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 Patrick, in honor of his feast day this Friday, March 17. And then Jacob Popcak took us all to school.First things first. St. Patrick wasn't Irish.Jacob Popcak: Patrick was a slave of the Irish, who escaped, became a priest, and came back to convert his captors. He loved them. Which is ... insane, from a modern perspective.David Russell Mosley: He wasn't "Celtic," or at least not Irish.Jonathan Ryan: H … [Read more...]

Dark Devotional: The Wilderness of the Family

I followed the crowd into the building, my eyes adjusting to the multicolored light streaming through the stained-glass windows. The interior space of the large church intentionally fashioned to look like a forest. Large columns carved to give the impression of tree trunks more than building support. Much of the inside lacking all the detail of a traditional cathedral. The exterior walls of the church house the sculptures that tell the tale of La Sagrada Familia. But the inside, while not empty … [Read more...]