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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 | Reaccionando ante las poderosas obras de Cristo y su Iglesia

Esta es la Semana de las Escuelas Católicas, y las lecturas del Evangelio de esta semana reflejan las poderosas obras de Jesús. El sana al geraseno endemoniado; cura a la mujer que tocó el borde de su manto; Él levanta a la hija de Jairo de la muerte; los apóstoles cuentan todo lo que ellos han hecho en su nombre.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Reacting to the mighty deeds of Christ and His Church

The Gospel readings for Catholic Schools Week help us reflect on the mighty deeds of Jesus. He cures the Gerasene demoniac; He heals the woman who touched the tassel of His cloak; He raises the daughter of Jairus from the dead. And the apostles report that they have accomplished everything in His name.

The Church is the mystical body of Christ, and Catholic education is one of the mighty deeds of Jesus in our day. Through Catholic schools — in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and across the country — Jesus brings His teaching mission to our time and place.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Marchando por la vida con el poder de uno

Considere la traición de Judas. Considere el sacrificio de Jesús. Considere el poder de uno.

Solo se necesita una sola persona para hacer un gran daño. Por ejemplo: La caída de Adán. Solamente se necesita una persona para hacer un gran bien. Por ejemplo: La Cruz de Jesús. Considere el poder de uno.

Eva fue visitada por un ángel. Ella dudó, luego le dijo que sí a la tentación. María fue visitada por un ángel. Ella dudó, luego le dijo que sí a Dios. Una mujer. Una escogencia. Considere el poder de uno.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Marching for life with the power of one

Consider the treachery of Judas. Consider the sacrifice of Jesus. Consider the power of one.

It only takes one to work great harm. For example: Adam's fall. It only takes one to do great good. For example: Jesus' Cross. Consider the power of one.

Eve was visited by an angel. She hesitated, then said yes to temptation. Mary was visited by an angel. She hesitated, then said yes to God. One woman. One choice. Consider the power of one.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Los laicos son llamados a estudiar y ejercer el “sacerdocio bautismal”

Un nuevo presidente tomará posesión de su cargo el viernes 20 de enero. ¿Cómo nos estamos preparando espiritualmente?

Tal vez queramos olvidar lo polémica que fue la campaña presidencial, o tal vez olvidar la respuesta inestable a los resultados. Pero, como personas de fe, no debemos olvidar.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Laity is called to study and exercise the ‘baptismal priesthood’

A new president will be inaugurated Friday, Jan. 20. What spiritual preparations are you making?

We might want to forget how contentious the race for the presidency was, or about the unsettled response to the result. But, as people of faith, we shouldn't forget.

Instead, we should pivot on those things and ask: what contribution will we make over the next four years to the well-being of the country? If the next four years were to be measured by our actions and attitudes, how would they be remembered? Answering those questions requires some spiritual preparation.

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