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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 | Sigamos el ejemplo de los mártires sembrando la semilla de la fe

This week we celebrate the Feast of the North American Martyrs — eight Jesuit missionaries who were killed between 1642 and 1649. Theirs is a great story of faith and courage as they lived and shared the Gospel in the United States and Canada.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Follow martyrs’ lead in sowing the seed of faith

This week we celebrate the Feast of the North American Martyrs — eight Jesuit missionaries who were killed between 1642 and 1649. Theirs is a great story of faith and courage as they lived and shared the Gospel in the United States and Canada.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Desarrollen sus imágenes del cielo

Aquí hay algo más grande que Salomón ... Hay algo más grande que Jonás."

Esto no es solamente algo que dice Jesús en Lucas 11, en una de las lecturas de esta semana, sino también un tema del Nuevo Testamento. Jesús es más grande que Juan el Bautista (Jn 1; 26-28). Él es más grande que Moisés (Hb 3; 3-6). Él es más importante que el Sabbath (Mc 2; 27-28). Él es más importante que el Templo (Mt 12;6).

El hecho que Jesús sea "más grande que" todo esto tiene implicaciones acerca de cómo pensamos acerca del cielo.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Develop your images of heaven

There is something greater than Solomon here ... there is something greater than Jonah here."

This isn't only something Jesus says in Luke 11, which we read this week, it's also a theme of the New Testament. Jesus is greater than John the Baptist (John 1:26-28). He's greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:3-6). He's greater than the Sabbath (Mark 2: 27-28). He's greater than the Temple (Matthew 12:6).

The fact that Jesus is "greater than" all of these has implications for how we think of heaven.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Pidámosle a San Francisco guía e inspiración

El 4 de octubre celebramos la fiesta de San Francisco de Asís. La figura de Francisco podría ser considerada demasiado romántica para nuestro tiempo; una de sus estatuas lo representa vigilando un jardín interminable, y lo reduce a poco más que una bonita estatua de jardín. Sin embargo, aún esta noción romántica apunta hacia la verdad- que podemos considerar de provecho: La vida de San Francisco nos ayuda a seguir a Jesús y a encontrar la paz.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Ask St. Francis for guidance and inspiration

We celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 4. The figure of Francis may be a bit over-romanticized in our time; a statue of him watches over countless gardens, reduced to little more than a nice garden statue. But even that romantic notion points to a truth — that we could ponder with profit: Francis' life helps us to follow Jesus and find peace.

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