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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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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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