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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 Inform Our Own Calling

I would go to some lengths to show how Mary is singularly honored by God; in truth, a number of her titles and benefits could be applied to others, even if only analogously or in a lesser and contingent fashion. Mary is rightly called the Mother of God and such a title is strictly reserved to her; but every child reflects the Christ Child and every pregnancy shares “in potency” the promise of a Messiah. Other titles would be more easily shared, like that of the Daughter of the Father and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Our baptism and faith makes us adopted sons and daughters of the heavenly Father. Granted the gift of sanctifying grace, we are also made into temples of the Holy Spirit. Of course, Mary is the great precursor, for both the whole Church and her individual members.

Before the Spirit of God descended upon the apostles in the upper room, the Holy Spirit had already intervened in her life, preserving her from sin and conceiving the Christ. Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit. She is also called the Ark of the Covenant. Just as the sacred tablets of stone revealed God’s law, this time around he reveals his loving mercy.

The New Covenant is literally the flesh and blood of Christ. He is the Covenant. Similarly, we are to be bearers of Christ for our world today.