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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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Mary’s Gravity in Our Lives

It might seem that enthusiasm for the Virgin Mary in popular devotion is on the rise; however, this perception is largely dependent upon the scope of one’s memories and historical awareness. While it is true that multitudes of the faithful present a very visible and sincere Marian spirituality; older believers can recall forty or more years ago when May Day processions took over whole neighborhoods. Altar boys dressed in cassock and surplice paraded in endless lines with the priests and faithful, often with a large statue of Mary adorned with flowers. Hymns to Mary were commonplace and almost every Catholic had a rosary and seemed to say it. The toughest thugs in bars would quickly resort to fists if anyone made the slightest slur against the Blessed Mother. Mary was as much a part of our lives as the air we breathed.

The Blue Army and Marian sodalities might be making a comeback, but we still have a ways to go before we can say that we have reached similar levels of piety today. Further, while there is growing interest in Mary, particularly by non-Catholic Christians, portrayals and insights are frequently revisionist and in conflict with earlier depictions.

We should seek to be faithful to the image of Mary portrayed in Scripture and Tradition which is presented to us by the Church.