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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 | Las historias de la biblia pueden convertirse en el modelo de nuestras vidas

Una investigación reciente mostró que las personas entre 18-33 años revisan su teléfono 85 veces al día. El tiempo total que invierten es de aproximadamente 5 horas.

Más que señalar a los adultos jóvenes, esto debe plantear interrogantes para todos nosotros: ¿Cómo gastamos nuestro tiempo y energía cada día —y hay una mejor manera de hacerlo?

BEFORE THE CROSS | Bible stories become the pattern of our lives

Appropriate use of time, connection between suffering and flourishing
let our lives tell story of God's people 

A recent investigation showed that the average 18-33 year old checks his or her phone 85 times a day. The total investment of time adds up to 5 hours.

Rather than pointing a finger at young adults, this should raise questions for all of us: How do we spend our time and energy each day — and is there a better way?

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | En ejercicio de nuestra libertad, ¿escogeremos la vida o la muerte?

Un paracaidista salta de un avión y se precipita hacia la tierra. Puede ejercer su libertad en dos formas: Tirar del cordón y abrir el paracaídas, o no hacerlo. Cualquiera de las dos decisiones es su escogencia. Pero una lleva a la vida y la otra a la muerte.

BEFORE THE CROSS | In exercise of freedom, will we choose life, or death?

A skydiver leaps from a plane and speeds toward the ground. She can exercise her freedom in two ways: Pull the ripcord and open the parachute, or not. Either way it's her choice. But one choice leads to life and the other leads to death.

The same is true of the city of St. Louis declaring itself an abortion sanctuary and of states that are considering legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Like the skydiver, the primary question isn't whether they're free. The primary question is whether the choice leads to life or death.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | El plan de Dios se cumple a su tiempo, no el nuestro

Comenzamos esta semana un ciclo de lecturas del Antiguo Testamento que nos llevan a través de las historias de Abraham, Isaac, Jacob y José. En la lectura del lunes, Dios le hace una promesa a Abraham. Esta promesa se repite varias veces a través de la semana. Pero probablemente la fase clave es: "Entonces Abraham viajó por etapas al Negeb."

BEFORE THE CROSS | God’s plan is fulfilled in His time, not ours

We begin a cycle of Old Testament readings this week that takes us through the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. In Monday's reading, God gives a promise to Abraham. This promise is reiterated several times throughout the week. But the key phrase is probably this: "Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb."

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