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Jesuit Emphasizes Joy, Humor in One’s Spiritual Life

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Jesuit Father Jim Martin, author and cultural editor for America magazine, visited Loyola University Chicago earlier this month and gave a talk on “Laughing with the Saints: Joy, Humor and Laughter in the Spiritual Life.”

He said that people often approach their relationship with God with dead seriousness, but he said that “joy, humor and laughter share one’s faith in God.”

Fr. Martin said, “Humor sometimes seems to count as a strike against people in the church, when I think it should be seen as a requirement.

“I would bet that the man whose first miracle was to turn water into wine at a wedding feast understood the need for some high spirits in life,” he said.

“Live your own vocation joyfully,” he told his audience.

Jesuit’s Bestselling Book Reaches Publishing Milestone

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Jesuit Father Jim Martin’s best seller My Life with the Saints moved into select company when it reached 100,000 copies sold in January. His memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life.

According to Loyola Press this is a rare milestone for an author—only 2 percent of the 1.5 million different titles sold each year sell more than 5,000 copies.

When a book reaches 20,000 copies sold, it enters the “1% Club”: less than 1 percent of all books will sell 20,000 or more copies during its lifetime.

Fr. Martin is a writer and culture editor of America magazine.

Jesuit's Bestselling Book Reaches Publishing Milestone

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Jesuit Father Jim Martin’s best seller My Life with the Saints moved into select company when it reached 100,000 copies sold in January. His memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life.

According to Loyola Press this is a rare milestone for an author—only 2 percent of the 1.5 million different titles sold each year sell more than 5,000 copies.

When a book reaches 20,000 copies sold, it enters the “1% Club”: less than 1 percent of all books will sell 20,000 or more copies during its lifetime.

Fr. Martin is a writer and culture editor of America magazine.