In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae this summer, Sick Pilgrim will be featuring a series of essays on Natural Family Planning, the only acceptable method of achieving or avoiding pregnancy according to the teaching of the Catholic Church. These essays will not present ideological stances or theological arguments, but will simply offer unvarnished testimony from individuals who have used NFP. The struggles and sufferings that NFP carries with it frequently go undiscussed, and we wanted to offer a space… Read more

Art by the fluffy and sheepish Brian Jocks. *****   If you want get to heaven Over on the other shore Stay out of the way of the blood-stained bandit. Oh, good shepherd, Feed my sheep. One for Paul, One for Silas, One for to make my heart rejoice Can’t you hear my lambs a-callin’? Oh, good shepherd. Feed my sheep.   The Bible has a lot to say about shepherds, but I’ve never seen one. What is a shepherd… Read more

  In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae this summer, Sick Pilgrim will be featuring a series of essays on Natural Family Planning, the only acceptable method of achieving or avoiding pregnancy according to the teaching of the Catholic Church. These essays will not present ideological stances or theological arguments, but will simply offer unvarnished testimony from individuals who have used NFP. The struggles and sufferings that NFP carries with it frequently go undiscussed, and we wanted to offer a space… Read more

Art by the wide-eyed and tearful Brian Jocks. While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Dear Everyone, I would like to propose a game. It has only three rules, which I’ll explain as we go. It will differ slightly depending on our relationship to one another (and we all have a relationship, don’t… Read more

“Hey man, just thinking about you. I heard about your wife’s cousin last night, and wanted to remind you that I’m here if you need to talk or hang out sometime. Love you brother.” I sent the text and put my phone facedown on my desk at work. Roony texted back a few minutes later, and we had a brief back-and-forth of messages. Through the text conversation, I learned that his wife’s cousin, who as his good friend, committed suicide…. Read more

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae this summer, Sick Pilgrim will be featuring a series of essays on Natural Family Planning, the only acceptable method of achieving or avoiding pregnancy according to the teaching of the Catholic Church. These essays will not present ideological stances or theological arguments, but will simply offer unvarnished testimony from individuals who have used NFP. The struggles and sufferings that NFP carries with it frequently go undiscussed, and we wanted to offer a space for… Read more

During a lockdown, all of the doors inside and outside of the school are locked. No one is allowed to leave or enter the school building. School shootings are rare, but scary as hell, so we take precautions to prevent them, as we should. My own children attend our local public schools, so far without incident. But as rare as they are, school shootings can happen anywhere. Like the small, rural school district adjacent to ours. Last fall, a high school student… Read more

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae this summer, Sick Pilgrim will be featuring a series of essays on Natural Family Planning, the only acceptable method of achieving or avoiding pregnancy according to the teaching of the Catholic Church. These essays will not present ideological stances or theological arguments, but will simply offer unvarnished testimony from individuals who have used NFP. The struggles and sufferings that NFP carries with it frequently go undiscussed, and we wanted to offer a space for… Read more

I have spent the last week thinking about an Easter devotional.  What on earth (or heaven, for that matter) can be said that has not already been said, and by those holier and more intelligent than I, just a mom?  I keep coming back to the fact that I am not all that excited about Easter. There isn’t the anticipation for Easter that there is for Christmas. I am not sure why, because I think Easter is supposed to be… Read more

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae this summer, Sick Pilgrim will be featuring a series of essays on Natural Family Planning, the only acceptable method of achieving or avoiding pregnancy according to the teaching of the Catholic Church. These essays will not present ideological stances or theological arguments, but will simply offer unvarnished testimony from individuals who have used NFP. The struggles and sufferings that NFP carries with it frequently go undiscussed, and we wanted to offer a space for… Read more

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