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Suicide’s crippling shadow spills over friends, family

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 2010

Every year I write a column on suicide. It’s not my favourite thing to do, but I do it because there is too little in the public forum, secular or religious, on this painful issue. Suicide remains one of the great unmentionables and people who lose loved ones to suicide search mostly in vain for anything that might bring understanding and consolation.

 

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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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Moltmann's Spirit of Life

July 19, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The contemporary German Protestant theologian Jurgen Moltmann has developed an understanding of the Holy Spirit as "the power of creation and the wellspring of life."

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A feminist perception of the Spirit

July 26, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sister Elizabeth Johnson maintains that we have forgotten the Holy Spirit, the Spirit whose presence "is consistently linked with the power to denounce social wrongdoing, announce comfort for those who are suffering and bring about justice for the poor."

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Sister melds faiths of East, West

August 30, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One challenge facing Christianity in the post-colonial era has been the need to express our faith in ways that are meaningful in widely diverse cultures without undermining the core of the faith.

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St. Seraphim let the Spirit flow

September 6, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It is perhaps easy to get trapped in books and concepts when trying to understand a transcendent reality such as the Holy Spirit. Knowledge can deepen, however, by learning of the lives of the saints, Christian believers who have come to a profound, abiding relationship with God.

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St. Basil spoke out for the Spirit

September 13, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Basil the Great (330-379) is best known as the founder of eastern monasticism. He was also a father of the Church, one of the great early theologians who helped usher the Church from the period of the apostles into the period when Catholic teaching approached maturity.

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Take care to discern the Spirit

September 20, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The World Council of Churches' 1991 assembly in Canberra, Australia, had as its theme, Come, Holy Spirit, Renew the Whole Creation.

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The challenge of Pentecostalism

September 27, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In 1906, a black preacher named William Seymour was invited to pastor a small black church in Los Angeles. Seymour was soon locked out of the church after he told the astonished congregation that the sure sign of their having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit was that they would begin to speak in tongues.

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Take time to reflect on our life of work

Bob McKeon

September 20, 2010

Labour Day means different things to different people in Alberta. For many of us, Labour Day is a much-treasured long weekend marking the end of summer. For students and teachers, it signals the time for going back to school. For CFL football fans, it is the occasion for the annual Edmonton Eskimo-Calgary Stampeder football classic. For the Edmonton District Labour Council, Labour Day is a day for a special barbecue in a local city centre park for the unemployed and underemployed. Last year more than 5,000 people participated in the barbecue.

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