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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-03-13T12:00:57-04:00

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

Saving the World or Saving Souls?

Somebody wrote recently that blogs are echo chambers. I cannot disagree. I am aware that I play the same songs over again, but then that is the nature of preaching. One of the themes I go back to is the divide between the modernist version of Christianity and the historic faith. Modernism, as I have described it, quietly removes the supernatural from the Christian religion. The mission of the de-mythologizers is to remove the "myth" and by that they mean all of the supernatural elements in the New Testament and in the practice of the faith. They do this while

March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

The Lost Cross

Traveling around South Carolina you're likely to spot roadside signs that read "Jesus Saves" and hear hillbilly preachers cry out, "The Blood of Jesus Washes Away Your Sins!" We Catholics have similar language. The priest says, "Behold the Lamb of God who Takes Away the Sins of the World" and we speak of sacrifices and "this victim, this pure victim" and speak of "the precious blood" and sing "wash me in its tide." It has been exercising me a fair bit recently, wondering just what does an ordinary person in twenty first century America or Europe make of such language

March 20th, 2019|1 Comment

The American Catholic Schism

I have blogged quite a bit over the years about "the tale of two churches" One of the articles is here and it expresses the realization that there is already a schism in the American Catholic Church. It is not a formal schism, but it is a real schism. As a convert I expressed it like this: I was quite prepared to find fellow Catholics with different tastes in music, church architecture and liturgy.  I was also prepared to encounter Catholics with different opinions concerning politics, history, education and social matters. I knew I would also encounter a good number

March 19th, 2019|3 Comments

Characters of the Reformation 17 – Louis XIV of France

In this final episode of my reading an abridged version of Hilaire Belloc's Characters of the Reformation we consider King Louis XIV of France. The great thing about this series is that we begin with King Henry VIII around the run up to the the Reformation in 1517 and go through two hundred years to the death of Louis XIV in 1715. This means we have not only considered the events and key characters of the Reformation themselves, but also the aftermath of the Reformation. The date of 1715 brings us to the beginning of the 18th century in which the Reformation

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

The Gargoyle Code Week Three

The third week of the daily Gargoyle Code podcast for Lent is now posted. The plot thickens as Slubgrip continues to advise his trainee Dogwart in the temptation of his young Catholic patient. Dogwart takes a tumble and meanwhile things are not going as well as old Slubgrip would like with his own older Catholic patient... Donor Subscribers go here to listen to the whole week in one podcast or use the links to the daily readings. If you would like to catch up and listen to my reading of the Gargoyle Code you can do so by becoming a

March 17th, 2019|0 Comments

The Church Malignant

In every church group I've ever been part of I have seen a negative spirit that runs alongside a positive, good Spirit. The negative spirit is a kind of religious malignancy--a hidden cancer that poisons everything. Jesus touches on it in today's gospel reading: This reading reveals an immensely subtle understanding of human psychology on the part of Our Lord. Jesus said to his disciples: "I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. "You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not

March 15th, 2019|4 Comments

Characters of the Reformation 16 – William of Orange

The story is complicated and fascinating. Mary Queen of Scots' son James inherits the throne from Elizabeth I. His son Charles I is beheaded in the English Civil War. His son Charles II is restored to the throne, but has no legitimate children. At his death, his brother James II takes the throne. James had converted to Catholicism along with his wife. Their daughter Mary is brought up as a Protestant and marries the Dutch Protestant William of Orange. Her mother dies and her father, now King James II (a Catholic) marries again. His new wife is sickly and everyone

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments
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