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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 | Llamados a respetar la dignidad humana de cada persona

Esta semana celebramos la solemnidad de San José — el padre adoptivo de Jesús y esposo de la Bienaventurada Virgen María. Quiero aprovechar la ocasión para referirme a algo en lo que he estado pensando desde hace un tiempo: el acoso sexual.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Called to respect the human dignity of each person

This week we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph — foster father of Jesus and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I want to take the occasion to address something that I've been thinking about for a while: sexual harassment.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Nuestro viaje cuaresmal requiere perdón y sanación

De acuerdo a las lecturas de esta semana, hemos pecado. Lo que merecemos es un castigo. En lugar de eso, Dios nos ofrece misericordia y compasión.

Pero, ¿cuáles con las cualidades de la misericordia y la compasión? Cuando esperamos por ellas, ¿qué es exactamente lo que estamos esperando? Mientras más conozcamos al respecto, más conoceremos de qué se trata nuestro viaje cuaresmal.

Ciertamente, esperamos el perdón. Tal como lo pide el salmo del lunes: "Señor, no nos trates de acuerdo a nuestros pecados". Pero, ¿esperamos que Dios nos perdone sin que cambiemos?

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our Lenten journey requires pardon and healing

According to this week's readings, we have sinned. What we deserve is punishment. What God offers, instead, is mercy and compassion.

But what are the qualities of mercy and compassion? When we hope for them what exactly are we hoping for? The more we know that, the more we'll know what our Lenten journey is about.

Certainly, we hope for forgiveness. As the Psalm for Monday pleads: "Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins." But do we hope that God will forgive us without changing us?

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Con la ayuda de Dios, nos esculpiremos nosotros mismos

El gran artista Miguel Ángel hizo una serie de estatuas llamadas "las inconclusas". El empezó a esculpirlas, pero nunca las terminó. No está claro si él estaba haciendo con ellas deliberadamente una declaración artística, o si simplemente no tuvo tiempo de terminarlas. Sin embargo, está claro, que las estatuas inconclusas son una gran metáfora para las tareas de la vida humana.

BEFORE THE CROSS | With His help, we sculpt ourselves more like God

The great artist Michelangelo has a series of statues called "the incompletes." He began to sculpt them but never finished. It's unclear whether he was making a deliberate artistic statement or simply ran out of time. Clearly, however, the incomplete statues are a great metaphor for human life.

Like the statues, our identity has begun to emerge. Like the statues, that identity is incomplete. Finishing the work of carving our identity is the task we work on every day of our life.

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