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Commentator James Martin, a Jesuit priest, notes that Lent is coming to a close. That news may prompt some people to say, "Thank God!" Lent is seen as a time of penance, of giving things up — and of, well, seriousness. Part of this is due to the inability to see the value of humor in the spiritual life. That's one reason why humor — especially self-deprecating humor — is important. It keeps you humble.
This week, millions of American will send Christmas cards. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, isn't a fan of cards that display family photos on the cover. "Even devout Christians have been replacing Jesus, Mary and Joseph with themselves," he observes.