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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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Reciprocity in the Priesthood

There is always reciprocity in the sacraments and this is no less true in the priesthood. Christ loves us and as the great High Priest extends and shares his priesthood with men called to service. God gives the call and men in turn accept this call. The Church gives validation to a person’s calling and through formation assists in its acquisition. Jesus ministers to his people through his priests. The vocation of priesthood or holy orders comes within the context of living out our baptismal call as a priestly people. A child is baptized and then anointed as priest, prophet and king. The Holy Spirit anoints or consecrates the Church (the Mystical Body of Christ) as a prophetic, royal and priestly nation. The sacraments are for men and women, and they are offered as such, but always in the name of Jesus Christ.