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James Martin, SJ
Jesuit priest, editor at large , author of 'Jesus: A Pilgrimage' and 'Building a Bridge,' consultor to the Dicastery for Communication.
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James Martin, SJ 1h
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So, in general, say the black and do the red.
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James Martin, SJ 1h
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Is that any improvement? For me, the Sign of the Cross gets lost in the middle of all that verbiage, and also makes me want to say, "Get to the point, please."
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James Martin, SJ 1h
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E.g., does this improve, in any way, upon the original? "And now, my brothers in sisters, let us begin as we indeed begin all good things in our lives, with the words that gives us new life, as we now sign ourselves in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
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James Martin, SJ 1h
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Why? 1) It's not my prayer; it's the church's prayer. 2) It's not about you (the priest) and most improvisations draw attention to yourself. 3) It can be very distracting. 4) As someone who also sits in the pews, it can drive me crazy when another priest does it.
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James Martin, SJ 1h
"Say the black and do the red," as they say. I agree with Joe Hoover, SJ. There are exceptions of course, but I'm opposed to improvising the prayers of the Mass, and I stick to the text and the rubrics.
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James Martin, SJ 1h
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Image: "A graduate is embraced following Notre Dame College's 2019 commencement ceremony in South Euclid, Ohio, May 19. (CNS photo/Doug Garmon, courtesy Notre Dame College.)"
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James Martin, SJ 1h
Gospel: In today's Gospel Jesus tell us, "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him" (Jn 14:23-29). When you love, God comes to dwell within you. And enables you to love even more. So love with abandon.
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James Martin, SJ 13h
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A more formal way of saying this: Fr. Eric Sundrup, SJ, who has been with us for three years at America, has been missioned by his Jesuit Provincial to be the new pastor at Bellarmine Chapel, the campus chapel at Xavier. But this part needs no explanation: We will all miss him!
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James Martin, SJ 13h
A visit to Bellarmine Chapel at , in honor of its new pastor, Eric Sundrup, SJ , whose last day , after three years with us, was Friday. We will all miss him! The Bellarmine community is blessed to have him!
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James Martin, SJ 18h
Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ: "While the equal dignity of men and women is clearly established in official teaching, it remains to be shown how the true worth and talents of women can be adequately respected and utilized if women are not eligible for priestly and episcopal orders."
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James Martin, SJ 22h
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Kama mtu ambaye alifanya kazi na kuishi Kenya, na anapenda watu wa Kenya sana, habari hii inanifanya sana huzuni.
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James Martin, SJ 22h
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In several other countries, you can be executed for same-sex relations. In these countries, then, LGBTQ issues are "life issues." And the lives of LGBTQ people have as much dignity as those of straight people. So the church should, as it does elsewhere, stand for life.
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James Martin, SJ 22h
Kenya is a country where same-sex relations are still punishable by imprisonment (up to 14 years in jail). No matter what you think about same-sex marriage, this is unconscionable. The church should support the decriminalization of same-sex relations.
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James Martin, SJ May 24
Moving past the myths and stereotypes: "Why do people seek asylum in the U.S.?" via
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James Martin, SJ May 25
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Image: "Christ Mocked," by Annie Fearon Walke (1877–1965) Royal Cornwall Museum.
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James Martin, SJ May 25
Gospel: In today's reading, Jesus reminds us, "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first" (Jn 15:18-21). Be free of the need for people to love you, like you or even approve of you. Love, forgive, show mercy, care for the poor, and stand with the marginalized anyway.
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James Martin, SJ May 25
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Zaidi ya yote, tunapaswa kupenda viumbe vyote. Na hivyo tunaalikwa kuwapenda hawa ndugu zetu wanaojikuta katika hali hii. Amani kwenu.
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James Martin, SJ May 25
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Ndugu zangu, Mungu anatualika tuone fumbo la uumbaji wake kila mahali. Hata kama ni vigumu kuelewa kwa nini Mungu aliumba watu wazaliwe katika hali kama hii, ni lazima tuone matashi yake ya fumbo.
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James Martin, SJ May 25
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Kuzaliwa shoga ni janga, tabu na mateso makubwa hususan ukizingatia kwamba watu hawa hawakuchagua mwelekeo wao wa kijinsia.
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James Martin, SJ May 25
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Watu wachache "watachagua" kuwa mashoga. Inaleta chuki na mateso mengi. Na, katika maeneo mengine, unaweza hata kuuawa kwa kuwa shoga.
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