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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 | Permitámonos ser juzgados por la palabra de Jesús

Alguna vez ha oído o ha tenido una reacción negativa a alguna de las enseñanzas de la Iglesia?

Muchas veces en los evangelios, el pueblo tiene reacciones negativas a las palabras de Jesús. Reflexionar acerca de esas reacciones nos puede ayudar a pensar en nuestras propias reacciones.

Comencemos con el poder de la palabra de Jesús tal como lo resaltan varias de las lecturas de esta semana. Él ahuyenta los demonios con su palabra. Él elimina una fiebre con su palabra. La pesca de una gran cantidad de peces se deriva de la obediencia a sus palabras.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Let ourselves be judged by Jesus’ Word

Have you ever heard or had a negative reaction to some Church teaching?

There are plenty of times in the Gospels when people have negative reactions to Jesus' words. Thinking about their reactions can help us to think about our own.

Let's begin with the power of Jesus' Word as highlighted by several of the readings this week. He drives out demons by His Word. He rebukes a fever with His Word. A great catch of fish follows from obedience to His Word.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | De una mirada hacia atrás y vea como Dios nos guía en nuestras confusiones

El calendario transiciona de agosto a septiembre esta semana. Esto significa que la estación cambia al otoño en tres semanas. De una manera interesante, también cerramos nuestras lecturas del Evangelio de San Mateo esta semana; la próxima semana comenzamos nuestras lecturas de San Lucas. ¿Como podríamos manejar estas transiciones?

La Fiesta de San Agustín, que celebramos el 28 de agosto, nos da una pista.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Look back over the summer and see how God guides us in our messes

The calendar turns from August to September this week. That means the season changes to fall in a few weeks. Interestingly, we also close out our readings from the Gospel of Matthew this week; next week we begin to read from Luke. How should we handle these transitions?

The Feast of St. Augustine, which we celebrate on August 28, gives us a clue.

One of St. Augustine's great works is his Confessions — the title of his autobiography. As he reflects on his life, he confesses his sins and failings, and confesses how God's grace brought him to repentance and conversion.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Make the pattern of your life one of seeking God’s mercy

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

What's the pattern of your life?

Every addict in recovery knows the fundamental patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that support their addiction or their recovery.

The Israelites, too, recognized fundamental patterns in their life as God's people.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Haz que el patrón de tu vida sea buscar la misericordia de Dios

Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson

¿Cuál es el patrón de tu vida?

Cada adicto en proceso de recuperación conoce los patrones fundamentales de pensar, sentir y actuar que apoyan su adicción o su recuperación.

Los israelitas también reconocieron los patrones fundamentales de su vida como el pueblo de Dios.

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