Last Advent, Pilgrim Publishers, Inc., a non-profit company based in New Haven, Connecticut, was pleased to present PILGRIM, a web journal conceived to foster humane reflection on the challenges and wonders of life in the world, particularly as seen through the eyes of Catholic faith. In her introductory essay, editor Bronwen McShea introduced the project and its patron saint:
Featured artwork: Dimanche après-midi (1914), by Gustave van de Woestyne. Copyright © Artists Rights Society.
A short story by Christopher Killheffer
A poem by Anthony Esolen
A poem by Atalie Young Thompson
By Andy Smith
By Hanja Kochansky
By Caroline Swinehart
By Caroline Swinehart
By Bronwen McShea
Saint John Chrysostom, our featured saint this season, reflects on the meaning of Christmas.
Thomas A. Peregrin, a doubter, describes his path to God.
PILGRIM's inaugural issue is dedicated to James Edward Maschoff (Jan. 19, 1977 - Jan. 19, 2010), who was to have been an associate editor of the journal but was stricken with esophageal cancer the summer before his 33rd birthday. While suffering, he often recited from memory Saint Ignatius of Loyola's "First Principle and Foundation":
"Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul. The other things on the face of the earth are created for man to help him in attaining the end for which he is created. Hence, man is to make use of them insofar as they help him in the attainment of his end, and he must rid himself of them insofar as they prove a hindrance to him. Therefore, we must make ourselves indifferent to all created things, as far as we are allowed free choice and are not under any prohibition. Consequently, as far as we are concerned, we should not prefer health to sickness, riches to poverty, honor to dishonor, a long life to a short life. The same holds for all other things. Our one desire and choice should be what is more conducive to the end for which we are created."
In honor of James's commitment to pro-life causes, his family has established a memorial fund in his name together with Americans United for Life. Please visit their website, www.aul.org, if you are interested in donating to the fund.
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