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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 booklet, Liturgy of the Heart Volume II - The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer is a prayer that is brief, simple and comprehensive. It is the prayer of the blind man on the road to Jericho, (Luke 8:38), the humble prayer of the Publican in the temple, (Luke 18:14), and the pleading prayer of the ten lepers, (Luke 17:13). It is also the oft repeated Kyrie Eleison of the Mass, and the traditional prayer of the Christian East. It has many forms but the most common form is, “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Let us make a meditation on this prayer.

Jesus is Lord. Out of reverence for the name of God the Jews never pronounced it. When the Scriptures were read, when the Psalms were sung and whenever God’s name appeared, the Jews substituted the word Lord. “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” (Deut. 6:4) When the doubting Thomas saw the nail marks in Jesus’ hands he said, “My Lord, and my God.” (John 20:28) Lord, therefore, is a profession of faith in the divinity of Jesus.

Jesus is his name. At the Annunciation, Gabriel told Mary, “You will conceive and bear a son and you shall name him Jesus.” (Luke 1:31) When the 72 disciples returned from their mission they told Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” (Luke 10:17) Peter told the cripple man at the temple, “Gold and silver I have not, but what I have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, arise and walk.” (Acts 3:6-20) Peter told the Sanhedrin, “There is salvation in no one else for there is no other name, under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Paul writes, “…at Jesus’ name every knee must bend, in the heavens and on the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father, ‘Jesus is Lord.’” (Phil. 2:10-11) Jesus told his apostles, “…if you ask the Father anything IN MY NAME, he will give it to you.” (John 16:23)

All of the power and awesomeness of divinity is in the NAME of Jesus. But Jesus is also human so the name of Jesus has also a warmth, an attraction and an accessibility. Jesus was the most magnetic personality ever to walk the face of the earth. 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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