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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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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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The conversion of St. Paul (I)

November 3, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One can only guess at what might have been going on in Paul's mind when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. But surely one question he must have asked himself was, "What the heck is he doing here?"

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Paul had fond ties with Philippians

October 27, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lydia was a devout woman, a believer in God in Philippi, a pagan city. She went down to the river that day to join the other women in prayer.

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Ephesians: A struggle of the powers

October 20, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One notable feature of St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians is its concern with power. The apostle writes about the power of earthly authorities, the power of Jesus Christ, the power of Christ within us and the power of "the wicked spiritual elements in heavenly places."

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Hot-headed Paul attacks lack of faith

October 13, 2008
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Trouble was brewing in Galatia. St. Paul had preached the Gospel to the people in this region of modern-day Turkey while they nursed him back to health from an undisclosed ailment. They treated him "as angel of God, as Christ Jesus."

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