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February 8, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Holy Spirit, according to the Second Vatican Council, is the source of the ongoing renewal that must take place in the Church.

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God lives, breathes within us

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February 15, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When St. Paul first came to Ephesus, he came upon a dozen disciples. For whatever reason, Paul asked them whether they had received the Holy Spirit when they became believers.

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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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Live a life 'fully pleasing to the Lord'

May 18, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The question that hangs over our inquiries during this Year of St. Paul is why did Paul write these letters. He or other disciples had helped to convert these new Christians. They had repented of their sins, been baptized and believed in the Gospel. What more did they need? Wasn't this good enough?

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Faith is the path to salvation

May 25, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It is sometimes maintained that St. Paul was the real founder of Christianity. This is at best a half-truth, but it is a half-truth worth pondering.

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The Holy Spirit has been given to us

June 1, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

There is a narrow interpretation of that big word "justification." The narrow interpretation is that when we are justified through faith in Jesus Christ, who died and rose again, we are freed from our sins.

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God's power revealed in weakness

June 8, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Those Corinthians were a vain lot. No prouder than us perhaps, but proud nevertheless. They were so vain that St. Paul had to write two long letters to help them overcome their pride and find the core of the Gospel.

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St. Paul says worship Jesus, not Angels

June 15, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It can be tempting to read Paul's letters as historical documents, as letters written in a time long ago, which may or may not be relevant to our lives today. In fact, if you want to thoroughly understand Paul's writings, it is helpful to understand the people to whom he was writing.

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Only the Holy Spirit can transform us

June 22, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Paul's two letters to the Church at Thessalonika are most often looked to in order to find the apostle's teaching on Christ's Second Coming.

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Holy Spirit ignites pastoral letters

June 29, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his earlier writings, St. Paul occasionally states that his oratory is not persuasive on its own. In the three pastoral letters - 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus - Paul is probably at his least convincing.

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