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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 | Catholics must work to protect the conscience rights of health care providers

Days before final votes in Congress on the Affordable Care Act, Cardinal Francis George, then president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reaffirmed what we bishops had said many times over the previous year: "Any final bill, to be fair to all, must retain the accommodation of the full range of religious and moral objections in the provision of health insurance and services that are contained in current law, for both individuals and institutions."

Before the Cross | Life is sacred; human life, inviolable

The most fundamental value of human life is the dignity of every human person. Nothing is more important than our awareness that life is sacred, and that human life is inviolable, because all are made in the image and likeness of God. No one has the right to take a human life arbitrarily.

Before the Cross | Peace is both a gift and task

The first words Christ spoke to his Apostles after He rose from the dead were: "Peace be with you" (John 20:19). What He gave as a gift after His Resurrection, He left as a task after His Ascension: the Apostles, with the help of the Holy Spirit, were to communicate Christ's peace to others. Therefore, as the Holy Father points out, "Peace is both gift and task."

How can peace be both gift and task at the same time? A simple analogy can help us understand.

Catholics come home for Christmas

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke during an Advent day of recollection at the Cathedral Basilica Dec. 17.

This Christmas we are making a special effort to urge all members of the Catholic community to "come home" for Christmas. Why? Because Christmas is a time for the entire family of God to recall the beauty and the wonder of the Christ Child's birth.

Mary invites us to come home to Jesus, her Son

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at a Dec. 9 press conference announcing the Catholics Come Home initiative. Television commercials for the evangelization effort will begin Dec. 16 and run to Jan. 22.

Mary, because she has entered intimately into the history of salvation, in a certain sense gathers up in her own person the great truths of the faith and awakens their resonance when she is the object of preaching and veneration; she summons the faithful to her Son, to His sacrifice and to the Father's love

(Lumen Gentium No. 63) 

10 reasons Catholics should come home

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson gave the homily during the Mass for Region 6 Schools at St. Joseph Church in Imperial on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Our Catholic faith is the largest Christian family in the world. Our Church is a vibrant and growing family, but we miss our brothers and sisters who have not been to Mass lately.

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