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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 | 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.

Before the Cross | Defending human life, our primary duty as faithful citizens

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented the Cardinal Rigali Service award to Maria Csengody, who has volunteered her time at St. Mary of Victories Church Downtown for 38 years. Csengody was one of 20 recipients of the award presented by the archbishop at a Sept. 13 luncheon at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

The defense of human life -- from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death -- is our primary duty as faithful citizens. All human life is sacred because every human being, without exception, is made in the image and likeness of God.

Faithful citizens seek to transform the world

From left, Father John Horn, SJ, rector-president of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson applauded Vincentian Father James Swift as he was named as the Justin Cardinal Rigali Chair of Sacred Liturgy during a Mass at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Sept. 6. Msgr. James Ramacciotti also was awarded the Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke Chair of Canon Law.

In less than a month, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening session of the Second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962. Among many other things, Vatican II urged all faithful Catholics also to be faithful citizens of their own nations and the world community.

Before the Cross | Eucharist allows us to experience the holiness of God

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Father Thomas Santen, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Manchester, cut the ribbon at a dedication ceremony of St. Joseph's new parish center Aug. 26.

For many of us today, the figure of Karol Wojtyla (Blessed John Paul II) symbolizes eucharistic sanctity. This great man showed us what it means to be close to God through intimate communion with His Son, Jesus Christ. For nearly six decades, from the time of his ordination to the priesthood in Poland in 1946 to his death in Rome in 2005, Karol Wojtyla taught us about the holy Eucharist.

Before the Cross | Francis of Assisi, a great saint and a joyful man

We all have our favorite saints -- women and men who inspire us by their holiness and their humanity. Saints are "icons" of Christ, living images that present to us different aspects of the face of Jesus, God incarnate.

Some saints were great teachers, as Jesus was. Some gave themselves entirely to caring for the poor and the sick, as Jesus did. Some sacrificed their lives and died a martyr's death, as Jesus did. All surrendered their personal desires to do the will of God, as Jesus did when he prayed, "Not my will be done, but yours" (Luke 22:42).

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