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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 | St. Francis links care for poor, environment

Pope Francis joined with 300 bishops from across the United States to pray midday prayer at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Washington, D.C. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson conversed with a brother bishop before the liturgy.

I'd like to say three things to conclude this series of reflections on Pope Francis' encyclical letter "Laudato Si'."

BEFORE THE CROSS | Care for the poor a necessary economic consideration

Con McGrath received the St. Louis, King award for his leadership of the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal, which raised $14.9 million for Catholic ministries around St. Louis. Archbishop Carlson presented the award Sept. 17 at the archbishop’s residence.

"This, then, is the correct framework..." — Laudato Si', 132

In one sense, there's no need to say anything about Pope Francis' approach to capitalism or the free market. Neither is really the focal point of his encyclical on the environment. Still, his approach to the free market seems to be a hot topic of conversation, so perhaps it's best to say a brief word.

In essence, two things need to be said about Pope Francis' approach to the economy.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Mystery of the trinity illustrates how everything is connected

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for the installation of Father James Mason as president-rector of the seminary. The Mass was attended by priests and faculty, as well as Bishop Paul Swain of Sioux Falls, S.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Hermann and Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice.

In paragraph 55 of his encyclical "Laudato Si'," Pope Francis writes: "People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning."

One person, commenting on this, retorted: "I hope he turned off the air conditioning at the Vatican this summer!"

BEFORE THE CROSS | Care for the poor is at the heart of the Gospel

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

In June, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter on the environment. I'd like to offer reflections on it.

The title of the letter -- "Laudato Si'" -- is taken from a canticle by St. Francis of Assisi. He's the patron saint not only of Pope Francis' pontificate but also of the environment and those who study the environment. "Care for our common home" is the letter's subtitle.

BEFORE THE CROSS | A birthday present for Mary: Becoming true members of the Body of Christ

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

"It is He whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ" (Colossians 1: 28).

We celebrate the birthday of Mary, the Blessed Mother on Sept. 8.

In order to understand what this feast means for us -- and what kind of present we can give Mary for her birthday -- let me pose two questions.

The first: Who gives birth to the Body of Christ? On the first level -- the physical level -- the answer is simple: Mary does.

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)

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