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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 | Jesus comes into our small and insignificant lives

Do you ever feel like your life is too small or too sinful to be worthy of Jesus coming into it?

The Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth serve as an antidote to that line of thinking. I say "antidote" deliberately — because this line of thinking is a spiritual poison. Our lives may be small. They may be sinful. But those truths are sometimes used to cloak a great lie — that Jesus won't come into our lives until we're worthy; that we need to get cleaned up before He comes.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Jesús viene a nuestras pequeñas e insignificantes vidas

Alguna vez siente como si su vida es extremadamente insignificante o pecaminosa como para merecer que Jesús entre en su vida?

BEFORE THE CROSS | God’s plan for salvation unfolds one step at a time

Many children — and some adults! — are saying, "I can't wait for Christmas."

But if we look at the readings for the final week of Advent, we see God's plan unfolding in salvation history, one step at a time. It encourages us not to rush the season, but to let things ripen according to God's timing.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | El plan de Dios para la salvación nos es revelado un paso a la vez

Muchos niños — y algunos adultos! — están diciendo: "No puedo esperar por las Navidades"

Pero si observamos las lecturas de la semana final de Adviento, vemos como el plan de Dios se descubre en la historia de la salvación, un paso a la vez. Esto nos anima a no apurar la temporada navideña, sino más bien a dejar que las cosas maduren de acuerdo con el tiempo de Dios.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | María nos acerca a Jesús

El 12 de diciembre celebramos la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, y tres elementos estrechamente relacionados a esta celebración merecen nuestra atención: La Visitación de María a Isabel hace 2.000 años, la visita de María al pueblo de México en 1531, y la visita que nos hace María en nuestros días.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Mary brings us closer to Jesus

We celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, and three closely related elements of this celebration deserve our attention: Mary's Visitation to Elizabeth 2,000 years ago, Mary's visitation to the people of Mexico in 1531, and Mary's visitation to us today.

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