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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 | La vida después de la muerte es cuando los fieles a Dios serán recompensados

Algunos saduceos, aquellos que niegan que hay una resurrección, se adelantaron y le plantearon una pregunta a Jesús".

Estamos entrando en las últimas dos semanas del Tiempo Ordinario. Las lecturas se están volviendo hacia los pensamientos del final de los tiempos. En medio de esto, nos encontramos con esta pregunta acerca de la resurrección.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Life after death is when God’s faithful will be rewarded

S ome Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put a question to Jesus."

We're entering the last two weeks of Ordinary Time. The readings are turning toward thoughts of the end times. In the midst of that, we encounter this question about the resurrection.

This was a "hot button" question at the time of Jesus. At its beginning, Judaism didn't have a belief in the Resurrection. And it isn't explicitly mentioned in the first five books of the Bible — what, for them, would have been "Scripture."

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | “Orando siempre” significa hacer todo en la presencia de Dios

Quah-kah-ka-num-ad. Es el nombre que los indios Potawatomi dieron a Santa Rosa Filipina Duchesne: "Mujer que ora siempre"

Celebramos la fiesta de Santa Rosa Filipina esta semana (el 18 de noviembre). También leeremos secuencialmente a través del Evangelio de San Lucas, y el pasaje que justamente corresponde en el día de su fiesta, habla de Jesús instruyendo a los discípulos "acerca de la necesidad de que oraran siempre" (San Lucas 18:1). ¡Esta notable coincidencia puede ser la manera de Dios para atraer nuestra atención!

BEFORE THE CROSS | ‘Praying always’ means doing everything in the presence of God

Quah-kah-ka-num-ad. That's the name the Potawatomi Indians gave to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: "Woman Who Prays Always."

We celebrate St. Rose Philippine's feast day this week (Nov. 18). We're also reading sequentially through the Gospel of Luke, and the passage that just happens to come up on her feast day tells of Jesus instructing the disciples "about the necessity for them to pray always" (Luke 18:1). Maybe this remarkable coincidence is God's way of trying to get our attention!

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Nuestra entrega debe ser el reflejo de la entrega de Dios

Esta cerca de oscurecer, en dos sentidos.

En primer lugar, esta semana pasaremos del horario de verano al horario estándar. Ciertamente, la cantidad actual de luz del día será la misma. Sin embargo, el cambiar el reloj da la sensación de que todo está más oscuro, ¿no es así?

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our giving should mirror God’s self-giving

It's about to get dark, in two senses.

In the first place, we switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time this week. Sure, the actual amount of daylight stays the same. But changing the clocks makes it feel like it's getting a lot darker, doesn't it?

Second, now that Halloween is over, the Christmas advertising blitz is about to begin. Its relentless push — rolling right over Thanksgiving, for the most part — can give the next two months a frantic air. If we're not careful, that's another kind of darkness that can envelop us over the next two months.

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