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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 | Christ's resurrection transforms death into life

Last week I wrote about the outrageous claim that God became a man and that He suffered and died for us. The horrible, humiliating death of Jesus Christ on the cross would be a cause of deep sadness and despair were it not for the joyous fact of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heavena and His promise to return again at the end of time.

We believe that God became man and died for us

In the Apostles' Creed, the most profound mystery of our faith is stated with stark simplicity. We believe that God became man and died for us.

Before The Cross // We see God the Father through His Son, Jesus

 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson took questions during a meeting of Missouri bishops and major superiors at the Cardinal Rigali center, Oct. 5.  Bishops Robert Finn of Kansas City - St. Joseph and Bishop John Gaydos of the diocese of Jefferson City are seated next the Archbishop Carlson.

What do we Catholics believe, and what difference does it make in our daily lives?

It might seem too obvious to mention, but we believe in God. More specifically, we believe in God as He has revealed Himself to us through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Live the Year of Faith with joyful enthusiasm

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson addressed “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds,” a Catholic Leadership Institute program at the Cardinal Rigali Center Oct. 31. The ongoing formation and development program for priests focuses on priestly identity, ministry and fraternity.

The Year of Faith has begun. Proclaimed by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI a year ago, and officially inaugurated last month on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, this yearlong meditation on the mystery of our Christian faith is intended to "shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ."

Before the Cross | We are called to holiness and the perfection of charity

All baptized Christians are called to holiness and the perfection of charity. This means we are called to be like Jesus, to live as He did in perfect conformity to the Father's will and in total self-giving for the good of others. This is a tall order. Without the grace of Christ and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it would be impossible for us. As it is, even the best of us give in to selfishness and sin -- falling far short of the perfection to which we are called.

Before the Cross | Practicing global solidarity to achieve peace, justice and the common good

Dennis Riggs, executive director of the Higher Education Channel (HEC-TV), presented Archbishop Robert J. Carlson an award statue for the 2012 Telly Award for Best Documentary. The award was presented for the film “Mission to Educate,” a documentary of the history of St. Louis Catholic Schools. The film can be watched online at

For the past month, I've been writing about the responsibilities of faithful citizenship. Because of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, I have been using the council's teaching as a point of reference for the task of forming our consciences -- especially during an election year.

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