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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.

Archbishiop's Calendar | March 26, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led a retreat for priests of the St. Louis Archdiocsese during a pilgrimage in Ars, France, home of St. John Vianney, for a Year for Priests observance.

Saturday, March 27

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End


Sunday, March 28

10 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Palm Sunday Mass, Cathedral Basilica, Central West End


Monday, March 29

9:30 a.m. Meeting with the Vicars General, Catholic Center, Central West End

Before the Cross | Jesus' physical presence is powerful

Jesus' physical presence is powerful. The Gospels testify to a remarkable fact: People waited for Jesus to come to them, and His physical presence made a difference. Blind Bartimaeus and the leper waited for Jesus to draw near to them and, when He did, they seized the opportunity to ask Him for healing. The centurion and the paralytic went looking for Jesus and, when they found Him, they asked for His help.

Here is one the most startling accounts of the power of Jesus' physical presence -- the story of the woman afflicted with a hemorrhage:

Archbishop's Calendar | Week of March 19, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson waved to the crowd as he marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown St. Louis March 13. Archbishop Carlson was an honorary marshal for the annual event.

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


Sunday, March 21

11 a.m. Celebrant and homilist for Mass and bread blessing, St. Ambrose parish, South St. Louis

4 p.m. St. Charles Lwanga Center Testimonial Award Dinner, St. Louis Airport Marriott, Bridgeton

6 p.m. Dinner and meeting with Bishops of the Province, Archbishop's Residence, Central West End


Monday, March 22

Before the Cross | Follow St. Joseph's example during Lent

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Those are the traditional terms for three very simple, but also very powerful, actions that are designed to make us ready to accept the healing power of Jesus that comes to us in a special way at Easter.

Clergy Appointments | March 19, 2010

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointments:

Deacon Thomas E. Forster, assistant to the director for life and ministry and assisting the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Valley Park, is appointed to assist the pastor of Annunciation Parish in Webster Groves, while continuing in the Permanent Diaconate Office as assistant to the director for life and ministry, effective April 14.

Before the Cross | Jesus heals completely, body and soul

Jesus' healing mission reaches its climax in the events of the Paschal Mystery -- His passion, death and resurrection. That's why the season of Lent, the time when we prepare for the joy of Easter, is an appropriate time to reflect on the Lord's healing ministry. Every healing that Jesus accomplished during His earthly life was fundamentally oriented toward His final and definitive victory over sin and death.

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