The Northern Cross

Liz Hoefferle: ‘The desire for God is written in the human heart’

Posted by Kyle Eller

“The desire for God is written in the human heart.”

This beautiful passage found at the beginning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reflects a universal desire, one that exists within the deepest yearnings of every human being.

Because we have been made by God for the purpose ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Let’s renounce our sins, not just confess them

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been praying and I’ve been to confession (repeatedly), but I seem to commit the same sins. Even worse, I know that Jesus promised that we would receive a closeness to God when we call out for him, but I haven’t experienced that.

Answer: Thank you so much for writing. I think that your experience sounds a lot like most people in the church. Now, when I say that, I don’t mean “most people who don’t care about getting close to the Lord” in the church. What you described is what most people who are showing up and who long to be closely connected with God are experiencing every day. We want God so desperately, but we don’t seem to be able to experience his presence and his power. So what do we do? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Parents should never force children to be confirmed

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Sacrament of Confirmation can be a very challenging and very rewarding sacrament. In my experience as a pastor, the most rewarding aspect of the sacrament comes through the RCIA process (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults).

There can be any number of different scenarios as to why someone ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Camp Survive’s transformations are best seen up close

Posted by Kyle Eller

Every August I look forward to the same bus ride: I get to chaperone middle schoolers from the east side of our diocese to Camp Survive.

I see this as a privilege, and I am left wondering why others are not vying for this job. Few situations place you ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: Gender ideology is colonizing — not cultivating — student minds

Posted by Kyle Eller

Our schools should be places where children are trained to pursue the true, the good, and the beautiful — or, at the very least, equipped to honestly and rationally engage with objective reality. A school should be a place of education, not ideological instruction.

But a “transgender toolkit,” approved ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Nuclear terrors should help us reject consequentialism

Posted by Kyle Eller

As a kid growing up in the 1970s, I remember standing at the end of my driveway looking at a weird cloud formation and naively wondering if it was a mushroom cloud in some faraway city and the world was coming to an end.

I remember the news and ... Read More »

St. Vincent de Paul helping to bridge school lunch gap in Crosby-Ironton

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul builds in a certain flexibility for local conferences, and the group at the neighboring parishes in Crosby and Ironton have found an important niche: helping children who may go hungry in the summer months, when they do ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Camp Survive was an opportunity to consult with young people

Posted by Kyle Eller

The energy was palpable. The welcome was hearty and sincere. The enthusiasm was contagious. Where else can you experience the fruits of the Holy Spirit in a forum with hundreds of young people, junior counselors, a prayer team, and some extraordinarily dedicated chaperones in a beautiful setting? Camp Survive ... Read More »

Calendar of Events - September 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - September 2017 Calendar of Events

Communion and Liberation school community

Duluth Communion and Liberation School of Community meets every Friday evening at 7 p.m. at different locations in the Duluth area. Prayer, singing, sharing experiences, what’s been discovered, and concludes with a potluck. The community ... Read More »

Local News in Brief - September 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - September 2017 Local News In Brief

Secular Franciscan welcome

On May 25, the Spiritus Sanctus Emerging Fraternity of the Secular Franciscans welcomed Wanda Huber and Carol Hartneck. The rite of admission was celebrated following nine months of orientation and inquiry formation. Candidates Huber and Hartneck ... Read More »