By James Martin
“Between Heaven and Mirth will make any reader smile. . . . Father Martin reminds us that happiness is the great God’s personal aim for us.” —Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of recent York
From The Colbert Report’s “official chaplain” James Martin, SJ, writer of the New York occasions bestselling The Jesuit consultant to (Almost) Everything, comes a innovative examine how pleasure, humor, and laughter can switch our lives and shop our spirits. A Jesuit priest with a hectic media ministry, Martin is familiar with the intersections among spirituality and day-by-day life. In Between Heaven and Mirth, he makes use of scriptural passages, the lives of the saints, the non secular teachings of alternative traditions, and his personal own reflections to teach us why pleasure is the inevitable results of religion, simply because a fit spirituality and a fit humorousness pass hand-in-hand with God's nice plan for humankind.
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Extra resources for Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life
The operator of the ascent to successive levels, and of development on the level of understanding first and consequently on that of judgment, is the question. "When an animal has nothing to do, it goes to sleep. When a man has nothing to do, he may ask questions" (p. 10). It is a commonplace that Aristotle made wonder the beginning of all philosophy. Fr. Lonergan has taken Aristotle's two basic questions, an sit and quid sit, linked them sharply to the duae opemtiones intellectus of St. J Presented with data, man wonders, looks for meaning, asks quid sit* The answer is formulated in a theory, a hypothesis.
Behind the words is the mind of the teacher. If we turn to his origins, the milieu in which he lived, the historical conditions of his thought, we are similarly boxed; they are material, or can be recovered in the first instance only in their materiality; his mind is beyond them. The problem becomes acute with a mind like that of Aquinas, for, if the clarity of his expression is proverbial, his intelligence towers enormously above the average. We become familiar perforce in Catholic seminaries with his favorite expressions.
1) The quasi slogan which sums up Insight in Fr. Lonergan's own words runs as follows: "Thoroughly understand what it is to understand, and not only will you understand the broad lines of all there is to be understood but also you will possess a fixed base, an invariant pattern, opening upon all further developments of understanding" (p. xxviii). (2) Our first expansion of this theme will be to say that the work operates on three levels: "It is a study of human understanding. It unfolds the philosophic implications of understanding.