Apr 1, 2009 — Commentator James Martin, a Jesuit priest, notes that Lent is coming to a close. That news may prompt some people to say, "Thank God!" Lent is seen as a time of penance, of giving things up — and of, well, seriousness. Part of this is due to the inability to see the value of humor in the spiritual life. That's one reason why humor — especially self-deprecating humor — is important. It keeps you humble.
Dec 17, 2008 — This week, millions of American will send Christmas cards. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, isn't a fan of cards that display family photos on the cover. "Even devout Christians have been replacing Jesus, Mary and Joseph with themselves," he observes.
Dec 24, 2005 — James Cannon is the author of Apostle Paul: A Novel of the Man Who Brought Christianity to the Western World. He discusses his fictional take on the important historical figure with Scott Simon.