Cover Story: Saints, silliness and civility with Father Jim Martin

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ON A DECADE WITH ‘SAINTS’

wpid-1205_thumb_Father_James_Martin_and_Mirth_of_saints.jpgRECONCILIATION & HOPE—Journalist and author Father James Martin, one of America’s most famous Catholic priests, talks with us about finding reconciliation and hope in unlikely places. This is the 10th anniversary of his best-selling book about the inspiration we can find today in the lives of the saints. Plus, its the dawn of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Those subjects may not sound like moments of inspiration—but signs of hope are there,  if we look carefully. Enjoy this interview with Martin and, please, share it with friends. (Just a tip! Several of his books, which we mention, would make great holiday gifts.)

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AND SPEAKING OF JESUITS …

father-gregory-boyle-sj-with-homeboys-nonprofit-in-los-angeles-2GODSIGNS—This week, columnist Suzy Farbman brings us the inspiring story of another famous Jesuit: Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries in East Los Angeles. You may have heard about Father Boyle’s work on television. Suzy recommends Boyle’s inspiring memoir, Tattoos on the Heart. This is yet another sign of hope in our world, today.

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AND SPEAKING OF HOPE …

world-series-marquee-2SPIRIT OF THE SERIES—Popular columnist and author Benjamin Pratt regularly reminds our readers that the game of baseball has become an American spiritual tradition. As the Cubs triumphed and the series ended, Ben was struck by something he saw night after night … Please, enjoy his column to find out what caught his eye!

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HOLIDAYS and FESTIVALS

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NATIVITY FAST

nativity-orthodox-icon-1CHRISTMAS BEFORE THANKSGIVING? Millions of Orthodox Christians around the world begin thinking about the Nativity, better known as Christmas in the U.S., before American Thanksgiving rolls around. That’s because they are called to a lengthy Nativity Fast in preparation for the holiday. Stephanie Fenton has the story.

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org.

Among Ed’s latest movie reviews are:

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