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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.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Calls for Consideration of Prop A

On April 6, 2010, we have the opportunity to exercise our civic duty to vote. I want to bring to the attention of St. Louis County voters an important issue that affects especially the working poor, the elderly, and the disabled.

Before the Cross | God humbles Himself and becomes obedient to death on a cross

Good Friday is the most unusual day in the Church year. It is a day of great sadness, commemorating the day when our Lord suffered and died for us. But it is also a day for rejoicing, the day when we recall how much He loved us and how much He sacrificed to set us free.

Archbishiop's Calendar | March 26, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led a retreat for priests of the St. Louis Archdiocsese during a pilgrimage in Ars, France, home of St. John Vianney, for a Year for Priests observance.

Saturday, March 27

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End


Sunday, March 28

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Palm Sunday Mass, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End


Monday, March 29

9:30 a.m. Meeting with the Vicars General, Catholic Center, Central West End

Before the Cross | Jesus' physical presence is powerful

Jesus' physical presence is powerful. The Gospels testify to a remarkable fact: People waited for Jesus to come to them, and His physical presence made a difference. Blind Bartimaeus and the leper waited for Jesus to draw near to them and, when He did, they seized the opportunity to ask Him for healing. The centurion and the paralytic went looking for Jesus and, when they found Him, they asked for His help.

Here is one the most startling accounts of the power of Jesus' physical presence -- the story of the woman afflicted with a hemorrhage:

Archbishop's Calendar | Week of March 19, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson waved to the crowd as he marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown St. Louis March 13. Archbishop Carlson was an honorary marshal for the annual event.

Here is the weekly schedule for Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:


Sunday, March 21

11 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass and bread blessing, St. Ambrose parish, South St. Louis

4 p.m. St. Charles Lwanga Center Testimonial Award Dinner, St. Louis Airport Marriott, Bridgeton

6 p.m. Dinner and meeting with Bishops of the Province, Archbishop's Residence, Central West End


Monday, March 22

Before the Cross | Follow St. Joseph's example during Lent

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Those are the traditional terms for three very simple, but also very powerful, actions that are designed to make us ready to accept the healing power of Jesus that comes to us in a special way at Easter.

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