archbishop robert j. carlson

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Las emociones y pasiones del corazón son un camino a la unión con Dios

En el corazón de Jesús, el centro del cristianismo se pone ante nosotros." Así escribió el Cardenal Joseph Ratzinger (Papa Emérito Benedicto XVI). Este es un punto apropiado cuando celebramos la fiesta del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús el 23 de junio.

¿Por qué debería ser importante la fiesta del Sagrado Corazón? Una razón se refiere a las 12 promesas hechas por Jesús a Santa Margarita María Alacoque a aquellos que practican la devoción al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. En el cuadro anexo puede ver la lista de las promesas.

BEFORE THE CROSS | The heart’s emotions and passions are a path to union with God

In the heart of Jesus, the center of Christianity is set before us." So wrote Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). It's a fitting point as we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 23.

Why should the feast of the Sacred Heart matter? One reason is because of the 12 promises made by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque regarding those who practice devotion to the Sacred Heart. The promises are listed in the accompanying box.

Event helps ministry close gap after state cuts

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke with people at a recognition dinner hosted by the Criminal Justice Ministry on June 1 at Moulin in St. Louis. Archbishop Carlson accepted the Luminary Award on behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the event.

The funding gap for the Criminal Justice Ministry caused by a state budget cut is closing, but the ministry still needs financial support to help the agency with its outreach.

Since 1979, the Criminal Justice Ministry has supported and empowered people impacted by incarceration. The agency provides jail and prison ministry, client re-entry services and advocacy for community safety and criminal justice reform.

BEFORE THE CROSS | God’s Law is fulfilled when we act on Jesus’ teachings

We have a rare treat this week: we read from Psalm 119.

Why is that such a big deal? Because we don't get to do it often, and because of the nature of Psalm 119. It is — by far — the longest Psalm: 176 verses divided into 22 sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each section is 8 verses long, and begins with the same Hebrew letter. Each verse contains a word that somehow designates God's Law.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Jesus’ approach to false dichotomies guides us

Have you ever wished you could take an entire week to go through one chapter of the Bible — savoring the nuances, thinking about how it might apply to your life? If so, this is your week. The Gospel readings this week cover all of chapter 12 of the Gospel of Mark.

All week, Jesus is in confrontation with the powers that be. His approach to those confrontations is instructive for us.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Small beginnings often are part of God’s larger plan

One day in May 1917, Mary appeared to three shepherd children. She continued to appear to them every month until October 1917, concluding with the "miracle of the sun" on October 13, an event that was witnessed by a great multitude. The Church formally declared the apparitions worthy of belief in 1930.

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