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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-01-30T12:33:24-04:00

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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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Standing on My Head

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

No Salvation Outside the Church?

It's pretty clear in the gospel isn't it? Jesus says, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." This sounds clear: "Jesus is the only way to God." When you combine this with the teaching in the third chapter of John's gospel the message is even more stark. Jesus says to Nicodemus, "Whoever believes in him [God's Son] is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son." In other words, the default setting is that

May 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Conversation with Joseph Pearce: My Five Favorite Novels

In this episode of Conversations with Joseph Pearce we discuss my five favorite novels. Go here to listen. This podcast channel is reserved for Donor Subscribers to my blog. Donor Subscribers have access to all the archived articles from a range of outlets for which I have written as well as all the podcast content. Donor Subscribers help to keep the majority of content on the blog free for all readers and listeners and free from all third party ads. If you enjoy visiting the blog and not being bothered with ads, consider becoming a Donor Subscriber. The income from

May 14th, 2020|0 Comments

The Bullet in the Crown

The other day one of our young families came to Mass and commented on the little shrine we have set up in the Lower Church to the children of Fatima. I asked one of the children to look closely at the crown of the Blessed Virgin. There is a little something hanging from the inside center of the crown. I asked if he could see what it was. "It looks like a bullet!" "It IS a bullet!" I replied. In the same Lower church just a few feet away from the shrine to the children of Fatima we have a

May 14th, 2020|0 Comments

The Patchwork Church

Celebrating Mass yesterday I had a sudden insight on why I love the Catholic Church so much. It's simply because the Church is Catholic. It's universal. It's not a sect. I was actually thinking about some of the people in the church who, for one reason or another drive me crazy. It may be some wild eyed radical traditionalist or an equally wild eyed radical progressive. It might be a lazy, lapsed Catholic or one of those best Catholics in the whole wide world who are not only super pious, but super self righteous with it. It might be some

May 12th, 2020|1 Comment

Did God Create the Corona Virus?

A friend asked me this morning "Where is God in the pandemic? Did God create the coronavirus?" It's a good question. There is always the possibility that the coronavirus was made in a bio-weapons lab. That would certainly be the short answer to "Did God create the coronavirus?" However, most people dismiss that answer, opting for the version that the virus is of natural origin. If so, "Did God create the coronavirus?" is a good question. To answer the question we have to look at the big picture. We begin by positing the belief that God created the whole world

May 9th, 2020|0 Comments

The Conspiracy of Fear

A well known blogger and friend of mine has wearied of blogging because she says a blog is "an echo chamber." I know what she means because it is hard not to repeat oneself. However, I take comfort from the fact that one of my role models--the great G.K.Chesterton--repeated himself a lot. Dale Ahlquist--who is probably the only living person who has read every word Chesterton has written agreed that the great man kept returning to certain themes and messages. Any preacher will also know that we repeat ourselves and that's okay. We're like the dog who barks at the

May 5th, 2020|2 Comments

Mother Mary and Miss America

The beginning of Mary's month of May and the American bishops' consecration of our nation to Mary juxtaposed a couple of ideas and reminded me of a conversation I had with an old Irish priest about the Blessed Mother Mary. We were chatting about the difficulties of a convert to the Catholic faith and he asked me what, in particular, I found troubling. By this time I had been a Catholic for several years and I admitted that the Marian dogmas had been somewhat of a hurdle, but it was the actual devotion to the Blessed Virgin that got me

May 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

The May Magnificat

MAY is Mary’s month, and I Muse at that and wonder why:     Her feasts follow reason,     Dated due to season—     Candlemas, Lady Day;         5 But the Lady Month, May,     Why fasten that upon her,     With a feasting in her honour?     Is it only its being brighter Than the most are must delight her?         10     Is it opportunest     And flowers finds soonest?     Ask of her, the mighty mother: Her reply puts this other     Question: What is Spring?—         15     Growth in every thing—     Flesh and fleece, fur and feather, Grass and greenworld all together;     Star-eyed

May 1st, 2020|2 Comments
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