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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's Calendar | August 6, 2010

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

Saturday, August 7

10:15 a.m. Carmelite Sisters Vocation Day, Greet the Archbishop, Archbishop's Residence, Central West End

Sunday, August 8

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass in honor of 160th anniversary, St. Alphonsus Parish, Silex

Before the cross | Inappropriate desires lead us from what is good

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson posed for a snapshot with members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Kights of Peter Claver after he celebrated Mass during the organization’s annual convention Aug. 1 in Downtown St. Louis.

The Ninth and Tenth Commandments forbid what may be called "sins of desire" (concupiscence). In our Church's catechetical tradition, the Ninth Commandment forbids carnal concupiscence — inappropriate desires of the flesh — while the Tenth Commandment forbids inappropriate desire for material things — coveting another's goods. Intense, inappropriate desires lead us away from what is truly good for us.

Before the Cross | Truth be told, 8th commandment is essentential for Christian living

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson anointed Carol Clay with Holy Chrism during the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Nicholas Church July 25 in St. Louis. The archbishop was at St. Nicholas to bless the Heros of Education Tree of Life and confirm 12 youths from the parish.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor"
(Ex 20:16; Dt 5:20).

Let your "yes" mean "yes" and your "no" mean "no." Anything more is from the evil one (Matthew 5:37).

In other words, we are not to misrepresent the truth in our relations with others. To His disciples, Jesus taught the unconditional love of truth: Let what you say be simply yes or no.

Archbishop's Calendar | July 23, 2010

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


Saturday, July 24

5 p.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass and reception, Holy Name of Jesus parish, Bellefontaine Neighbors


Sunday, July 25

10:30 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass, Sacrament of Confirmation, blessing of Heroes of Education Tree of Life and reception, St. Nicholas Church, North St. Louis

Before the Cross | We must be good stewards of the gifts God has given us

You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19).

The Seventh Commandment forbids unjustly taking or keeping the goods of one's neighbor and wronging him or her in any way with respect to the material possessions that rightfully belong to another. It also means it is a sin to cheat on your income tax!

Archbishop's Calendar | July 16, 2010

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

Monday, July 12-Wednesday, July 21

Messengers of Peace, Colombia

Thursday, July 22

9:30 a.m. Meeting with ministry team leaders, Cardinal Rigali Center, Shrewsbury

6 p.m. Dinner with priest personnel board, St. Peter Parish, Kirkwood

Friday, July 23

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