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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 75 years and a priest for over 64 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 homily - Laughter

When was the last time you had a good laugh; a good laugh at yourself and your seemingly impossible situation? When was the last time you had a good laugh with God, your loving Father? Perhaps you never thought of it in such a way but laughter is really a prayer. It is a prayer of faith, hope and love that tries to deal with the incongruities of the human situation.

All prayer is a response to the initiative of God. God always takes the initiative and we respond. No matter how tragic, how complex the situation may be, I believe that this moment comes from God. And He intends it for my good, so I accept it and laugh, knowing that God will provide. Remember Abraham and Isaac on the way to Mount Mariah? Isaac asks Abraham, “Father, here is the wood and the fire but where is the lamb of sacrifice?" Abraham said, “My son, God will provide.” And he did because there was a ram caught in the brambles.

Think of it this way. I am a mystery. I think I know myself, but I really don’t. You are a mystery. I think I know you, but I don’t. Only God knows us as we really are. Each person is a mystery. Today there are over seven billion of these mysteries living and interactively working in this world. And each one is doing his own thing, exercising his own will. The result is a huge, colossal mystery, a mystery of mysteries. And there are some people, perhaps we our selves, who are trying to understand this mystery of mysteries. And what is even more ridiculous, we are trying to control it. Ho, Ho, Ho.

Laughter is a prayer of the whole person. My intellect perceives and discerns the humor and my body expresses it with laughter. In fact, we are the only creatures of God who can laugh. Angels cannot laugh. They have an intellect to perceive and discern the humor but they do not have a body to express it. Animals cannot laugh. They have a body to express it but they do not have an intellect to perceive and discern it. Since only humans can laugh we are most human when we laugh. CLICK HERE for the entire essay.

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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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