My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ

In this warm, conversational book, James Martin shows us how the saints – even the ones not yet canonized – challenge us, lead us, shape us, and help us to deal with our worst failings.  I think he is our new Thomas Merton, helping us to wrestle with our humanity.”  Emilie Griffin, author of Simple Ways to Pray

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Week 1 Read Chapters 16 – 18
  • Saturday, February 20 – 9:00am- 10:30am – Saint Clement Rectory
  • Sunday, February 21 – 5:00pm-6:30pm – Saint James Parish Center
  • Tuesday, February 23 – 7:00pm-8:30pm – Saint Clement Parish Hall
  • Wednesday, February 24 – 1:00pm-2:30pm – Saint James Parish Center
Discussion questions for week 6
  1. Some saints like Aloysius Gonzaga, followed religious practices that can seem foreign or even repellent to us.  Does this make it more difficult for you to appreciate their lives?  Do you know anyone personally who adheres to strict religious practices? Do you admire people who do so?
  2. What image of Mary, presented by Father Martin, speaks most to you: first disciple, prophetic voice, contemplative or resourceful young woman?
  3. By Mary saying yes, brought Christ into the world.  How can you bring Christ into the world?
  4. When we question God’s will for us, Father Martin suggests we look for signs of God’s work already present in our lives and in the lives of others.  What is one way in which you see God active today?
  5. Father Martin believes the saints should be appreciated for who they are, not simply for what they do.  What are ways in which the saints can be a part of your life?
  6. One of the underlying themes of My Life with the Saints is Thomas Merton’s adage “For me to be a saint means to be myself.”  How could Merton’s insight be applied to your life?
  7. What did Mother Teresa mean when she said, “Find your own Calcutta?”
  8. How do you feel about your own call to be holy after participating in this book study?