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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2018-11-13T13:58:32+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

Taking the Benedict Option

What a joy it is to be here in the hills of Eastern Oklahoma (yes Oklahoma does have hills!) at Clear Creek monastery. I am here on a week's retreat--not only enjoying my own time with God, but also leading the monks' annual retreat. I was once visiting Buckfast Abbey in England where the monks re-built a monastery on the ruins of a medieval foundation. When I commented on this the monk smiled and said, "We're like weeds. We come back." The story of Clear Creek is remarkable, and I will blog further on it during my stay here, but

November 15th, 2018|1 Comment

On Being a Militant Catholic Today

The crisis of leadership that has unfolded in the Catholic Church over the last six months continues to shock and rock the faithful. Books like The Dictator Pope, Change of Church and Lost Shepherd have very gravely undermined Pope Francis...and not without cause. His handling of the abuse crisis has been not much more than a game of dodge ball. Lurching from one attack to another, and with serious stories about his own bad handling of abuse cases in Argentina, the pope is increasingly unpopular everywhere. There have been at least five reactions to Pope Francis: wild enthusiasm, tepid support, showcase support, quiet opposition

November 13th, 2018|3 Comments

Life is a Casting Off

What is it in me that likes the difficult sayings of Jesus more than the easy sayings? Everybody loves Jesus who says, “Let the little children come to me” and “Neither do I condemn you” But have you read the gospels lately?  Jesus’ teaching is much more forceful and strident than we like to remember. He’s calling his enemies the “Sons of Satan”, “whitewashed tombs full of dead and decaying bodies” and snakes. He’s saying that the way to heaven is narrow and few get in. Most are on the wide easy downward slope. He talks about hell as the

November 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Tolkien’s Redemption of the Trenches of World War I

This article was first published in St Austin Review Out of the nightmare of the Somme came a sickly scholar who would gather up the tragedy of the trenches and turn it into the unexpected literary triumph of the century. Despite the derision of the academics, J.R.R.Tolkien’s masterpiece continues to be hailed as the most popular book of the twentieth century and Tolkien himself as the author of the century. In an important study, John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War chronicles the roots of Tolkien’s work in his experiences in the first World War. In a review of Garth’s

November 11th, 2018|1 Comment

Jesus Christ – Victim and Victor

Today I leave for Indiana to speak at the Indiana Catholic Mens' Conference. Often at the mens' conferences I will speak about St Benedict for the Modern Catholic Man or How to Be a Spiritual Hero. But there's a new topic on my heart and mind: the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I've been thinking increasingly about the troubles our church is facing, the division and strife in our country and world, the crisis in the family and the crisis of faith, and it has been impressed on my heart and mind that at the heart of the problems

November 9th, 2018|1 Comment

Strong Symbols, the Shroud, the Bible, Gods and Men

Four articles are loaded to the Archived Articles section of the blog today. Waters of New Life is the beginning of a series of articles on Biblical-Liturgical symbols that was first published at Catholic Digest. The other six article will soon follow. The Shroud and the High Speed Train recounts my visit to venerate the shroud of Turin and how modern technology has advanced our knowledge of the mysterious relic. Why Don't Catholics Read the Bible is a piece written for CRUX which examines the different ways Catholics and Protestants read the Bible A Monastic Response to Islam is a

November 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Stick ‘Em Up!

A few years after I started this blog way back in 2006 I ran an annual "Stick 'em up!" campaign in which I asked readers to donate to the costs of running the blog. At that time the blog was a pretty simple affair. I just blogged and it didn't cost much to host and maintain, improve, promote and run. Then I was invited to move my blog over to Patheos. Patheos was a commercial enterprise with lots of ads running. They paid me for blogging, and on the back of that writing I also started writing for Aleteia, CRUX

November 7th, 2018|0 Comments
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