The Northern Cross

Liz Hoefferle: Did you know a pure heart can affect your vision?

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the Beatitudes, Jesus explains the conditions for ultimate happiness. One of these prescriptions includes, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).

This teaching by our Lord should prompt us to reflect, "What does the condition of my heart have to do with ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: God's will includes complex process of making choices

Posted by Kyle Eller

Q: What is the difference between drifting along in life and letting God do his will in your life? I have not really pursued a lot of my life goals because I love God and I want to please him by doing what he wants me to do in ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Ashes, of course, but there's more to get from Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

Years ago one of my seminary professors cited a study listing the most well-attended Masses of the year. The first two were obvious -- Christmas and Easter -- but the third and fourth most attended Masses were a bit of a surprise to me at the time. They were ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Catholic education -- my passion, our obligation

Posted by Kyle Eller

It has become a bit of a tradition for me to write about Catholic schools and Catholic education for my February columns. Catholic Schools Week typically straddles the last week of January and the first week of February, which prompts me to bring to light the many amazing aspects ... Read More »

Father Robert Barron: Does religion really have a 'smart-people problem'?

Posted by Kyle Eller

Daniel Dennett, one of the "four horsemen" of contemporary atheism, proposed in 2003 that those who espouse a naturalist, atheist worldview should call themselves "the brights," thereby distinguishing themselves rather clearly from the dim, benighted masses who hold on to supernaturalist convictions.

In the wake of Dennett's suggestion, many ... Read More »

Jessica Zittlow: It's time to move forward on basic right of education

Posted by Kyle Eller

Education reform is shaping up as a signature topic of the 2015-16 session, as both Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have begun to suggest ways to improve educational quality and close the achievement gap.

Like other political debates, the issue of education reform gets tangled in politics and ... Read More »

Annual Together for Life Banquet yields amazing adoption stories, an award and big news

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

The fourth annual Together for Life Banquet, hosted by Guiding Star Duluth, brought in a national speaker, gave Hibbing's Gail Checco of Blessed Sacrament its annual pro-life award and, for good measure, dropped news on a major new pro-life initiative in the region.

The ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Posted by Kyle Eller

Firefighter: I need my faith like I need air

As a firefighter, I read with interest "Who Told You You Were Naked?", by Kelvin Cochran, who happened to be fire chief in Atlanta. It describes the Christian ethos of being clothed in Christ through the Holy Spirit.

It is ... Read More »

Editorial: Lacking media attention, some news should spark our prayer

Posted by Kyle Eller

The attack on Paris journalists has rightly drawn our outrage and our solidarity with the victims. As the popes have said so well, there is no justification for murdering people in the name of God.

At the same time, some have wondered why another attack, one which occurred around ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: On freedom of speech, its limits and its obligations

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis once encouraged young people at World Youth Day to go out and make a holy mess, and one gets the clear impression he likes to do this himself, too -- especially when he gets onto an airplane with journalists.

His recent trip to Asia created at least ... Read More »