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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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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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God's spirit is active at inner city Way of the Cross

Bob McKeon

April 19, 2010

On Good Friday, I was part of the 30th annual Outdoor Way of the Cross in inner city Edmonton. Several hundred people of all ages and backgrounds participated in this annual ecumenical event. People make the connection between Jesus' unjust arrest, torture and execution on the first Good Friday, and the different ways people today experience pain and suffering and early death in the face of injustices in our time. Jesus' death on Good Friday was not the final word. It led to the resurrection event of Easter Sunday where life conquers death, good conquers evil and hope conquers despair.

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