Friday, September 14, 2007

Stephen Colbert interviews Fr. Jamie Martin, S.J. about Mother Teresa

Stephen Colbert, who is, as many of you know, a practicing Catholic, interviews Fr. Jamie Martin, S.J., author of My Life with the Saints and Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton And Other Saints. This will constitute our Friday Καθολικός διάκονος traditio video and also provide us a lectio. Enjoy! Being the holy person she is, I can't help but think that Blessed Teresa, now in beatitude beyond her doubts and fears, was laughing with the rest of us. I think when Fr. Martin says that Blessed Teresa may speak more to a post-modern world precisely because of her dark night, we gain a very small insight into why God sometimes does what God does, which is very often not only what we do not expect, but the very opposite of what we expect.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

Fr. Martin, who is a remarkable observer and commentator on contemporary spiritual life, wrote a lovely OpEd piece for the New York Times, entitled A Saint's Dark Night, which is well-worth reading. His article also appears in America, the Jesuit Catholic weekly magazine of which Fr. Martin is an associate editor. To read the article in the NY Times you must be a subscriber or pay $4.95. To read it in America, you must also be a subscriber. Of the many Catholic periodicals on offer, many of which are outstanding, I would have to rank America up near the very top. Subscribing, either to the print edition, which also gives you complete on-line access, or to the web edition only, which is less expensive, is not a bad choice.

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