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Paul had fond ties with Philippians

October 27, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lydia was a devout woman, a believer in God in Philippi, a pagan city. She went down to the river that day to join the other women in prayer.

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The conversion of St. Paul (I)

November 3, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One can only guess at what might have been going on in Paul's mind when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. But surely one question he must have asked himself was, "What the heck is he doing here?"

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Paul's conversion and the resurrection

November 10, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Paul was persecuting the followers of a dead man. Or so he thought. It must have been a tremendous shock for Paul to meet Jesus on the road to Damascus.

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The Gospel comes with power

November 17, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One reason, perhaps the main reason, that we have been so ignorant of the writings of St. Paul is that, unlike the four Gospel writers, Paul does not tell stories about the life of Jesus.

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Jesus is the image of the one god

November 24, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Paul at a few points in his writings calls Christ "the image of God." Perhaps the clearest statement comes in his letter to the Colossians where Paul writes, "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation" (1:15).

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Paul becomes the Lord's chosen instrument

December 1, 2008
GERARD McLARNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Sacred Scripture offers two avenues by which we may be drawn into the faith world of St. Paul and come face-to-face with the truth and beauty of the Gospel he preached: the letters Paul wrote and Acts of the Apostles, penned by the evangelist Luke.

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Evangelizing Paul retreats to tarsus

December 8, 2008
GERARD MCLARNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In tracing St. Paul's footsteps through the Bible, readers often gravitate towards details of his conversion on the road to Damascus in chapter 9 of Acts of the Apostles. The dramatic blinding and humbling of the persecutor-turned-preacher is crucial for understanding Paul.

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Paul leads the Gentiles into life with God

December 15, 2008
GERARD MCLARNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

St. Paul's renown largely centres on his conversion and mission to Gentiles — and rightfully so. Few conversions have been so dramatic, and a Pharisee proclaiming God's salvation beyond Israel is nothing short of revolutionary.

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Paul, Barnabas return home, richer in faith

December 22, 2008
GERARD MCLARNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This final instalment tracing St. Paul's journeys in Acts brings us full circle. The missionary trip which started in Antioch of Syria with the Holy Spirit commissioning Barnabas and Paul, culminates with the duo returning to Antioch, a little worn, a little wiser and much richer in faith.

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Christ's cross is his ultimate triumph

January 19, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

All Catholic churches have some form of crucifix in the sanctuary, at least during the celebration of the Eucharist. The crucifixes take a wide variety of forms to express the key mystery of our faith – that Christ died so that we might be freed from the bondage of sin and that he rose from the dead on the third day.

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