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January 29, 2018
Things Keeping ME Alive
One of my favorite features at Sick Pilgrim is the monthly “Things Keeping Us Alive”...
November 17, 2017
Dark Devotional: When Letting Go is Holding On
“My dishonesty with myself and others hinders the honesty of all humanity, hinders the progress...
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...
June 23, 2017
Trying to Say God: An Address to the Artists
A Catholic writer lives and works at this edge of meaning, between light and 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...
February 09, 2017
To Bill Nye, Fellow Ataxian
...while Nye dreams of outer space, it's his own DNA that worries him. "My family...
January 19, 2017
Dark Devotional: We must be crazy
Mark 3:21: For they said: He is become mad. He was crowded by so many...
January 05, 2017
The Wonder Podcast Episode I: Death in the Grand Canyon
We've been talking about it for months. But, finally, here it is, the first...
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,...
September 22, 2016
Raising my son in an age of gun worship and racial violence
There are summer days in Northwest Michigan when the temperature hovers at 80 degrees, a...
September 20, 2016
Mud Wrestling with Angels Unawares: When Catholic Art is Dark (Or Ugly)
As a Catholic poet, I was excited to read this article about why the Catholic...
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...
August 31, 2016
A Back to School Prayer for the Weirdos (and their weirdo parents)
I wrote this essay six years ago, before my daughter was diagnosed with autism and my google...
August 22, 2016
Being Catholic, Being Cajun: Catholic Identity and its Discontents
The calamity in my neck of the woods, Southern Louisiana, is pervasive. My entire community has...
August 09, 2016
Seeking Tanis: The Search for Enchantment Leads (Back) to the Church
"When I say the first line of the Lord's Prayer: 'Our Father, who art in...
June 21, 2016
Adventures in Popular Piety: Confession
There has always been something unappealingly puritanical to me about getting up early. It’s so...
June 05, 2016
Standing on My Head
“Do you recognize that as self-harm?” the therapist asks me at the tail end of...
May 13, 2016
Dark Devotional: A Holy Distraction
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For many years, my father was the only saint I’d pray to. St. Paul...
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 10, 2016
The North Remembers–Kind Of–On Good Days–If You’re Lucky: A Note From Sick Pilgrim’s Viking Correspondent
I laugh when my Facebook feed advertises some inspirational book or other called The Way of...
April 12, 2016
Popular Piety: An Interview with a Traiteur
(With this post, we're kicking off a series called Popular Piety, exploring the physicality and magic...
February 22, 2016
The Misadventures of a Pilgrim Dad: Teaching my Kids to Embrace the “White Martyrdom.”
Two weeks ago, I wrote about the pilgrimage that I'm taking with my kids. When...
February 17, 2016
The Danger of a Clean Faith: Colleen Mitchell
I’ve heard it for as long as I can remember, how it's our job to...
February 02, 2016
A Canticle for the Alien Church (The Real Clash between Mulder and Scully)
Sixteen years ago, I was driving across the Texas desert in the middle of the...
December 10, 2015
Welcome, Sick Pilgrims
"...people often seemed perplexed by Frank and Maisie's enthusiasms, and published them with little hope...
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