Fr. Dwight Longenecker2018-11-13T13:58:32+00:00

Welcome to Standing on My Head

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

True Fairytales – 2

True Fairytales is my new podcast series. There a little introduction which teaches a bit about fantasy literature and discusses its uses, then I tell a fairy tale. Some are ones that I have written, and some are classics. This second episode is The Emperor's New Clothes.  You can listen to most of True Fairytales free by going to BreadBox Media or through PodBean, iTunes and other outlets. If you listen free there are sponsorship messages ( a nice word for advertisements) - also the free version is only available for a limited amount of time. Donor Subscribers can listen or

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

I’m a Liberal Conservative! Who Are You?

...Are you a liberal conservative too? Then there's a pair of us! Don't Tell! They'd advertise you know! How dreary to be a liberal or a conservative How public like a frog To tell one's name the livelong June to an admiring bog!   Apologies to Emily Dickinson, but there's my stance. Am I fence sitter, a complacent one, a hedger of bets? I'd prefer to call it "balance" or seeing the best of both sides. By nature and upbringing I am a conservative, but I eschew ideologies and when I see either blue or red bandwagons I don't jump.

November 6th, 2018|3 Comments

Asceticism or Athleticism?

St John Vianney was an ascetic. Not only was he involuntarily poor, but he adopted a regime of asceticism in his quest for holiness and his battle against the devil. A friend of mine commented recently that he didn’t think the Cure’s asceticism would be understood in our society. Understatement of the year. In affluent America most of us take for granted a level of self indulgence that would make the most lush Roman emperor blush. We select the best food flown in from around the world, we dine in restaurants where we are pampered and flattered by the staff,

November 5th, 2018|2 Comments

Why I Loathe the Cult of Trump

There now. I've stirred up the hornet's nest with a headline. I'll have people assuming that because I loathe Donald Trump I must love Bill and Hillary and all the Democrats. I don't. In fact, I loathe them even more. I'll have people grumbling or even ranting, "You're a priest. You're not supposed to talk politics. Shut up and mind your own business." I'll also have people telling me all the great things Donald Trump has done and therefore he must be a good guy. Again, take a deep breath. I like some of the things Donald Trump has done.

November 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Mary: the Turning Point of History

I tweeted yesterday that everything in the Old Testament is summarized and completed by Mary's assent. In the Annunciation story the old order passes away and the new order is begun. The Annunciation and Mary's "yes" is the end and the beginning. Gil Bailie, in his excellent God's Gamble explores the idea that history as a meta-narrative only begins with the Jewish people. Only in the Old Testament do we find the idea that there is an over arching providence directing all human history. The pagans were bound by a cyclical view of nature and history--one that was controlled by fate or

November 2nd, 2018|3 Comments

Uncle Ted and King Mwanga

Yes, Uncle Ted is Bishop Theodore McCarrick who is accused of long term sexual abuse of boys and vulnerable young men. He is alleged to have used his significant power as a bishop, archbishop and cardinal to prey on young men and boys. He was a homosexual predator. And who was King Mwanga? King Mwanga II was the king of Buganda in the 1880s when Africa was being colonized by the European powers. Mwanga expected sexual pleasure from the young male pages at his court. However, the Christian missionaries--both Anglican and Catholic--had made advances into his kingdom and Mwanga was

November 1st, 2018|2 Comments

Bilbo Baggins and All the Saints

C.S.Lewis once observed, “How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints!”Therese of Lisieux wrote, ” All the saints will be indebted to each other…Who knows the joy we shall experience in beholding the glory of the great saints and knowing that by a secret disposition of Providence we have contributed there unto…and do you not think that on their side the great saints, seeing what they owe to quite little souls, will love them with an incomparable love? Delightful and surprising will be the friendships found there–I am sure of it.

November 1st, 2018|0 Comments
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