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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 | Forgiveness and patience are spiritual works of mercy

Do you consider yourself a patient person? How willing are you to forgive people who have wronged you? Some of the hardest sayings in the Bible have to do with forgiveness and acceptance of those who hurt us — physically, emotionally or spiritually.

Is it really possible to love our enemies and to keep forgiving someone who constantly does us harm? Yes, it’s possible, but it sure isn’t easy.

Before the Cross | Jesus speaks the truth with both disturbing, comforting results

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson distributed Communion July 10 during a Mass at the JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo., The archbishop celebrated Mass for more than 3,000 teens who attended the Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America conference in Springfield. A second conference was held last weekend.

The Gospels portray Jesus as a man whose words could be both disturbing and comforting. He spoke out forcefully against hypocrisy and injustice, but He gave great comfort to those who were suffering — physically, emotionally or spiritually. We are called to act as Jesus did — to perform the spiritual works of mercy known as "admonishing sinners" and "comforting the afflicted."

Before the Cross | Seven spiritual works of mercy — practical ways to help others

Sister Mary Michael of Jesus Crucified knelt on the altar facing Archbishop Robert J. Carlson after her perpetual profession as a Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus at the sisters’ Kirkwood convent July 2.

For the next several weeks, I'll be writing about the spiritual works of mercy. Mercy is a virtue that compels us to alleviate the suffering of another. God's mercy is abundant and everlasting. His compassionate love creates us from nothing, heals our wounds (physical and spiritual) and overcomes death — restoring us to life in Christ.

Before the Cross | Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, center, walked from the rectory of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for Mass on June 26 in conjunction with the archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress. To the left of the archbishop was Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, principal celebrant of the Mass, and to the right Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice.

After He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”

Before the Cross | Preach the Gospel always — if necessary, use words 

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke during a June 15 session of the annual spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Bellevue, Wash.

In Jesus Christ we have found the "pearl of great price," a treasure too rich to keep to ourselves, a good that longs to be shared with others. So we are called to announce the Good News and to do so in a culture that doesn't always want to hear it.

How do we meet this challenge that the Lord and the culture combine to give us? How do we announce the good news of Jesus Christ in the world in which we live today? How do we show others the truth about our salvation in Christ?

Before the Cross | Gospel values challenge many contemporary values of society

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the main celebrant for the first Mass of the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Mount Grace Convent with the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters. The Archbishop distributed the Eucharist to the cloistered nuns at the June 9 Mass. The “Pink Sisters” novena will continue with masses each evening at 7:30 p.m. until June 17. Concelebrating with the Archbishop were Father Craig Holway and the Pink Sister’s chaplain, Father Dennis Logue, SVD. New transitional deacon, Rev. Mr Brian Fallon and Deacon Delfin Leonardo also helped assisted at the Mass.

This is the second in a series of four articles I will be writing on the subject of evangelization.

Think about the values of contemporary society, and compare them with the values of the Gospel.

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