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Finding God in All Things

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Fr. James Martin

Fr. James Martin

One thing that I and Fr. James Martin have in common is our love for Thomas Merton.

Armed with a prestigious Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from one of  the best business and Ivy League schools, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, he was on his way to corporate success.

One day, however, after having a bad day at the office, he decided to watch TV. After flipping channels, his attention was grabbed by a PBS documentary on the life of Thomas Merton. It was a turning point in his life.

The documentary spoke to him in a way that made him decide to be a Jesuit priest.

Fast forward.

He’s been a Jesuit priest for 26 years and has become one of the most popular spiritual writers today.

On a personal note, Fr. James Martin is one of my and Jojang’s favorite authors. He writes most of the time about his personal experiences; that’s probably why most people could relate to him.

His simple, direct, and practical way of presenting spiritual truths is what makes his books relevant for our time.

Just recently he was interviewed in a podcast entitled Finding God in All Things. Krista Tippett, the host of the podcast, introduces him with these words:

Before Pope Francis, Fr. James Martin was perhaps the best known and loved Jesuit writing in American life. He’s followed the calling of the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola, to “find God in all things” – and in 21st century forms, as editor of America magazine, but also as a wise and witty presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Stephen Colbert has proclaimed him the chaplain of “the Colbert Nation.” To delve into Fr. Martin’s way of being in the world is to discover the spiritual exercises St. Ignatius designed to be accessible to everyone more than six centuries ago. These underpinned the Jesuit way of “contemplation in action” and are now shaping the Vatican in a new age.

To listen to the podcast, click on the link below:

Finding God in All Things

— Matt

Written by MattAndJojang

December 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

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  1. Thank you for this Matt. It hit the spot for me. A wonderful man of peace and joy. Thank you.



    December 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

  2. Senan, I and Jojang have been inspired, too, by Fr.James’ podcast. In fact, the other day we listened to him 2 or 3 times! It’s amazing that every time we listen to him there’s something new that we learn from him. He’s such an inspirational figure.



    December 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  3. Thanks for the introduction. I’ve added him to those I follow on Twitter. I find that’s often a good way to get a “feel” for people. I’m not much of a fan of Colbert, but I won’t hold that against Fr. Martin. 🙂


    December 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

  4. You’re welcome, Linda.

    Fr. James is one of the Christian authors that resonate with me. I and Jojang find him an inspiring figure. He really speaks to our situation whenever we read his books or listen to him. Of course, the fact that he’s a Merton fan makes me like him even more. 🙂

    By the way, I’m also not a fan of Colbert…



    December 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

  5. I discovered On Being through your blog and I’m grateful for that. I’ve enjoyed it. I haven’t made it to this episode yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

    Best wishes for a joy-filled Christmas season!


    December 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

  6. I’ve also immensely enjoyed listening to On Being, Bill. It’s one of those rare podcasts that discusses religion in an open, intelligent, and sensible manner, which is quite a rare thing nowadays. I’m really grateful for the many new learnings and insights I’ve gained through the years of listening to On Being.

    Wishing you, too, and your loved ones a Christmas season full of love, peace, and joy…



    December 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm

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