Rodney Kissinger, S.J. who is 104 years young, has been a Jesuit
for over 77 years and a priest for over 66 years. His seasoned spirituality
is the fruit of more than 61 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.
week's feature is from Fr. Rodney's booklet, God the Incomprehensible
obvious - The Spirit of God
His life on earth Jesus spoke of the Father who had sent Him, who
was always with Him, and whose will He came to do. It was not until
the end of his life that He began to speak about the Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of Truth whom He would ask the Father to send in His
name. Before He ascended into heaven He told His apostles to go
to Jerusalem to wait and pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit entered spectacularly and powerfully
into the affairs and fortunes of the apostles and into the life
of the Church.
the beginning the Holy Spirit has been a mysterious presence and
power in the Church that is little understood. Aside from the memorizing
of the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, many have little
understanding and awareness of the role of the Holy Spirit in the
life of the Church and in their own lives.
was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation
and led His whole life under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
When He began His public life with baptism in the Jordan, the Holy
Spirit in the form of a dove descended upon Him. Then He was led
by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. By
the power of the Holy Spirit He returned to Galilee where He went
into the synagogue on the Sabbath. He stood up and read from Isaiah,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed
me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” Rolling up the
scroll, He handed it back to the attendant and said, “Today
this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” By the
power of the Holy Spirit He expelled demons, healed the sick, forgave
sinners and raised the dead to life. At the Last Supper He promised
to send the Holy Spirit to His apostles. And before He died on the
cross He said, “Father, into your hands I commend my Spirit.”
Mystical Body of Jesus, the Church, was conceived by the power of
the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and lives its life under the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit. St. Augustine called the Holy Spirit the soul
of the Church. Just as the human soul is the principle of life of
the human body, so too, the Holy Spirit is the principle of life
of the Mystical Body of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the principle
of unity in the Church. It is also the principle of endurance and
stability, enabling it to withstand diabolical attacks from without
and corrupting influences from within.
as Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation,
and lived His whole life under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
and just as the Mystical Body of Jesus, the Church, was conceived
by the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and lives its whole
life under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so too, each Christian
is conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit at Baptism, and lives
his life under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Paul tells us
that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, that no one can
say, “Jesus is Lord,” without the Holy Spirit
and that when we cannot pray ourselves, the Holy Spirit prays for
us. What is called the spiritual life is the life of the Holy Spirit
within us. CLICK HERE to
read the entire chapter.
you know that Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has a number of Podcasts?
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Rodney Kissinger Podcasts of his Booklets, Essays, and Homilies
Rodney now has three Kindle EBooks available
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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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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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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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