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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.

Pastoral letter | The archdioce's 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The 2010 Annual Catholic Appeal has a profound Eucharistic theme: Do This in Memory of Me.

Do you know how fortunate we are to have the Annual Catholic Appeal in our archdiocese? We are blessed in three ways. First, the Annual Catholic Appeal provides us with an opportunity to extend the ministry of Jesus beyond individual parish boundaries. It allows us to be the eyes, ears, hands and feet of Jesus in ways that truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Before the Cross | The cross of Christ has set us free

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greets Grace Barnett of Incarnate Word Academy during the 2010 Archbishop May Service Awards ceremony April 20 at St. Louis University. Barnett was one of the recipients of the awards, which honor high school seniors for their work in Christian service and social justice. At left is George Henry, superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

In the darkest days of the old Soviet Union, when atheistic communism was especially strong, a Christian man was arrested and sent to a Gulag (concentration camp) because he refused to renounce his faith. For 25 years the man labored in prison with no comforts, no companionship and no hope of ever seeing his wife and family again. Then one day the Soviet Union was no more. Marxism had failed miserably, and the Soviet political and economic system was exposed as corrupt and inhumane.

Archbishop's Calendar | Week of April 16, 2010

Saturday, April 17

10 a.m. Celebration of Mass and the Institution to the Ministry of Reader, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Shrewsbury

1:30 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Sacrament of Confirmation, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End

Sunday, April 18

2:30 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Sacrament of Confirmation, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End

5 p.m. Annual Catholic Appeal reception, Archbishop's Residence, Central West End

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.

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