The Northern Cross

Father Mike Schmitz: Who is in heaven? Answer is — ‘We just don’t know’

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: My dad died, but I think that he was agnostic. He never clearly claimed Jesus. He tolerated faith in my mom and in us, but he never gave any indication that it reached him. Is he in heaven?

Answer: Please accept my sincere condolences and know that I ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Are you afraid of going to confession? Fear not

Posted by Kyle Eller

Alfred Hitchcock is awesome. I have seen several of his movies and have always found myself wanting the story to keep going even after it is over. He is a master storyteller who weaves webs of great suspense and thrills. Father Richard KunstApologetics

One of his great movies is ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Environmental debates need prudence, principles

Posted by Kyle Eller

Americans are more conscious than ever of their responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. Years of successful public relations campaigns and the work of tireless activists have ensured that protecting creation is at the forefront of public discourse. Jason AdkinsFaith in the Public Arena

Yet, the debates ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Some of life’s big tests await college-bound son

Posted by Kyle Eller

It seems my third oldest son has spent the past year taking tests as he prepares to go off to college. He had his regular school tests, ACT/SAT testing, tests for scholarships and AP exams. Betsy KneepkensFaith and Family

One would think that he is all tested out, but ... Read More »

Abortions in Minnesota drop to lowest since 1974

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Northern Cross

Abortion numbers have dropped for the seventh straight year in Minnesota, to their lowest level since 1974, according to an analysis of the state’s Abortion Report by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

The annual state report was released July 1 by the Minnesota Department of Health.

... Read More »

Kyle Eller: War on Conscience is a war of choice

Posted by Kyle Eller

A subtle point about the War on Conscience seems to me both important and neglected: Compelling a person to act against his conscience is worse than preventing someone from acting on his conscience.

Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

At first glance that may seem like the worst kind of hair-splitting, but ... Read More »

Editorial: For what would we be willing to die?

Posted by Kyle Eller

One of the marvelous beauties of God’s providence is that he brings good out of evil, and in his mysterious workings in history he very often chooses for the task his “little ones” — people whom the world may regard as of little importance but who loom large in ... Read More »

Schools Briefs August 2014

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross Schools in Brief August 2014

St. John students earn presidential academic awards

The graduating sixth-grade class of St. John’s School in Duluth was honored to have 10 of its 17 students earn the Presidential Education Award for Scholastic Excellence. This is the largest number of graduates ... Read More »

Catholic education is God's will, August 2014

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross Schools Article August 2014 Catholic education is God’s will

By Ruth Tomczyk

Catholic education is God’s will. How do I know this, you ask. Well let me tell.

When my first child was approaching school age, I started thinking and praying about my choices for education ... Read More »

Monastery Jubilees August 2014

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross Local News in Brief August 2014

St. Scholastica Monastery celebrates sisters’ jubilees

The celebrations of significant anniversaries have already begun for the jubilarian Benedictines at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth.

Sister Barbara Ann Vierzba, Sister Lois Ann Glaudel, and Sister Mary Susan Dewitt celebrated their Golden ... Read More »