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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 Titles & Cooperation with Jesus

There are some titles given to Mary which make certain theologians squirm. One of these became controversial during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II due to rumors that he was going to define Mary as the Co-redemptrix. Another title arising from an older popular piety was Mediatrix. Usage of these titles is probably somewhat reserved or rare because of confused definitions and ecumenical concerns.

It is important to clarify that there is only one Mediator and Redeemer, and that is Jesus Christ. Mediatrix says a lot about Mary’s unique and powerful intercessory role. She is of one mind and heart with Christ. Mary submits herself entirely to the divine will and mercy. Co-redemptrix is more problematical for non-Catholics because we admit that Mary has a singular role to play as the “Mother of God.” This latter Christological title protects the divine identity of her Son. Her YES to God resonates and participates with the primary YES of Christ. So that he might die for sinners, he first had to be born. Jesus did not suddenly beam down from Heaven. Mary was there and played her part. No other human being would ever have such intimacy with Christ.

Similarly, at the Cross, although she was never a priest, she could look upon the abused body of her Son and say, “This is my body. This is my blood.”