The Northern Cross

Back from a bad day: Father Hadrich hopes recovery from a stroke draws attention to the gift of the priesthood

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

The weather was beautiful that summer Saturday morning, and a lot of parishioners turned out to watch their young priest finish second in a local triathlon.

But Aug. 8 was not a normal day for Father Ben Hadrich, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas in ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: Passing on message of Christ a duty for every Christian

Posted by Kyle Eller

Have you ever thought of yourself as a messenger? With modern technology, the concept of a messenger may seem a little foreign. Today, we can sit at a computer, type a message and with the click of a button, it is transmitted to its recipient.

In days past, this ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: How can we keep our faith in the face of death?

Posted by Kyle Eller

There is a teacher at my Catholic school who just died. He was so young, and all of us students loved him so much. We all miss him so much. I am beginning to doubt my faith in all of this. What can I do?

Thank you so much ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Memorial Day is the most Catholic secular holiday

Posted by Kyle Eller

Back in the fall of 1987, when I was a senior in high school, my paternal grandmother had died. To this day, it is one of the more traumatic deaths I have experienced.

Though her death was expected due to cancer, she was a massive influence in my young ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Pope’s exhortation addresses a worldwide crisis with love

Posted by Kyle Eller

The long-awaited document has arrived. For people like me, who use their free time to follow Church happenings, this is an exciting and anticipated moment. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has released his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”).

This document follows the Synod on the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Posted by Kyle Eller

To the editor:

Judging from the responses I’m hearing, the Men’s and Women’s Conferences were quite a hit. I heard the excitement of one of my lay Carmelite friends. She said, “Gail, there was a great talk that used stories of some of our Carmelite saints” (St. Teresa of ... Read More »

Bishop Robert Barron: Why you should read C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’

Posted by Kyle Eller

In my capacity as regional bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region, which covers two counties north of Los Angeles, I am obliged to spend a good deal of time in the car. To make the long trips a bit easier, I have gotten back into the habit of ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Lost to mockery — the art of the persuasive argument

Posted by Kyle Eller

The other day I caught a couple of minutes of a pro-life talk I hadn’t heard before. The content was good — well-reasoned and sound, and friendly, too. The speaker was addressing her audience in a way she obviously hoped would equip them to go out into the world ... Read More »

Editorial: Time of change for schools an invitation to get involved

Posted by Kyle Eller

The month of May brings the end of a school year, and that always brings change. Students graduate and new ones arrive. Principals, faculty and staff retire or move on to other opportunities, and new ones arrive. Change is part of life.

However, Catholic schools in the Diocese of ... Read More »

United Catholic Appeal helps spread joy of the Gospel

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Aubry HabenThe Northern Cross “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls” — Mother Teresa

Can you believe another year has already gone by? We thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon us over the last year and trust that he will ... Read More »