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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, "Be Ye Perrfect"

The journey of faith is the supreme adventure of life. As in all great adventures there are dangers and pitfalls. On the journey of faith these dangers arise not only from the temptation to sin, but also from a misunderstanding of spiritual principles and precepts.

One of the most disastrous of these misunderstandings is perfectionism, the striving for and demanding of perfection. It is a misunderstanding of our Lord’s precept to “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This misunderstanding has sent many on a mission impossible binge which produces only depressing frustration and unhappiness.

Perfectionism leads to arrogance, hypocrisy, or to a breakdown. I know, I took that route myself. I was a perfectionist. And striving to be perfect I became a spiritual hypochondriac, always self-consciously examining and analyzing myself, trying to discern if I was becoming more perfect. The result was paralysis by analysis. I hadn’t heard of Murphy’s Law.

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. It was their close proximity to God that made the great saints think of themselves as great sinners.

Striving for perfection is counter-productive. It turns life into a big “ego trip.” The motive behind everything I do is to become perfect. So, I love God, not because He is worthy of all my love but because I want to be perfect. And I help the neighbor in need, not because of compassion and love, but because I want to be perfect. But the paradox of Christianity is that we become more perfect by losing ourselves. We have to lose our life to find it.

Striving for perfection also makes me critical and judgmental, not only of myself but also of others. It also makes me proud. And God resists the proud and gives his grace to the humble, as we see in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. 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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