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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 | Truth be told, 8th commandment is essentential for Christian living

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson anointed Carol Clay with Holy Chrism during the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Nicholas Church July 25 in St. Louis. The archbishop was at St. Nicholas to bless the Heros of Education Tree of Life and confirm 12 youths from the parish.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor"
(Ex 20:16; Dt 5:20).

Let your "yes" mean "yes" and your "no" mean "no." Anything more is from the evil one (Matthew 5:37).

In other words, we are not to misrepresent the truth in our relations with others. To His disciples, Jesus taught the unconditional love of truth: Let what you say be simply yes or no.

Archbishop's Calendar | July 23, 2010

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


Saturday, July 24

5 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass and reception, Holy Name of Jesus parish, Bellefontaine Neighbors


Sunday, July 25

10:30 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass, Sacrament of Confirmation, blessing of Heroes of Education Tree of Life and reception, St. Nicholas Church, North St. Louis

Before the Cross | We must be good stewards of the gifts God has given us

You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19).

The Seventh Commandment forbids unjustly taking or keeping the goods of one's neighbor and wronging him or her in any way with respect to the material possessions that rightfully belong to another. It also means it is a sin to cheat on your income tax!

Archbishop's Calendar | July 16, 2010

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

Monday, July 12-Wednesday, July 21

Messengers of Peace, Colombia

Thursday, July 22

9:30 a.m. Meeting with ministry team leaders, Cardinal Rigali Center, Shrewsbury

6 p.m. Dinner with priest personnel board, St. Peter Parish, Kirkwood

Friday, July 23

Before the Cross | Human sexuality a gift not to be abused

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke with Sister Marie Joseph, LSP, during a special event for religious July 7 at the Vatican Splendors Exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. Archbishop Carlson and and Sister Marie Joseph were looking at a reproduction of La Pieta, which Michelangelo scuplted in 1499.

You shall not commit adultery

(Exodus 20:14) 

A recent poll suggests that a majority of Americans over age 50 approve of "extramarital sex" (the secular or "non-judgmental" term for adultery). Aren't you saddened by this? The sanctity of marriage is seriously diminished when we allow casual attitudes about sexuality to cloud our thinking about what it means to be human persons created in God's image and likeness.

Before the Cross | Good Catholics cannot be pro-choice; The Fifth Commandment demands respect for life as God's most precious gift

God's law in the Old Testament is clear and unambiguous: You shall not kill. Jesus is even more demanding: Every one who is angry is liable to judgment.

Sins against the Fifth Commandment are easy to commit. Any time we think, speak or act out of anger or hatred or jealousy or revenge, we abuse God's commandment that we respect His most precious gift, the gift of life — especially human life.

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