This morning, I went to the 11 a.m. Mass at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Manhattan's Upper East Side at which Fr. James Martin, S.J., professed his final vows as a member of the Society of Jesus (the "Jesuits").
The Mass was beautiful. And, it was quite fitting that the author of the bestseller "My Life with the Saints" professed his final vows on the Solemnity of All Saints.
Fr. Jim gave an excellent homily on today's Gospel. He concluded it by reminding us that the Greek word for "blessed" (as used repeatedly in the passage) can also be translated "happy" -- and how happiness and joy are important for a life pointed toward sainthood.
At the end of Mass, as Fr. Jim concluded his remarks of appreciation by thanking "the God of surprises." (I need to do that more often.)
In case you're not familiar with Fr. Jim from his appearances on The Colbert Report, check out this clip: