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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 weeks homily is Communion of Saints:

One of the most fundamental and most consoling truths of Catholicism is the Communion of Saints. Anyone who does not appreciate the streams of grace, love and vitality that are constantly flowing through the Communion of Saints does not understand Catholicism.

The basic fact of creation is that it is all of one piece, nothing exists alone. If you go to Epcot at Disney World you will see an exhibit called The Land. Its theme is symbiosis. No plant or animal, no matter how small can exist alone. Particularly is this true of man who is made in the image of God. God also is a community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons, each sharing equally in the divine nature, perfect unity in diversity.

The basic fact of redemption is the same. Jesus died for all. He wants all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. The first two words of the prayer he taught his disciples, Our Father, defines this interdependence very simply and clearly. God is our Father and we are his children, brothers and sisters of the same family of God. God loves each one of us personally and intimately but as members of his family. Paul compares the Mystical Body of Jesus to the human body in which each part is essential and all work together for the good of the whole. In Christianity to believe is to belong.

This is also the basic fact of our experience. We do not exist alone. A fact that is quite obvious in the beginning and the end of life. And in between the entrance and the exit there is more of the same. Assisted living is a fact of our whole lives. It is through our relationships with other people that we identify ourselves and grow into the unique person we have the potential to become. Not even death can destroy this solidarity, this union, this interdependence.

The Communion of Saints is composed of three branches: the Church Triumphant, those who have finished the race and are already enjoying the Kingdom, the Church Suffering who have finished the race and are undergoing further growth and purification, and the Church Militant, those who have not finished the race and are fighting to keep the faith. There is a constant interchange between these three branches. 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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