James Martin Wrap Up!

Fr. Martin has managed to answer a few of the final questions before he has had to call it a night - a little sooner than I thought, as I had things mixed up, sorry!! Continued from this post:From Shannon: A little late to the feast, but what fun! All this talk of saints reminds me of a little movie called “Millions” where the saints were just a regular part of the main characters life. The readers I had in Catholic school were full of stories about the saints, though tweaked a bit. St. Tar … [Read more...]

Midday Cawfee w/ Fr. James Martin

Welcome to the fourth post in our daylong, morning and afternoon chat with the tireless Fr. James Martin, author of the award-winning book My Life With the Saints and friend to bloggers and people of faith! Questions here on prayer, the church's teaching on homosexuality and more. You can send in your questions, or leave them in the comments section until 4:30 PM or so, to give him time to answer before he leaves us at 5:00 after a long and full day.Question from me: I'm a Benedictine … [Read more...]

After-lunch chat w/ Fr. Jim continues…

Our early-morning chat with Fr. James Martin is here. Now that we've all munched a bit, let us continue - there are questions here about 9/11, relativism and more. Don't forget, you can get a 35% discount on My Life With the Saints if you order via Loyola Press between today and June 8! Mention marketing code 2683 when ordering it either online at Loyola Books or calling 800-621-1008. Keep scrolling down for new questions and answers.Question/Comments from Jason, Martha and Snupnhomer: in … [Read more...]

Welcome Fr. James Martin! – First Response

On his whirlwind tour of Catholic blogs, today Fr. James Martin, S.J. lands here to visit with Anchoress readers and discuss his book, My Life With the Saints, (you can read Chapter 7, about Lourdes and St. Bernadette Soubirous here). But you can talk about anything you want -about other books, faith-in-general, the pope's recent visit, the value of sacraments, whatever! Leave your questions or comments and I'll post his answers here (and in subsequent posts).Fr. Martin: Many thanks to the … [Read more...]

Chatting Saints & More w/ Fr. James Martin

As they say in the press release, "It’s not uncommon to find Fr. Martin on the Colbert Report, CNN, The New York Times editorial page, or advising a theater cast. Why? As Fr. Martin says, 'being a Jesuit has helped me to find God in all things and to experience Jesus as my friend. And so my vocation as a Jesuit is one of the greatest gifts I've ever received from God.'"Somehow, through my blog, I have been fortunately enough to have become friends with Fr. Martin -he even blurbed my book - w … [Read more...]

Questions & Comments from the email

From time to time I find similar questions or comments filling the email box and it seems like a cue to address them more broadly.Q: Why is your email so hard to find? A: An email asking me why my email is hard to find reminds me a little of Yogi Berra asking, "how can that guy keep striking me out, considering the stuff he's throwing?" Joking aside, the email link on the right sidebar does get more difficult to find depending on how many ads I get, and the ads help keep the site going, but I … [Read more...]

Chesterton having fun

I think Chesterton had fun every time he picked up a pen, no matter how weighty the subject, but sometimes his wordplay is so imbued with a combination of wisdom and wit that it approaches the sublime!The man who is content to say “We do not want theologians splitting hairs,” will doubtless be content to go on and say, “We do not want surgeons splitting filaments more delicate than hairs.” It is the fact that many a man would be dead today, if his doctors had not debated the fine shades about d … [Read more...]

200,000 Condoms & some comments

Write a letter, save a life! The easiest task you'll have all day!Priorities in order, the UN sends 200,000 condoms to Myanmar, which the government has accepted. Perhaps those poor people can inflate them, tie them together and float out of there on them. (Margaret Cabaniss gives helpful links to Caritas International and Catholic Relief Services.)Demilitarizing America: it's the Smart-Obama thing to do. He's sounding dumber and dumber to me, and I'm sorry but doesn't he seem almost as … [Read more...]

Martin on Lourdes

It is, of course, as I have written elsewhere, the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's appearances to Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto at Lourdes.Fr. James Martin, who writes beautifully about his experiences at Lourdes in his book, My Life With the Saints, has taken another trip there, to help out with the pilgrims and the masses and the baths, and here is what he says this time:The best part of the trip? That's easy: being with the generous Knights and Dames, the tireless volunteers and … [Read more...]

The Jane Austen Book Club: MOOFY

My husband got involved with watching The Jane Austen Book Club last night. I couldn't take more than a few minutes of it. I like chick flicks as much as anyone, I guess, but I strongly dislike soap opera, particularly witless soap opera (I am aware I may be offending some fans of the flick, and I apologize) and I couldn't watch it. I hung in for a while, but lost it when one of the gals went into screaming hysterics at her husband, because he talked to a friend of hers who had embarrassed … [Read more...]