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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.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Los laicos son llamados a estudiar y ejercer el “sacerdocio bautismal”

Un nuevo presidente tomará posesión de su cargo el viernes 20 de enero. ¿Cómo nos estamos preparando espiritualmente?

Tal vez queramos olvidar lo polémica que fue la campaña presidencial, o tal vez olvidar la respuesta inestable a los resultados. Pero, como personas de fe, no debemos olvidar.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Laity is called to study and exercise the ‘baptismal priesthood’

A new president will be inaugurated Friday, Jan. 20. What spiritual preparations are you making?

We might want to forget how contentious the race for the presidency was, or about the unsettled response to the result. But, as people of faith, we shouldn't forget.

Instead, we should pivot on those things and ask: what contribution will we make over the next four years to the well-being of the country? If the next four years were to be measured by our actions and attitudes, how would they be remembered? Answering those questions requires some spiritual preparation.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Jesús se hizo hombre para que nosotros pudiésemos compartir su divinidad

El Tiempo de Navidad concluye con la Fiesta del Bautizo de Nuestro Señor (este año el 9 de enero). El Tiempo Ordinario comienza al día siguiente. ¿Qué recuerdo o gracia del Tiempo de Navidad llevará usted al Tiempo Ordinario para que le ayude a vivir más cerca del Señor este próximo año?

El Bautizo del Señor es una buena opción. En la oración y en nuestra imaginación, podríamos sumergirnos en el agua junto a Jesús. Entonces, cuando subamos con Él, oiremos al Padre hablando sobre nosotros: tú eres mi hijo bien amado(a).

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jesus became human so we might share in His divinity

The Christmas season concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (this year on Jan. 9). Ordinary Time starts the next day. What memory or grace from the Christmas season will you carry into Ordinary Time to help you live more closely with the Lord this coming year?

The Baptism of the Lord provides a good possibility. In prayer and in our imagination, we might go down into the waters with Jesus. Then, when we rise with Him, we hear the Father speaking over us: you are my beloved son/daughter.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jesus comes into our small and insignificant lives

Do you ever feel like your life is too small or too sinful to be worthy of Jesus coming into it?

The Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth serve as an antidote to that line of thinking. I say "antidote" deliberately — because this line of thinking is a spiritual poison. Our lives may be small. They may be sinful. But those truths are sometimes used to cloak a great lie — that Jesus won't come into our lives until we're worthy; that we need to get cleaned up before He comes.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Jesús viene a nuestras pequeñas e insignificantes vidas

Alguna vez siente como si su vida es extremadamente insignificante o pecaminosa como para merecer que Jesús entre en su vida?

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