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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. who is 103 years young, has been a Jesuit for over 76 years and a priest for over 65 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 Collection of Homilies, The Liturgical Year - A New Commandment

When a scholar of the law asked Jesus, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matt. 22: 36-40)

In the Gospel for this Fifth Sunday of Easter Jesus gives us a new commandment. “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you so you also should love one another.” And he made this as a sign of his disciples. “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 34-35)

This new commandment is quite different from the old commandment. The old law commanded us to love our neighbor as we love our self. The new commandment bids us to love our neighbor as Jesus has loved us. How did Jesus love us? “He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Phil.2:7-8)

This is the kenosis of the Incarnation and the Paschal Mystery: love fulfills itself by emptying itself. This is the new math of Christianity: you add by subtracting and multiply by dividing. “Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” This amazing paradox of Christianity is one of the few texts found in all four Gospels. (Matt. 10:39; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; John 12:25)

This is the gist of the prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, who left all to follow Jesus. “Lord, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." CLICK HERE for the entire homily.

 

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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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