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May 09, 2018
Here’s Yer Catholic Culture: The Met Explores the Enduring Influence of the “Catholic Imagination”
You know you're from Southern Louisiana when you're shocked that people are shocked by the...
May 03, 2018
Mystery and Absurdity: Colin Dickey’s Afterlives of the Saints
Think of the Catholic Church and you might think of pedophile clerics, financial malfeasance....
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...
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...
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...
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 15, 2017
That Old Catholic Magic: Jacob Popcak Explains St. Patrick’s Day to Sick Pilgrim
We invited some Sick Pilgrims over to talk about one of our favorite saints, St...
November 28, 2016
Advent: Kicking your Darkness
Since I first heard the song in college, I've meditated on a lyric by Canadian...
November 18, 2016
The Anointing of a Sick Pilgrim
I hobbled into church yesterday for the Rite of the Anointing of the Sick, holding the...
November 15, 2016
La Toussaint: How Cajuns Care for Cities of the Dead
In October we clean graves. We gather in the early morning or late afternoon...
October 24, 2016
Blessed, Bewildered: A Former Altar Boy Remembers Benediction
Of all the mysterious rites of Catholicism, perhaps the most mysterious is the Benediction of...
September 21, 2016
I took a crash course in Gregorian chant. Literally.
When the email circulated that there would be a traditional Latin Mass at our parish...
September 12, 2016
Sick Pilgrim at the Ministry Fair
One of our priests gave a rousing homily on the Prodigal Son on Sunday. Priests love to...
June 21, 2016
Adventures in Popular Piety: Confession
There has always been something unappealingly puritanical to me about getting up early. It’s so...
May 17, 2016
Marian Apparitions: Blessings or a Curse?
As a kid, I grew up in the Charismatic renewal that swept its way...
May 12, 2016
Three Reasons I Don’t Pray to Mary
Mary, it's not you. It's me. I promised that this month, your month, I would...
May 04, 2016
They Call Me Parrain: On the Strange Practice of being a Godparent
Cajun Country is a unique little hub in southern Louisiana. Nestled in the steroeotyped Southeastern...
May 01, 2016
I have a Problem with Mary…and Possibly Women in General.
I wear a rosary around my neck and not for a fashion statement. My best...
April 26, 2016
The Bloody, Enchanted Host
About seven years ago, I took a job as an assistant minister in Columbus, Ohio....
April 24, 2016
Popular Piety: A Vision of the Sacred Heart
About a year ago, I took one of my many trips to Utah, which has...
April 12, 2016
Popular Piety: An Interview with a Traiteur
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