While Father Martin’s advice is obviously given in the context of faith, nonbelievers will also find plenty of insights in this show.
- The story of Ignatius of Loyola and how the Society of Jesus came to be
- The sometimes humorous, but also tragic vanity of Ignatius
- How Fr. Martin found his way into the priesthood, and the Society of Jesus specifically
- 4 tenets of Ignatian spirituality
- The difference(s) between Christianity and Stoicism
- Why folks from all walks of life have appreciated the message of Fr. Martin’s book
- What is “the examen”? How does one practice it?
- Why should we pay attention to our desires?
- How do you learn to want to want the things you know are good?
- What are “disordered attachments”? How do they mess us up?
- How do we get over our disordered attachments?
- “Act like your best self would”
- How to live simply without becoming a monk
- What is the principle of the presupposition? How can it help our relationships?
- How to love people as they are
- Keeping and nurturing friendships in adulthood
- The virtue of obedience
March 18, 2010
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If you are looking for a companion to take along on your spiritual journey, you couldn’t pick a better one than Fr. James Martin, S.J. His new book is a marvel. It is clear and concise about all those troubling questions you always wanted to ask about God and finding God. It offers a map (thoughtfully provided by St. Ignatius of Loyola and built on by Fr. James) for seeing God in your life and putting into practice this wisdom. This includes simplifying your life, confronting the nature of suffering, how Ignatian spirituality helps with making decisions, how to become the person you were created to be, and more. I especially liked the part on role of desire–our hearts’ deepest longings–and how they bring us closer to God. Add in Fr. James’s flashes of incisive humor as well as various accounts from his personal journey, and you have a fine book.
If I had one word to apply to this book (I considered “inspiring,” “educating,” “enlightening,” and “transforming”) it would be clarity. We are in great need of a clear thinker as we ponder together the nature of our humanity and who we are called to be while alive on this earth.