Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 71 years and a
priest for over 60 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.
Lent means back to basics
is the oldest and the fullest expression of Christianity. Under
the inspiration and protection of the Holy Spirit, this small mustard
seed has spread its branches through every facet of human life.
It so permeates the life of its followers that everything is sacred,
everything is sacramental, everything is a visible sign of the invisible
great fecundity which is the glory of the Church, unfortunately,
can also become a snare for its members. Not all of the truths of
Catholicism are equally important. There is a hierarchy of truths.
At the center are the essential truths, and then fanning out from
the center are the peripheral truths, diminishing in importance
as they distance themselves from the center. The snare and the danger
is that we could make one of the peripheral truths the center of
our lives and thus become eccentric.
would indeed be a tragedy because we only have a limited amount
of time and energy, and we don’t want to spend it “spinning
our wheels” on the periphery. Jesus rebukes the scribes
and Pharisees for doing just that. “Woe to you scribes
and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and
cumin and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment
and mercy and fidelity. These you should have done without neglecting
the others. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow a
camel.” (Matt. 23: 23-24)
help us avoid the danger of becoming eccentric the Church gives
us the season of Lent. Lent is a time when we get back to basics.
We begin Lent by receiving the ashes on our forehead and hearing
the most basic of all of the truths of our faith, “Remember
man, you are dust and into dust you will return.” And
Lent ends with the Paschal Mystery, the passion, death and resurrection
of Jesus, the center and the heart of Christianity. CLICK
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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 avaialable as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at
the Kindle store for $2.99.
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compilation of many of his booklets in a single document named Divine
Simplicity. This document is avaialable as a Kindle EBook that can
be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.
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