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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 featured reading is from Fr. Rodney's Booklet, The Bible The Word of God - The Bible In the Mass

The Mass is a mosaic of the Bible. The Mass begins with the Entrance Antiphon which is taken from one of the Psalms. The Greeting is taken from the greetings in the Epistles of St. Paul.

The Penitential Rite: “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, God have mercy” is the prayer of the blind man on the road to Jericho (Luke 8:38), the humble prayer of the Publican in the Temple (Luke 18:14) and the pleading prayer of the ten lepers. (Luke 17:13) The Gloria is the song of the angels at the birth of the Lord. (Luke 2: 13-14)

The Liturgy of the Word begins with a reading from the Old Testament, a Responsorial Psalm from the Book of Psalms, a reading from the New Testament and then a reading from one of the Gospels. The Homily is an explanation of the Readings and application of them to our daily lives.

The Creed is a Profession of Faith in the principle truths of the Bible. St. Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem in the Fourth Century reminds us of how the Creed came to be. “Not everyone is able to read the Scriptures, some because they have never learned to read, others because their daily activities keep them from such study, still so that their souls will not be lost through ignorance, we have gathered together the whole of the faith in a few concise articles…This summary of the faith was not composed at man’s whim; the most important sections were chosen from the whole of Scripture to constitute and compete a comprehensive statement of the faith. Just as the mustard seed contains in a small grain many branches, so this brief statement of the faith keeps in its heart, as it were, all the religious truth to be found in the Old and New Testament alike.”

The Prayer of the Faithful is our response to the Lord’s command, “Ask and you will receive” (Matt. 7:7) “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14) The Preface ends with the Hosanna that the crowds welcomed Jesus with on his entry into Jerusalem. (John 12:12-13) CLICK HERE for the entire chapter.


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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