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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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Are We a Christian Friend?

There are friends and then there are friends. What do I mean? The fair weather friend hangs near when days are happy and life is easy; but when troubles come and life is hard, he or she is nowhere to be found. Look at how Christ’s apostles ran away and Peter denied him. Fortunately, they would know remorse and the spirit of the Risen Christ would heal their betrayal and give them courage in the days ahead to follow in his footsteps, even embracing exile and martyrdom. What kind of friend are we to others and to Jesus? Are we a Christian only when it is convenient? Do we make sacrifices for others and to witness the truth of the Gospel? Some collect and deliver clothing and food to the poor. Believers work in soup kitchens and shelters. They visit the sick and elderly in hospitals, nursing homes and among the shut-ins. They tutor young people and assist with those having learning challenges. They volunteer for the Special Olympics and summer camps for the physically challenged. They march for the unborn. They try to make a difference.