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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 essay, Golden Agers

We live in a society obsessed with youth and achievement. Simeon and Anna remind us that there is more to life than that. The last third of life is just as important and can be more rewarding than the first two thirds. The physical and mental powers may be deteriorating but the spiritual powers are constantly growing.

The “golden years” are a time of freedom. “Free at last” from the “rat race”, from competition and rugged individualism. No longer proud competitors struggling for perfection, we can be humble, loving human beings. Our persistent Pelagian labors to save ourselves and our world, have all ended in frustration and failure - so we let go, we let God. “whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” We are “free at last” to make the long delayed journey into our inner self to the God who is the ground of our being. We are “free at last” for prayer and meditation.

The “golden years” are a time for exchanging the apostolate of doing to the apostolate of being. Unfortunately, when we think of the apostolate we think of action, of going and doing. But strange as it may seem the first and perhaps the most effective apostolate is the apostolate of being. “First is to be and then to do, and the action follows the being” Pecan trees produce pecans, orange trees produce oranges and baboons produce baboons. The apostolate of being simply means to be, to be me and to be happy to be me.

The “golden years” are also a time to be a witness to the fidelity of the love of God. When God called us He did not give us a blueprint, a map, or job description. He did not promise a rose garden. He promised only that whatever the garden, be it the Garden of Eden or the Garden of Gethsemane, He will be there. And in spite of all of our infidelities He has been there. We are witness to the fact that our security rests not on any merit of our own but solely on the fidelity of the love of God, on the Divine Mercy. 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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