Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-12-20T12:30:59-04:00

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I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I wanted to stand things on their head in a Chestertonian spirit but figured the material was unlikely to get published elsewhere. I was surprised when the blog readership took off, so I kept going– considering it to be a ministry in the new media.

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Standing on My Head

“A scene is often most clearly seen when it is seen upside down.” G.K.Chesterton

New Podcast: The Hero’s Quest

In this new podcast on my Conversations with Joseph Pearce channel Josep and I discuss the hero's quest in relation to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. This podcast channel is reserved to Donor Subscribers. Donor Subscribers help support the blog and have access to all the archived articles, podcasts and more. Go here to learn more about how you can become a Donor Subscriber. Go here to listen to my conversation with Joseph Pearce on the Hero's Quest.

January 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Love and Death

Love, by its very nature, is outgoing and in search of another. We are built to love, and so God’s command to love him and to love our neighbor is a command that would be similar to saying to a car, “You must provide transportation.” That’s what a car is designed for. The command is superfluous. Likewise, human beings were created to love and be loved. First we are to love God. Second we are to love another person. The two commands are not separate, for the other person is created in God’s image and therefore to love the other

January 21st, 2020|0 Comments

It’s War. Get Used to It

During my recent bout with the flu I had the chance to re-read Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honor trilogy. One of the criticisms of the books is that they are uneven, dull at times, confusing and disjointed. On re-reading I realize much of that was intentional. Waugh was showing the reality of war. I've also been reading more church history--both George Weigel's' recent book The Irony of Modern Catholic History and Tom Holland's Dominion-How the Christian Revolution Changed the World. Both books on church history are a reminder of one of my main punching points--that crisis in the church is what church history is all about.

January 20th, 2020|0 Comments

A Married Priest on Celibacy

The topic of celibacy of priests is once again a hot news item, and it seems a great shame that so many on both sides of the progressive-conservative . divide within Catholicism have fallen into their expected tribal positions and have spent so much time getting themselves worked up over whether or not Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI really should be billed as "co-author" of this new book with Cardinal Sarah or not. Does that really have to be such a big deal? Surely if the topic is worth discussing we should be able to hear experienced, learned wise and spiritual

January 14th, 2020|4 Comments

God is Elsewhere

I've been out of action for the better part of a week with a nasty case of flu, but have used the time to get through most of George Weigel's new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History I'll be reviewing it later over at Imaginative Conservative, but the book has reminded me how much God is always elsewhere. Weigel's book charts the Catholic Church's centuries long wrestling match with modernity, and reminds us that controversy, quarrels, confusion and seeming chaos have always been part of church life. You could even say one of the marks of the authenticity of the Catholic

January 9th, 2020|1 Comment

On Hobbits and Hermits

It always hits me now at the beginning of a new year when I'm wondering where the road will take me this year. There is a double yearning in me, and I suspect it is pretty much universal, and that is to be both a hobbit and a hermit. Give me the hobbit’s life of adventure. I want to shrug on my backpack, pick up my stick and set off on the open road. I want to sleep rough with nothing but the freedom of the quest. Give me dragons to fight and giants to tilt. I’ll set off with

January 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

The Magi and Other Magicians

Every good fantasy story needs a magician. Dorothy encounters the Wizard of Oz. Frodo travels with Gandalf, Harry Potter has his Dumbledore and Arthur his Merlin. A magus is a wise man, a shaman or a master of the ancient lore. The word “magician” comes from the Persian “magus” the name of the venerable sect of occult, astrologically adept wizards who were Nebuchadnezzar’s necromancers and Cyrus’ stargazers. Indeed, the magician mentor is a staple character in every hero’s quest. The wise old man or woman offers guidance and supernatural insight. Like the oracles or Tiresias, he or she is a

January 2nd, 2020|4 Comments

Conversation with Joseph Pearce – Faith and Culture

Here is the first of a series of podcasts for a new channel on the blog. Conversations with Joseph Pearce consists of a series of podcasts I recorded with Joseph for the Faith and Culture division of the Augustine Institute. The first podcast considers the relationship between faith and culture. How do we evangelize a culture that is alien to Christianity, is post Christian or aggressively opposed to the Catholic faith? I'll be posting this series week by week here on the blog. This podcast series is reserved for Donor Subscribers, but is also available at the Augustine Institute. Go here to

January 1st, 2020|0 Comments
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