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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.

Archbishop's Calendar | August 20, 2010

Here is the weekly schedule for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:

Saturday, Aug. 21

5 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End

Sunday, Aug. 22

2 p.m. Celebrant for Mass honoring 350th anniversary of the death of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End

5 p.m. Close of Forty Hours for the 125th Anniversary of the parish, St. Rose of Lima Parish, DeSoto

Before the Cross | Amassing earthly goods without limits is not God's plan for us

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greeted Catholic educators after the Aug. 9 Mass at St. Francis Xavier “College” Church that opened the annual Religious Education Institute, held on the campus of St. Louis University in Midtown St. Louis. The institute, presented by the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office and sponsored by SLU’s Department of Theological Studies, drew about 1,400 religious educators from all around the archdiocese. The all-day institute included workshop sessions, speakers and a keynote address by Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Portland, Maine.

Last week I observed that the final two commandments of the Decalogue are concerned with sins of desire, or concupiscence. I also pointed out that, in our Church's catechetical tradition, the Ninth Commandment forbids inappropriate desires of the flesh while the Tenth Commandment forbids inappropriate desire for material things — coveting another's goods.

Clergy Appointments | August 13, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointments:

Rev. Paul J. Spielman, chaplain of St. John Nepomuk Chapel, is granted retirement status and to reside at his private residence, effective Aug. 15, 2010.

Deacon Kenneth C. Clemens, permanent deacon, while continuing to assist the pastor of Holy Infant Parish in Ballwin, is appointed as director of St. John Nepomuk Chapel in St. Louis, effective Aug. 15, 2010.

Archbishop's Calendar | August 13, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointments:

Saturday, Aug. 14

5 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Installation of Father Mark Dolan, Our Lady of the Presentation, North St. Louis County

Sunday, Aug. 15

8:30 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Installation of Msgr. Ted Wojcicki, Immaculate Conception Church, Dardenne Prairie

1:30 p.m. Women Recognition Awards, Church of the Immacolata, Richmond Heights

Archbishop's Calendar | August 6, 2010

Here is the weekly schedule for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:

Saturday, August 7

10:15 a.m. Carmelite Sisters Vocation Day, Greet the Archbishop, Archbishop's Residence, Central West End

Sunday, August 8

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass in honor of 160th anniversary, St. Alphonsus Parish, Silex

Before the cross | Inappropriate desires lead us from what is good

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson posed for a snapshot with members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Kights of Peter Claver after he celebrated Mass during the organization’s annual convention Aug. 1 in Downtown St. Louis.

The Ninth and Tenth Commandments forbid what may be called "sins of desire" (concupiscence). In our Church's catechetical tradition, the Ninth Commandment forbids carnal concupiscence — inappropriate desires of the flesh — while the Tenth Commandment forbids inappropriate desire for material things — coveting another's goods. Intense, inappropriate desires lead us away from what is truly good for us.

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