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Holy Spirit breathed life into man

February 22, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Perhaps when we think of the Holy Spirit, our first thoughts are those of Pentecost. While it is true that the Spirit was poured out most abundantly following Christ's ascension, the story of the Spirit goes right back to the second verse of the Bible.

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He spoke through the prophets

March 1, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Breath of God filled creation with the glory of God's presence. But Adam and Eve shattered the bond of communion by breaking away from God. After that, not only humanity, but also all earthly creation, had a broken, diminished existence.

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John's path led to salvation

March 8, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Too often, John the Baptist gets portrayed as a first-century crank, a fierce guy with shabby clothes and unkempt beard and hair, who lives like a homeless person. We perhaps see him in the same light as a grubby man who, amidst downtown crowds, carries a sign that reads, "The End is Near."

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The Holy Spirit abided in Mary

March 15, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

From the outside, the Immaculate Conception is likely seen as the oddest and the most unnecessary of Catholic doctrines. To have faith in salvation through Jesus, we surely do not have to believe that his mother was conceived without the taint of original sin, do we?

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Mary turns toward God

March 22, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The intimate communion between the Holy Spirit and Mary continued throughout her life. Her Immaculate Conception was not merely an episode at the start of her life. Rather, the Spirit abided.

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The cloud manifests God's glory

March 29, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Again and again at key points in the story of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the power of God, comes revealed in a cloud. In the cloud, God's presence is revealed while the full glory of his transcendence is shrouded.

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The Baptism of the Lord

April 5, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The feast of the Baptism of the Lord has a rather muted emphasis in the life of the Western Church. Coming in early January, it is dwarfed by the earlier celebrations of Christmas and even the Epiphany.

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The Baptist stopped in his tracks

April 19, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

John the Baptist was surprised, disappointed. After the incidents at the Jordan where he had baptized Jesus with water, and the skies had opened, a dove rested on Jesus and a voice declared, "You are my Son, the Beloved," John had expected more.

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Christianities tipping point

April 26, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The events of Pentecost day were among the most spectacular with the most far-reaching effects of any day in human history.

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Holy Spirit's charismatic gifts

May 3, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

First, the gift of tongues. At Pentecost, the disciples receive the gift of tongues to speak the word of God to Jews visiting Jerusalem each in their own language. Yet, very soon, Christians were praying in tongues and no one could understand them (1 Corinthians 14.16).

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