Many years ago, I had a Superior who was self-centered, impatient, manipulative, greedy, bad-mannered, overly-opinionated and a spendthrift who loved to have his own little clique around him at all times. I detested him and thought he was unfit to be a Jesuit, let alone a Superior.
One day he said or did something (I can no longer remember what it was) and it sent me over the top. I marched into my Spiritual Director and informed him that the Superior was insufferable and that I felt like wringing his neck. The wise old man smiled gently. “It doesn’t surprise me that you feel this way,” he said, “You are, after all, so alike that you could be peas in a pod.”
I was rendered speechless, but the sound of my jaw hitting the floor was very loud.