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August 16, 2018
Dark Devotional: The Case of the True Presence, and the Hoarding of the Manna- A Eucharistic Tale
I found myself inside an Episcopal church one Sunday morning last fall, partly an...
July 30, 2018
I Want To Believe: Matt’s Story
I’m not sure about this. This whole series, I Want To Believe, scares me, even...
July 23, 2018
I Want To Believe: Introduction
I can remember my first class in grad school, Intro to Counseling, almost a decade...
June 19, 2018
Sick Pilgrim at the Movies: The Art Imitating Life of Incredibles 2
People, this is full of spoilers, hide your eyes (no, really, there have been some...
May 23, 2018
Family Photos, Statues, and Intergenerational Worry
Republished with Permission from the blog Crone Cafe That awkwardly-framed 80s photo is...
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....
March 26, 2018
An Offering in Betrayal – A Holy Week Meditation
"Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack,...
November 15, 2017
Stranger Things is the Most Catholic Show on TV
“Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of the bogey. What fairy...
October 12, 2017
Approaching Mystery: Marie Kopp Travels Those Haunted Appalachian Roads
I grew up in the Appalachians of Western Pennsylvania, enfolded in these ancient, forested mountains....
August 28, 2017
Narcissism, Exorcism, and the True Nature of Evil
Sixty years ago, C.S. Lewis began his book, Mere Christianity by giving us an example...
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...
May 16, 2017
Looking Past the Miracle: The Poetry of Mary Szybist
I first heard Mary Szybist’s poems about 13 years ago in a St. Louis reading...
May 11, 2017
I Walked into Suffering on the Road to Santiago
“For as long as humans have walked, they have walked to get closer to their...
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 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 16, 2017
Introducing Brian Jocks, Sick Pilgrim’s Illustrator
Louisiana artist Brian Jocks will be contributing original illustrations to the Dark Devotional, Sick Pilgrim's...
February 10, 2017
Destruction As Grace – Dark Devotional
I stared up at the Basilica in hate. I hated them. Every single one of...
January 18, 2017
Trying to Say God (as artists)
A few years ago, Kaya Oakes wrote in America Magazine that "Catholic literary culture today...
October 17, 2016
Burn the Catholic Witches! (Like Me)
I've been doing some research on American saints and martyrs. A few of these stories...
September 14, 2016
We’re All Catfishers….
My heart broke when I read Chase Padusniak's catfishing post and his story of being taken...
September 08, 2016
Dark Devotional: I Don’t Believe in the Fatherhood of God, do you?
When it comes to the story of the Prodigal Son, it's hard to...
August 29, 2016
3 Things That Every Convert/Revert Wants Cradles to Know (No, This Ain’t a Cosmo Article)
Since I work in the Disneyland for Catholics (Notre Dame), I see all kinds of...
August 15, 2016
The Tradition of the Catholic Ghost Story: Call for Submissions!
Last year, Ave Maria Press (my place of gainful employment) celebrated 150 years of...
August 08, 2016
Confession: Is it Really Good for the Soul? Or is that just BS?
A few weeks ago, I attended the Applied Biblical Studies Conference at Franciscan University...
July 27, 2016
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....
June 26, 2016
Destroy the Walls: Modest Proposals for a Renewed Catholic (and Christian) Literary Imagination
A few weeks ago, a friend called me a "blue collar writer" and then...
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 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 03, 2016
Is this Heaven? An Ode to the Sacramental Beauty of Baseball
Our regular Sick Pilgrims might be shocked to read a meditation on sports gracing the...
March 08, 2016
First Ever Sick Pilgrim Discussion Shindig and Hootenanny During Holy Week! (Details Inside)
So, along with the many developing Sick Pilgrim media things (Radio show with Breadbox...
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