BEFORE THE CROSS | Reflections on our rejections of God’s plan

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and priests reacted to a joke from Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and native St. Louisan. Cardinal Dolan spoke on “American Catholicism, American Politics Reconsidered” as part of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics lecture series March 2 at Graham Chapel on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. See story, page 10

The readings this week feature a series from the Gospel of John. Jesus performs His second and third signs, healing a child and healing a lame man at the pool of Bethesda. Paradoxically, the tension surrounding His ministry grows.

It would be easy to watch this tension externally, saying: "Look at how those people are growing in their opposition to Jesus. Too bad for them!" A better path for our reflections is an internal approach, asking: "Where have I resisted Jesus, and where do I still resist Him?"

Archdiocese to host Lenten day of recollection, Year of Mercy Reconciliation Initiative

The Lenten season is a time for repentance, conversion, and reconciliation. The parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are joining together to offer numerous opportunities for the faithful to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the Year of Mercy Reconciliation Initiative to be held March 4-5 . Visit www.archstl.org/confession for more information and a schedule. 

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God longs for us to acknowledge our sins, be open to His mercy

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent celebrate God removing the oppression of sin from the hearts of His people.

In the first reading, the Lord tells Joshua, "Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you." At this time, the Israelites were no longer oppressed slaves. They could worship God freely and openly and enjoyed the dignity of raising their own food. It was a new start in a new land with new freedoms — free of the yoke of slavery.

BEFORE THE CROSS | The Scrutinies aid our dedication to Lent

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and St. Louis University president Fred Pestello were welcomed by the crowd at the Celebrating Catholic Education Night at the SLU Billikens basketball game. A highlight of the night was a 3-point “Shot for Cash” featuring Sister Laura Bradford, SDSH, Dominican Brother Chris Johnson and Father Paul Hoesing from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Father Hoesing’s shot hit nothing but net and he won the contest.

As we reach the middle weeks of Lent and as Easter comes on the horizon (it's one month to Holy Week!), it's a good time to step back and take stock. How's your Lent going?

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Taking a spiritual ‘deeper dive’ this Lent

Mike Eisenbath

In my job, I supervise financial advisors for a large firm. I primarily focus on the best interest of clients, with special consideration given to the many laws and federal regulations governing the industry. I monitor a variety of actions using the phone, the computer and face-to-face interaction.

Occasionally, I take extra time, use some unique tools and technology to look more closely at how an advisor runs his or her business. I get more detailed in my analysis. In my department, we call that making a "deeper dive."

Borgia choir brings Stations of Cross to life with devotional CD

Cover image of "The Way of the Cross: A Concert Prayer of the Stations of the Cross," features 16 songs by the 50-member choir at St. Francis Borgia Church.

Paige Byrne Shortal went through a difficult period in the late 1980s. In her pain, she turned to the Stations of the Cross.

What came of that experience was a series of reflections, which are included in a CD released this Lent by the St. Francis Borgia Choir in Washington.

"The Way of the Cross: A Concert Prayer of the Stations of the Cross," features 16 songs (14 stations and an opening and closing song) by the 50-member choir, recorded last July at St. Francis Borgia Church. Two narrators present the reflections before each song.

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