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December 03, 2017
Write the Vision: God’s Kingdom Come
One of the things Sick Pilgrim has done, and does well, is to open space...
September 30, 2017
Welcome to Spooky Pilgrim Month: Looking for Places of the Uncanny and Strange
The Nicene Creed tells us that God is the Creator of all things "Seen and...
September 06, 2017
Wind River and The Death of the “Godly Man.”
(Spoilers Ahead) A few nights ago, I returned from dropping off my kids and decided...
August 28, 2017
Narcissism, Exorcism, and the True Nature of Evil
Sixty years ago, C.S. Lewis began his book, Mere Christianity by giving us an example...
August 13, 2017
St. Maximilian Kolbe, Pray for Me, a Sinner, and a White Man.
I'm a white male, age 35-45. According to all statistics and research, I have power...
July 06, 2017
The Bats of St. Alphonsus
As a writer and artist, people ask me why I’ve gotten back into parish work....
June 19, 2017
Séance with the Freudenabteilung (or, Communing with Dead Nazi Sex Slaves): Listening to Joy Division as Religious Experience
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not...
May 08, 2017
The Theology of Suffering Questions the Benedict Option
Allow me to tell you a story. A few years ago, I went through the...
April 12, 2017
13 Reasons Why: Netflix Invites us to Spiritual Works of Mercy For Holy Week
(Two alerts. This review talks about rape, bullying and suicide. It also contains a lot...
April 11, 2017
Stations of the Cross: A Spectator to the Execution
You have my whole heart. You always did. —Cormac McCarthy, The Road Imagine for...
April 10, 2017
For the People Who Cry During Holy Week
On Palm Sunday, we process into church waving blessed fronds. The priest walks amongst us,...
April 07, 2017
RIP Rich Mullins: Palm Sunday Dark Devotional
"You had no stones to throw You came without an ax to grind You did...
March 19, 2017
St. Joseph’s Altar: The Lenten Feast?
Every year in my school, the classes would take a bus to a nearby banquet...
March 17, 2017
Dark Devotional: To Die for an Ungodly Neighbor
For Christ, while we were still helpless, died at the appointed time for the ungodly....
March 08, 2017
Road Trip Homilies: Wounded Knee and the Snake Givers
As I walked along a sandy path in Badlands National Park, I noticed a sign...
February 21, 2017
Why Are We So Afraid of Mercy and Our Own Heretical Little Hearts?
As I sort through the events of the past few months, I've tried to figure...
February 10, 2017
Destruction As Grace – Dark Devotional
I stared up at the Basilica in hate. I hated them. Every single one of...
February 09, 2017
To Bill Nye, Fellow Ataxian
...while Nye dreams of outer space, it's his own DNA that worries him. "My family...
February 06, 2017
Are You a Child of Thunder? Or a Vigilante of Love?
On the first Sunday of the year, my priest printed out slips of...
January 30, 2017
Tim Powers: Trying to Say God
*This is the second post in our series of features on the writers, musicians and artists...
January 24, 2017
Screwtape Does America
(At four o'clock this morning, I (Jonathan) woke up and thought about the events...
January 23, 2017
St. Francis de Sales and the Artist-Theologian
Before I was confirmed in the Catholic Church three years ago, I had to choose...
January 18, 2017
Trying to Say God (as artists)
A few years ago, Kaya Oakes wrote in America Magazine that "Catholic literary culture today...
January 13, 2017
Sick Pilgrim and Sacramental Weird Fiction Writer, William Paul Blatty, Has Passed.
I'm sad today. William Peter Blatty has gone into the Unseen realm. As the writer...
January 13, 2017
And The Title For The Sick Pilgrim Book Is….
Jess: What do you think we should name our book? Jonathan: I dunno, what...
January 08, 2017
Dark Devotional: Baptism in the Crapper
My parish has persevered for over a century, resisting many of the trends that reduced...
January 05, 2017
The Wonder Podcast Episode I: Death in the Grand Canyon
We've been talking about it for months. But, finally, here it is, the first...
January 03, 2017
A Letter to the Devout Mother’s Son Who Skipped Christmas Mass
This week, I read an article on a Catholic blog about a son’s absence from...
December 22, 2016
Dark Devotional: It’s Christmas, Let’s Get Drunk!
One of my earliest childhood memories is my dad getting tipsy from the communion wine...
December 19, 2016
Advent: The Catholic Church IS the Rebellion
A few days ago, I was talking about the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One...
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