Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Welcome, Father James Martin

Today, I have the honor of welcoming Father James Martin S.J., author of My Life with the Saints, who is parking himself in the comments section of this post as part of his "Saints in Cyberspace" blog tour.

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."

Watch the comments section below for Father Martin's response, and then jump right in with your own saint-related questions for him. As always, please be civil; the eyes of the saints (both those within and without the blogosphere) are upon you.

To coincide with the blog tour, Loyola Press is offering a discount on Father 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 www.loyolabooks.com/martin or call and talk to a real person! 800-621-1008."

Loyola Press is also raffling off an autographed hardcover copy of My Life with the Saints. To enter, leave a comment with a question for Father Martin and include your e-mail address. If you do not have a question or if you would not like to leave your e-mail address, e-mail halm@loyolapress.com today and ask to be entered in the drawing.