Fr. James Martin on Ignatian Contemplation

Fr. James Martin, SJ, author of books including My Life with the Saints (10th anniversary edition) and Jesus: A Pilgrimage, recently shared with Sean Salai, SJ, some thoughts on prayer, specifically Ignatian contemplation. Salai: Beginners in Ignatian contemplation sometimes struggle to distinguish between what comes from God and what comes from their own heads when they use their imagination to pray. As a spiritual director and retreat master, what do you say to them? Martin: […]

Soon-to-Be-Saint Mother Teresa

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly recently released a piece on Mother Teresa and Sainthood, featuring comments from Sister Mangala of the Missionaries of Charity; Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University; and author James Martin, SJ. Mother Teresa will be canonized September 4, 2016. Fr. Martin reflected more on Mother Teresa’s life in his best-selling book My Life with the Saints (being released in a special tenth-anniversary edition next month). Read the excerpt “Mother Teresa and […]

Expectations for Prayer Time

James Martin, SJ, shares ideas for “How Even the Busiest People Can Find Time to Pray” in a recent article for Crux. When we think we’re too busy to pray, part of the problem is our attitude, writes Martin: Often we have unrealistic expectations about how much time we will spend in prayer. Busy people usually like to get a lot “done.” So we frequently set goals that are out of line with what we […]

Praying with America

Prayer can be difficult to write about, because trying to explain it is something like trying to pin down a butterfly. The more you seek to capture it, the more it wants to escape. In the end, what happens in prayer is incommunicable because it happens privately, between one person and God. Even the greatest and most articulate saints have struggled to communicate not only how they pray but also what happens when they do. […]

Advent Desire

James Martin, SJ, talks about the connection between Advent and desire in the video below. He says, “Our deepest longing, planted within us, is our Advent desire for Jesus Christ, who is often called in that most beautiful phrase, the ‘Desire of the Nations.’” If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Advent Desire. Explore other Advent resources here.

Encyclical Takeaways

The release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, was accompanied by a stream of analysis by Catholic media. Here, we share James Martin, SJ, with a video of the “Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’.” See more from America Magazine here. Read the encyclical for yourself here. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Encyclical […]

Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

James Martin, SJ, invites you to go on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land with America Magazine. Through daily videos posted on social media, travel to the holy sites from the comfort of your home or wherever you bring your laptop. Watch the video for details, and mark your calendar for April 19. Update: The videos are now available on America’s Facebook page or through this site:

Jesus Had Friends

In his video series, 10 Things to Know about Jesus, James Martin, SJ, reminds us that Jesus had friends. That’s something to keep in mind when we pray to Jesus as our friend. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Jesus Had Friends.

My Secret Desire to be Rich

This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. When I got to the second week of my Ignatian Prayer Adventure, I was struck by the seventh day’s question: “What are you looking for?” As soon as I read this I thought about a Jesuit who told me that there were always three questions asked on an Ignatian retreat. The first question starts off simple: What do you want? The second question then […]

Jesuit Collaborative Hangout

The Jesuit Collaborative and America magazine last week hosted an “Ignatian Hangout” to talk about prayer. Moderator Jim Martin, SJ, invited participants to share their favorite ways to pray and experiences of prayer. The video is promised to be the first in a series. Learn more about the types of prayer mentioned in the video with these links: Examen Imaginative Prayer Creighton University Daily Reflections Centering Prayer Praying with Art If you’re receiving this via e-mail, […]

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