Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-07-10T10:28:37-04:00

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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

Mary Magdalene and Me Too

If you visit Florence a must see is the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. This museum is the brainchild of an American art historian and priest Fr. Timothy Verdon. They took an amazing collection of sculpture from the Renaissance which had been stored in a makeshift museum and have them on display in a fantastic design which is inspiring, educational and deeply moving. One of the highlights is Donatello's gut wrenching sculpture of the Penitent Magdalene. Illustrating the medieval belief that Mary Magdalene came to France and spent the rest of her days as a penitent hermit, he carves her not

July 22nd, 2020|1 Comment

The Result of Irrational Rage

When faced with the new horrors confronting our world today one comes back time and again to ask “Why”? First of all we consider the enemy. Within the world there is an irrational rage that surges out into violence. One cannot enter into any kind of discussion with such violent and irrational rage. When faced with it I am reminded of the sub human beasts in the film I Am Legend. There was no reasoning with them. They were demon possessed, and demons, by definition, are unable to reason. They are beyond reason because they are creatures of the lie and their

July 17th, 2020|0 Comments

The Abolition of Man…Literally

It looks like the mainstream media is at last beginning to wake up to the real disaster looming over our earth...not climate change or even the pandemic, not overpopulation, but under population. It's called the demographic winter and we should have been aware of this for a long time. Indeed the documentary that first brought our attention to the plummeting birth rate came out in 2008 The BBC reports on the phenomenon here this week and I have written about it here. The world is ill-prepared for the global crash in children being born which is set to have a

July 17th, 2020|4 Comments

Atheists and Wishful Thinking

One of the most common jibes of atheists against religious believers is, "You folks are engaged in some serious fantasy-like wishful thinking. You believe in a magic fairyland beyond the clouds where everyone will one day live in blissful peace, and you believe you will go there one day. You believe in a Santa Claus like mythical being who is your big sugar daddy in the sky who will make you happy by magic. You believe in hell where all the bad people you don't like will go and suffer terrible torment forever. You believe in angels who have wings

July 16th, 2020|Comments Off on Atheists and Wishful Thinking

Myths, Monsters and the Mysteries – 2

https://youtu.be/cA1UBaQZ1E8   The second episode of my YouTube series is now up and here it is on the blog. This content is free for all here and at YouTube. What's the point? Why am I making a YouTube series on Myths, Monsters and the Mysteries? To be honest I'm trying to take a bold and creative step in the direction of evangelization. What are people interested in who are cut off from religion? I reckon an awful lot of people are interested in stories, films, fantasy literature, science fiction and superhero stories. All of that is myth and it interests

July 13th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments

Conversation with Joseph Pearce – Stories, Myth and the Gospel

Go here to listen to the latest episode of my podcast channel Conversations with Joseph Pearce. In this installment Joseph and I discuss the importance of story, myth and narrative for presenting the gospel. The Bible is a collection of "faith stories" and it is vital to keep the story of faith alive and not reduce it to merely doctrine or a set of rules and regulations. Stories incarnate the truth and faith stories incarnate the work of God the Word in the world. This podcast channel is reserved for Donor Subscribers. If you would like to support the work of

July 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Dogma Liberates. Relativism Enslaves…Here’s Why.

Rusty Reno's recent book Return of the Strong Gods opened my eyes to some of the reasons why relativism has gained such a foothold in Western society. He shows how, after the second world war, a group of thinkers, philosophers, economists, political strategists, literary figures and theologians all began to believe that the wars that tore apart Europe for the last five hundred years were the fault of dogma. I can see why they thought that. Beginning with the wars of religion after the Protestant Revolution, Europe was torn asunder time and again because of opposing beliefs. Often it was religious beliefs,

July 9th, 2020|3 Comments

Grieving for England

I was dipping into a new book that has crossed my desk, The Wit and Wisdom of Fr George Rutler  and came across that lovely old prayer by St John Henry Newman: O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen. Suddenly I was overwhelmed with grief at what has been lost. More specifically what I have lost.

July 8th, 2020|3 Comments
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