Friday, May 30, 2008

When the saintmeister comes marching in

As noted earlier, Father James Martin, S.J., author of My Life with the Saints, will be making The Dawn Patrol a stop on his blog tour June 4. (As one blogger has noted dismissively, this is a "girl blogs" tour. I would give Father the benefit of the doubt and assume a tour of robust Ignatian, testosterone-fueled blogs will follow.)

Father James will be parking himself in the comments section on that day, ready to respond to readers, so get your questions ready. His publisher, Loyola Press, will also be raffling off an autographed hardcover copy of My Life with the Saints.

Since June 26 is the feast day of St. Josemaria Escriva, I'll be starting the conversation with Father Martin with this quote from St. Josemaria, asking his thoughts on both how the quote reflects the spirituality of the founder of Opus Dei and how it might apply to the saints he describes in his book:

"The world admires only spectacular sacrifice, because it does not realize the value of sacrifice that is hidden and silent."

The publisher is also offering a discount on Martin's book; here are details from publicist Michelle Halm: "Regarding the blog tour, please tell your readers that if they order My Life with the Saints during your Fr. Martin Blog tour, they will save 35% on their order if they place it by June 8. They should use marketing code 2682. They can order online at or call and talk to a real person! 800-621-1008."