Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Benjamin Life on Planet Earth

On September 14th the Church celebrates the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which is a beautiful reminder of the importance of the suffering and death of Our Lord through which we can receive salvation. In the city of Rome, one of the seven major basilicas is Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, or the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. It was built in …

Oil – another sign of the Apocalypse

Benjamin Life on Planet Earth

My brother pointed out that the oil spill should keep us humble, and remind us how limited our capabilities really are. In this sense, the disaster is a natural consequence of pushing too far. It is exactly the same to say that the oil spill is God’s wrath for our arrogance, and His warning to repent. After all, it is …

White and Drifting Snow

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

Fr. Joel Last winter was, well, very wintery. Having recently spent time in Italy, I would often walk outside in only a sweater or vest, only to have to turn around and put on a heavy coat. I decided this winter, I would be prepared. The first thing I had to deal with was tires that were nearly bald. I …

Wall-E

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

I just came back from an early showing of the spectacular new PIXAR film “WALL-E”. I have to confess that I am a big fan of Pixar films. They have a genius for attention to detail and for creating compelling characters with real personality. Wall-E is no exception. It opens on the planet Earth in approximately the year 2800. The …

Lourdes, France

Benjamin Life on Planet Earth

My second stop on the Easter trip was the tiny town of Lourdes, at the edge of the Pyrenees in South-western France. There, in 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl named Bernadette along a river near the town. The apparition was investigated thoroughly and approved by the Church. What keeps pilgrims coming, besides the motivation of …

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Can men drink tea?

Benjamin Life on Planet Earth

Next to the pursuit of holiness, the pursuit of manliness is near and dear to my heart (I think, in the end, they aren’t that different but that is another topic). In any case, I and a few of my friends prefer tea to coffee, which opens us up to the occasional barb from others who fancy themselves experts on …