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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 74 years and a priest for over 63 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 essay, Loneliness

It is not only the Maytag repair man that is lonely. Psychiatrists tell us that loneliness is the most common complaint they hear today. What a strange phenomenon it is in a world concerned with over-population and equipped with the most sophisticated communication media ever devised by man!

To be human is to be lonely. It is one of the deepest and most profound experiences we have. It clearly reveals that our most radical need is to love and be loved. But despite its universality most of us are reluctant to admit our loneliness, even to ourselves. And even when we do admit that we are lonely it is with a feeling of shame and weakness. The cost of this self-deception is very high. But loneliness can also be a very creative and humanizing force. If it is accepted it can make us compassionate, sympathetic and understanding and move us to a greater depth of openness to God and others and lead to a fuller life.

Loneliness is not just being alone. It has to do with feeling lonely, feeling the absence of a meaningful human relationship. The fact that loneliness has something to do with feeling lonely suggests a remedy. Our feelings are amoral, that is, they are neither moral nor immoral. Therefore, we can acknowledge them and talk through them instead of keeping them bottled up within. Our feelings change quickly and constantly. It is our faith that is constant. Therefore, we should live by our faith and not by our feelings. Our faith tells us that we are never really alone. God is closer to me than I am to myself. “In him we live and move and have our being.” We are all members of the Communion of Saints and each one of us has a guardian angel. We have the greatest support group in the world.

One cause of our feeling of loneliness is rooted in our culture. We live in a highly competitive society in which everyone is striving to be number one. This generates rugged individualism, independence and isolation. Even if we succeed we discover that it is very lonely at the top. But loneliness is rooted essentially in the human condition. We are social beings who live together in society. We are all interdependent, no one exists alone. This is very evident in the beginning and the end of life. The newborn infant left to itself dies, and the very old person left to himself dies. And in between the entrance and the exit there is more of the same. Assisted living is not reserved for the beginning and end of life but for our whole lives. It is by these relationships that we identify ourselves, mature and become the unique person God gave us the potential to become.

When we isolate ourselves from these relationships we feel lonely. One of the things that isolates us from these personal relationships is a negative self-image, an inferiority complex which generates a fear that we will be rejected, a fear that we are not loveable.

This is absurd. To be a person is to be loveable because a person is an act of the love of God. Each person is created in the image of God and has an intrinsic, core goodness that nothing can destroy. Each person is unique, unrepeatable, indispensable and gives God a praise, love and service that no one else can give. In spite of their faults and imperfections each person is loved unconditionally by God, so they are loveable. And paradox of paradoxes, it is our very vulnerabilityhat makes us acceptable and loveable to others. It is our weakness that unites us not our strengths.

As creatures we are essentially dependent on the Creator. To experience this transcendent neediness is to experience loneliness. From the moment the umbilical cord is cut I am a separate person, I am alone. I stand alone even in a crowd. The experience of loneliness comes also from our uniqueness. No two people are alike. Each person is a mystery, even to himself. The unique mystery of our person is incommunicable. No one else experiences the world as I do. Therefore, no other person can understand me. But we all have this need to be understood and accepted for the person that I am. Only God understands and accepts me as I am. 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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