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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 reading is Fr. Rodney's Essay, The Paradox of Christianity:

“Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it.” This amazing paradox of Christianity is one of the few texts found in all four Gospels. (Mark 8:35; Matthew 10:39; Luke 9: 24; John 12:25) It is the secret of Christianity, the secret of spirituality and the secret of happiness. Yet, we do not believe it. At least we do not take it seriously enough to act on it.

We see in the Second Reading for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time that Jesus practiced this paradox before he taught it. “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather he emptied himself taking the form of a slave…Because of this God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name; that at the name of Jesus ever knee shall bend…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Phil. 2: 6 - 11)

This was also the practice of Mary, the first disciple of Jesus. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord be it done to me according to your word.” Because of this she was Assumed Body and Soul into heaven and is now reigning as Queen.

This was the practice of Simon Peter. The Lord simply said to Peter, “Come follow me” and he left his boat and father to follow him. Because of this he became St. Peter and the first Pope. And the Lord has promised that all who leave father and mother and all to follow him will have a hundred fold in this life and life eternal in the next. (Matt. 19:29)

This paradox is celebrated in the Mass. “Take and eat this is my body…Take and drink this is my blood…Do this is memory of me.” We celebrate the Liturgy in memory of Jesus and offer up our own body and blood in union with his body and blood. CLICK HERE for the entire essay.

 

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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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