Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 74 years and a
priest for over 63 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.
week's featured reading is from Fr. Rodney's booklet, The
Bible The Word of God; Chapter1 - The Bible
Bible has been on the best seller list since Gutenberg invented
the printing press in the 15th century. It contains some of the
world’s greatest literature, is one of the best text books
on human nature, and gives us an overview of the history of civilization.
But most important of all it is the Word of God. It is the written
record of how God revealed Himself to us gradually and progressively,
according to our capacity and need. Beginning with Abraham, our
father in faith, it culminates in the final and definitive revelation
of Jesus Christ. “In times past, God spoke in partial
and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these
last days He spoke to us through His Son.” (Heb.1:1)
word Bible comes from the Greek ‘biblia’ meaning
books. The Bible is a collection of books. Books which contain sacred
writings (scripture) about God’s dealings with His people,
written by different authors, in different places, over a period
of some 1,000 years, from about 600 BC to 100 AD. The Bible is divided
into two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Testament
means covenant or agreement.
Old Testament is the story of God’s promise to Israel. It
contains 46 books in the Catholic Bible and 39 books in the Protestant
Bible. The difference is not just a Christian problem. The difference
is about the Hebrew Scripture. In the early days of Christianity
the Hebrew canon (list of books) was unsettled. A final and definitive
decision about the canon of the Hebrew Scripture did not come until
the second or third century after Christ.
the few centuries before Christ, the Jews were divided into two
groups. One group was living in Palestine and speaking Hebrew, the
other group was scattered throughout the empire and speaking Greek.
Around 200 BC a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scripture appeared
in Alexandria. It was called the Septuagint because of the legend
that 72 scholars, six each from the 12 tribes of Israel translated
it. It became the Bible of the Greek speaking Jews. It was also
adopted and used by the early Christians. The New Testament which
was written in Greek contains some 300 quotations from the Septuagint.
The Septuagint contains seven books and parts of two other books
that are not contained in the Hebrew Bible. The Jews finally canonized
the shorter, Palestinian canon in the late second or early third
century after Christ. In the 16th century the Reformers accepted
this shorter version rather than the Septuagint version.
the dispute about these differences has all but dissipated. Protestants
have returned to the practice of publishing the disputed books in
a separate part of their Bible, as did Martin Luther in his translation
of the Bible in 1534 as being books which “are not held
equal to the Sacred Scriptures and yet are useful and good for reading.”
the New Testament all Christians agree on the canon of the Christian
Scriptures. In the New Testament there are 27 books, written in
common Greek, from about 51 AD to 105 AD. The books contain the
Good News of the fulfillment of God’s promise. The first four
books are the Gospels. These are followed by the Acts of the Apostles,
13 Epistles (letters) of Paul, 8 other Epistles, and finally the
Book of Revelation. When the word Scripture is mentioned in the
New Testament is means the Hebrew Scripture. The Pontifical Biblical
Commission states that there are three stages in the development
of the Gospels. First, there is Jesus’ own words and actions.
Secondly, the apostles preaching of these words and actions adapted
to their hearers and finally, the Evangelists’ actual accounts.
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the entire chapter.
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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