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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. who is 103 years young, has been a Jesuit for over 76 years and a priest for over 65 years. His seasoned spirituality is the fruit of more than 60 years of making and giving the Spiritual Exercises in all of its formats to priests, religious and laity. It is presented not in the jargon of academia but in a language that everyone can understand. He is neither “old breed” nor “new breed,” he is just “half breed.” Having studied both the old theology and the new theology he is convinced that the continuity is so great that you cannot understand the new until you have mastered the old.

This week's featured reading is from Fr. Rodney's homily, Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on Jesus

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us, and persevere in running the race that lies before us while KEEPING OUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS, the leader and perfecter of faith.” (Heb. 12:1-2)

“KEEPING OUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS” – the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world – my Lord and my God - true God and true man - the way, the truth and the life – meek and humble of heart – who knew what is in man - the medium and the message – the greatest expression of the love of God for us - the greatest expression of the human response to that love – yesterday, today and the same forever – who alone can satisfy the insatiable cravings of our heart – who has not only gone on before us to show us the way - but also goes along with us as our guide and companion - whose presence is like a “pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire at night” - awareness of His presence makes our journey of faith a joyful, exciting adventure.

“KEEPING OUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS” – and not on myself – my sins, faults and weakness - I am a sinner – actually in the past – potentially in the future – and always carry this treasure in a very fragile vessel - my free will is my greatest dignity but also my most awesome responsibility - when we fix our eyes on ourselves we become discouraged and lose heart – when we fix our eyes on Jesus we are reassured – we become confident and enthusiastic – without Jesus we can do nothing – but with Jesus we can do anything he wants us to do.

“KEEPING OUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS” – who assures me that God loves me unconditionally with a love I cannot earn or ever be worthy of – that he loves me not as I could be or should be - but as I am with all of the physical warts, psychological quirks and spiritual infidelities – all that I have, all that I am, all that I ever will be, is a spin-off from the reality God loves me – my response to God is a spin-off from my realization of the reality that God loves me.

“KEEPING OUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS” – and not on perfection - perfectionism leads to arrogance, hypocrisy, or to a breakdown - striving to be perfect I become a spiritual hypochondriac, always self-consciously examining and analyzing myself - resulting in paralysis by analysis - perfectionism is dangerous at best - if we discover that we are getting more perfect we become proud, which is the worse sin of all - if we discover that we are not getting more perfect we become discouraged, which is one of the greatest obstacles to spirituality - the truth of the matter is that we really never know - the closer we get to God, the further away we realize we are - striving for perfection turns life into a big “ego trip” - I love God, not because He is worthy of all my love but because I want to be perfect - I help the neighbor in need, not because of compassion and love, but because I want to be perfect – striving for perfection also makes me critical and judgmental - not only of myself but also of others - striving for perfection also makes us unhappy - because we are striving for the impossible - and the harder we try the more miserable we become - and we make everyone with whom we live equally, if not more, miserable. CLICK HERE for the entire homily.

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God's Sense of Humor and Sixty Other Homilies is a collection of homilies that have been delivered by Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. over the years to address many of the issues faced by Christians in contemporary society. This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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Fr. Rodney has spent most of his priestly life giving the Spiritual Exercises, as a preached retreat, a guided retreat, the personally directed retreat, the 19th annotation retreat and the email retreat. The Joy of the Spiritual Exercises is the fruit of these retreats condensed into a single EBook. As Fr. Rodney states, "Pope Francis exhorts us to proclaim “The Joy of the Gospel.” The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is a proclamation of the joy of the Gospel." This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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A compilation of many of his booklets in a single document named Divine Simplicity. This document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.

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