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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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Women Like Mary are Not Ordinary

I read a defender of Mary’s dignity and singular role in the Church, assert that we cannot treat her like ordinary women. I would not dispute this but I would object to the word, “ordinary.” Is there really such a thing as an ordinary woman? The women in our lives prove themselves to be quite extraordinary. Indeed, those who model themselves on Mary and who fulfill the counter-cultural exhortations from St. Paul and other Scriptural authors, illustrate both holiness and an intense capacity for sacrificial love. Married women honor and serve their husbands as they would Christ. Their husbands are to demonstrate a reciprocal love that is modeled on Christ’s acceptance of the Cross for his bride, the Church. There may be nothing in this world more moving and vital than the Christian woman. She is the heart of the home and of the Church. Mary is inseparably connected to these women as the supreme exemplar.

Mary testifies to holiness and unity with Christ. His flesh had been joined and dependent upon hers in the womb; but there was a spiritual connection which could never be severed. As the Immaculate Conception, she responded to the saving works of God like no other human being ever could.

The YES of Mary was not just a personal response but one for the sake of the whole world and all who would come to believe.