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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-09-01T12:17:21+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

Nuns, Anglicans, Heroes, Redeeming the Time and Rescuing C.S.Lewis

I don't suppose anyone has noticed that Ive been away,  but the hungry beast of the blog has noticed my absence... The blog beast has been growling for his supper of regular content. But I've been away leading a wonderful pilgrimage to the Holy Land--which I intend to blog about next week. But in the meantime, here are five posts to join the ever increasing archived material available to Donor Subscribers. Remember to use the Categories selector in the right sidebar to read piles of my archived articles from various newspapers, websites, magazines and journals I have written for over

September 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Pope Francis: Another Fine Mess!

Pope Francis' stonewalling on the international Catholic sex abuse crisis is simply astounding. We look for leadership and a response from the pope and what we get is a stubborn refusal to listen, take advice and change course. It would seem that the greater the criticism the more the man not only digs in his heels, but (if his recent homily rants are anything to go by) becomes increasingly self righteous about it. For some time radical voices have been criticizing the pope while more moderate commentators have replied with balance and the benefit of the doubt. Not wanting to

September 21st, 2018|1 Comment

St Matthew and the Magi

When I was researching my book Mystery of the Magi – The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men I discovered the extraordinary amount of legendary and mythical material surrounding the magi story. More than any other gospel story, the tale of the wise men who came to pay homage to the Christ child attracted elaboration and legendary and mythical accretions. From the early second century the Protoevangelium of James began to add levels of detail to the story, but from there the storytelling went into the stratosphere. An apocryphal writing from the third century is  The Legend of Aphroditianus. This fairy tale begins with

September 21st, 2018|1 Comment

Our Pilgrimage in Galilee

After three days in Jerusalem and Bethlehem we made our way to the beautiful retreat house on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Everybody enjoyed a swim in the sweet clear water and the next day we were blown away by the amazing archeological site of the first century synagogue at Magdala. The day continued with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, a visit to the museum where the remains of a first century fishing boat are on display. Prayers at the Church of the Beatitudes, then after a lunch of St Peter's fish we went on

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

A Pilgrimage Summary

Sorry to have been absent from this blog for so long, but I have been leading the most wonderful pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We set out to follow the footsteps of the Magi from Petra to Bethlehem. We've had some bumps in the road, but everything was handled expertly by our guides and the people from Catholic Heritage Tours. We began in Amman in Jordan, and a tour of the Roman city of Jerash. The next day Mass at Mt Nebo before heading South to Petra. A closed border crossing meant we were unable to travel South to the

September 15th, 2018|2 Comments

Ten Reasons Why Pope Francis’ Silence is A Disaster.

I was amazed to read the Pope Francis' supporters, Fr Spadaro and Cardinal Napier have been comparing the Pope's silence on the Vigano accusations to Our Lord's silence before Pilate. Cardinal Napier tweeted, and Fr Spadaro re-tweeted: How similar the Master and his servant have been in their hour of trial! "But he was silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" Mark 14:61 Throughout the 'Trial by Media' the parallels have been close & repeated!— Cardinal Napier (@CardinalNapier) September 5, 2018   There are so many problems

September 6th, 2018|12 Comments
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