Previously on Random Acts of Momness, I spoke with Jake Martin, SJ about comedy and faith (two things he knows well). Â Here’s the rest of the interview. Â (And if you like what you read here, check out his great book What’s So Funny About Faith? Â A Memoir From the Intersection of Hilarious and Holy).
If you could meet any spiritual giant, dead or alive, whom would you like to meet?
Again, Iâ€™m going to go with two, male and female.Â Therese of Lisieux and Ignatius of Loyola.Â Iâ€™ve pretty much devoured everything that can be read by and about Therese, I just find her â€œlittle wayâ€ to be incredibly practical; sheâ€™s truly a contemporary saint for contemporary times, despite what the superficialities of her story would lead you to believe.
Ignatius is just my hero, I identify with his story so much, moving from a place of desire for fame to a desire to serve God.Â Again, I just find him very relatable, and he really does seem like he would be really cool to hang out with.Â To steal a phrase from my high school students, he seems like he would be â€œvery chillâ€.
Iâ€™m a mom, and lots of my blog readers are moms.Â If you could thank your mom for any one thing, what would it be?
Giving me a deep and profound understanding of what love is.Â My motherâ€™s love for me is astonishing, when I think about all that sheâ€™s given me, her protection, care, concern, guidance, if I think about long enough Iâ€™m stunned and humbled by the depth and constancy of her love for me.
You talk about how comedy is often a way for us to vicariously enjoy the world the way itÂ shouldÂ be, to get a satisfying glimpse of just desserts (like the snobby rich person getting a pie in the face).Â Â You write, â€œWhat comedy does â€“ however fleeting and momentary it may prove â€“ is empower the vulnerable and give a voice to the voiceless.â€Â Is it a stretch to call comedy a path towards social justice?
Not necessarily.Â I do think that shows likeÂ The Colbert ReportÂ andÂ The Daily ShowÂ do hold a mirror up to our world and ask us to take a hard look at the behavior and the decisions being made by people in positions of power.Â Of course on the first level these shows are entertainment, but I donâ€™t think you can walk away from them without in some way questioning the things that our society values.Â Itâ€™s certainly not â€œin the trenchesâ€ so to speak, but these type of shows definitely raise questions thatâ€”for those willing to seek answersâ€”call for action.Â
When it comes to comedy, I think we all have a favorite movie scene/episode/standup routine that never gets old.Â Whatâ€™s yours?
Probably the stand-off sequence between all the various news anchors in the movieÂ Anchorman, it consists of so many really funny people: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Dave Koechner, Steve Carrell, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller and the scenario is hilarious and its played out perfectly.Â Iâ€™ve seen the film too many times to count and some parts of it arenâ€™t as funny as they used to be, but that one still gets me.
Whatâ€™s one thing you know now about God that you didnâ€™t know ten years ago?
Ten years ago I was a agnostic posing as an atheist soâ€¦I think the most important thing Iâ€™ve learned is that God loves me (and you) in my brokenness, that Godâ€™s love transcends all of my preconceptions, and ideas about what God is and what God is supposed to do.