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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-09-10T18:54:51-04:00

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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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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.

Although I don’t blog at Patheos any longer, all that archived material from fourteen years of blogging is available without charge at Patheos here All my new blog posts continue to be free of charge at this location. In the Archived Articles section of the website there is much more from years of writing for other magazines, papers, journals and websites.

I also invite you to sign up for my free monthly newsletter called FaithWorks! It provides a short reflection and links to great Catholic resources.  A form is in the right sidebar, and when you sign up you can receive my free e-book called Is Anybody There? 

Check out my podcasts in the podcast section of the blog. Most of my podcasts are free for all listeners at BreadBox Media and other podcast outlets, but some podcast series and full length versions are reserved here for Donor Subscribers who make a monthly donation to support the work.

There are now seven levels of  Donor Subscriber beginning at $5.95 a month – that’s less than $1.50 a week.

If you can afford to fund the costs of the blog please do. Your support keeps the blog free of all third party advertising and means most of the blog posts and podcasts can be made available without charge for thousands who can’t afford a monthly subscription.

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Standing on My Head

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

Paradise and Paranoia

Two quirks haunt human nature. They are connected in a sick symbiosis, feeding off each other like the proverbial snakes gorging in mutual cannibalism. One quirk is the desire for paradise. The second is the demands of paranoia. One is a sweet sickness and the other sour. The desire for paradise seems to be humanity’s default setting. We want to be happy. Indeed, in the land of the free and the home of the brave we are guaranteed “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The problem is in our definition of happiness. True happiness is the result of self

September 17th, 2020|1 Comment

Conversations with Joseph Pearce – Glenn Arbery

In this podcast Joseph and I continue our discussion of Southern Catholic writers. We're talking about Glenn Arbery's novel Bearings and Distances. These podcasts are reserved for Donor Subscribers. Go here to learn more about being a Donor Subscriber to the blog. Go here to listen to my latest conversation with Joseph Pearce.

September 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Lift High the Cross

Today's feast is The Exaltation of the Cross. The legend is that the Empress Helena, Constantine's mother, traveled to Jerusalem and discovered the true cross. The illustration for this post is the chapel of St Helena--the crypt of the church of the Holy Sepulchre. The local Christians said she could have it, but said she must not remove it from the Holy Land, so we got slaves to load her ship with soil from Jerusalem, put the relics on the soil and sailed off to Rome, where she loaded the soil onto a cart, put the cross on it and

September 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Using YouTube

Over the last several weeks I've been producing a series of videos for YouTube. Why am I doing this? There are a couple of reasons. First, YouTube continues to be a huge platform to reach a wide range of people who would not tune in to the blog of a Catholic priest. Second, more and more of our communications are done through the screen. It's a reality. A few people read books. Lots of people listen to podcasts. A huge number of people can read but don't. They watch the screen. However, just the fact that they do not sit

September 13th, 2020|2 Comments

On Priests and Politics

Once again the USA is a bitterly divided country going into a presidential election, and once again the Catholic Church reflects the same divide. One of the things that adds to the confusion, the controversy and the fun is the weird American idea that a.) we all have freedom of speech b.) but priests and pastors are not supposed to talk about politics. At least this is the perception and of course, those who are most strict about priests not speaking about politics are those who are annoyed when a priest speaks out against their favored politician or party. My

September 10th, 2020|1 Comment

Cults, Cliques and Common Sense

One of the creepiest things about religion is the tendency for those involved to drift into cult-like behaviors. That doesn't mean the devotees are all following the leader like zombie Moonies. Religious groups can drift into cult like behaviors without becoming full blown cults. How can you tell if a religious group is operating like a cult? It’s difficult because the people in a religious group can behave like a cult without them becoming a full blown, identifiable religious cult. What groups am I thinking of? It could be a small local group or a large international group. It could

September 9th, 2020|Comments Off on Cults, Cliques and Common Sense

My Favorite Image of the Blessed Virgin

On her birthday I would like to explain why this is one of my favorite images of the Blessed Virgin Mary. First of all, I should explain where it comes from. It is by the nineteenth century Russia painter Victor Vasnetsov. One gigantic, full length version of it can be seen in the apse of St Volodymyr Cathedral in Kiev. The reason I am so taken with the image is because, while I like the classic icons of the Blessed Virgin and the sweet images of Raphael, this image communicates something more mysterious and marvelous about the Virgin. First of

September 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Pondering Slavery and Homosexuality

Last October Fr James Martin SJ put the cat among the pigeons with a controversial tweet questioning whether the prohibitions of homosexual activity in the Bible can stand up since the Bible does not condemn slavery. Fr Martin’s question is, “If the Bible accepts slavery, but we’ve changed our mind on that matter, why should the Bible necessarily be right about the prohibition of homosexual actions? The question of slavery in the Bible is an interesting one, and I've answered that question here in an earlier blog post, If you're interested in the slavery question the article is worth reading.

September 6th, 2020|1 Comment
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