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Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

'Before The Cross' by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Archbishop Carlson is the ninth Archbishop of Saint Louis. Listed below are the most recent columns written by Archbishop Carlson; click on the title to read the column. The Archdiocesan website has more information about Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our feelings are part of path of Christian discipleship

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, right, presented Bishop Edward M. Rice with the medal of St. Louis at a Mass of Thanksgiving May 24 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Bishop Rice will be installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on June 1.

We celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus this week (Friday, June 3). When we think of the heart, we naturally think of feelings. So, this feast offers us a chance to think about the place of feelings in following Jesus.

We might fall into two errors when it comes to feelings.

1) We can make too much of them, as though they're all that matters. (They are not!)

2) We also can make too little of them, as though they don't matter at all. (They do!)

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Nuestros sentimientos son parte del camino del discipulado cristiano

Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson

Esta semana celebramos la fiesta del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (viernes 3 de junio). Cuando pensamos en el corazón, naturalmente lo asociamos con los sentimientos. Así que, esta fiesta nos ofrece la oportunidad de pensar acerca del papel de los sentimientos en el seguimiento de Jesús.

Cuando se trata de sentimientos podemos caer en dos tipos de errores.

1) Podemos hacer mucho de ellos, como si fueran lo único importante. (¡No lo son!)

2) Podemos considerarlos como poca cosa, como si no importaran en lo absoluto. (¡Los sentimientos importan!)

BEFORE THE CROSS | Making the Trinity the fundamental pattern of our lives

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented Father James Knapp, SJ, with the St. Louis the King Award. The award is the highest honor given in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Sunday following Pentecost is "Trinity Sunday." It's appropriate to ask: Is the Trinity a fact about God that doesn't make a difference for our actions, or is it a fact that provides a fundamental pattern for our lives?

I think the Trinity is, and should be, the latter. Let me point out two ways that belief in the Trinity can shape our day-to-day lives.

The Trinity: Putting relationships first

When we consider the tasks we face on a given day, the main question is usually: How can I get all of this done?

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Haciendo de la Santísima Trinidad el modelo fundamental de nuestras vidas

Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson

El domingo siguiente a Pentecostés es el domingo de la Santísima Trinidad. En esta ocasión es apropiado preguntar: ¿Es la Santísima Trinidad un hecho acerca de Dios que no hace ninguna diferencia en nuestras acciones, o por el contrario es un hecho que nos da un modelo fundamental para nuestra vida?

Pienso que la Trinidad es, y debe ser, lo segundo. Permítanme señalar dos maneras en las que creo que la Santísima Trinidad puede darle forma a nuestra vida cotidiana.

La Trinidad: Poniendo las relaciones en primer lugar

BEFORE THE CROSS | Move on with a renewed attitude, energy

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the guest speaker at St. Louis Young Adult’s Theology on Tap May 10 at Kirkwood Brewing Station. He took time to visit with the audience.

The transition to Ordinary Time is one of the most stunning transitions we Catholics make. We've been basking in the glory of the Easter season for 50 days. It's Pentecost, and we're celebrating the gifts of the Spirit. Then we wake up the next day and it's "Ordinary Time." That can seem like such a letdown.

But if we take it as a letdown, we miss the point: Receiving the Holy Spirit — being filled with Jesus' own life — is supposed to become the fundamental pattern of everyday life.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Avancemos con una actitud renovada, con energía

Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson

La transición al Tiempo Ordinario es una de las transiciones más impresionantes para nosotros los católicos. Hemos estado envueltos en la gloria de la Pascua por 50 días. Luego pasamos a Pentecostés, y celebramos los dones del Espíritu Santo. Entonces nos levantamos al día siguiente y estamos en "Tiempo Ordinario". Esto nos puede parecer una gran decepción.

Pero si lo tomamos como una decepción no captamos el sentido: Recibir al Espíritu Santo- llenos con la propia vida de Jesús — supone una transformación fundamental en el patrón de cada día de nuestras vidas.

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