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He spoke through the prophets

March 1, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Breath of God filled creation with the glory of God's presence. But Adam and Eve shattered the bond of communion by breaking away from God. After that, not only humanity, but also all earthly creation, had a broken, diminished existence.

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John's path led to salvation

March 8, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Too often, John the Baptist gets portrayed as a first-century crank, a fierce guy with shabby clothes and unkempt beard and hair, who lives like a homeless person. We perhaps see him in the same light as a grubby man who, amidst downtown crowds, carries a sign that reads, "The End is Near."

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The Holy Spirit abided in Mary

March 15, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

From the outside, the Immaculate Conception is likely seen as the oddest and the most unnecessary of Catholic doctrines. To have faith in salvation through Jesus, we surely do not have to believe that his mother was conceived without the taint of original sin, do we?

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Mary turns toward God

March 22, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The intimate communion between the Holy Spirit and Mary continued throughout her life. Her Immaculate Conception was not merely an episode at the start of her life. Rather, the Spirit abided.

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The cloud manifests God's glory

March 29, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Again and again at key points in the story of salvation, the Holy Spirit, the power of God, comes revealed in a cloud. In the cloud, God's presence is revealed while the full glory of his transcendence is shrouded.

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The Baptism of the Lord

April 5, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The feast of the Baptism of the Lord has a rather muted emphasis in the life of the Western Church. Coming in early January, it is dwarfed by the earlier celebrations of Christmas and even the Epiphany.

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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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Medical Mission Sisters initiated Boyle McCauley Health Centre

Bob McKeon

March 22, 2010

Last week I was invited to an interesting meeting in my inner city neighbourhood of Boyle McCauley in Edmonton. The meeting was called to plan for the upcoming celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Boyle McCauley Health Centre. I have a personal interest in this because I was part of the initial organizing committee and a member of the first board of directors 30 years ago. The meeting was an opportunity to talk about the early history of the health centre, and particularly about the role of the Medical Mission Sisters in the organizing, and visioning during the early years of this unique community health centre.

 

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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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