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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.

Stand with Jesus, not Caesar

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke to the crowd gathered inside the Missouri State Capitol during a Rally for Religious Liberty on March 27, 2012. The Archbishop spoke out against the federally mandated policies requiring religious based institutions to cover the costs of providing free birth control, sterilization and abortifacient drugs.

Archbishop Carlson delivered this moving speech at the Rally for Religious Liberty March 27 at the Missouri State Capitol.

"He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them: Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:34; Matthew 16:24; Like 9: 23)

St. Cyril articulated teaching on the Eucharist

We live in a time of confusion and controversy over what it means to be a Catholic Christian. Many diverse and dissonant voices tell us that our faith is old-fashioned and out of touch. Especially on matters involving human sexuality and the dignity of human life, Church teaching often is portrayed as repressive or intolerant. At best, our culture tends to regard religious teaching and practice as optional. At worst, those who take their faith seriously are regarded as a threat to ideologies that define the status quo.

St. Thomas Aquinas proclaims the Eucharistic mystery

Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium" is a hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) for the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It is also sung on Holy Thursday during the procession from the church to the place where the Blessed Sacrament is kept until Good Friday.

Before the Cross | Eucharist, sum and summit of our faith

I've decided to write about the Eucharist during the summer months since in this lectionary cycle, we will hear at Sunday Mass the Bread of Life discourse from St. John's Gospel. But rather than simply describe what this great sacrament means to us using abstract theological language, I'm going to write about 12 women and men who dedicated their lives to Christ and who were distinguished in their love for the Blessed Sacrament. I hope that their lives can serve as an inspiration for us as we deepen our understanding of, and our devotion to, this marvelous mystery of our faith.

Mary, blessed among women, witnesses to the risen Christ

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson handed Seminarian Zachary Povis a bible as he instituted him in the ministry of Lector. Povis will be leaving in July to study at the North American College in Rome as he furthers his studies for the priesthood.

"All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers"(Acts 1:14). 

St. Paul witnessed to the Lord's resurrection by his words and his example

Archbishop Robert Carlson celebrated Mass recently at the new convent of the Lovers of the Holy Cross at Resurrection Parish in South St. Louis. The archbishop blessed the convent and stayed for a visit with the sisters, who recently immigrated to St. Louis and began their ministry.

Last week, I wrote about St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. One of the great ironies of Christian history is the fact that Saul of Tarsus, who after his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus was to become "the first Christian theologian" and one of the Church's greatest missionaries, was present at the stoning of Stephen as an opponent of those who were followers of Jesus (cf. Acts 7:58).

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