Voices
The Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, author and editor at large at America.
Of Many Things
James Martin, S.J.February 26, 2000
An older Jesuit once told me he felt that priests have a much harder life than laypeople. We’re always "on call," he explained, and have so many responsibilitiescelebrating Masses, hearing confessions, living in community, preparing homilies and the like. Laypeople can set their own
Books
James Martin, S.J.February 19, 2000
Is there a more remarkable spiritual writer today than Kathleen Norris And how full of paradoxes she is quot containing multitudes quot to take a leaf from Walt Whitman Coming from what she calls a quot thoroughly Protestant background quot her meditations have been both widely read and grea
Television
James Martin, S.J.February 19, 2000
Not long ago I came across an article about one Mr. Newton Minow, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who famously described television in the 1960’s as "a vast wasteland." Doubtless it would have surprised Mr. Minow that his phrase still sums up the current
Of Many Things
James Martin, S.J.February 12, 2000
Heretical as it is for someone living in New York, I must confess: I almost never go to the theater. But before you peg me a hopeless philistine, I might explain that there are a number of, well, reasonable reasons for this. First of all, have you checked the price of a Broadway ticket lately? Not a
James Martin, S.J.January 15, 2000
Over two million people have lost their lives and over four million have been displaced in the war waged by the government of Sudan against its own people in the south. It is arguably the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in the world, dwarfingat least in terms of casualtiesthe recent crises in Koso
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Arts & Culture Vantage Point
James Martin, S.J.October 02, 1997
In the wake of her death, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, one of the holiest women of our time, was reduced to a walk-on in the life of the Princess of Wales.
James Martin, S.J.

On January 3, 2014, Pope Francis celebrated Mass with his Jesuit brothers at the Church of the Gesu in Rome, on the titular feast of the Society of Jesus: The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. The Pope also celebrated the canonization of St.