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Fr. 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.

 

This week's feature is from Fr. Rodney's booklet, God the Incomprehensible obvious - The Spirit of God

Throughout 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.

From 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.

Jesus 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.”

The 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.

Just 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.

 

 

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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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