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Learning To Pray: Town Hall with Father James Martin

2_24 Traditioned Innovation- James MArtin
Jonathan Hayden

Jonathan Hayden

Director of Operations, Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center

On Wednesday, February 24, we had the pleasure of being joined by Father James Martin, New York Times Best Selling Author and editor of America magazine. Martin’s books include The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, and My Life With the Saints. Father Martin joined us in conversation about his just-released book Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone, which looks at the different ways God communicates with us, the question “Why pray?” and writes about different types of prayer. 

We were also excited to be joined by Jeremy Del Rio, Director of Thrive Collective in New York City as he shared the work Thrive Collective is doing in 130 New York City Public Schools. 

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What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.