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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 | We are all annointed to follow the Lord

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led prayer Aug. 24 before blessing the new wing at Rosati-Kain High School in the Central West End. Joining Archbishop Carlson were Sister Joan Andert, SSND, president of Rosati-Kain, left, and seminarian Michael Horn. The new wing includes a learning commons and library, a chemistry lab and a courtyard.

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor." (Luke 4:18)

BEFORE THE CROSS | Persevere in prayer and trust in the mercy of God

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

A man lives with his girlfriend for 15 years and has a child out of wedlock. He doesn't belong to the Church but considers himself a religious seeker. Who does that sound like?

Actually, it describes young St. Augustine, who became a priest, bishop, saint and one of the most influential Church theologians of all time. We celebrate his feast on Aug. 28.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Restore all things in Christ through faithfulness

Ophelia Wilson, right, a Court 67 Grand Lady of the Ladies of St. Peter Claver Auxiliary, shook hands with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson after the Peace and Justice Mass Aug. 9 at the Cathedral Basilica. The Mass was one of several prayerful events on the anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

As the school year begins for many (welcome back, everyone!) the readings for this week give a brief synopsis of the time of the Judges, the lessons Israel learned from this period in its history and a lesson about what to expect for our faithfulness to God.

There is a clear pattern in the book of Judges:

1) Israel sins -- the people forget the mighty deeds of God and cease to be faithful to their covenant with Him.

2) As a consequence of their sins, the Israelites are conquered by their enemies.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Ark of the Covenant illustrates how God builds His kingdom

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at the Young Adult Forum Aug. 1 at the Cardinal Rigali Center, speaking to them about how young adults “have the potential to start a fire in this diocese.”

Sometimes it's helpful to take one theme and see how it develops through salvation history. This allows us to understand more clearly how God builds the kingdom one step at a time. The readings for the upcoming Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 15) give us an opportunity to do that by focusing our attention on the Ark of the Covenant.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Three feast days this week inspire, guide us

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

We celebrate three significant feasts this week, the 18th Week in Ordinary Time, from which we can draw inspiration and guidance.

St. John Vianney (August 4)

BEFORE THE CROSS | Invite Jesus into your actions today

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated the closing Mass July 19 at the second weekend of the Steubenville Mid-America Conference. More than 7,000 teens attended the two weekends of the conference. For more photos and coverage, visit

"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things..." (Luke 10: 41)

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