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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, Liturgy of the Heart - The Psalms

When we think of the Lord’s Prayer we think of the Our Father. But the Lord’s prayer, that is, the prayer the Lord himself prayed, was really the Psalms. The Psalms were the first prayers that Jesus learned from Mary and Joseph at Nazareth. These were the prayers he knew by heart and cherished. These were the prayers he said in the synagogue and temple. The last prayer he said on the cross was Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.”

The Psalms are essentially songs. (Ps.92; 95) They are principally songs of praise and thanksgiving. (Ps. 66; 113) But they also explore the full range of human experience in a very earthy way. They served as a hymn book and prayer guide for the Jewish people, and also for the first Christians. St. Paul writes to the Ephesians, “…be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in Psalms and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything, in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:19) The Breviary, the official prayer book of the Church, contains all 150 of the Psalms, and the Mass, the official worship of the Church contains many Psalms. Today, the Psalms are the most widely read and best loved book in the Bible.

We have seen that prayer is the awareness and the expression of our personal relationship with God. The Israelites wholly accepted the intimacy of this relationship. They thought of themselves as the Chosen People, sometimes unfaithful, but always natural and human, open and trusting in their dialogue with God. (Ps.51) The uniqueness of their relationship with God enabled them to face God no matter what their emotions might be. And so the Psalms express all of the basic human emotions, fear, trust, anger, joy, doubt and thanks. So the Psalms illustrates one of the fundamental rules of prayer, come as you are with all of the physical warts, psychological quirks and spiritual infidelities. Don’t try to give God a snow job, he knows us better than we know ourselves. (Ps.139)

But throughout the whole gamut of feelings and emotions God always remains Supreme, the one and only God, the Creator and Ruler of all. (Ps.14) He is a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness. 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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