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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.

Eucharist, the sacrament of Christ's humanity

God the Father bestows on us indescribable blessings through the humanity of His Son.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Jesus Christ, the Real Presence of the hidden God

Christ is present on our altars -- to show us the love which He bears us, by being pleased to dwell night and day hidden in the midst of us.

St. Alphonsus Liguori

Before the Cross | Eucharist proclaims Christ's death until He comes

This quotation from St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians is the earliest written account of the institution of the Lord's Supper in the New Testament. The narrative emphasizes Jesus' action of self-giving (expressed in the words over the bread and the cup) and His double command to repeat His own action.

Holy Communion: the shortest, safest way to heaven

Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914) was born in the tiny village of Riese, in the province of Treviso near Venice. His father was a cobbler and his mother a seamstress. Giuseppe Sarto (Pius X's baptismal and family name) was the oldest of eight children. His native intelligence drew the attention of the family's pastor who encouraged him to go to the seminary and pursue holy orders.

Stand with Jesus, not Caesar

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke to the crowd gathered inside the Missouri State Capitol during a Rally for Religious Liberty on March 27, 2012. The Archbishop spoke out against the federally mandated policies requiring religious based institutions to cover the costs of providing free birth control, sterilization and abortifacient drugs.

Archbishop Carlson delivered this moving speech at the Rally for Religious Liberty March 27 at the Missouri State Capitol.

"He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them: Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:34; Matthew 16:24; Like 9: 23)

St. Cyril articulated teaching on the Eucharist

We live in a time of confusion and controversy over what it means to be a Catholic Christian. Many diverse and dissonant voices tell us that our faith is old-fashioned and out of touch. Especially on matters involving human sexuality and the dignity of human life, Church teaching often is portrayed as repressive or intolerant. At best, our culture tends to regard religious teaching and practice as optional. At worst, those who take their faith seriously are regarded as a threat to ideologies that define the status quo.

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