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Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. has been a Jesuit for over 74 years and a priest for over 63 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, Advent - Week 2

The Liturgy of Advent is dominated by two extraordinary persons, Mary, the mother of Jesus and John the Baptist. Mary is present in the Liturgy of Advent in the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Her preparation for the first Christmas was sinlessness. John the Baptist is present in the Liturgy of Advent because he was the prophet chosen to prepare the way for Jesus. His message was not sinlessness but the forgiveness of sins.

The season of Advent, the season for the preparation of Christmas, consists essentially in the recognition, confession and forgiveness of sins. Sin and the forgiveness of sins is what Christmas is all about. We cannot understand Christmas unless we are conscious of our sinfulness and recognize our need of Jesus Christ. Sin is not only the breaking of a law but the breaking of our relationship with God which is the first, the last and always the most important relationship in our lives.

Free will is our greatest dignity and most awesome responsibility. Free will makes love possible and it also makes sin possible. Sin is not only a possibility; it is a fact, a fact of history and a fact of my life. We are all sinners actually in the past, potentially in the future and always carrying this great treasure in a very fragile vessel.

But this is precisely the problem today. Today there is no sin; there are no sinners and therefore no need for Christmas. How strange that in a world torn apart with war, violence, terrorism, corruption, famine, addictions and suicide there is no sin and no sinners!

Sin begins in Genesis and continues unabated to our daily newscasts. Yet we foolishly think that if we could by-pass sin we could live in peace and joy. What a delusion! Such peace would be superficial and short-lived. Sooner or later we are confronted with evil, evil in the world, evil in others and evil within ourselves, and this peace is shattered.

When we deny sin we repress it, shove it back into the subconscious. Although we are no longer conscious of it we feel fear, anxiety and guilt; we feel alienated from others, ourselves, and from God. And we do not know why. Psychiatry can fish it out of the unconscious and help us to become conscious of it again. It can help us verbalize it, objectify it and relive it. And if it a false guilt it can help us get rid of it. But if it is real guilt it is beyond its power. Only God can forgive sin. 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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