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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 Essay, All in the Family

The family is the most fundament unit of society. It is the first society God established as we read in the Book of Genesis: “The Lord said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helpmate…This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.”

Our Lord sanctified the family by beginning his life on earth in a family. In fact, he lived nine tenths of his life in the family of Mary and Joseph at Nazareth. Later on he raised marriage to a Sacrament and performed his first miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana. St. Paul compared marriage to Jesus’ relationship with the Church, the “bride of Christ.”

The Second Vatican Council called the family “the domestic church,” reminding us that the most basic cell of the Church is not the parish but the family. The family is the sanctuary of love, life and faith.

The family is the first society we belong to. We are born into a family not into the Church. Our very name identifies us as a member of a family. The rite of Baptism, which ushers us into the Church, says that the parents “are the first teachers of their child in the ways of faith. May they also be the best of teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do, in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is confirmed by science today which tells us that the first three years of life are the most important in the development of the person.

No two human beings are made for each other. Every human being is made for God. Marriages are not made in heaven. There are no prefabricated marriages. They are made right here on earth, day by day, by the sacrifices both persons are called upon to make. Marriages are not made by what comes naturally. That is important, of course, but marriages are made by what does not come naturally and that is self-sacrifice. CLICK HERE for the entire chapter.

 

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 Fr. Rodney now has three Kindle EBooks available

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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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