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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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Priestly Celibacy & Surrender to the Gospel

Celibacy in no devalues human sexuality and marriage. Given how much we prize marriage and family life, there is a realistic appreciation of how tremendous a sacrifice it is. Today, perhaps more than ever before, celibacy contributes to the priestly life as a means to imitate Christ and to put on his heart: “There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 5:13). The priest lives not for himself, but for the people he serves. He has been configured to Christ in such a way, signed by a special spiritual character at ordination, that he can absolve sins and act at the altar in the person of Christ the head. Celibacy indicates a total consecration to our Lord that shows itself in service of the flock of Christ. If our Lord could take the form of a slave (see Philippians 2:7-8); then the ordained priest must also image himself as a servant willing to surrender everything for the Gospel.