Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-04-09T18:20:08+00:00

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Standing on My Head

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

From Bob Jones University to the Catholic Church

Taking dramatic steps of faith runs in the family. In the eighteenth century my Mennonite ancestors left Switzerland for the new colony of Pennsylvania to find religious freedom. Seven generations later my part of the family were still in Pennsylvania, but they had left the Mennonites, and I was brought up in a Bible church which was part of a loose-knit confederation of churches called the Independent Fundamental Churches of America. The independent Bible church movement was an offshoot of a significant shift in post-war American Protestantism. Conservative Christians who were disenchanted with the liberal drift of the main Protestant

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Catholics Getting Grumpy

I'm wondering why so many of my fellow Catholics are getting so grumpy. So much quarreling, backbiting, petty quarrels and quibbles about thing theological or liturgical or biblical or moral. Put on the brakes. Sometimes I get that way too, but I'm sorry when I do and I don't really like it when things go down hill. Here's maybe the problem. Conservative Catholics feel beleaguered. They don't like Pope Francis or Fr Spadaro or Cardinal Marx or Kasper or the others. Big whoop. You don't like some of your fellow Catholics. Guess what, they don't like yo either. So maybe

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The Mass: More Than a Trip Down Memory Lane

I remember once a seminarian asked me if I got tired of saying Mass and whether it wasn't "a bit boring sometimes?" The answer is no. Somehow each time one celebrates Mass the Holy Spirit is at work within that great prayer. Sometimes your mind goes to something or someone who needs to be brought to the altar in prayer. Other times a new meaning or detail in the readings or the words of the Mass come alive in a new way. There is life and creativity and dynamism at the heart of the Mass and while it may become

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The Mysterious Mr Shakespeare and the King James Version

It is a bit late on April 23-Shakespeare's probable birth day and anniversary of his death, but I've had a busy day. Anyway, a little treat for Shakespeare lovers. If  you who don't already know it, here is one of those weird facts about the mysterious Mr Shakespeare. Anyone who has read a biography of Shakespeare will realize that of all the world's literary figures this most famous one is also one of the most mysterious. We don't really know that much about him. The evidence we have is odd, doesn't seem to fit, and then suddenly seems to fit.

April 23rd, 2018|3 Comments

My Journey Back in Time…

Cardinal Newman's favorite quote is "to be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant." Certainly that was the case for me. The little Evangelical church in which I was brought up was founded in 1963 (or thereabouts) We were big on "new" but not so big on "old." I was attracted to the historic church when I was at college and that church was the Church of England. Enchanted by England, illuminated by C.S.Lewis and inspired by Tolkien and Eliot, I went to England and plunged into the historic church. All represented by Canterbury Cathedral--pictured here. But that

April 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Rene Girard and the Real Reason Traditional Catholic Worship Will Survive

OK. This blog post is going to go way down deep, but I'm going to explain the deep down reason why traditional Catholic worship will not only survive, but thrive. It begins with the very basic element of human existence: desire. Rene Girard put into contemporary terms what we already knew. He wrote about "mimetic desire". Put simply, this is the desire to have what someone else has and you feel you do not have. It is there in the very first temptation. Satan says to Eve, "you will be like God." She doesn't just want the fruit from the

April 21st, 2018|0 Comments
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