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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-02-16T10:09:40+00:00

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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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Standing on My Head

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

The Descent of Man

John Zmirak has a smart article here on "Darwin's Doubt" and the fact that the more we learn about science the more ridiculous the theory of atheistic evolution becomes. Atheists have a problem. When they look at life on earth, every last trace of it — from single cells rife with complex microstructures, to the eagle’s eye and biologist’s brain — looks like the product of design. How do we explain the exquisite precision required for every biological action? At every level. From the careful production of just the right proteins to fuel each living cell and reproduce itself, to

February 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Correcting Father Martin SJ

Father Martin has done it again! On Twitter he takes the side of NYT journalist Frank Bruni who writes here about the case of a Catholic school employee who lost her job because she married her lesbian friend. Bruni goes on and on in typical whiny fashion about how the church is picking on gay people and persecuting them for being gay. He comments on the hypocrisy of the number of gay priests and how Catholic schools don't fire people for other sins like using contraceptives or not giving to the poor. I wish Bruni were more frank. This is

February 20th, 2019|4 Comments

How Sin Makes You an Insane Zombie

I think it was Mark Shea who coined the phrase "Sin Makes You Stupid". I'd push it further and say "Sin Make You Insane"  In fact I'd say "Sin Makes You an Insane Zombie" At the very heart of all sin is pride and selfishness. This is the assumption that you are the king of the hill, the god or goddess in your universe and if something is wrong it is always somebody else's fault. We see this blame of others at every level of life--within marriages, within families, in every kind of community where people are gathered together. It

February 18th, 2019|0 Comments

The Final Sermon on the Mount

The gospel this week is Luke's version of the Sermon on the Mount. It has a harder edge to it than Matthew's account, and the location of the sermon has moved from a hilltop to a plain or level place. Since Luke's version is probably later it must recount a separate preaching event. If the content of two sermons are similar that would not be surprising. What preacher does not re-cycle his material and repeat himself? What captivates me about Luke's account is its tough language. Jesus is pronouncing blessing and curses, but the blessings are hardly blessings. You will

February 17th, 2019|0 Comments

The Evil of Banality

A famous phrase was coined after the Nuremberg trials..."the banality of evil." Wishing to stand things on their head I wonder sometimes about the evil of banality. I'm thinking of the banality of much religious life which is given over to dull talk about theology, rules, regulations and rubrics. It's boring. It's banal and perhaps the banality is evil. To counter it many Christians have resorted to an entertainment approach. Let's entertain! Let's do the positive thinking thing! Let's do therapy! Let's do social action! Let's do parenting help! Let's be useful! The recent memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 15th, 2019|Tags: , , |6 Comments

My True Love

My true-love hath my heart and I have his, By just exchange one for the other given: I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss; There never was a bargain better driven. His heart in me keeps me and him in one; My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides: He loves my heart, for once it was his own; I cherish his because in me it bides. His heart his wound received from my sight; My heart was wounded with his wounded heart; For as from me on him his hurt did light, So still, methought, in

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

The Miraculous Preservation of St Bernadette

Thomas McDonald has a great article here at National Catholic Register today giving details on the incorruptible body of St Bernadette. I had a personal experience of St Bernadette which I recount in this blog post. Thomas includes the famous written witness of those who were present at the exhumation of Bernadette: The coffin was opened in the presence of the Bishop of Nevers, the mayor of the town, his principal deputy, several canons and ourselves. We noticed no smell. The body was clothed in the habit of Bernadette’s order. The habit was damp. Only the face, hands and forearms

February 13th, 2019|0 Comments
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