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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.

Seeing Jesus in the breaking of the bread

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited the newly renovated St. Dominic Priory in Midtown St. Louis on April 20. The archbishop prayed Evening Prayer with the Dominicans in their chapel before blessing the new grounds. The order has experienced an increase in vocations

"Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into His glory? Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them what referred to Him in all the Scriptures." Luke 24:25-27 

Before the Cross | Peter's example can show us how to love Jesus unconditionally

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at a kick-off dinner for the 2012 Annual Catholic Appeal. The theme of this year’s campaign is “A call to generosity.” To learn more about how the archdiocese serves St. Louis through the campaign, including a three-minute video entitled “A Day in the Life of the Archdiocese,” visit

Although the Lord made Peter the head of the Apostles, He knew Peter had faults -- he was impulsive, outspoken and sometimes fearful, even cowardly, in the face of danger. Jesus didn't choose Peter because he was perfect. He chose Peter because He loved him.

Before the Cross | Witnesses to the Lord's resurrection share with us their faith

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greeted the congregation after he celebrated Easter Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

St. Paul believed that it was of "first importance" to remind the Church of Corinth, and all of us, that there were real eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our faith is not a matter of speculation or vague ideas. The Lord is actually risen, and we have the testimony of many eyewitnesses to assure us that this mysterious, life-changing event really happened.

Before the Cross | The Lord's death, resurrection set us free

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the Palm Sunday procession into the Cathedral Basilica for Mass April 1. Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week.

"Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

The Church says yes, and no, to stem-cell research

I can speak from personal experience on the benefits of using adult stem cells in the art and science of healing. Late last year, my doctor took cells from my stomach and implanted them in my left knee. The result has been a dramatic improvement in the functioning of that knee. My right knee was more seriously impaired and earlier last year I had to have a full knee replacement that put me out of commission for a couple of months. Thank God, the use of my own adult stems cells made it possible for me to avoid a second major surgery!

Sex before marriage disrespects each partner, the gift of human sexuality

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson talked with Michael King about his orange beard after the archbishop celebrated Mass March 17 at St. James the Greater Parish. The Mass was followed by the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the city’s Dogtown neighborhood.

Church teaching is often countercultural. Society says certain things are OK, even encouraged, as a form of self-expression. The Church appears to be the bad guy, a spoiler of fun and a killjoy -- especially when it comes to anything having to do with sex.

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