Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-07-13T16:59:48+00:00

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I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I got going because I had been writing for some time and wanted an outlet to write stuff that I knew nobody would publish in a mainstream paper. 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

Introducing Stories of the Unexpected

Today I am posting the first of a new podcast series called Stories of the Unexpected. In this series of short podcasts I'll be sharing a story of the paranormal, the supernatural and the miraculous that has happened to me, my family members or friends. I'll also share some stories from the lives of the saints. In addition I'll be sharing theological reflections on each particular story. What do we make of the supernatural events and how to we process them? Where do they fit into our Catholic faith? Why am I doing this? Because I believe the faith is best

July 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Protests, Positivity and Mr Angry

The protests against Mr Trump in London this weekend highlight the problems at the root of society and our humanity. I've written about it this morning over at Patheos here. But there is more to it than my thoughts on that blog. When I see such protests or hear of grumbles about the church leaders or complaints about this that or the other I’m inclined to write the person off as an ignorant Mr or Mrs Angry. That response, however isn’t best. What should we do when we are under attack? It happens in all sorts of human relationships – in the

July 14th, 2018|2 Comments

God and the Gorilla

https://youtu.be/vJG698U2Mvo I expect most people have seen this video. If you haven't go ahead and view it. Jordan Peterson reminded me of it in his book, and it prompted a few thoughts about the true nature of repentance. We usually think of repentance as "being sorry for our sins". We've done something wrong or left undone something we should have done. Prompted by guilt, shame or fear we tell God we're sorry and we will try to do better next time. We take ourselves off to confession perhaps and put things right. This is all well and good, and it

July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Triumphs and Tragedies – 11

The tenth century is a very dark chapter in the history of the papacy. The popes have become no more than mafia dons--killing, torturing and scheming to get the power and wealth that has come to be linked to the papacy. Once on the throne most of them live decadent, immoral lives until they are murdered or deposed by their enemies. But for all this the Holy Spirit never rests. The Benedictine movement continues to expand, renewal comes from the grass roots and the church continues to thrive even though the hierarchy is corrupt, venal and immoral. If you are

July 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Propaganda, Understanding Anglicanism and an Ordinary Hero

I've uploaded three new posts in the Archived Articles section today. Red, White and Boo! - Propaganda, Protest and Patriotism is posted in the Film and Television section and is a review of how Americans portray their own history in film--some good, some bad, some ugly. Understanding Anglicanism is published in the Apologetics section and is an article that discusses the complexities of the Anglican religion and touches on my own journey through Anglicanism home to Rome How to Be an Ordinary Hero - Introduction - This is a new feature for Donor Subscribers. Before I was ordained as a

July 6th, 2018|0 Comments

The Treachery of the Dwarves

If you have never read C.S.Lewis' final chronicle of Narnia, go find it and read it. The story is about the end of Narnia, and to summarize briefly, the wicked Calormenes have been welcomed into Narnia by a devious ape named Shift who finds a lion skin and ties it to a donkey named Puzzle. He then pretends the Donkey is Aslan and tyrannizes the Narnians. Part of the story is the treachery of the Dwarves. The dwarves are true Narnians, but having been once fooled by Shift, they become sour and cynical--rejecting the saviors of Narnia as well as

July 6th, 2018|2 Comments
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