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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.

Two saints with very different backgrounds but similar accomplishments

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson blessed the newly renovated Kenrick-Glennon Seminary following a Mass of Rededication Jan. 12. Pledges to the successful Faith for the Future campaign paid for the renovation and enhanced the endowment. Significant needs have been addressed regarding the seminary building’s infrastructure, with new plumbing, heating and cooling systems, improved kitchen facilities and enhanced technology systems.

I'm writing today about two women from very different backgrounds who ended up being saints -- women who overcame extraordinary obstacles and accomplished many amazing things. The two saints are Elizabeth Ann Seton, born in 1774 to Protestant parents of high position in New York City, and Frances Xavier Cabrini, born in 1850 in the Lombardy region of Italy, the 13th child of an Italian farm family.

Before the Cross | Saints show us the way to live by their courage, fidelity and love

During a recent visit to Colombia, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson met with members of the Messengers of Peace, a religious order he co-founded with Msgr. Luis Mesa while he was bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D. The archbishop went to Colombia earlier this month to visit the order, bless the new land they acquired and welcome recently professed brothers to the order. The Messengers of Peace are dedicated to praying for peace in Colombia and around the world and serving people in need in Colombia. The order recently bought 17 acres from a local farmer to establish their monastery. The land sale included buildings and animals, such as this lamb.

People who shine with the light of Christ are called saints. These are the men and women who have gone before us and who know the way to true happiness and peace. Many of the saints have been officially recognized by the Church through a process that results in the solemn proclamation (canonization) that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God's grace. But during the last 2,000 years, many other holy women and men have given themselves wholeheartedly to Jesus Christ without being declared saints by the Church. These are the saints we celebrate on Nov.

Peace in the Year of Faith

Archdiocesan vocations director Father Christopher Martin, second from the right, celebrated Mass Jan. 2 at the site of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes near the Sea of Galilee during the Holy Land retreat and pilgrimage with the diaconate class of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The pilgrimage began Dec. 30 and is to conclude Jan. 12. To read Father Martin’s blog, go to

Pope Paul VI taught us that if we want peace, we must work for justice. Blessed John Paul II often said that no peace is possible without forgiveness -- the willingness to let go of ancient grudges and deeply felt hurts. Pope Benedict XVI teaches that if we want peace, we must first cultivate a profound respect for all God's creation. To this list of important reflections on "the way to peace," I would add my own belief, which came to me in prayer, that we cannot have true and lasting peace unless we're willing to pray for it.

Suggestions for keeping Christmas holy

Rejoice! The weeks of Advent waiting are over, and Christ is born!

Especially during this Year of Faith, we rejoice in our Savior's birth -- remembering the great gift of faith He has given us through the mystery of His incarnation and the saving power of His death and resurrection.

Christ will come again

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson anointed Jenna Sotolar during the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Anselm Parish Dec. 5.

This is my final article about what we Catholics believe using the Apostles' Creed as my reference point. It's also my Advent/Christmas article. Providentially, the last statements of the creed -- concerning forgiveness, resurrection and Christ's second coming -- are what we celebrate during this time of year.

Forgiveness was God's motive for sending His only Son to be born among us as a man. As a result of human sinfulness, we were cut off from God's goodness and exiled from the garden of peace and prosperity. By God's grace, we have been saved in Christ, and our sins have been forgiven.

Our outrageous faith in one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church

For the past six weeks I've been writing about what we Catholics believe using the Apostles' Creed as my reference point. This summary of our Christian faith contains several outrageous claims including, for example, the statements that God became a human being and died for us and that He descended into hell and on the third day rose again.

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