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Thursday, March 4, 2010

USA Today profiles popular priest-author

Jesuit Father James Martin, the culture editor of America magazine and author of the best-seller "My Life with The Saints," is the subject of a lengthy profile in today's edition of the national newspaper. He has a new book out, "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: The Spirituality of Real Life."

In the profile, he talks about what drew him to the priesthood from a life as a business executive and what attracted him to Ignatian spirituality:

"Ignatian spirituality is intended for the widest possible audience of believers and seekers," Martin says.

He writes in The Jesuit Guide that "within the Christian tradition, all spiritualities, no matter what their origins, have the same focus — the desire for union with God, an emphasis on love and charity, and a belief in Jesus as the Son of God."

It's about making a God-centered life accessible to the doubtful as well as the devout, he says.

It's about realizing that when you are most vulnerable — sick, out of work, lonely, afraid, "God can move through your defenses, strengthen and accompany you."

And there's a radical simplicity to that, Martin says.

He says Ignatian spirituality "does not ask you to become a half-naked, twig-eating, cave-dwelling hermit. It simply invites you to live simply."

Click HERE to read the full profile.

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