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FRENTE A LA CRUZ | La fidelidad a Dios nos asegura la estabilidad

Esta es la última semana del Tiempo Ordinario. La primera lectura de cada uno de los días de esta semana es del libro de Daniel, y el salmo responsorial de cada día es tomado de un himno del mismo libro. Parece como si la Iglesia quisiera que aprendiésemos del libro de Daniel a medida que nos acercamos al final del año litúrgico.

El libro de Daniel es el único libro "apocalíptico" en el Antiguo Testamento. Dos características de los libros apocalípticos son: 1) Típicamente aparecen en tiempos de tribulación, y 2) se refieren a los eventos actuales en términos simbólicos.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Faithfulness to God ensures stability

This is the last week in Ordinary Time. The first reading each day this week is from the Book of Daniel, and the responsorial psalm for each day is from a hymn in the Book of Daniel. It's as though the Church wants us to learn from the Book of Daniel as we close out the liturgical year.

Daniel is the only "apocalyptic" book in the Old Testament. Two characteristics of apocalyptic books are: 1) they typically came out of times of tribulation, and 2) they addressed current events in symbolic terms.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Life after death is when God’s faithful will be rewarded

S ome Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put a question to Jesus."

We're entering the last two weeks of Ordinary Time. The readings are turning toward thoughts of the end times. In the midst of that, we encounter this question about the resurrection.

This was a "hot button" question at the time of Jesus. At its beginning, Judaism didn't have a belief in the Resurrection. And it isn't explicitly mentioned in the first five books of the Bible — what, for them, would have been "Scripture."

BEFORE THE CROSS | ‘Praying always’ means doing everything in the presence of God

Quah-kah-ka-num-ad. That's the name the Potawatomi Indians gave to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: "Woman Who Prays Always."

We celebrate St. Rose Philippine's feast day this week (Nov. 18). We're also reading sequentially through the Gospel of Luke, and the passage that just happens to come up on her feast day tells of Jesus instructing the disciples "about the necessity for them to pray always" (Luke 18:1). Maybe this remarkable coincidence is God's way of trying to get our attention!

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our giving should mirror God’s self-giving

It's about to get dark, in two senses.

In the first place, we switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time this week. Sure, the actual amount of daylight stays the same. But changing the clocks makes it feel like it's getting a lot darker, doesn't it?

Second, now that Halloween is over, the Christmas advertising blitz is about to begin. Its relentless push — rolling right over Thanksgiving, for the most part — can give the next two months a frantic air. If we're not careful, that's another kind of darkness that can envelop us over the next two months.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Jesús nos invita a ser perfectos hijos de Dios

Cuál es el estándar por el cual juzgamos nuestras vidas? "Nunca he hecho nada horrible. Soy un ser humano decente". Muy a menudo nos expresamos de esa manera. Permítanme sugerir, mientras que nos acercamos a la celebración del día de Todos los Santos, que estamos utilizando el estándar equivocado.

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