January 20, 2021

Please pray with us for our country:   For taking the planet’s resources for granted, Lord have mercy. For putting immigrants in cages, Lord have mercy. For tolerating rampant racism and misogyny, Lord have mercy. For the theft of native lands for profit, Lord have mercy. For trampling upon the mentally ill and the vulnerable, Lord have mercy.   For the health and safety of our elected officials, Lord hear our prayer. For hearts that welcome the stranger in our… Read more

January 18, 2021

photo by Wikimedia commons   It is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the US. In past years, I would enthusiastically share quotes on social media, read children’s books about the man and his work to my young students, and occasionally attend the powerful service that the St. James Baptist Church in my adopted community hosts annually. This year, though, I find that I cannot. I cannot blithely share quotations out of context as though that does… Read more

January 15, 2021

  [Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter. –John 1:41-42 You are mending your nets when your younger brother Andrew comes running up to you. “John pointed us to the Christ! Come and see!” You lay your… Read more

January 11, 2021

It’s been a rough week around our nation. For me, my preschool classroom has been a sanctuary from the Covid-19 surge and the insurrection at our capitol. It has given me tremendous hope to see these tiny humans play and learn together. They work REALLY hard at managing their big feelings, and showing kindness to one another. (American Adults we can learn a thing or two from them. Just sayin’.)  Beyond that, they make me laugh. One of my preschoolers… Read more

January 9, 2021

“The Lord will bless His people with peace.” This is one option for the responsorial for Sunday’s readings. Peace. We have had anything but peace in our nation this week. An insurrectionist mob stormed the capitol building, hoping to find the vice president and members of Congress inside. They were fully armed with military gear and zip ties, and had gallows set up outside.  A Confederate flag was waved in the capitol, for the first time ever. At least four… Read more

January 8, 2021

From its inception, Sick Pilgrim was intended to reach Catholics and Catholics-in-exile on the margins. As Jessica Mesman said in her introductory post in 2015: “We wanted a space to write for ourselves and for those who are here in the church with us and those who are attracted to Catholicism but can’t find their way in. For those who have Catholic minds or Catholic aesthetics or Catholic hearts but remain, for whatever reason, outside the church, or who feel… Read more

January 4, 2021

If there was ever a year to celebrate the ending of a year and the fresh start that January 1st implies, it was 2020. Of course, thanks to the relentless Covid-19 virus, so many of the big celebrations we typically share around the world just didn’t happen. There were no crowds in Times Square. Hogmany, Edinburgh’s holiday street festival, was cancelled. London, Dublin, and Vienna followed suit. Not only were New Year’s festivities in Rio de Janiero cancelled, but so… Read more

December 31, 2020

  Mary, the Mother of God By Karl Persson I must begin with a confession:  I’m not good at dealing with Biblical passages that describe joy. It’s not because I disbelieve in the existence of joy or think it wrong to rejoice. Nor is it because I haven’t experienced joy myself. Rather, it’s because one of the most concerning developments among modern Christians is our conflation of joy and triumphalism. What perhaps at one point began as true joy ­–… Read more

April 9, 2020

We’re all experiencing this differently and have different access to resources, and I want to acknowledge that. Also, sometimes we may find light diversion helpful. Sometimes we may be overwhelmed and sit on the couch all evening staring into space. I support any and all activities that are getting you through this.   That said, here is some of what has gotten me through so far:   I rented the movie Emma on Amazon. (It costs $20 to rent because… Read more

April 8, 2020

That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see’st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west; Which by and by black night doth take away, Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest. In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire, That on… Read more

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