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Fr. 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.



This week's featured reading is Fr. Rodney's homily Holy Week:

Perhaps you have come to the end of Lent with very little to show for all of the well-intentioned resolutions you made on Ash Wednesday. Not to worry, you can salvage it all by participating in the Liturgies of Holy Week especially in the Paschal Triduum. These are the three days Jesus referred to when he said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” (John 2:14) These three days are the very heart of Lent and of the whole Liturgical Year.

Our journey of faith is firmly rooted in an historical encounter. God has revealed himself to us in time and history through persons and events. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, has shown us what it means to walk the way of salvation, and has invited us to walk that same path, to share in the mystery of his life, death and resurrection. The Liturgy is for us both a celebration of those events and an invitation to take these past events, make them present, and let that experience influence our future. Such is the timeless power of the Liturgy. A bird’s eye view of the Liturgy of Holy Week will help us to participate in it more actively and more intelligently.

PALM SUNDAY: We read in the Gospel that the people went outside the gates of Jerusalem to welcome our Lord by carpeting his path with palm branches and singing, “Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Then just five days later, they were crying out, “Crucify him, crucify him! “So passes the glory of the world.” Yet how many wonderful things are left undone because of the fear of what some fickle, fallible, sinful human being may say or think about what I do or say? On the other hand how many foolish things are done to gain their praise and esteem? The palms we bless today can be a constant reminder of these important truths if we put the blessed palm above the crucifix in our home.


HOLY THURSDAY EVENING: On this day our Lord instituted the Eucharist. At the Last Supper he prepared the Sacrifice-Meal that would unite his members to himself and to one another through the ages. So we gather in spirit with the Apostles to receive from Jesus his Body and Blood as it were for the first time. Hence all of the hosts for Communion are freshly consecrated. Enough hosts are also consecrated for tomorrow for there will be no Mass on Good Friday, there is only a Communion Service.

There is a solemn Mass. All of the bells are rung at the Gloria and they will not be rung again until the Easter Mass. The Celebrant, after the homily, will wash the feet of twelve of the parishioners as our Lord washed the feet of his twelve apostles. After the Mass there is a procession with the Eucharist through the Church to the side altar suitably decorated where it will remain until tomorrow’s service. There will be individual adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament until midnight. Since the Paschal Triduum is all of one piece there will be no dismissal tonight and no entrance rite or dismissal on Good Friday. 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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