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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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Marriage, a Basic Building Block

Jews and Christians alike understand that God is the author of marriage. This truth is reflected both in Scripture (divine positive law) and in the fabric of creation itself (natural law). As Catholic Christians, we further view marriage as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. Marriage has always been a basic building block of human society. We see this in the Bible and in our society today, although there are many novelties which threaten this foundational relationship. We will often speak of marriage and the family as the “little church,” but it is also the basic cell for Western civilization. Marriage has both a social purpose as well as the higher moral and religious significance.