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

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Standing on My Head

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

Tenderness, A Fat Man, Same Sex Marriage and the Nose

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March 13th, 2019|1 Comment

What I Learned From the Sorrowful Mysteries

Maybe because it is Lent, but I have been drawn over the last few days to especially pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Partly because I am working on a little book called Immortal Combat - The Way of the Warrior Priest which explores the depth of human evil and the power of the cross, but also because I share with so many the worries and troubles of our church at this time. What came home to me is something which I suppose I already knew in my head, but as usual, the rosary helped these truths make that very long journey

March 12th, 2019|5 Comments

Opinions and Ideologies

I've sometimes pondered what I would do if I were questioned by some totalitarian authority about some issue--same sex marriage for example--and they began to assert pressure. I guess I could say, "I have no opinion on that matter." Which would be true. I do not have an opinion. I have a belief, and that belief is based on the objective, authoritative teachings of the Catholic Church. It seems to me that if one does not hold to the teachings of the church, then the only thing left is opinion. Yes, I know our separated brethren would say they have

March 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Gargoyle Code Daily Lent Podcast – Week Two

Week Two of the daily Gargoyle Lent podcast is here. You can listen to the whole week in one podcast lasting about 30-40 minutes or you can listen to the podcasts daily using the daily links. If you haven't signed up yet you can listen to the free sample --the Ash Wednesday podcast here. The Introductory Material is here Week One (Ash Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are here. To listen you need to be a Donor Subscriber. You can sign up for just the Podcast Level for $4.95 a month. This also gives you access to all my archived

March 10th, 2019|2 Comments

“Yucarist”? No Thanks. And Here’s Why

There is a suggestion that at the Pan-Amazon Synod of Bishops coming up in October the South American bishops will request that yuca be substituted for wheat bread at the Eucharist. What is yuca? It's another name for cassava a potato-like staple of Amazonian tribes. The argument is that, with long travel times and an extremely humid climate wheat bread gets damp and moldy. Also, yuca is to the tribal people what bread is to us. It is their staple food and would be more culturally appropriate. Stop. You can't do that. Monsignor Pope makes a heartfelt plea to the bishops

March 9th, 2019|1 Comment

The Practical Practice of Lent

It always amazes and delights me to think how practical our Catholic faith is. That is to say, it works. It does what we say it does. All we need is a bit of persistence and practice for the graces of Catholic devotions to penetrate into our lives and working like yeast through the dough, to change us from the inside out. Here's what I mean: There is a problem to be solved, and the problem is sin. One of the major blind spots in our modern society is that we've pushed sin to one side. The modernist priest dismisses

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

From Fire by Water

I have to admit it, Catholic conversion stories are mostly yawn inducing for me now. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted that more people than ever are actually converting to the Catholic faith, and I'm glad they are writing their conversion stories and usually writing them in great style. I think they should be published and I want them to be widely read. Furthermore, they are not disposable books. Some of the writing from recent stories has been top notch. Tyler Blanski's An Immovable Feast was full of interesting human detail and emotion and was simply a good story well

March 5th, 2019|0 Comments
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