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


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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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  • The Grass is Greener Where You Water: Let’s Ascend!
    I think one of the hallmarks I love best about Saint Miriam is that I have never once claimed to be perfect. In fact, we don’t ask anyone else to be either! While we do go to great lengths to protect our children, staff, and parishioners from such things as inappropriate touching and harassment, etc., ...
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  • The Ignorance of Faith.
    Saint Miriam has always recognized our imperfections. We, in fact, celebrate the cracks of our lives – and of our histories – and bring them weekly to the altar of God. All of us are welcome at a place of light and hope. All of us are permitted to reach out our feeble and broken ...
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  • “Writers Write”.
    In my homily this past Sunday I used a line from Author David Kindred where, when asked why he does what he does, he simply replied, “Writers Write”. I suppose that is why I do what I do as a priest. Why I sacrifice for God and the Church, and why I try not to ...
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  • This year, Holy Week will be Intentionally Different.
    My Dear Friends, Holy Week is upon us. But, this year, Holy Week will be intentionally different. There will not be the glory of Easter weeks of the past. There will be no grand focus on regalia and gold lame¢ fabrics or fringe. We will forgo fancy Bishop’s and their hats and regalia. We will leave ...
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  • An Even Holier Holy Week.
    I am admittedly tired. We all are, right? The pandemic, more shootings and more death. More hate. More ‘Whiteous’ indignation and lack of care for those teeming at our border. More of our inability – or lack of willingness – to curb our gun access and find mental health solutions, even as so many die. ...
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  • We Are Polluted. Can We Survive?
    This morning I watched an episode of Blue’s Clues with Jameson after breakfast. There is a song that is sung by Josh called, The Imagination Song, that he sings together with Blue and Mr. Salt. It goes like this: First you close your eyes and see it, Then you swirl around to feel it, Then you open your ...
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  • Take Away Our Pain, Lord. Please.Take Away Our Pain, Lord. Please.
    We are almost to the holy season of Lent. Soon we will begin a time of reflection, penance, and pondering. The question will now become, will we meet Lent and allow it to change us? Do we recognize the need for change? Do we feel the ever-growing need for God to be closer to us, ...
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  • “Faith sees best in the dark.”“Faith sees best in the dark.”
    In an emotional television interview, President Biden quoted Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard in his book, Gospel of Sufferings. The quote is taped to his bedroom mirror by his wife, Jill. It is apropos for how I have felt over the last four years and especially since the unprecedented and tumultuous riot, an act of fear ...
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  • Remembering When We Bled…Remembering When We Bled…
    Well, it has been quite a year. Even as we enter 2021, the remnants of what was is still clouded by what could have been. We need to heal. I remember being asked what makes me a good priest. I replied that if I am a good priest, it was because of the lessons I ...
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  • The Year of Being a Good Joseph!The Year of Being a Good Joseph!
    This past week we placed a list of needed items for our homeless outreach on our Blessing Bag Outreach Facebook page. A gentleman replied that, “We should take care of the homeless and the veterans, not illegal immigrants!” Now, to be clear, I don’t care what identification someone living on streets is carrying or not carrying; ...
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  • No Disney, Just a Car Wash This Year, and That’s OK.No Disney, Just a Car Wash This Year, and That’s OK.
    I’ve been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving and what to even say to all of you who read my blog; it’s a different kind of Thanksgiving this year, that’s for sure. This past Monday, I needed to take my Jeep in for service; it seemed that the steering was acting erratically on our last trip from ...
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  • I Won’t Give Into Fear.
    “There is a really deep well inside me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there, too … And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard that little piece of You, God, in ourselves.”   — Etty Hillesum How do you feel when you hear these ...
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