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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 Fr. Rodney's homily, Advent - Week 2

The Liturgy of Advent is dominated by two extraordinary persons, Mary, the mother of Jesus and John the Baptist. Mary is present in the Liturgy of Advent in the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Her preparation for the first Christmas was sinlessness. John the Baptist is present in the Liturgy of Advent because he was the prophet chosen to prepare the way for Jesus. His message was not sinlessness but the forgiveness of sins.

The season of Advent, the season for the preparation of Christmas, consists essentially in the recognition, confession and forgiveness of sins. Sin and the forgiveness of sins is what Christmas is all about. We cannot understand Christmas unless we are conscious of our sinfulness and recognize our need of Jesus Christ. Sin is not only the breaking of a law but the breaking of our relationship with God which is the first, the last and always the most important relationship in our lives.

Free will is our greatest dignity and most awesome responsibility. Free will makes love possible and it also makes sin possible. Sin is not only a possibility; it is a fact, a fact of history and a fact of my life. We are all sinners actually in the past, potentially in the future and always carrying this great treasure in a very fragile vessel.

But this is precisely the problem today. Today there is no sin; there are no sinners and therefore no need for Christmas. How strange that in a world torn apart with war, violence, terrorism, corruption, famine, addictions and suicide there is no sin and no sinners!

Sin begins in Genesis and continues unabated to our daily newscasts. Yet we foolishly think that if we could by-pass sin we could live in peace and joy. What a delusion! Such peace would be superficial and short-lived. Sooner or later we are confronted with evil, evil in the world, evil in others and evil within ourselves, and this peace is shattered. CLICK HERE to read the entire homily.



Did you know that Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has a number of Podcasts? CLICK HERE for Fr. Rodney Kissinger Podcasts of his Booklets, Essays, and Homilies

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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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