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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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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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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It can be tempting to read Paul's letters as historical documents, as letters written in a time long ago, which may or may not be relevant to our lives today.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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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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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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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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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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Rejoice at Christ's Second Coming

May 11, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Dying you destroyed our death; rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory."

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Marriage a sign of God's covenant

May 4, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

I began this series of articles by pointing out that for St. Paul the fundamental sin is idolatry. Paul devoted much of his ministry to helping his Gentile converts weed out any vestiges of pagan idolatry.

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The Holy Spirit releases our groaning

April 27, 2009
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As I looked up from my book while sitting in a Tim Hortons in the Calgary airport, my eye caught the world-weary face of an older gentleman. He looked as though he had had too much of life, that the possibility of joy was not on his horizon.

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