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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 | 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.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Jesús nos invita a ser perfectos hijos de Dios

Cuál es el estándar por el cual juzgamos nuestras vidas? "Nunca he hecho nada horrible. Soy un ser humano decente". Muy a menudo nos expresamos de esa manera. Permítanme sugerir, mientras que nos acercamos a la celebración del día de Todos los Santos, que estamos utilizando el estándar equivocado.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jesus invites us to become perfect sons and daughters of God

What's the standard by which we judge our lives? "I've never done anything horrible. I'm a decent human being." Very often it's something along those lines. Let me suggest, as we prepare to celebrate All Saints' Day, that we're using the wrong standard.

What's the right standard? Jesus gives it to us in the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are actually a portrait of Jesus, and an invitation to be like Him. That's why, along with the teachings that immediately follow them in Matthew 5, they end with the ringing challenge: "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | San Pablo sirve como maestro y como testigo de nuestra fe

Estamos en la mitad de un mes completo de lecturas de la Carta de San Pablo a los Romanos, es pertinente preguntarnos "¿Qué aprendemos de San Pablo?" La respuesta son dos cosas de diferente clase.

En primer lugar, aprendemos grandes conceptos teológicos.

En Romanos 1, San Pablo nos dice: "Desde la creación del mundo, los atributos invisibles de poder eterno y divinidad de Dios pueden comprenderse y percibirse en lo que Él ha creado". Esto es un fundamento interno para 2000 años de teología natural, en la cual comprendemos acerca de Dios del libro de la naturaleza.

BEFORE THE CROSS | St. Paul serves as both teacher and witness to our faith

As we are in the middle of a whole month of readings from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans, it's pertinent to ask "What do we learn from St. Paul?" The answer is two kinds of things.

In the first place we learn great theological concepts.

In Romans 1, Paul tells us: "Ever since the creation of the world, God's invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what He has made." This is a founding insight for 2,000 years of natural theology, in which we learn about God from the book of nature.

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