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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 | Story of the prodigal son inspires us

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Father Jim Theby, associate pastor at Assumption Church in O’Fallon, attended the Cardinals’ home opener April 12 at Busch Stadium.

Perhaps you've seen the bumper sticker that says: "Christians aren't perfect -- just forgiven." Even if you're not a fan of bumper sticker theology (or politics), you have to admit there's a lot of truth in this simple statement. We are not perfect, by a long shot, but we are forgiven. That's a reason to rejoice and be glad -- especially during this Easter season.

Pastoral letter | Archdiocese takes great measures to protect our children

To the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese of St. Louis,

I pray you all had a blessed Easter and that this holy season is filled with hope and joy.

Today, I am writing you this Pastoral Letter to remind you of what we are doing on an ongoing basis in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to protect our children from sexual abuse. I realize that the issue of sexual abuse has been in the news for the past several weeks, including stories about sexual abuse allegations in Europe and in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Before the Cross | Experience, share the joy of Easter

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson blessed Holy Oils to be used for Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick during the Mass of the Chrism April 1 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in the Central West End. Archbishop Carlson was assisted by Father Brian Fischer, secretary to the archbishop.

This is the season of Easter joy. What does this mean for us practically, this "season of joy"?

Joy is not something we experience every day. Joy is not the same thing as happiness or contentment or even enjoyment. We can enjoy a nice dinner with friends without being joyful. Joy is something different. It's more profound.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Calls for Consideration of Prop A

On April 6, 2010, we have the opportunity to exercise our civic duty to vote. I want to bring to the attention of St. Louis County voters an important issue that affects especially the working poor, the elderly, and the disabled.

Before the Cross | God humbles Himself and becomes obedient to death on a cross

Good Friday is the most unusual day in the Church year. It is a day of great sadness, commemorating the day when our Lord suffered and died for us. But it is also a day for rejoicing, the day when we recall how much He loved us and how much He sacrificed to set us free.

Archbishiop's Calendar | March 26, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led a retreat for priests of the St. Louis Archdiocsese during a pilgrimage in Ars, France, home of St. John Vianney, for a Year for Priests observance.

Saturday, March 27

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End


Sunday, March 28

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Palm Sunday Mass, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End


Monday, March 29

9:30 a.m. Meeting with the Vicars General, Catholic Center, Central West End

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