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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 booket, Sublime Simplicity - Chapter 2, Love is the Problem

“God is love.” (1 John 4:8) “Love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Rom.13:10) Love is my origin, my mission and my destiny. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, what is your state in life, what is your job - what matters, and without which nothing else matters, is that you love. Love is the divine alchemy that transforms the most insignificant task into spiritual gold. (1 Cor.13: 1-3)

There is no doubt that love is the answer. But love is also the problem. What is love? Love is a many-splendored thing. It has many different meanings. It can mean lust and it can mean self-sacrifice. In marriage it means everything. In tennis love means nothing. In the rest of life it can mean anything. We love oranges, pizza and football. Love is the most misunderstood and misused word in the language.

It is said that one day Michelangelo was attracted to a magnificent six foot block of Italian marble and contemplated it with admiration. He was so captivated by its possibilities that he went to work with chisel and hammer and after many weeks of chipping, surveying and chipping again, lo and behold there was David. So as we contemplate and admire this large magnificent concept of love let us begin by chipping away all those things that it is not and see what we arrive at.

Love is not like. What is it that makes us like one person and dislike another? Whatever it is, it is something over which we have little or no control. Love is in the will. Since we have a free will we can love those we dislike, even our enemies. We can love them because they are made in the image of God and have an intrinsic core goodness that nothing can destroy. We can distinguish between the person and the person’s actions. Opinions and actions are to be judged, but the person is to be loved. We may hate the sin but love the sinner. No one hated sin more than Jesus and no one ever loved the sinner as much as he did.

Love is not justice. Justice is that moral virtue which makes us give to others what they have a right to. Justice forms the infrastructure of love. Love begins where justice ends. Once we have given to others what they have a right to, then we are in the field of love. 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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