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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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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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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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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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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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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 becomes the Lord's chosen instrument

December 1, 2008
GERARD McLARNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Sacred Scripture offers two avenues by which we may be drawn into the faith world of St. Paul and come face-to-face with the truth and beauty of the Gospel he preached: the letters Paul wrote and Acts of the Apostles, penned by the evangelist Luke.

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Jesus is the image of the one god

November 24, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Paul at a few points in his writings calls Christ "the image of God." Perhaps the clearest statement comes in his letter to the Colossians where Paul writes, "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation" (1:15).

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The Gospel comes with power

November 17, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One reason, perhaps the main reason, that we have been so ignorant of the writings of St. Paul is that, unlike the four Gospel writers, Paul does not tell stories about the life of Jesus.

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Paul's conversion and the resurrection

November 10, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Paul was persecuting the followers of a dead man. Or so he thought. It must have been a tremendous shock for Paul to meet Jesus on the road to Damascus.

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