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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 Booklet, The Journey of Faith - Chapter 1, The Journey of Faith

In the center of a large poster, I saw recently, was the picture of a chick standing wild-eyed in front of its broken shell. The chick had just broken out of its shell and is standing there all alone curiously looking all around. At the bottom, in large, bold letters the caption read: “Now what do I do?” This is the picture of every one of us. We break out upon the scene. We did not ask to be here. We did nothing to get here. We begin to wonder: “Now what do I do?” That question starts us out on a lifelong journey of faith.

This journey of faith is not simply a journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey from here to eternity. It is a journey from God, with God and to God. Even if we think that there is no God and life does not have a meaning, life is a journey of faith. No one can prove that God does not exist and life does not have a meaning. You have to believe it. And that act of faith starts you out on a journey of faith.

Each journey of faith, just like each person, is unique. And yet, they are all the same. We all have the same origin, the same human nature, and the same destiny. Each journey of faith is the same as that of Abraham, of Moses, of Peter, of Paul, of Augustine of you and of me. It is a journey to the discovery, made gradually or suddenly, of the reality of God. To the reality of God who loves us beyond our fondest expectations. And so we begin to experience the transforming power of this unconditional love.

Each journey of faith begins with an invitation, a call from beyond ourselves, a call from God. Salvation history begins when God called Abraham, our Father in faith. It was a call to leave his home and family and go to an unknown, unspecified country. Abraham did not ask where, why, how or for how long. He just went. He started out on a journey of faith. And so it was when Jesus saw Peter and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea, and simply said, “Come follow me.” They did not ask where, why, how or for how long. They just went. They started out on a journey of faith.

We too have been called. The call may have been as spectacular as the flash of light that blinded Paul on the road to Damascus. It may have been as ordinary as the whispering sound that Elijah heard on the mountain. Perhaps it was so subtle that we didn’t realize that we were being called. And Jesus had to remind us, “You have not chosen me, I have chosen you.” We were not told where, why, or for how long. It was an invitation to start out on a journey of faith.

This invitation, this call from God, is not given just once and for all. It is repeated many times during our journey and in many different ways. We must learn to recognize it and respond to it. The Psalmist reminds us, “If today you hear His voice harden not your heart.” It seems that each call comes to us just when we have settled down into an orderly, peaceful existence. We forget that we are not settlers, we are pioneers, we are pilgrims. And so our peace is shattered and once again we are called to fold up our tent and start out again on our journey of faith. CLICK HERE for the entire chapter.

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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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