Humor and Faith

I recently finished Between Heaven and Mirth by James Martin, SJ.  In his book, Fr. Martin talks about the importance of having a sense of humor and how laughter and fun in the Church have been marginalized.  Most people who consider Catholicism would not disagree with the words “serious” and “humorless” being attributed to it (among other less flattering adjectives, I suspect).  Martin’s book made me realize that I, too, am guilty of taking my faith too seriously — to the point where people who witness my faith may think, “Doesn’t look too fun.”

One of Martin’s recommendations was to hang around funny people or read humorous books if I’m not funny.  Well, I don’t think I’m very funny.  So, I picked up Bossypants by Tina Fey of 30 Rock renown.  She’s funny.

I’ve read Paul Reiser.  I’ve read Tim Allen.  I even read Kurt Vonnegut, who is very funny in that dry, deadpan way.  I can see humor in a lot of writings, but I think I’m far away from writing stuff that would make people laugh.  Of course, as with all things worth pursuing, I should practice.

So, in addition to maintaining this blog as a journey to the Divine Life, I should try to be funny about it.  Okay.  I just hope I’m not putting too much pressure on myself.

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  1. I think Stephen Colbert is such an awesome witness to Christ, simply because he’s able to convey so many of His teachings using satire and wit. I’ve also been a really big fan of Dave Barry’s humor columns. I think he was with the New Yorker…back when he was a regular journalist, he won a Pulitzer Prize in the 80’s for his coverage on Bosnia. Then he somehow transitioned into humor writing. But yeah, humor is so important. One of the reasons why I adore St. Therese of Lisieux is because her writings made me genuinely laugh.

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