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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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The Indelicate Humanity of Jesus & Mary

Once more prudish than our European counterparts, even depictions of naked angels in the Vatican would make American adults cringe and children giggle. As a boy, I recall a painting of Mary that disturbed me because it was not like the chaste depiction of the Sorrowful Mother in the parish church. The picture illustrated the Blessed Mother with the infant Jesus suckling at one of her exposed breasts. It did not strike me as overtly sexual, as it might for many in our oversexed society at present, just a bit embarrassing. Coming from a family of seven children, it reminded me in a shocking manner that Jesus really was like us. He was God come down from heaven, but he still depended upon his Mother’s milk. She nursed Jesus from her own flesh. In return, Jesus would give us sustenance from his Cross in the Eucharist. Reflecting both on Mary’s dependence upon Christ and her active cooperation in his redemptive work; it seems to me that she now spiritually nurses the mystical body of Christ, the Church. Everything she has is God’s gift to her. What she was given, she gives in return. It is no wonder that she, herself, is often identified in an intimate way with the Church. We call both MOTHER. Some theologians speak about how the graces of Christ might actually pass through Mary to us.

The whole Church is still held up to her breast, near that immaculate heart which beats in love for us.