Dark Devotional: Grab Your Loins and Go

Growing up in the Midwest, I have a few rough edges. Jess (and other women friends) are always telling me I shouldn’t be so crude and crass. A good Mormon patriarch (and a good friend) once said about me, “He’s a good boy, but he has a potty mouth.” I can’t help it. The Midwest spirit run deep in my veins. When I would cross the farm fields, my uncles would tell me not to step in the shit and… Read more

We Don’t Need Another Hero

Last week Jonathan asked me to write about Sick Pilgrim’s mission and/or “charism.” The way I understand it, in church language charism means gift, or the way God gives gifts to the world through you. It’s really hard for me to think in such terms. I’m suspicious of ever trying to pin God down or describe how he’s working in my life, because I’m usually (always) wrong. I hope God works through me. I ask God to work through me. I believe God… Read more

Being a Dad is Hard….even for Harry Potter (a review)

(Ridiculous Spoilers Ahead) It took until the fourth Harry Potter book released for me to become a big fan. Everyone loved it so much that I avoided it. The supposed witchcraft controversy didn’t bother me, as I was, at the time, a Presbyterian steeped in the cultural discussion of Protestant theologian Francis Schaffer. He and his disciples taught us stodgy Presbyterians that you must engage and create culture rather than automatically hating it. No,  I avoided Harry on the rather absurd… Read more

Things that kept us alive in July

Yo guys, Matt here. Again this month, I bothered my fellow sick pilgrims to come up with a couple of things that kept them alive. And they did it. A+ for effort, sick pilgrims. F- for timeliness. So here, in August, is our reflection on the things that gave us joy in July. This month I discovered the Before trinity of movies, directed by Richard Linklater. Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight follows the connection and relationship of two… Read more

Dark Devotional: Obsessive Compulsive Ecclesiastes

“Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill, and yet to another who has not labored over it, he must leave property. This also is vanity and a great misfortune. For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun? All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation; even at night his mind is not at rest. This also is vanity.” “For you… Read more

Resistance is our Charism: Why Sick Pilgrims are Catholic rebels with a cause

People are always asking what Sick Pilgrim is about and what we want to accomplish. It would be great to say we had all this planned out and a vision for how it would go. We didn’t. Not really. We just knew we were different–square pegs–and we wanted to find the others who were like us. But in the months following, we’ve stepped back and looked at what we are, what we want Sick Pilgrim to be about and where… Read more

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, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 In his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul suggests that suffering is something in/for/about which to give glory. But Paul, don’t be ridiculous. I can’t give glory for my sufferings…. Read more

Sick Pilgrim Chats: Jonathan and Jess Bingewatch Stranger Things

  Sick Pilgrim started when we, Jess and Jonathan, two writers and editors, started chatting about theology, ghosts and everything in between through email and Facebook. We always joked about sharing our convos on the blog. Today we had a great one about our mutual obsession with Stranger Things. We thought you might enjoy it. Have you been watching Stranger Things? Tell us what you think about it in the comments section.  Careful, Possible Mild Spoilers ahead!   Jonathan: I told… Read more

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 of sinners, to trust Himself to men, that He may be their gift to one another, that they may comfort Him in each other, give Him to each other. In this sense the ordinary life itself becomes sacramental, and every action of anyone at all has an eternal meaning. I knew too that since Christ is One in all men, as He is One in countless Hosts, everyone is… Read more

Dark Devotional: Finding Jesus on the Floor

But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. “I relate to Jesus kind of like he’s my brother.” I was 20 years old, answering a friend’s question about my relationship with Jesus. That line was a bunch of baloney, a straight-out lie—though… Read more

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