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Finding The Divine in All Things with Jim Martin, SJ

Fr. James

REV. JAMES MARTIN, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America Magazine, and bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. Father Martin has written for many publications, including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. He has appeared on all the major radio and television networks, as well as in venues ranging from NPR’s Fresh Air, FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, and PBS’s NewsHour to Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years.

In this episode, take note of the joy and delight that Father Martin navigates his days with. His inspirational story of self discovery will provide insight and clues into allowing your passions to pave the path for your story.

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Practice and Polish

Empathy — One must make himself available available to understand and share the feelings of another. Here there’s no goal. There’s simply honor. Honore to be human and be with another human. Are you available for just you or others as well? 

Tone — In the background surrounding everything you touch there’s a song at play. This song also projects itself into what and how you see.  Take note of what you hear as you plate a meal for your child, as you respond to and endless supply of emails, as you curate your craft, and as you navigate your one precious life. In short, this is the sound of the space you take up in the heart and minds of the world you interact with. Does your tone hurt or heal the world you’ve been entrusted?

Humility — Leggo your ego. Capiche?

Delivery —- Nearly everything we communicate is a story. Are you a good story teller? Better question…Are the stories you’re telling true?

Practice these.

Polish them.

Only then will possibility be in position to surprise and delight and you.

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Original > Another

This can be just another Monday.

A groggy attempt to reclaim weekend highs with a frustrated posture for wherever you may find yourself in spirit, mind, and body.

Or it can be magical, majestic, and pregnant with possibility and hope.

It can be just another ________

…or it can be an original.

Maybe your children are offering you a song that welcomes you back to your original child-likeness. Remember that ‘you’? That you never had a business card and won’t ever need one either.

Perhaps the sun that will warm your skin today is the same sun humming a tune into the dirt and vines on your block ushering spring into being out of the muck of autumn’s decay. Could the bloom(s) of spring be millions of lovely questions and affirmations bursting specifically for you? If you listen closely, you can hear them exude via color “I’m an original…and so are you!”

Or maybe this monotonous Monday has an agenda that is woven with earth and Heaven? And what if that agenda could use a conduit, a bridge, or a medium to transport something that, end the end, could transform something? What if that conduit was you? What if you were also meant to be in on the transformation?

Call it whatever you need to.

Just don’t call it Monday.

That carries too much baggage.

You’ve been given wings to go somewhere new, eyes to see with possibility, and hands to paint with hope.

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Learning

Simply put, learning is the space, the practice, the river, and the discipline that happens in between our knowing and unknowing.

It isn’t a journey into more knowing.

It’s the experience through what you know into what you don’t know.

And once you make it though the unknown you exit on the other side with a little more light, insight, and awe. And, hopefully, that new bit of light shines its rays on even more WONDERful questions to journey through.

Learning sounds a lot like faith doesn’t it?

What if we were more discontent with what we knew and more content with the mysterious places in our hearts and heads?

We would get somewhere.

Somewhere beautiful.

Somewhere our knowing would have never taken us.

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