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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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Holy Water

Numbers 5:17: . . . and the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.

Here is a case where God actually commanded the use of holy water. If this is the case, how can anyone blame the Church for its use? Used for blessings, water is a powerful symbol of cleansing; it also carries with it the theme of life and death. We need water to live; and yet, too much can drown us and bring death. It always reminds us of our baptism and the promises of faith.

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