|Father Martin at Fordham|
Of course, Father Martin primarily came to discuss/promote his book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. The Jesuit Guide obliquely follows his transformation from businessman to Jesuit, covering everything from ‘Who was Ignatius?’ to the debacle of chastity. As I later learned from parts of the book, the process of becoming a Jesuit raised serious questions for Martin about religious life, love, and even (you betcha) sex. His text goes covers all of it, and it does so in the language of the laity. (Check out more of his humor in the videos below.)
So why the (Almost)? Other than to spark curiosity, I’m not entirely sure. The book talks about how to be religious as a whole person and how to incorporate spirituality into decision-making, rather than just being a Catholic at mass or in the confessional. Unsurprisingly, this holism encapsulates the James Martin in-person experience. He may be comfortable with the fact that he is a Jesuit, but he does not let it stop him from being a jokester.Check out more from Father James Martin at Fordham's blog.