Suspension of All Public Masses in the Green Bay Diocese

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

Bishop Ricken has ordered an unprecedented suspension of the celebration of public Masses in the Diocese of Green Bay, effective this Friday. This includes both weekday and Sunday Masses. That news was followed quickly by Governor Evers’ order to suspend all public gatherings of 10 or more people and close all restaurants and bars. Mass will still be offered every …

I Stopped Playing Video Games for Good. Here’s Why

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

“Mom, can we please get a Nintendo?” It was the late 80’s or early 90’s and everyone had an NES. Everyone but us. A shiny world of endless 8-bit adventure awaited me. The local Walmart had them on sale: “Please could we get one?” My parents finally relented. They must have been relieved when the Walmart was sold out. We …

Unplanned (Movie Review)

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Life on Planet Earth

I still remember our college trip to watch The Cider House Rules. Michael Caine plays a doctor who secretly performs illegal abortions in the 1940’s. Tobey Maguire plays a young orphan who becomes his assistant — and uncovers his dark secret. In the course of the movie Tobey’s journey helps him come around to understand the doctor’s motivations. Full disclosure: …

(C) BrotherPriest.com

How to Say Goodbye to a House

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth Leave a Comment

Houses are not persons like human beings are. But houses do have personality. Some houses are tall and proud; others short and humble. Some houses are meticulous; others rather messy. They get their personality from the people who built them and the people who live in them. Houses like to be lived in. They are happiest when people are running …

A Cure for Warts

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth Leave a Comment

I have to first admit that there is no quick and easy cure for warts. A dermatologist explained: “We have a number of different treatments for warts, and that tells you that none of them are particularly effective. Because if one were particularly effective we would just use that one all the time.” Warts are a virus that infects the surface …

A Tall Drink of Water

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth Leave a Comment

I still remember the day I quit buying soft drinks. I was standing in the aisle at the grocery store debating between regular, diet, caffeine-free, real sugar, and the latest weird flavor of Mountain Dew. Suddenly it hit me: there are no good choices. Neither the sugar nor the sweet-tasting chemicals are actually good for me. I passed on the …

(C) BrotherPriests.com

100,000 Miles and Counting

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth 1 Comment

My first year in my three-parish assignment was also one of the snowiest years on record. After the third snowfall of 14+ inches, I decided it was time for a vehicle with all-wheel drive. I took delivery of my new Subaru Forester on the feast of St. Anthony in 2011. It was the year of the tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown; …