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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 | Guarda los mandamientos de Dios, permanece en su amor y aumenta tu alegría

La historia de Eric Liddell debería ser mejor conocida.

Al aproximarse los Juegos Olímpicos de 1924, Liddell lucía como el corredor más rápido del mundo en la carrera de los 100 metros. Sin embargo, las eliminatorias preliminares se realizarían un domingo, y él se negó a correr. El consideró que era un día dedicado a Dios, y punto. Él no estaba dispuesto a comprometer sus convicciones, ni siquiera por la gloria olímpica.

El sacrificio de Liddell nos plantea una interrogante — y no solo acerca del domingo. La pregunta se agudiza por dos cosas que Jesús nos dice esta semana.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Keep God’s commandments, remain in His love to increase joy

More people should know the story of Eric Liddell.

With the 1924 Olympic games approaching, Liddell was looking like the world's fastest 100 meter runner. But the preliminary heats were to be held on a Sunday, and he refused to run. He considered it a day separated for God, period. He wasn't willing to compromise his conviction, not even for Olympic glory.

Liddell's sacrifice raises a question for us — and not only about Sunday. The question is sharpened by two things Jesus tells us this week.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Las transiciones son una oportunidad para asumir los retos y las oportunidades

Las Sagradas Escrituras de esta semana nos animan a pensar acerca de las transiciones.

Jesús prepara a sus discípulos (y a nosotros) para su Ascensión. La manera en la que Él se hace presente a los discípulos está próxima a cambiar. Hasta ese momento, se había mostrado física y externamente. Después de la Ascensión, cuando les envía el Espíritu Santo, Él va a estar con ellos internamente, sacramentalmente y místicamente. Les tomará algún tiempo acostumbrarse al cambio, y Él quiere prepararlos para la transición.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Transitions are an opportunity to embrace challenge and opportunity

The Scriptures this week encourage us to think about transitions.

Jesus prepares His disciples (and us) for His Ascension. His way of being present to them is about to change. So far, He's been present to them physically and externally. After the Ascension, when He sends the Spirit, He'll be with them internally, sacramentally and mystically. That will take some getting used to, and He wants to prepare them for the transition.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | El Espíritu Santo guía a la Iglesia para solucionar las controversias

El dos de mayo, celebramos la fiesta de San Atanasio. En una sorprendente coincidencia, también comenzamos la lectura de Hechos de los Apóstoles 15 en ese mismo día. ¿Cuál es el hilo en común? Ambos implican controversias en la Iglesia.

BEFORE THE CROSS | The Holy Spirit guides the Church in resolving controversies

On May 2, we celebrate the feast of St. Athanasius. In a wonderful coincidence, we also start to read from Acts 15 that day. The common thread? Both involve Church controversies.

In Acts 15, the issue was circumcision: Should Gentile converts to Christianity have to be circumcised, and observe the Mosaic Law generally? After all, Jesus said that He came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17), but He also declared all foods clean (Mark 7:19).

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