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    Fr. Joseph Jenkins

  • 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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What is Really at Stake?

Clergy and laity alike must be a voice for the voiceless— signs of contradiction— sentinels for Christ. There can be no compromise with evil. Like the saints before us, our hearts should be moved by this staunch conviction.  But as with the Eucharistic Christians and martyrs of old, a price will be paid.  The Eucharist is the ultimate expression of the paschal mystery from the depths of the passion to the heights of the resurrection.  We must be disposed so as to be transformed and to become what we receive.  We must die with Christ if we hope to live with him.  While we have endured much noise about a weaponization of the Eucharist, in truth it is the pacification of the sacrament that most distorts what it signifies and goes hand-in-hand with surrender to the challenges of secular modernity.  We must not allow this.