Writing as Spiritual Practice

A Conversation with Rev. James Martin, S.J.

April 14, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Rev. James Martin, S.J., is an American Jesuit priest, writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed Martin as a consultant to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications. Martin is the author of a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life (2012).

In his latest book, Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone (2021), Martin gives sustained attention to a topic at once central to religious experience and difficult to describe: the nature of prayer. In this Faith and Culture Series event, Martin and Paul Elie, author and Berkley Center senior fellow, discussed the challenges in writing about the interior life, the notion of writing itself as spiritual practice, and the tradition of spiritual masters–from St. Ignatius of Loyola and Thomas Merton to Annie Dillard and Edwina Gately. John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, introduced the conversation.

This event was hosted by Georgetown University's Office of the President and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in partnership with the Office of Mission & Ministry, Office of Campus Ministry, and the John Main Center for Meditation and Interreligious Dialogue.

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