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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.

An open letter to God the Father on Christmas Day

Dear Heavenly Father,

Merry Christmas!

Do you celebrate Christmas in heaven? I hope so. This is a wonderful feast — filled with warmth and love, peace and joy. I know that every day is wonderful in heaven, but I'm sure that even heavenly bliss can be increased -- at least one day a year -- with the magnificent sounds of an angelic choir and the brilliant glow of yet another shining star!

Are you ready for Christmas?

What are you doing to prepare for the Christmas holiday? Are you decorating for the season? Or buying presents? Or planning your Christmas dinner? These are necessary preparations for the holiday, a special time for family togetherness, friendship and good cheer.

Stay close to Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother

Two powerful incidents frame St. John's Gospel. Chapter 2 contains the hope-filled story of the Wedding at Cana, and Chapter 19 provides St. John's perspective on the Crucifixion of Jesus. Both incidents involve Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's schedule for Dec. 14-20

Tuesday, Dec. 15

10 a.m. Conference call with the Missouri Catholic Conference, Catholic Center, Central West End

11 a.m. Video Project, Catholic Men for Christ, Catholic Center, Central West End

1:30 p.m. Priest Study Day with Priests, "Approaching the New Translation" with Father Douglas Martis, Cardinal Rigali Center, Shrewsbury

Legatus of St. Louis, 30th Anniversary Chartering Party, Missouri Athletic Club

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Waiting in joyful hope is easier said than done

“As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.”

We pray this every day in the Mass and in a special way during Advent. Our faith teaches us that the Lord will come again. And we’re told that His coming will be a time of great rejoicing, a time when every tear will be wiped away and all our hopes will be fulfilled.

Archbishop's appointments

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointments:

Deacon Lawrence L. Clark, currently assigned to assist the pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Maplewood, is also assigned to assist the chaplain in the Pastoral Care Department of St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis, effective immediately.

Deacon John A. Curtin, formerly on leave, is assigned to assist the rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Parish, St. Louis, effective, November 12, 2009.

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