Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-06-22T13:48:17-04:00

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

Modernist Christianity? It’s Not Even a Religion

Soon after I left the Anglican Church to become a Catholic I remember an Australian poking fun at the stuffy Church of England with the quip, "Church of England mate? That's not a religion. It's a set of table manners." On reflection, after all these years I have come to see that the Australian wise guy was wiser than I could see at the time, and his comment does not only apply to the Church of England with their lovely traditions, but to the whole heretical gang of modernist Christians no matter what their denominational affiliation. It doesn't matter if

July 6th, 2020|1 Comment

Immortal Combat – Catholic Online Men’s Conference

The Immortal Combat Catholic Men's Conference takes off July 7-9. There have been a good number of questions about this new idea and how it works. This is a new concept brought about by the pandemic. It has some advantages over a typical conference: It's not geographical so it can be global. Sign up from anywhere. It is flexible time wise - you can listen to the talks at any time. Admittedly it has some disadvantages too...lacking in time for fellowship, worship etc. and .....no boxed lunch from Subway with your very own pickle. Here's the full information for you:

July 5th, 2020|0 Comments

Happy Fourth of July

Here is my somewhat annual Fourth of July post. Every year I review it and add a few things and remove a few depending on my mood and the circumstances... In no particular order here is the list of stuff I love about America. Hot Dogs and Sauerkraut, Elvis Presley, It’s a Wonderful Life, Drive In Restaurants, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Five Guys, Columbo, Amish people, Manhattan, Hamburgers, Flannery O’Connor, T-Shirts, Clear Creek Monastery, equality, Cole Porter, the saxophone, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream, Katherine Hepburn, Maker's Mark, football, Shawshank Redemption, cranberry juice, generosity, shoo fly pie, North Carolina mountains, milkshakes,

July 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Conversations with Joseph Pearce – The Pros and Cons of Paganism

Go here to listen to the latest podcast in the series Conversations with Joseph Pearce.  In this episode Joseph and I discuss what was beautiful, good and true about paganism, and what is not and how Christian literature and culture can redeem what is good while discerning what should be abandoned. This podcast series is reserved for Donor Subscribers. Most of my podcasts are available free at BreadBox Media. Go here to check them out. ATTENTION: There will soon be a new level of Donor Subscriber called "Promotion". Donor Subscribers at this level will have access to my new feature--online courses

July 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

The Finger Bone of St Thomas and the Blessing JP2

I was  on pilgrimage to Rome for the Jubilee Year in 2000 when I met Ian. You see, I was hard up at the time and I wanted to save money so I opted not to pay a single room supplement which meant sharing with a stranger. At the airport I was eyeing up all the other men on their own and spotted this rangy looking chap in jeans leaning against the wall smoking a roll up ciggie. He's bald, fiftyish, with a tough outdoor tan. Turns out he was the guy and he was an Irish bricklayer named Ian.

July 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

The Universal Church, Bible History, Walker Percy and Women Priests

Four archived articles are uploaded today from the various sources I have written for over the years. These articles are reserved for Donor Subscribers at the Premium level of support and above. The archived articles section of the blog continues to grow with these regular uploads across a range of topics. Today's articles include Chapter Sixteen from my book The Quest for the Creed. This book consists of twenty short chapters on each phrase of the Apostles' Creed written in a Chestertonian stand on your head style. There are only four chapters to go before the whole book will be available

June 30th, 2020|1 Comment

Myths, Monsters and the Mysteries – Part One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbAFa1t74WI For some time now I have been talking about launching a YouTube channel, and finally after months of delays (and some procrastination) I've got it up and running. The series is an attempt to discuss the faith pulling together various interests: fantasy literature, film writing, myth, stories, drama, the paranormal and general religious culture and language. The target audience is different from my usual mainstream, conservative Catholic audience. Through YouTube I hope to attract a wide audience and evangelize around these topics. My thanks to the Donor Subscribers on the blog. Some time ago I asked for Donor Subscribers

June 29th, 2020|0 Comments

The Fisherman’s Tomb

Last summer about this time I had the great privilege to celebrate Mass in the Clementine Chapel at St Peter's Basilica with two of our sons. Elias had been in Spain on a study abroad trip and Theo joined us in Rome for an Italian vacation. The Clementine Chapel was built by Pope Clement VIII in the sixteenth century at the back of the memorial built by the Emperor Constantine in the fourth century. That memorial was constructed over the tomb of the apostle Peter. The discovery of the tomb of St Peter within our lifetimes is one of the

June 29th, 2020|0 Comments
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