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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 feature is Fr. Rodney's Booklet, Parables of Jesus: Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand where it give light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matt. 5:13-16)

Our Lord spoke with divine authority, but he spoke in human language. He spoke the language of ordinary people of his day. And he spoke of the things that were most familiar to them: birds of the air, lilies of the field, sower and the seed, vine and the branches. He spoke with divine simplicity, expressing deep philosophical and theological truths in simple language. In the Gospel for today he speaks of salt and light. He tells us that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Both of which are essential for the well being of the world.

It is hard for us today to imagine the importance of salt in the time of our Lord. Salt was so valuable that in Rome it was doled out to Caesar’s soldiers as part of their salary, which was called salarium. Our word salary comes from this.

In Greece it was common to exchange salt for slaves. This produced the saying, “Not worth his salt.” Anyone who has been on a bland diet can tell you what salt does to the taste of food. Besides making food palatable it was an effective food preservative, which made it indispensable in times before refrigeration. Small wonder Jesus used salt to tell his followers how important and valuable they are. “You are the salt of the earth.”

Jesus told them also that they were the “light of the world.” Light was the first thing God created. Then when sin darkened the whole world God sent his Son to be the light of the world dispelling the darkness of sin. Jesus passed this light on to his apostles at Pentecost. And now through Baptism this light is passed on to us.

The first time we came to Church, at Baptism, we were carried in and were given a candle lit from the Paschal Candle, the light of Christ and told, “Receive the light of Christ.” The last time we come to Church we also will be carried in. The Paschal Candle, the light of Christ, will be at the head of the coffin. In the eulogy the homilist will review for the congregation the journey of the light you received. What will he say? Was it always bright; did it flicker; was it extinguished and relit, perhaps many times? Was it still burning at the end? CLICK HERE to read the entire chapter.



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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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