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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 Fr. Rodney's homily, Love and Fear

Today there seems to be a common misunderstanding that love and fear are mutually exclusive. The truth is that, at least in this life, they are mutually inclusive. But is it not true that “Perfect love casts out fear?” Yes it is, but this perfect love is not to be found in this life. Perfect love is found only in the next life where there is no possibility of losing the beloved.

In this life we fear because we love. We fear losing the beloved. And we fear in proportion as we love. In fact, our fear is a barometer of our love. And today that barometer indicates that in spite of all of the glib talk, and loud protestations of love, the love we have for God is at a very low level.

There seems to be today a pathological contempt for fear: a fear of fear. We are loath to do anything out of fear. Admittedly fear is not the best motive, love is. But it is reasonable to act on the motive of fear when the object is worthy of fear. And there are some things worthy of fear. There is something worse than death. We can lose the one by whom we were made, for whom we were made and without whom we could never be perfectly happy. The great irony is that the present day contempt of fear has produced the most fearful generation of Americans. Since we do not fear God we fear everything else. We have become the “fearful-fearless” generation. We even fear to fear.

Many of our common, daily actions are motivated by fear. Why do we put our money in banks and put locks on our doors? The universal fear of death is a built-in protection for preserving life. Fear is the emergency passion that starts the adrenalin flowing and prepares us for an extraordinary and sometimes life-saving effort. Without fear we would not be prepared to meet the great emergencies of life.

Scripture tells us that the “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:11) The fear of the Lord is also one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 11:2) Our Lord who experienced great fear in the Garden of Gethsemane teaches us, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, fear him rather who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” (Matt. 10:28) St. Paul tells us, “work for your salvation in fear and trembling.” (Phil. 2:13) 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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