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Fr. James Martin on saints and saint making

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

In the run-up to Sunday’s beatification of the lateĀ Pope John Paul II in Rome, author and Jesuit priest Father James Martin writes in Slate:

“The naysayers, mainly on the left, see John Paul not as one of the great religious figures of the age, but as a person with whom they often disagreed, particularly on issues of the ordination of women, the Vatican’s response to the sexual-abuse crisis, and treatment of gays and lesbians. The most common arguments against his canonization can be boiled down to two: First, I disagreed with him. Second, he wasn’t perfect.”

The essay is here.

Posted: A recommendation

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Found today on a message board:

I loved My Life With the Saints and My Cousin the Saint (completely unrelated books, just similar titles). I love, love, love saint biographies!

Nancy in MD. Mom of ds (17) & dd (11); 24-year Navy wife. Writer and dance mom.

Thank you, Nancy. Being in the same company at Father Jim Martin’s mega-bestseller is pretty nice. Both books are available on Amazon and a Barnes & Noble near you.

Saints and Halloween

Friday, October 31st, 2008

If you’ve ever wondered about the connection, your explanation is here, offered by none other than a leading expert on saints, Father James Martin, SJ. The answer to that question is brief, but Father Martin, in this simple and engaging video, shares plenty more of his expertise on this favorite topic of his.

His wife’s a saint, so is her husband

Friday, October 17th, 2008

From today’s Wall Street Journal, the always thoughtful and provocative Father James Martin weighs in on the lives of two potential saints, the newly beatified parents of the popular St. Therese of Lisieux. Saints were were married is a rarity; saints who were married couples rarer still. Martin offers compelling insight into why such people are as worthy as emulations as virtuous priests and nuns. The story is here.

Excerpt: Certainly there have been as many saintly wives and husbands as there have been holy priests and nuns. But religious orders and dioceses know how to navigate the canonization procedures on behalf of bishops, priests, brothers and sisters. By contrast, how many families have the resources to embark on the decades-long process on behalf of even the holiest mother or father? As a result, married Catholics have few exemplars other than Mary and Joseph, whose situation was hardly replicable.

Getting the call

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Father James MartinDriving home from work yesterday, I caught this commentary on NPR by my friend, Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest in New York City, the best-selling author of “My Life with the Saints,” and an all-around great guy. The commentary, delivered in his bright and engaging style, celebrates his 20 years as a Jesuit, and most tellingly, addresses the issue of chastity. It’s less than three minutes long and well worth listening to.