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Liz Hoefferle: Those in consecrated life point us toward eternal life

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Liz HoefferleHanding on the Faith “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21).

With these words, Jesus calls the rich young man to a more perfect love. ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Sin isn’t a necessary evil; aim to know goodness well

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: Do you really believe that sins are the measurement of your passes to heaven? I don’t think so. Sins are necessary to life. How would you know that good is good if you do not experience sin? It gives balance to life.

Answer: That’s an interesting question. It ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: St. Peter’s an example of how so many gave so much

Posted by Kyle Eller

I almost always start January in Rome, Italy. I regularly use my vacation time to lead small private tours to Rome, and my favorite time of the year to bring groups is Christmas, or at least the days following Christmas and into the new year.

I remember 15 years ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: What I want my children to know about Ferguson, Mo.

Posted by Kyle Eller

It is hard not to be disturbed by the events that are happening in Ferguson, Mo. My family watched with particular concern because our third oldest son attends a university in St. Louis not far from Ferguson.

With his three younger siblings still at home, there has been much ... Read More »

Essay contest winners

Posted by Kyle Eller

‘Each of Us Is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation!’

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The Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Duluth, funded by the United Catholic Appeal and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Home Mission, is proud to announce the winners of the second annual ... Read More »

Shawn Peterson: What does education choice really look like?

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Shawn PetersonFaith in the Public Arena

In the last edition of this column, I shared a little about why education policy is a deeply personal issue for me, and why it was an important justice issue to promote authentic school choice for all kids, not just those who ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Message of the popes: We are all in this together, so let’s leave no one behind

Posted by Kyle Eller

I’m not aware of any theological principle that grants to popes a charism of coining pithy phrases that sum up profound issues in just a few words, but the three popes in my life as a Catholic have all had a knack for it.

When we think of our ... Read More »

Editorial: It’s January, and it’s that time again

Posted by Kyle Eller

Every January we do our thing, marking the vigil that began Jan. 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out numerous state laws and invented a constitutional right to abortion — a right to take with violence the most innocent of human lives — through all nine months ... Read More »

‘Affirming and challenging’ report draws joy at Duluth monastery

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

When the Vatican released its report on a visitation of communities of women religious in the United States Dec. 16, among those watching around the world were sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth.

Benedictine Sister Edith Bogue of St. Scholastica Monastery said she ... Read More »

Diocesan conferences set for both men and women

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

The diocesan men’s conference is on its fourth year and the women’s conference on its third, and both are moving to Marshall School in Duluth this year.

The Duluth Catholic Men’s Conference is set for Feb. 21 and will feature two speakers, Deacon Ralph ... Read More »