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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 & the Apparitions

mary.mother.of.jesus.01Furor accompanied a negative verdict against phenomena at Garanbandal. Nevertheless, many still make pilgrimages. Most if not all of the messages in themselves may be orthodox or neutral. But the Church withholds approval for either seeing nothing supernatural or for detecting a deceptive spiritual agency. The faith of God’s people comes first and it must be protected. People can easily be deceived.

Critics of Medjugorie argue about the event’s duration and problematical messages. Translation issues and fumbles by seers might account for these difficulties. Content was questioned where reprobate priests were supposedly praised and religious relativism was poorly skirted. Somewhat befuddled by the arguments, I do not want to take sides against good Catholics. If such things cause factions in the Church then I would see this as a bad mark. But we see many good fruits. The Holy Spirit brings unity to the Church body, not division. If people experience genuine healings and rediscover their Catholic faith, then it would be hard not to see Mary’s maternal hand seeking to aid her children in the Church. In any case, we do not have to join the pack running around seeking the supernatural. Speaking for myself, my relationship with God is real and I find him here at home and in the sacraments. It may take tremendous patience, but I am comfortable with a “wait and see” policy about all the rest.