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 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.
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
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
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
HERE to Read the Entire Homily
Rodney Kissinger has recently published a compilation of many of
his booklets in a single document named Divine Simplicity. This
document is avaialable as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at
the Kindle store for $2.99.
HERE to purchase the EBook at the Amazon Kindle Store