Virgin of the Pilgrims and Child

18th century

Housed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

For a fuller view, click on the image.

God on Earth & Man in Heaven


ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM (c. 307-347)


This season's words from our saints are those of the Doctor of the Church St. John Chrysostom, who served as Archbishop of Constantipole in the fourth century. The text is a reflection on the meaning of Christmas, compiled from parts of four different homilies in the saint's collected writings, and adapted from an early English translation of the homilies.



Two Sonnets on Incarnation




This season's words from past Catholic experience

are two sonnets from the collected works of Veronica Gambara, an Italian Renaissance poet, scholar, countess, and courtier who was a patroness to many and erstwhile governor of her deceased husband's territories in and around Correggio.




Words from Our Saints


Words of Past Experience


Short Stories

Made by Our Hands

PILGRIM's Virtual Art Gallery

From the Editor's Desk





A Different Take on Mercy:

Mary in the Homilies of a

Medieval Cistercian

An essay by Fr. Christopher Roberts of Kokomo, Indiana, USA. Posted 20 November 2017.



Bingo Night

A poem by Joseph P. Castorino of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Posted 20 November 2017.



st. ignacio praying in the


A poem by Sr. Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS, of Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Posted 20 November 2017.



Growing Up

A poem by Ken Gaertner of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Posted 20 November 2017.



And It Was a Mercy

An essay by Mary R. Finnegan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Posted 1 March 2017.





An essay by Jeffrey Essmann of New York City. Posted 1 March 2017.




A short story by Tara Munjee of Plano, Texas, USA. Posted 1 March 2017.




Note to Readers and Prospective Contributors:


PILGRIM is undergoing a restructuring transition and its precise future is uncertain at this point in time. The Editors apologize for the lack of new content since Advent 2017. We invite you in the mean time, however, to browse our rich collection of essays, fiction, poems, and artwork. 


If you are a prospective content contributor, hoping your work might find a home on our website, please note that we are not accepting submissions at this time. We are sorry about this.


Visitors to this site are also invited to keep PILGRIM in their prayers.



New Book of Note

PILGRIM visitors may appreciate a new book of poems by Abigail Carroll, of northern Vermont, entitled A Gathering of Larks: Letters to Saint Francis from a Modern-Day Pilgrim, just out this March from Eerdmans. Several of the poems in this collection originally appeared here on our site. For more, visit GoodReads.com at this link.




A poem by Michael Angel Martin of Miami, Florida, USA. Posted 1 March 2017.



Her Father's Grave

A poem by Philip C. Kolin of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA. Posted 1 March 2017.



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Per humanitatem filii Dei, per ministerium praedicatoris Dei.