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.
week's featured reading is Fr. Rodney's homily, Corpus
is the center and the heart of the Christian religion and the Eucharist
is the center and heart of Christian worship because the Eucharist
IS Jesus Christ.
Down through the centuries, the Eucharist, like a pure underground
stream, has been nourishing both the Church and its members. It
is the greatest gift the Lord has given us, the greatest treasure
of the Church. It is the gift of the Giver. The Second Vatican Council
calls the Eucharist the summit and the source of all holiness. And
because of the different time zones in the world the Eucharist
is celebrated several times every minute of every day,
thus fulfilling the request of Jesus, “Do this in memory
IN THE REAL PRESENCE OF JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST IS FUNDAMENTALLY
AND ULTIMATELY FAITH IN JESUS. In the First Holy Communion
Class Johnny is asked, “What is the Eucharist?”
He replies immediately, “The Eucharist is the Body and
Blood of Jesus.” The teacher continues, “Now
Johnny how do you know that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood
of Jesus?” Johnny beaming with confidence says, “Jesus
Christ said so and He ought to know.” We may smile at
this but the most learned theologian cannot give a better or any
other answer. Jesus said so and He ought to know.
did Jesus really say so? The sixth chapter of John’s
Gospel begins with the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves.
The people were so awed at this miracle that they wanted to make
Jesus their king. But Jesus did not come to be this kind of a king.
His kingdom is not of this world. So he withdrew from them. The
next day the crowd set out to look for him and found him in Capernaum.
When Jesus saw them coming, he rebuked them saying, “You
are looking for me not because you have seen signs, but because
you have eaten of the bread and were filled. Do not work for the
food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you…I am the living bread that
came down from heaven, whoever eats this bead will live forever,
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Jews found this hard to take and quarreled among themselves saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said, “Amen, amen I say to you, unless you eat the
flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you do not have life
in you.” Realizing that he meant exactly what he said,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no
longer accompanied him.
IMPORTANT POINT HERE IS THAT THE DISCIPLES UNDERSTOOD THE WORDS
OF JESUS LITERALLY. And Jesus did not correct them, he
let them go away. And he turned to his apostles and asked them,
“Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter stepped
forward and said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have
the words of eternal life. We have come to believe, and are convinced,
that you are the holy one from God.”
clear unequivocal promise Jesus made that day was fulfilled on the
most solemn occasion of his life as his last will and testament.
The account is given in Matthew, Mark and Luke. “While
they were eating, Jesus took bread, and said the blessing, broke
it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat, this
is my body. Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them
saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of
the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness
of sins.” CLICK
HERE for the entire homily.
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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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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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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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