Saint Miriam is a Franciscan, Old Catholic Parish. We are led by priests who are Conventual Franciscans, or Friars. These are devotionals to help with your spiritual growth.

Weekly thoughts and insights from  Monsignor +Jim


Latest Posts

  • Why I Dislike ‘Prayers Ascending’!
    “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.’” – Matthew 6:9 It’s no secret that I despise the phrase “prayers ascending”. It has become an almost trite way for people to offer some form of support to those who request prayer in the immediacy of some event or tragedy or sadness, but ...
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  • A Life BY Grace, Not Rejection.
    We gained a parishioner after my letter regarding abortion went viral! Yay! We lost a parishioner after my image to honor Pride Month was posted! Oh no! We are a fickle bunch, aren’t we? We certainly are, at the very least, used to a more commercial cafeteria church where we want what we want and when ...
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  • A Holy Week of Reflection and Substance.
    As I watched the donkey watch us at our Palm Sunday blessing of palms outside this year, I was reminded of simpler things and things less fancy. It was in his expression that I knew this year needed to be different. This Holy Week was meant to be different. This Holy Week will not be ...
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  • I Lost Holy Week, Now I May Lose Lent: Perhaps in Doing so, I Will Find Life.
    I lost Holy Week in 2020. The world around us shut down about March 16th; my first son – Jameson – came bright and early April 9th; Holy Thursday! We had been in labor over 46 hours and confined to a hospital birthing suite where we could not leave due to the pandemic. Father Frank ...
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  • Come and Pray to St. Francis of Assisi!Come and Pray to St. Francis of Assisi!
    Saint Miriam, a Franciscan Old Catholic Parish, has been gifted a First-Class Relic of our Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi! The word relic comes from the Latin reliquirae, meaning, “remains.” Traditionally, relics, honored in the Catholic Church, are the bodies of the saints or objects connected with them. God as often shown His approval of ...
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  • The Coming of God. Simply. Beautifully.
    Like St. Francis, I have always loved the Holy Season of Advent, but this year Advent has an even deeper meaning for me, as we are pregnant with our second child! Katelyn and I will soon welcome another baby boy. He will arrive, God willing, right before we begin the Season of Lent! And he ...
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  • God’s Timing is Always Impeccable.
    It’s almost time. The holidays will soon be here and many of us will struggle. Some of us have anticipatory grief, others are dealing with actual or delayed grief, some are simply depressed or at least ‘blue’. Some folks are lonely or missing family or just battle with the amount of joy over the holiday ...
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  • Leaving God’s World.
    The recent Facebook ala Meta corporate identity change is akin for me to the Pandemic. I had hoped it would bring us together, but instead, it made things worse. Let me explain.’ The massive social network, (I use ‘social’ reluctantly) has been under fire for spreading misinformation, looking the other way with an increase in child ...
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  • From Rome to Home, God is Always Present, Even Now.
    We have had to make a lot of changes and adaptations during the last almost two years of a waning pandemic. We have had to make these changes both corporately as church and individually, deep within. We have had to invest in technology, television and radio broadcast capabilities, new ways of coming together, and ...
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  • Generosity & Grace.
    Scripture reminds us of a simple truth, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  (Acts 20:35) This can be an uncomfortable reminder, especially for those who hold tightly to wealth or restrict giving or fail to see the benefits that come from supporting the greater church. It can be especially difficult to give to ...
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  • The First and Primary Teachers of Our Faith. It’s You!
    Our doors are open. We have pleaded. Summer is now waning into fall and now it’s time. Come home. Our Catholic Catechism states clearly that parents are rightly called to be the primary teachers of the Faith to their children. Church leaders, educators, child psychologists and other experts persistently say, and have said, that the ...
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  • We Stayed, but still no one Cared.
    It was March of 2020. That is just 15 months ago, although it may seem forever. We monitored closely what was happening around the world and within our own region. We sat, prayed, and consulted with one another. Then, we made that decision: close it all down. We intentionally put lives ahead of liturgy. We ...
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  • The Welcoming of a Worm Like Me.
    Danusha Lameris’s poem, Feeding the Worms, reads, Ever since I found out that earth worms have taste buds all over the delicate pink strings of their bodies, I pause dropping apple peels into the compost bin, imagine the dark, writhing ecstasy, the sweetness of apples permeating their pores. I offer beets and parsley, avocado, and melon, the feathery tops of carrots. I’d ...
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  • A Wabi Sabi Saint Miriam!
    In “The Unknown Craftsman,” Japanese art critic Soetsu Yanagi writes, “We, in our own human imperfections, are repelled by the perfect, since everything is apparent from the start and there is no suggestion of the infinite.” If you visited our home right now, the wall that leads upstairs to Jameson’s room, bears a trail of small fingerprints. Those who ...
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  • Bring Us Your Scars.
    Last week, I watched the season finale of 911. In one dramatic scene, a standoff of sorts occurred between Bobby Nash, a firefighter Captain, and a sniper — a disgruntled former member of the LAPD SWAT team member. The sniper was angry that the fire department saved everyone. How could they save someone with a drug ...
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