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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 booklet, A Journey of Faith - Chapter 3, Faith

Salvation history is the history of faith. The Old Covenant begins with the faith of Abraham, our father in faith. “Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.” (Gen.15:6) The New Covenant begins with the faith of Mary, our mother in faith. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your will.” (Luke 1:38) Our own personal covenant begins with our act of faith. Faith is the first step on the road to salvation.

What is faith? In general, we can define faith as the acceptance of the testimony of someone, whom we judge to be knowing and truthful, about something we do not know in another way. We can see from this definition of faith that faith is not restricted to religion. Faith is necessary also on the natural level. In fact, the whole fabric of society rests on a network of faith in our relationships with one another. Learning itself begins with an act of faith in our parents and teachers.

Take history for example. Ordinarily our knowledge of history is gotten from books that were not written by eye witnesses, but by authors who got their facts from others, who perhaps themselves were not eye witnesses. And the further back we go in history, the more we multiply acts of faith. Or consider current events. Every time we pick up a newspaper or magazine or listen to the news on radio or TV, we make an act of faith in the reporter that he knows what he is talking about and is truthful. Yet how often, especially in religion, they do not know what they are talking about. And perhaps even more often when they do know what they are talking about, they slant the news to bring us to their own convictions. And how many acts of faith do we make as we surf the internet and cruise along the superhighway of information and misinformation?

Our whole economy is built on faith, faith in our currency, checks, stocks and bonds, mortgages and promissory notes. No doubt you could add many more examples. We believe in the most outrageous things. We believe in Utopia, tea leaves, crystal balls and in the stars. Human life even on the natural level is impossible without faith. We should not be surprised then that faith is also necessary on the supernatural level.

It is evident also from our definition of faith that the immediate object of faith is not a truth but a person. We first accept the person, and then we accept his testimony. The immediate object of Christian faith is the person of Jesus Christ, true God and true man. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus is the final and definitive revelation of God. In Jesus, the medium is the message. “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:16) All the truths of Christianity are abstracted from the person and the life of Jesus. CLICK HERE for 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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