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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.

May Mother Teresa's example inspire us to do our part

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta showed charity to everyone without distinction, but in union with the Church she showed a preference for the poor. Mother Teresa recognized the face of Christ, whom she loved with her entire being, in everyone she met, but she was especially conscious of His presence in the poorest of the poor.

Before the Cross | Work is necessary for survival, maintaining human dignity

We've heard a lot about unemployment the past few years. The goal, which we never seem to reach, is no unemployment. That would mean every able-bodied person was gainfully employed. A society with no unemployment would be a truly healthy society.

If we can't have zero unemployment, we like to keep the percentages in single digits. When we get near — or past — double-digit unemployment, it's a sign that our economy is in trouble. My four years as bishop of Saginaw, Mich., gave me an opportunity to see clearly what unacceptable rates of unemployment can do to a community.

Before the Cross | We are not islands; family is essential

“No man is an island, entire of itself … any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind” John Donne (1572-1631)

The poet John Donne reminds us that we are never completely alone — even in death. We belong to God and to His family. We are intimately “involved in mankind” and can never separate ourselves totally from the relationships that form our fundamental identity.

The unborn are most in need of protection

Norman A. Williams, interim director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center, was acknowledged for his service by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson during the presentation of the fourth annual archdiocesan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice Awards in St. Louis Jan. 16. Twenty-seven high school students from parishes and schools across the archdiocese were honored with the award for their commitment to serving humanity in the broader community.

A few years ago, I was asked why the Church devotes so much attention to abortion among all the challenges to life we face today, including end-of-life issues, capital punishment, HIV/AIDS, war, poverty, embryonic stem cell research, homelessness and more.

Follow the crucified Christ

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greeted attendees before a Mass of Thanksgiving for Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Jan. 9 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It was Cardinal Burke’s first Mass at the cathedral since he was elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
Matthew 5:10


Christ is the way to lasting peace

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greeted Fleur de Lis Ball chair Mary Ciapciak of Annunziata Parish in Ladue and Beth VanHorn of St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood during the Fleur de Lis Ball Dec. 29 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Since the annual charity ball began more than 50 years ago, it has raised more than $2.6 million for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

The Quakers have a saying, “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” Catholic teaching supports this insight — provided we understand that it is the peace of Christ that is “the way” to achieve lasting peace in our hearts and in our world.

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