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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....
November 09, 2017
Five Lessons I Learned from Dorothy Day
In my 33 years as a Catholic, I’ve found the saints--canonized or not--have often found me...
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...
July 21, 2017
Mary Magdalene, Wonder Woman, and Me
In honor of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, July 22 I wore a long,...
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...
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...
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 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...
December 04, 2016
Feast of St. Nicholas: Slap a Heretic Day. Or Why Are We Hitting Ourselves?
Tuesday is the feast day of St. Nicholas and as usual, the story of him...
November 16, 2016
10 Relics That Prove Catholics Have No Chill About the Communion of Saints
We're celebrating community here at Sick Pilgrim this month, based on the fact that we...
November 04, 2016
The Dead Don’t Marry
“The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to...
November 02, 2016
Making Contact: From the Ouija Board to the Catholic Church
In October we called for spooky stories from all our friends who follow the blog,...
October 29, 2016
The Crucifixion Made Halloween Possible
The recent death of Jack Chick made me think about my own personal history with...
October 28, 2016
Dark Devotional: The Terror of the Saintly Call
At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now...
July 22, 2016
Dark Devotional: An Argument with St. Paul about some Biblical Platitudes
"Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance,...
July 18, 2016
I went to Communion and You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next!
I saw that it is the will of Christ’s love to be put into the hands...
June 08, 2016
Saint Jude, Sick Pilgrims, and Other Lost Causes
St. Jude, patron of lost causes, pray for us sick pilgrims. A common practice in...
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...
March 28, 2016
A Mid-Life Report Card from St. Peter…..
(We are taking a week off here at Sick Pilgrim. So, Jess and I...
March 10, 2016
Catholic Books Even a Protestant Could Love
I'm not Catholic, but some of my favorite books are. I came of age during...
February 01, 2016
How Writing a Foreword for an Inkling Smashed My Idols
A few years go, I was having dinner with the editor of my first two...
January 21, 2016
Keeping Christianity Weird: Nadia Bolz-Weber and Heather King
The Washington Post described Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber as a "superhero from Planet Alternative Christian:"...
January 12, 2016
It Takes All Kinds
With this post, Sick Pilgrim is joining the conversation on My Badass Book of Saints for...
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