Musings of a Mendicant

Habitus non facit monachum


Judge Shopping

Judge Shopping

The right of asylum is an ancient concept in which people oppressed by their own country can find protection in another country. Following the Second World War, nations were faced with millions of refugees and they rushed to address the crisis. The United...

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Tales From the Border

Tales From the Border

Since moving to the borderlands of the Mexican frontier last year, I have been amazed at what the migrants are willing to go through in seeking a better life for themselves and for their children. The causes for migration are numerous: in many areas gangs and cartels...

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Lastest Photos on Instagram

I’d love to know the back story of this painting found in a restaurant in Cuidad Juarez.
Todos nuestros visitantes traen felicidad: algunos al venir, otros al irse.
Latino Pride mural in El Paso, Texas.
Fray García de San Francisco, Founder of “The Pass of the North” (El Paso, Texas).
Sunset in the Sonoma desert.
Migrant mural at the Mexican border.
Beautiful scene along the Passaic River.
Jim McIntosh

Jim McIntosh

Franciscan Friar

This is the personal website of Jim McIntosh, OFM — currently working with migrants in El Paso, Texas.


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What is a "Mendicant"?

Members of religious orders who are forbidden to own property individually or in common and must work or beg for their livings.

What does the Latin phrase "Habitus non facit monachum" mean in English?

The habit does not make the monk. In other words, just putting on a habit does not make one a monk or, in my case, a friar.