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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 esperanza reina a medida que nos aproximamos al aniversario de la Reforma

En un par de semanas, los luteranos conmemorarán el 500º aniversario del comienzo de la Reforma. Y para el próximo mes — desde el 16 de octubre al 11 de noviembre — las lecturas de la misa provienen de la carta de San Pablo a los Romanos.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Hope reigns as Reformation anniversary approaches

In a couple of weeks, Lutherans will mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. And for the next month — from Oct. 16 to Nov. 11 — Mass readings will come from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Las lecciones de Jonás continúan siendo importantes en nuestros días

Esta semana leeremos del libro del profeta Jonás. La mayoría de nosotros recuerda que a Jonás se lo tragó una ballena. Pero tres elementos del libro nos ayudan a comprender más profundamente su mensaje.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jonah’s lessons for Israel remain important to us today

We read the book of the prophet Jonah this week. Most of us remember that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. But three elements of the book help us to understand its message more deeply.

First, is the context of the book. Jonah is sent to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria — one of the great historical enemies of Israel. That Jonah was sent there means that Yahweh isn't only the God of Israel, He's the God of every nation and cares for all His people. That, by itself, would have been a wake-up call to anyone in Israel who believed that God only loved the chosen people.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Todos nos beneficiamos de la ayuda de los ángeles

La pared trasera de la capilla en el Seminario Kenrick-Glennon está pintada de dorado brillante. Cuando las luces se apagan, es todo lo que usted puede ver, una pared dorada. Pero cuando las luces se encienden se puede ver el patrón pintado allí.

La pared dorada, como con muchos otros elementos en la capilla del seminario, además de ser preciosa, fue diseñada para enseñar una lección. En este caso, la lección es que el patrón siempre está allí, pero hay algunas cosas que solo podemos ver por la luz de la fe.

BEFORE THE CROSS | We all benefit from the help of angels

The back wall of the chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is painted a brilliant gold. When the lights are out, that's all you can see — a gold wall. But when the lights come on you see the pattern painted there.

As with many other elements of the seminary's chapel, in addition to being beautiful, the wall is designed to teach a lesson. In this case, the lesson is that the pattern is always there, but there are some things we will only see by the light of faith.

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