Episode 44

Learning to Pray

With James Martin, S.J.
Episode 44

Learning to Pray

With James Martin, S.J.

Jesuit Priest. NYT Best Selling Author. One of America’s Acclaimed Spiritual Leaders.

Fr. James Martin got his Bachelor’s degree in Business from the Wharton School at UPenn., then worked at General Electric before joining the Jesuits, earning graduate degrees in theology and philosophy, and being ordained a priest in 1999. He serves as the editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine, America. He is also a frequent commentator on the life and teachings of Jesus, and on Ignatian spirituality (as inspired by the life and teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola). In 2017, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Martin as a consultant to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications.

  • Thank you for this. This is what is missing in the business and political world right now! Stephen Ciattei
  • Thanks Professor for bringing focus on such an important tool, particularly in the post-COVID-19 period. Prayer is one most effective tools for our personal transformation as well as for well-being of others. Gaurav Washimkar
  • I was delighted to listen to your conversation with Fr. Martin, and it also reinvigorated my practice of the examen in the past few days. It felt like full circle to me to see this interview within your great set of interviews. Lauren Decker

Fr. Martin is also a prolific author and has published several books including the New York Times Best Seller, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, and more recently, Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone. He has appeared in both national and international media including CNN, NPR, Time, The Colbert Report, NPR's Fresh Air, the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

In this episode of Intersections, Fr. Martin joins us to recount his personal journey, from a rewarding career in corporate America to becoming a Jesuit priest. He explores how to experiment and  discover which prayer method may work best for us in service of our highest aspirations in life.

“Prayer is not something to be “mastered.” It’s something to be faced with openness, wonder, and awe, each time you pray.”
James Martin, S.J

The episode “Learning to Pray” offers key insights on:

  • The true meaning of prayer and what to expect when you pray
  • The role that prayer can play in helping us connect with our Inner Core, and cultivating a deeper relationship with God
  • The different forms that prayer can take, and how we can benefit the most from our everyday practice of it

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