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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.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Year of Mercy: Forgiveness abounds always

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass with members of the archdiocesan curia at the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel in the Cardinal Rigali Center Nov. 19. Following the Mass was a staff enrichment day and a beONE presentation to archdiocesan employees.

A local Lutheran parish recently posted a message on its signboard. It read: Christ doesn't limit forgiveness to just one "Year of Mercy."

On one level, it might have been a jab at Catholics, and that's too bad. But even if it was, the funny thing is: We absolutely agree!

As we look toward the beginning of the Year of Mercy on Dec. 8, we should be clear on this point: No one is suggesting, Pope Francis least of all, that forgiveness is limited to the Year of Mercy.

But that raises a question: What's the Year of Mercy about?

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Año de la Misericordia: El perdón abunda siempre

Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson

Una parroquia luterana local recientemente colocó un mensaje en su letrero. El mensaje dice lo siguiente: Cristo no limita su perdón a solo un "Año de Misericordia".

Por un lado, puede ser que haya sido una indirecta para los católicos, y eso es una lástima. Pero incluso si lo fuera, lo curioso es: ¡Estamos absolutamente de acuerdo!

A medida que nos acercamos al comienzo del Año de la Misericordia el 8 de diciembre, debemos estar muy claros en este punto: Nadie está sugiriendo, y menos aún el Papa Francisco, que el perdón se limita al Año de la Misericordia.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | En alabanza y acción de gracias por todo lo que nos ofrece St. Louis

En lugar de escribir una exhortación pidiéndoles que sean agradecidos, permítanme contarles de qué estoy yo agradecido este año.

Estamos llegando al final del Año de la Vida Consagrada. Dio inicio el primer domingo de Adviento, en el 2014, y concluirá con el final de la temporada de Navidad el 2 de febrero del 2016.

BEFORE THE CROSS | In praise and thanksgiving for all St. Louis has to offer

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass Nov. 15 in a chapel at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Concelebrating were, left to right, Father James Mason, Father Charlie Samson, Father Jason Schumer and Father Fadi Auro. Archbishop Carlson and Father Mason, rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, were in Rome for meetings. The other priests are studying for advanced degrees in Rome.

Rather than write an exhortation asking you to be thankful, let me tell what I'm thankful for this year.

We're coming to the end of the Year of Consecrated Life. It started on the First Sunday of Advent in 2014, and concludes with the end of the Christmas Season on Feb. 2, 2016.

In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we're blessed to have 88 religious communities in our midst. I'm deeply thankful for the men and women who have made a gift of themselves -- to the Lord and to us -- in religious life. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the generosity of our brothers and sisters in religious life.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Remembering the past as we face challenges

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson hosted a meeting Nov. 9 with Missouri bishops and major superiors of religious congregations at the Cardinal Rigali Center. They celebrated Mass in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Archbishop Carlson smiled as he listened to a homily by Father Roger Landry, an attaché to the Holy See Mission to the United Nations.

Imagine a time when nominally faithful people adopted the values of the surrounding culture because it was hard to be different.

Imagine a time when people hid their religious identity so that they could get along with others who didn't share their faith.

Imagine a time when a nation's ruler decided that everyone should abandon their particular religious ideas in order to be united -- and many of the faithful agreed. Imagine that this same ruler offered positions of honor to those who betrayed their faith and persecuted those who did not.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Recordando el pasado cuando enfrentamos desafíos

Arzobispo Robert J. Carlson

Imaginen una época en que las personas nominalmente fieles adoptaban los valores de la cultura que les rodeaba, pues era difícil ser diferente.

Imaginen una época en que las personas ocultaban su identidad religiosa para poder llevarse bien con otros que no compartían su fe.

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