The Northern Cross

Liz Hoefferle: Choose to be saved; take the bridge to heaven

Posted by Kyle Eller

“Are you saved?”

This question, often posed by evangelical or fundamentalist Christians, inquires about the meaning and certainty of one’s salvation.

As we continue our journey through the season of Lent, it is an appropriate time to reflect upon the meaning of Jesus Christ’s saving works and to recommit ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: There’s wisdom in not knowing all the answers

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: I find myself facing situations where I just don’t know what to do. I feel like I am out of my depth, but I have responsibilities, and people still look to me to have an answer. What am I supposed to do?

Answer: I find myself in this ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Annunciation adds meaning to Mass in Nazareth

Posted by Kyle Eller

When I go to Rome, my favorite place to say Mass is over the tomb of St. John Paul the Great in St. Peter’s Basilica. Being inspired by him and having had the opportunity to meet him make that altar particularly important to me.

In my years of priesthood ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Lenten practices preserve memories of church truths

Posted by Kyle Eller

When I can’t sleep at night, I sometimes recall images of my children the way I want to remember them as toddlers. It is possible that those angelic memories are bit distorted to help sooth my restlessness. Memory is a treasure, a masterful gift from our Creator.

My children ... Read More »

Father Robert Barron: The 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth

Posted by Kyle Eller

I write these words on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century and a man who had a decisive influence on me and my vocation to the priesthood.

I first encountered Merton’s writing in a peculiar way. ... Read More »

Kathryn Mollen: Push for surrogacy laws calls for legislative study

Posted by Kyle Eller

In 2014, the Minnesota Catholic Conference worked tirelessly to successfully stop problematic legislation that would have legitimized commercial surrogacy contracts, which are currently not recognized under Minnesota law.

This session, MCC is advocating for legislation that would establish a legislative commission to study the issues and concerns associated with ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: If we know that God loves us, does it matter who ‘likes’ us on Facebook?

Posted by Kyle Eller

A few days ago I got a notification from Twitter that I had a new follower: John Henry Newman!

Sure, the real Blessed John Newman went to his reward almost a century before I was born. It’s likely the person on Twitter who likes Newman enough to dedicate a ... Read More »

Editorial: Feasting at the fish fry misses point of fasting

Posted by Kyle Eller

We are now in the heart of Lent, so that means it is also the season for wonderful, tasty, all-you-can-eat fish fries, capped off with a nice piece of cake.

If it has ever felt like there may be a bit of tension there, Pope Francis put his finger ... Read More »

Teresa Garry: For Mothers of Priests chapter, it all starts with prayer

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Teresa GarryGuest columnist

The Mothers of Priests Chapter is new to the Diocese of Duluth. In August 2013, Bishop Paul Sirba approached a few of us. He asked us to form a chapter for our diocese. Four of us mothers worked together and have founded the Mothers of ... Read More »

Halfway into strategic plan, it’s nearly 90 percent implemented

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

When Bishop Paul Sirba approved a strategic plan in January 2012, it was presented as a flexible plan that would guide him on decisions like clustering and merging parishes for the following five years, with changes implemented as needed.

About halfway through the five-year ... Read More »