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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.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Lenten discipline counteracts belief that our desires define us

Lent begins this week. What's your plan?

Sometimes our Lenten disciplines feel pretty random. We give up chocolate, or beer, or whatever — not because of any intrinsic value in them, but just because we feel like we should give something up. The apparent randomness can become an argument — sometimes from others, sometimes in our own minds — against keeping up the discipline. Does it really matter?

I'm all for well-chosen Lenten disciplines. But even apparently random disciplines have tremendous value for ourselves and our world, and we should hold fast to them.


FRENTE A LA CRUZ | El tiempo y el lugar importan en nuestra relación con Dios

¿El tiempo y el lugar realmente importan en nuestra relación con Dios?

Por un lado, Dios está en todas partes por Su esencia, presencia y poder. Esta es la enseñanza de Santo Tomás de Aquino. Esto significa que encontramos a Dios en cada momento y lugar.

Por el otro lado, Santo Tomás sabía — y nosotros podemos saber, con una pequeña reflexión — que hay formas en las cuales el tiempo y el lugar todavía importan.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Time and place matter in our relationship with God

Do time and place really matter in our relationship with God?

On the one hand, God is everywhere by His essence, presence and power. That's the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas. It means that we find God in every time and place.

On the other hand, St. Thomas knew — and we can know, with a little reflection — that there are ways in which time and place still matter.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Reacting with faith means proclaiming Jesus is Lord

How do you react? The readings this week ask us this question.

David's son Absalom, started a rebellion and David had to flee for his life. While he was fleeing, a man came to meet him, cursing David for all of the bloodshed. The royal guards wanted to lop the man's head off. But how did David react? He told his soldiers that maybe God had sent the man. After all, it was the truth: David was reaping the fruit of his own sins. He accepted the judgment of God, and hoped that a time of blessing might come after.

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