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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 | Cualquier situación puede ser utilizada para difundir las Buena Nueva

Un sacerdote de la Florida que conozco regresó recientemente de un viaje a un país extranjero. Al pasar por la aduana le preguntaron si tenía algo que declarar. Con un brillo en sus ojos y una sonrisa en su cara respondió: "Si, ¡Jesucristo es el Señor!"

Esta no era la respuesta que ellos esperaban; pero, aun así, su declaración produjo varios "Amén" de parte de los agentes de aduana.

Esta historia simple (¡y cierta!) resalta uno de los principales temas de las lecturas de esta semana: cualquier situación puede convertirse en una oportunidad para proclamar la Buena Nueva.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Every situation can be used to spread the Good News

A priest I know from Florida was recently returning from a foreign country. When he went through customs they asked him if he had anything to declare. With a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face, he responded: "Yes. Jesus Christ is Lord!"

It wasn't the response they were expecting; still, his declaration elicited several "Amens" from the customs agents.

This simple (and true!) story highlights one of the main themes from the readings this week. Every situation is an opportunity to proclaim the Good News.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Los pequeños comienzos suelen ser parte de un plan más grande de Dios

Un día en mayo de 1917, María se le apareció a tres niños pastores. Ella continúo apareciendo ante ellos cada mes hasta octubre, concluyendo con el "milagro del sol" el 13 de octubre, evento presenciado por una multitud. La Iglesia declaró formalmente las apariciones como dignas de ser creídas en 1930.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Small beginnings often are part of God’s larger plan

One day in May 1917, Mary appeared to three shepherd children. She continued to appear to them every month until October 1917, concluding with the "miracle of the sun" on October 13, an event that was witnessed by a great multitude. The Church formally declared the apparitions worthy of belief in 1930.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Escogiendo caminar plenamente con Jesús, el Pan de Vida

No hay forma de evitarlo — el discurso del Pan de Vida — pues las lecturas del evangelio de esta semana son del capítulo 6 de san Juan. En vez de tratar de ignorarlo, vayamos directamente al grano.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Choosing to fully walk with Jesus, the Bread of Life

There's no way to avoid it — the Bread of Life discourse — since this week's Gospel readings are taken from John 6. Rather than trying to get around it, let's wade right into it.

On Monday, Jesus tells us to work for food that endures for eternal life. On Tuesday, He says that He is the bread of life, and whoever come to Him will never hunger. On Thursday, He tells us that the bread He will give us is His Flesh. And on Friday, when people ask "How can He give us His flesh to eat?" He replies: "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you do not have life within you."

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