The Northern Cross

Liz Hoefferle: Evangelism and an active faith life begin with prayer

Posted by Kyle Eller

I’m beginning to see a pattern emerge.

Our church leaders continue to remind us that the work of evangelization begins with prayer. Sherry Weddell has taught us that intentional discipleship and the subsequent manifestation of charisms require a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pope Francis recently encouraged a continuation ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Fighting the ‘noon-day devil’ of acedia

Posted by Kyle Eller

I sometimes just wish that I could run away from the life that I am living. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, but I get this feeling that I should just leave this behind and try something new. Is this a sign that I should?

Thank you for ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Forgotten saint’s story shows how we should love the Eucharist

Posted by Kyle Eller

Those who have been following my columns over the years have likely noticed my affection for the saints. Often in these columns I have explored anew the stories of some of the more popular saints that many of us as least know of by name.

The true love of ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: A tribute to Holy Rosary School as a last child graduates

Posted by Kyle Eller

Thirty-plus years ago my husband and I made the decision to plant our roots in northern Minnesota. We knew that came with some benefits, but this decision also came with some challenges. My husband was mostly raised in the Green Bay area, and I grew up outside Chicago. At ... Read More »

Diocese announces respect life essay contest winners

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Office of Marriage and Family Life at the Diocese of Duluth recently held its fourth annual respect life essay contest for middle and high school students. The theme of the contest was “Moved by Mercy.” Each year more essays are received, which makes judging that much more challenging.

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Jason Adkins: Catholics, it’s time to come to the Capitol!

Posted by Kyle Eller

This year, the bishops of Minnesota are hosting an exciting event in St. Paul on March 9 called Catholics at the Capitol. With critical issues such as the legalization of assisted suicide and persistent family poverty at stake, Catholics concerned with life and human dignity cannot afford to miss ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Serving the common good means living in the truth

Posted by Kyle Eller

The news lately is full of phrases like “fake news,” “alternative facts” and “post-truth America.”

Charges of corruption, lying, stupidity and more fly in all directions, much of it politically motivated — but much of it also warranted. We seem to traffic in perception, not in truth. Who we ... Read More »

Editorial: Taming our tongues in a world of constant protest

Posted by Kyle Eller

Lately it seems like “another day, another protest.” People certainly have a lot to say. And in many respects that is important, necessary and good. We serve the common good when we bear witness to the true, the good and the beautiful.

At the same time, it bears reflection ... Read More »

Minnesota Catholic Conference identifies 2017 legislative priorities

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Joe TowalskiSt. Cloud Visitor

After a contentious U.S. presidential campaign that highlighted the nation’s deep political divisions, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is hoping that state Republicans and Democrats can rise above partisan differences to pass legislation consistent with the conference’s 2017 public policy priorities.

“One thing that’s going ... Read More »

News In Brief - February 2017

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross - February 2017 News in Brief

Lenten practices

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from ... Read More »