Fr. James Martin, S.J. is on a blog tour to promote the release of his book My Life With the Saints in paperback.
He will be answering questions in the comboxes.
A total shutout of blogs written by men. I demand equality!!! Actually I really liked his book My Life With the Saints. He is quite a capable writer and his description of his saints in his sock drawer he had as a kid is quite wonderful and the book is an enjoyable read as he talks about the saints he discovered and came to love.
His Catholic upbringing was rather sparse and surprisingly he discovered many saints for the first time while in seminary, even those these saints are not exactly obscure – but really quite well known. I would give one caveat about his book though. While it is mostly free of liberal Catholic bias (he identified himself a liberal Catholic on the NYT Pope blog), there are a couple of instances of it. Though I would still highly recommend his book. At one points he talks about being obedient by mentioning his superiors warned him about writing on topics that would be considered "controversial" (read dissent). In my mind it seems to me that obedience would be better met by not saying you are being obedient and then inferring you hold opinions contrary to Church teaching. The other annoying thing is that some times he would try to make conflicts saints had with the Church to be almost a blanket apology for dissent.
Regardless, check out all of these blogs for his blog tour. * A Nuns Life is more in the progressive camp.