body

February 23, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The time before the sin of Adam was a time of bliss. St. Paul does not talk about this era. But from what he does write, it is reasonable to conclude that the main characteristic of life in Eden was harmony. Not only harmony between people and God, but also harmony among people and harmony between humanity and nature.

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Be a dynamic member of Team Church

March 2, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After many years away from my favourite sport of curling, I got back into the game last year. One attraction of this fine game for me is that it is a team sport.

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Church hungers for both saints, leaders

March 9, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the chapel of the Catholic Pastoral Centre in Edmonton are 12 stained glass windows. Each window has a representation of one of the apostles. There is, however, no representation of St. Paul.

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Baptism brings the Holy Spirit into us

March 16, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Since the time of creation, God frequently offered a covenant to his people. Each covenant was more inclusive than the former. His covenant with Adam formed a marriage; with Noah, it was with an extended family; with Abraham, God formed a tribe; with Moses, God knit 12 tribes together; with David, he formed a nation.

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Christian community needs equality

March 23, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Baptism has brought us into a new community, a community that has left all factions and human divisions behind, a community where we are in the process of being transformed into God himself.

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Catholic identity 'penetrates, informs' schools

Archbishop Michael Miller

March 16, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON –– The main gift of Catholic schools is their “uncompromising Catholicity,” said the archbishop of Vancouver.

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