James Martin, S.J., explains why joy and laughter are essential to the spiritual life and why they have been too often neglected in the church. Discussing his new book, Between Heaven and Earth, Fr. Martin retells some humorous stories from the Bible, and remembers the lives of light-hearted saints like Philip Neri. He also shares why he finds joy in his vocation and how he remains joyful even in difficult times.
Archive for September 30th 2011
In this week's podcast Associate Editor Kerry Weber interviews Mary Karr, a poet and author of three memoirs. The most recent of these is the bestselling Lit, which describes her struggle with alcoholism and her eventual conversion to Catholicism. Weber spoke with Karr from the author's apartment in Manhattan. Read Timothy W. O'Brien's essay on Mary Karr and the Ignatian imagination.
Associate Editors Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., and Kerry Weber join Tim Reidy for a conversation about Manning Marable's new biography of Malcolm X. Read Fr. Schroth's review of Marable's book in the September 26 issue. Also discussed: the controversial memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—why does he look so serious?—and David Brooks' recent column laying out Christian Smith's research on the moral relativism of young people.
Jesuit scholastics Kevin Spinale and Tim O'Brien join Tim Reidy for a discussion of Peter De Vries' 1961 novel The Blood of the Lamb. In this tragicomic tour de force, De Vries chronicles the life of Don Wanderhope, a Calvinist from Chicago who works as a garbageman and spends his nights necking in city parks. As grows older, however, he gains a measure of maturity, caring for his wife and then daughter as they struggle with illness. Along the way, he wrestles with age-old questions of faith and suffering, rendered in inimitable style by this unjustly forgotten novelist.