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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 | De una mirada hacia atrás y vea como Dios nos guía en nuestras confusiones

El calendario transiciona de agosto a septiembre esta semana. Esto significa que la estación cambia al otoño en tres semanas. De una manera interesante, también cerramos nuestras lecturas del Evangelio de San Mateo esta semana; la próxima semana comenzamos nuestras lecturas de San Lucas. ¿Como podríamos manejar estas transiciones?

La Fiesta de San Agustín, que celebramos el 28 de agosto, nos da una pista.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Look back over the summer and see how God guides us in our messes

The calendar turns from August to September this week. That means the season changes to fall in a few weeks. Interestingly, we also close out our readings from the Gospel of Matthew this week; next week we begin to read from Luke. How should we handle these transitions?

The Feast of St. Augustine, which we celebrate on August 28, gives us a clue.

One of St. Augustine's great works is his Confessions — the title of his autobiography. As he reflects on his life, he confesses his sins and failings, and confesses how God's grace brought him to repentance and conversion.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Make the pattern of your life one of seeking God’s mercy

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

What's the pattern of your life?

Every addict in recovery knows the fundamental patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that support their addiction or their recovery.

The Israelites, too, recognized fundamental patterns in their life as God's people.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Haz que el patrón de tu vida sea buscar la misericordia de Dios

Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson

¿Cuál es el patrón de tu vida?

Cada adicto en proceso de recuperación conoce los patrones fundamentales de pensar, sentir y actuar que apoyan su adicción o su recuperación.

Los israelitas también reconocieron los patrones fundamentales de su vida como el pueblo de Dios.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | El arca de la alianza prefigura, y se complementa, en María

Existe un patrón fundamental que puede ayudarnos a comprender la biblia y a servir de guía para nuestras vidas. Las lecturas de la Fiesta de la Asunción — que celebramos esta semana (el 15 de agosto) — nos proveen de un ejemplo perfecto.

La lectura del Antiguo Testamento para la vigilia nos recuerda cómo David llevó el arca de la alianza a Jerusalén. El arca de la alianza no solo era el símbolo de la presencia de Dios. Los israelitas la consideraban como su "morada real" entre ellos. El salmo que sigue habla del arca, y de Jerusalén, como la "morada" de Dios.

BEFORE THE CROSS | The ark of the covenant pre-figures — and is fulfilled by — Mary

There's a fundamental pattern that can help us to understand the Bible and provide guidance for our lives. The readings for the Feast of the Assumption — which we celebrate this week (Aug. 15) — provide a perfect example.

The Old Testament reading for the vigil recalls how David took the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. The ark of the covenant wasn't just a symbol of God's presence. The Israelites considered it His actual dwelling place among them. The Psalm that follows speaks of the ark, and Jerusalem, as the "resting place" of God.

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