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

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Standing on My Head

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

Lockdown Diary – Day Five

I didn't get around to writing the Lockdown Diary yesterday because, to be honest, it was such a beautiful day that I spent most of it working in the yard. Late in the afternoon our oldest son Ben arrived home. He had been working in Salt Lake City, and in the first leg of his journey down from the Rockies he was driving through a dangerous blizzard. He's glad to be back in South Carolina, but commented that he had faced within a few days earthquakes, blizzards and a global pandemic. It's good to have him and our daughter Maddy

March 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Coronavirus: God’s Megaphone

Over breakfast we were discussing the long term effects of the coronavirus and observed that because of our affluence and control we have been living in a false Disneyland kind of existence. For many in America life was a perpetual playtime. We enjoyed an existence that was more comfortable and affordable than any previous generation. With technological control, worldwide travel, the best foods and wines from around the world and entertainment at our fingertips, we could have it all and we expected to have it all. As one person commented, "The average middle class American takes for granted a standard

March 21st, 2020|1 Comment

Lockdown Diary – Day Four

As I wrote yesterday, I seem to be busier in lockdown than when life was normal. This morning I celebrated Mass in our Lower Church with one of the men who normally come to daily Mass. You may not know this, but under usual conditions a priest is not to say Mass on his own. This is because Mass is an action of the whole church. That's why, if you visit a traditionalist monastery like Clear Creek, the monks will say their private Masses, but they always have a lay brother there to serve the Mass and pray with them.

March 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Lockdown Diary – Day Three

My life seems to be busier in lockdown than it was before!  Yesterday I was called out to administer last rites to a parishioner in his home. It was not a coronavirus case, but I expect there may be some in the weeks ahead. From there I went to the parish to meet with a small team to plan our pastoral response to the situation. Our St Vincent dePaul members are determined to keep the food pantry open and have put in place excellent protocols for social distance and sanitation. This morning they were in the food pantry wiping down

March 19th, 2020|3 Comments

Ten Things to Remember When You Can’t Get to Confession.

During this time of "social distancing" we are instructed to suspend all sacramental ministries including confession. So what are you to do if you can't get to confession? Here are ten things to remember: First, stop and think about the very basics of confession. In confession we come to God through the ministry of the church to repent of our sins and receive God's pardon and peace. That's what it is all about, and it is based not on our sin, but on God's justice, and God's justice is always twinned with his mercy. In God they are not distinct.

March 19th, 2020|1 Comment

Lockdown Diary – Day Two

Yesterday I went to the studio of our local Catholic radio station and recorded the first four chapters of the audiobook version of the new book I have coming out in May. Immortal Combat-Encountering the Heart of Darkness explains the true meaning of the phrase "Jesus died to take away the sins of the world." I also spent some extra time reading and writing, and spent an hour working in the yard. I meant to get down to one my other writing projects too.  I'm finally working on my autobiography/conversion story. I've always held back from this because I figured who

March 18th, 2020|1 Comment

Lockdown Diary Day One

Yesterday the Bishop of Charleston closed down our parish and school because of the coronavirus, so like many people I'm "working from home." I must admit yesterday I was rather despondent. As a Catholic priest I celebrate the sacraments and "do my job". I am often frustrated and sometimes angry with what seems to me incompetence and indifference around me. I'm even more frustrated with my own failures and sins. At times this feeling infects my enthusiasm for my vocation and I feel that I am just going through the motions or even putting on an act which has little

March 17th, 2020|3 Comments

A Lesson from Naaman Cursed With a Dreaded Disease

Today's first reading at Mass was the story of Naaman who came to the prophet Elisha to be healed. You remember the story: Naaman is a military commander of the Arameans--enemies of Israel. He is a man of wealth and power and his wife has a Jewish servant girl--captured in one of the Aramean raids. Naaman is struck down with leprosy and the little girl witnesses to him saying the prophet in Israel can heal him. So Naaman goes to the Israelite king who is very upset because he doesn't know how to heal leprosy. So the King sends Naaman

March 16th, 2020|0 Comments
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