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Spirituality and Religion: The Relevance of Religious Parables in Today's World

Adrian Brito | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Adrian Brito

True spiritual enlightenment lies not in going to Church every Sunday or believing in a specific set of dogmas, but rather in understanding how religious parables can be used to shed light on mankind's greatest challenges.

How God Makes Us Civil People

John Backman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
John Backman

For every Grand Inquisitor, there is a St. Francis of Assisi. For every Osama bin Laden, there is a Mother Teresa. Anything in the universe that humans touch will be ever thus: strands of good, evil and everything in between.

Tweets to #WhatSistersMeanToMe Rally Support For Embattled Nuns

Posted 04.19.2012 | Religion

With his opening tweets, the immensely popular Jesuit priest Rev. James Martin, SJ started his drive to remember how much Catholics (and non-Catholics...

8 Tips To Revive Your Religious Life In The New Year

Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion

Common wisdom holds that when the 'spark' going out of a couple's relationship, it is a good idea to get creative in rekindling the passion. The same ...

A New Kind of New Year's Resolution

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Why not bring in the new year by not only having fun, but also making a difference in the lives of others?

WATCH: Two Minutes Of Wisdom With James Martin: Finding Joy In Religion

Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion

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Can You Laugh With God?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Previously, I had imagined God creating me, caring for me, maybe even taking an interest in my life, but certainly not delighting in me. But why not? Doesn't a parent delight in a child?

World Trade Center Journal

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 11.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

And yet, here is grace. There are hundreds of rescue workers: firefighters and police officers and army personnel and construction workers and truck drivers and counselors and doctors and nurses. Almost all are in motion.

What Is God's Job?

Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion

Father James Martin, S.J., HuffPost blogger and official chaplain of the Colbert Nation, stopped by The Colbert Report on Aug. 10 to talk about God's ...

How To Love Your Enemies

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

How are we supposed to love our enemies sincerely? Are we really supposed to pray for people who hate us? It seems almost masochistic -- a surefire recipe for psychological disaster.

Passing Through Times Of Confusion On The Path To God

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

They may pray from time to time, particularly in dire need, and they may go to services on key holidays. But for this group, finding God is a mystery, a worry or a problem.

Newborn God: A Christmas Meditation On The Birth of Jesus

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

How overwhelming the first Christmas must have been for Mary and Joseph. Few things can provoke such intense worry as a newborn child. But few things promise such unreasonable hope, such unexpected change and such unbounded joy.

Desire And The Spiritual Life: An Advent Reflection

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Desire is a key part of Christian spirituality because desire is a key way that God's voice is heard in our lives. And the deepest Christian desire, planted within us, is our desire for Christ, the Desire of the Nations.

Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Uncommon Longings

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Sometimes we feel an almost "mystical" sense of longing for God, or a connection to God, which can be triggered by unexpected circumstances. But what does it mean to have a "mystical" experience?

Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Incompletion

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Over the next few days and weeks I'm going to talk about some of the most common ways that our holy desires reveal themselves in our daily lives. The first is incompletion.

Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Vulnerability

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

During a serious illness, a family crisis, the loss of a job or the death of a loved one, many people will say that they've turn to God in new ways.

Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Desires to Follow and Desires for Holiness

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

In my last few posts, I've looked at several ways that desires for God play out in our everyday lives. In this post, I will look at two more: desires to follow and desires for holiness.

Want to Experience God? You Already Have: Exaltation and Clarity

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Similar to common and uncommon longings are times that might be best described not as ineffable desires, or strong connections, but times when one is "lifted up" or feels a sense of exaltation or happiness.

In Defense of Religion

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

"Spiritual" is great. So is "Religious"