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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2018-12-05T13:22:22+00:00

Welcome to Standing on My Head

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

A January Pick Me Up – Krispy Kreme Evangelization

To tell you the truth I always feel great in January. I've never really thought it through before, but I get a real spiritual buzz and enthusiastic spirit in January. The grump in me would grumble that it's because Christmas with all its busy ness and silliness and stress is over and I can get back to work, but I think its because Christmas gives me a surge. Christ is born and baptized and he's getting down to business and that makes me pick up my feet, roll up my sleeves and get down to business too. There is also

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Characters of the Reformation 9 – Mary Tudor

Known by her enemies as "Bloody Mary", Queen Mary Tudor was the daughter of Henry VIII and his true wife Queen Catherine of Aragon. She came to the throne after the short reign of her half brother- the sickly boy Edward VI - son of Henry and wife number three, Jane Seymour. Hilaire Belloc is, of course, sympathetic to Mary Tudor--who is so often portrayed as a fanatical monster. The podcast is available now for Donor Subscribers. To listen go here. It will be published at BreadBox Media next week where you can listen free of charge, but on the

January 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Twelve Things I Like About the Latin Mass

A week ago I wrote a blog post about twelve things I like about the Novus Ordo. I thought it was a pretty harmless reflection on my life as a parish priest and my observation of what works and doesn't work in the liturgy. Hooboy! I didn't realize that it would produce quite such a tempest in a teapot, inspiring learned articles from an eminent liturgiologist and threads of social media comments on the pros and cons. It was only a blog post, and it was only a comment on what I liked. It wasn't a definitive treatise on the

January 11th, 2019|3 Comments

Finding Forgiveness

“I know I have been forgiven because I’ve been to confession, but I don’t feel forgiven! How can I find peace and know that I’m forgiven? ” This is one of the most frequent questions I get as a priest. A similar question comes up with the problem of forgiving others, “Father,” the person asks, “my business partner screwed me real bad. I’ve tried to forgive him, and I’ve given it all to God, but I still feel resentment and bitterness. I still want revenge. How can I find peace?” With the temperature so high at the moment with the sin of

January 9th, 2019|2 Comments

Characters of the Reformation 8 – Thomas Cranmer

Are members of the hierarchy often out of their depth? Thomas Cranmer was. A weak willed academic and career clergyman, he was bent to the will of the tyrant Henry VIII and was a quisling wormtongue. Belloc's treatment of him is severe. Episode 8 of my reading of an abridged version of Belloc's classic book is now available here for Donor Subscribers. Premier Donor Subscribers and Podcast Donor Subscribers at a lower level may listen in advance without any sponsorship ads. Next week it will be available at BreadBox Media. If you are new to podcasts, when you go to

January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

An Angry Conversation About McCloskey and McCarrick

Fr DL: Fr CJ McCloskey was a good priest. He befriended me when I lived in England and was very low. I'd been waiting for ordination for  eight years at that point and I kept getting beat up by members of the hierarchy. CJ took me out to dinner, listened to my story and prophesied that I would never be ordained in England but would return to my native USA and have a ministry there which would be far greater than if I had ever been ordained in England. We stayed in our home and spent an afternoon touring Somerset.

January 8th, 2019|3 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 6th, 2019|2 Comments
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