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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 75 years and a priest for over 64 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 homily, The Trinity

The revelation of the Trinity is one of the greatest proofs of God’s love for us. We do not reveal ourselves to those we do not love. And we reveal ourselves in proportion to our love. In revealing the Trinity God revealed his very nature, his most intimate life.

And he did this gradually and progressively according to our capacity and need. The Old Testament is explicitly monotheistic. “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” (Deut. 6:4) The New Testament is monotheistic but it is also explicitly Trinitarian. All three persons of the Trinity are found in five of the key scenes in the Gospel: the Annunciation, the Baptism of Jesus, the Last Supper, Calvary, and the Ascension.

Thus began the revelation that unaided reason would never have perceived, that the most High God is not only one, as Israel had passionately believed, but also Triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity was refined and solemnly defined in the first four Councils of the Church and has been professed in the Creed and at Mass for centuries.

The Trinity is the origin of our lives. It is true that creation is attributed to the Father, redemption to the Son and sanctification to the Holy Spirit. But the fact and truth of the matter is that the Trinity was the efficient cause of all extra activities. The Trinity is also the origin of Christianity. Without the Trinity we cannot understand Christianity. What would Christmas, Easter and Pentecost mean if there was no Trinity? The Mass begins and ends with the sign of the cross, the profession of faith in the Trinity. All of the prayers of the Mass are offered to the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit.

The Trinity is the model for our lives. We are made in the “image of God,” in the image of the Trinity. By contemplating the Trinity we can learn a lot about ourselves and about the way we should live. The Trinity is a COMMUNITY OF PERSONS. There are no isolated, self-sufficient, rugged individuals. There are three equal Persons living together in community. Each Person needs the other two Persons to be God.

We need each other to be truly human. We are social beings. We are mutually interdependent. This is evident in the beginning of life and at the end of life. The newborn infant left to itself dies and the very old person left to himself dies. And in between the entrance and the exit we are still dependent one on another. It is through these relationships that we identify ourselves and become the person God has given us the potential to become. 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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