Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-04-23T15:51:40-04:00

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Standing on My Head

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

Sri Lanka: Martyrdom and Misson

Following the horrible massacre in Sri Lanka on Easter Day it brings home to me the invariable link between martyrdom and mission. I am studying John Allen's book The Future Church for my new podcast series which begins next week. The other important book John has contributed is The Global War on Christians. Depending how things go, I may follow my podcast on Future Church with a discussion of his second book. Why? Because I believe we are on the cusp of a 500 year change in the church. I have written about this before-that church history goes in 500 year cycles and we are at

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

The Winding Sheet

This is a poem I wrote after a visit to Turin to venerate the Holy Shroud I tried to lay aside the arguments and just view the evidence before me. Of course the case for authenticity matters, but direct experience is where reality and theory meet. We stood silently in the darkened room: thirty strangers—all travelers far from home drawn to an ancient linen winding sheet singed with the image of a tortured man. As fragile as the portrait of a ghost sketched by light it seemed. Suddenly I’m lost. The bloodstains, the wounds, the face—I’m shaken by the violent

April 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Margaret Thatcher, MAGA, Miracles and God the Father Almighty

Four articles have been added today to the ever expanding Archived Articles section of the blog. These articles are from the range of papers, journals, magazines and websites I have written for over the years. The Archived Articles section of the blog is reserved for Donor Subscribers. Donor Subscribers also have access to all my archived podcasts. I keep the blog free of all third party ads and most of the content on this blog is free for thousands of readers worldwide. I had an email just last week from Indonesia thanking me for a blog post series and saying

April 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Jesus Exposed

On a recent visit to Italy we visited the monastery of Bosco al Frati where a stunning crucifix carved by Donatello was found and restored. The figure of Christ is naked on the cross and all the more stark and disturbing. Go here for an image of the full crucifix. Here is a poem I wrote after that visit:   Naked Christ Donatello’s Crucifix at Bosco ai Frati   This second Adam was the I AM This sacred Adam became a man. This naked Adam is what I am. This broken Adam became the Lamb.

April 19th, 2019|0 Comments

The Blood and Water From His Side

From the Catechesis of St John Chrysostom If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. “Sacrifice a lamb without blemish,” commanded Moses, “and sprinkle its blood on your doors.” If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the

April 19th, 2019|0 Comments

What Do We Learn From the Cock Crow Prophecy?

Roman guards split their night watch up into four three hour segments. 6pm - 9 pm, 9 - Midnight, Midnight- 3 am, 3 am - 6 am. The end of the third watch of the night was marked by a trumpet blast at 3 am which was nicknamed gallicinium or "the cock crow". Jesus references these four watches and the gallicinium himself in Mark 13:35: Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. This detail not only shows the

April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Resentment and the Obliteration of Beauty

Max Scheler was a German philosopher who was just about an exact contemporary with G.K.Chesterton. As Chesterton was a prophet of the modern world, so Scheler's observations in his book Ressentiment are prophetic. His basic theme is that ressentiment undermines and kills everything good. What is ressentiment? It's more than feeling bad because Johnny got a bigger pile of pie or Janet got a nicer birthday present than you. Instead it is a foundational and constantly re-lived emotion of envy until the person's whole personality and world view are determined by it. Ressentiment is the driver for every ideological movement of revolt. Whether it

April 18th, 2019|3 Comments
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