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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 71 years and a priest for over 60 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, Leap of Faith

There is something daring and courageous about faith. It is called the “leap of faith,” a leap into the dark, into the unknown. Faith is not the conclusion of a syllogism. It is not subject to proof. Faith is not against reason, it is above reason. But faith is reasonable in the sense that we must have a reason for our faith. Otherwise, our faith could be a purely subjective illusion. We need reasons also to justify the fact that we believe in Jesus and not in Buddha or someone else.

These reasons are called “signs of credibility.” But the sign is not the reality. The signs for Christianity are more than sufficient but they are not compelling. In face of the evidence that 2+2=4 we are not free. We are compelled to believe. In face of the evidence for Christianity we are still free to reject it or accept it. The evidence demands a courageous “leap of faith” into the dark, into the unknown. As a convert I know all about that “leap of faith.” I have experienced it also in the RCIA with the catechumens and candidates.

We are all converts! You may think that you are a “cradle Catholic,” who has been baptized as an infant and you may have lived your early life under the faith of your parents, but the day comes when you have to stand on our own two feet and make that “leap of faith” personally. Until you do that you are a Catholic by association and not by conviction and commitment.

Think of the shuttle on the launching pad at Cape Canaveral. Before blast off all of the directions and systems are outside the shuttle. Then the scaffolding falls away, all of the connections are cut off and then it takes off. Now all of the directions and systems are in the shuttle itself. So it is with us. We are baptized on the faith of our parents and for the early years of our life we live on the faith of our parents. And it is hoped that during this time we are gradually assimilating these truths for ourselves. Then when the apron strings are cut we have to stand on our own two feet, think for ourselves, take the initiative and assume the responsibility for our own actions. 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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