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March 01, 2018
Rare Disease Day: A Sick Pilgrim Lobbies on Capitol Hill
The sun was setting, and this Cajun was still not freezing. In the distant north...
January 29, 2018
Things Keeping ME Alive
One of my favorite features at Sick Pilgrim is the monthly “Things Keeping Us Alive”...
December 14, 2017
I See a Darkness (St. John of the Cross Feast Day Dark Devotional)
Here I am at 11pm, in the final hour of the Feast of Our Lady...
December 12, 2017
The Shadow Side of Advent
Yesterday—the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent—I read a poem by Nikki Giovanni, and...
November 06, 2017
Spirit and Flesh: The Spiritual Experience of Getting a Tattoo
Aaron greets me at the counter of Carmel Ink: “What can I do for...
October 09, 2017
The Bleeding Woman
When two friends told me that not only was the Bleeding Woman their favorite...
September 12, 2017
Songs As Sanctuary: Justin Hopper on Steely Dan and Dive Bar Gothic
This was not what you might expect for the kind of place that had people...
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 15, 2017
The Cajun Saint and The Cajun Doubter: Charlene Richard and Me
The sun shone starkly and the humidity hugged us unwelcomingly as my mom and I entered...
July 20, 2017
Approaching Mystery: Timekeeping
Some of the most interesting writing happening today exists in the liminal space between genres—micro-memoir,...
July 14, 2017
Dark Devotional: Alive With Decay
Seed work is work for the dark. It is growth to be entrusted to soil...
July 10, 2017
I Love a Good Clean Murder
Best are those with minimal blood: perhaps poison, asphyxiation, or even strangulation. But even better...
June 14, 2017
Pest’s Letters: To My Friend Who Died of an Overdose
They found your body on the floor of your house last week. I don’t know...
March 30, 2017
Sick Confessions: I’m a Bad Pray-er
"You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is...
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 02, 2017
Dark Devotional: How Do I Get to the Desert?
I learned I had no discipline or willpower at age nine when my fourth grade...
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 17, 2017
Dark Devotional- The Stepford Jesus?
The word “perfect” makes me cringe. It conjures images of syrupy-sweet holy card saints, and...
February 09, 2017
To Bill Nye, Fellow Ataxian
...while Nye dreams of outer space, it's his own DNA that worries him. "My family...
January 24, 2017
Screwtape Does America
(At four o'clock this morning, I (Jonathan) woke up and thought about the events...
January 10, 2017
Praying with Depression (and Children)
"I want us to recite the Lord’s Prayer together in the mornings as a family...
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 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 23, 2016
A Christmas Card to Those Who Go to Church Once A Year, Love Sick Pilgrim
Every year, my local church divides each Mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day into...
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 14, 2016
Adventures of an Agnostic in the Weird World of Catholicism
When my roommates first told me that they were going to get time off...
November 22, 2016
Hot Mess Hospitality: Against the Art-Directed Life
There are two truths I must tell you. I have to tell you that I...
November 07, 2016
Bear One Another’s Burdens This Election Day.
I looked around at my fellow Confirmands, most of them hiding zits with heavy doses...
November 07, 2016
Pornography, the Election, and the Problem of a Woman in Power
I first experienced pornography when I was 10 years old. It was 1985. One of my...
November 01, 2016
Slavery Still Haunts Us
On November 2, the Catholic Church celebrates All Souls' Day, to remember and pray for...
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