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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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Christians, be loving, prayerful

May 10, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Paul had great respect for the spectacular charisms of tongues, prophecy, healing and others and how they could build up the Church. Yet his repeated insistence in his letters to the Corinthians that God's power is made perfect in weakness gives us reason to pause.

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God's Spirit lets us fulfill the Law

May 17, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Acts of the Apostles emphasizes the Holy Spirit's role in the spreading of the Gospel and in charisms such as prophecy and speaking in tongues. But while St. Paul was a primary actor in the spread of the Gospel and he recognized the importance of charisms, his emphasis was different.

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All of creation is set free

May 24, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Let the heavens be glad and earth rejoice; let the sea roar and all that fills it; let the field exult and everything in it. Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord; for he is coming, he is coming to judge the earth" (Psalm 96.11-13).

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Lifted out of the depths of despair

May 31, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In all the New Testament, there is likely no section more mournful, more despairing than the latter half of chapter 7 of St. Paul's letter to the Romans.

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Church: Spirit-filled communion

June 7, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Throughout the history of the Church, there has, again and again, been a tension between an ordered "institutional Church" and the supposed charismatic Church or Church of the faithful. Whenever times get rocky for the bishops and pope – and when isn't it rocky? – many will proclaim that they want Church without the hierarchy.

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The Spirit desires Church unity

June 14, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Virtually every group I've been involved with or watched from a distance has struggled with conflict and division. Somebody wants to have his or her own way and someone else resists. The unity of the group is broken.

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The Spirit makes the Church holy

June 21, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It is a sad commentary on our age that just when humanity has reached the pinnacle of scientific knowledge and technological progress, wisdom seems to be in short supply.

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Spirit makes the Church catholic

June 28, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

God chose to make his First Covenant with one people, one nation. But after Pentecost, the apostles began fanning out to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The New Covenant is for all people in all times.

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The Church is apostolic

July 5, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The simplest explanation of the apostolic nature of the true Church is in terms of apostolic succession. The bishops today and throughout history are true successors of the apostles because of the unbroken chain of consecration - the laying on of hands from one generation to the next.

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