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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 | 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 stlouisreview.com/rYK

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.

Before the Cross | Changes needed to transform society, achieve social justice

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated a Mass for the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Abbey Church of St. Mary and St. Louis with the Benedictine monks and faithful of the parish community of St. Anselm. The archbishop entered the church with Father Laurence Kriegshauser, OSB, and Father Joseph Post and was led by Father Dominic Lenk, OSB. To view a slideshow of the Mass, see stlouisreview.com/rrs

Last week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962. In full continuity with nearly 2,000 years of Church teaching and practice, this historic gathering set the agenda for our future. It called attention to the fundamental mission of the Church to transform human society in light of the Gospel.

Saint Louis Abbey Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Church Dedication

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org 
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated a Mass for the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Abbey Church of Saint Mary and Saint Louis with the Benedictine Monks and faithful of the Parish community of St. Anselm. The Archbishop entered the church with Father Laurence Kriegshauser, OSB and Father Joseph Post and was led by Father Dominic Lenk, OSB.

The Benedictine monks of The Abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Louis celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of Abbey Church on its campus in Creve Coeur. Members of the The Abbey Family, including the monks; students, parents and alumni of Saint Louis Priory School; faculty; staff; and parishioners of Saint Anselm Parish gathered for Mass on Sunday, October 7. Archbishop Robert Carlson celebrated the Mass.

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Before the Cross | Celebrating Vatican II's enduring impact, unfinished business

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at the Archbishop's Day for Priests at the Cardinal Rigali Center Oct. 2. The gathering focused on building vocations within the archdiocese.

If you're in your 60s, as I am, chances are you remember something about the Second Vatican Council that you didn't read in a book or learn about in religion class many years later. Many consider Vatican II, which was formally opened 50 years ago by Blessed Pope John XXIII, as the greatest religious event of the 20th century.

Before the Cross | Mary, the heart of the Holy Family

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson dedicated a statue of St. Louis at the Cardinal Rigali Center and blessed the bronze sculpture during a Sept. 20 ceremony. The statue was given to the archdiocese through the patronage of an anonymous donor.

The month of October is a time of special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. While this is an appropriate time of remembrance every year, I think it's especially appropriate during an election year. Mary can help us form our consciences for faithful citizenship. Her total acceptance of God's will, her witness to family life, and her critical role as the first disciple of Jesus Christ make Mary a model citizen of the Church and of the world in which she lived.

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