Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-08-24T16:29:59-04:00

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Standing on My Head

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

Divorce the Disintegration of Humanity and Married Priests

The gospel reading appointed for today should be of vital interest for both the church and the world. It is Jesus' teaching on marriage. Here it is. Take time to read it. Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?" He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they

August 16th, 2019|2 Comments

Ten Things to Remember About the Assumption of Mary

A few years ago I wrote a post about the Assumption that is worth re-reading: During the twenty years it took me to convert from a Bob Jones University student to a Catholic I considered many of the Marian dogmas to be pious opinions. It was okay for Catholics to believe them, but why did they have to go and make them dogmas and therefore make it more difficult for me to join their church? Aaaargh! Then I came to realize that unless you have a full and complete understanding of Mary –which all the dogmas expressed–then you had a

August 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Welcome the Stranger. Who Me?

I got hit over the head on Monday with the Mass reading from Deuteronomy 10 because it speaks so eloquently about the immigration issue. Here is is in case you missed it. For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes; who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him. So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. That couldn't be clearer. We have

August 14th, 2019|6 Comments

Pope Francis: Catholicism in Confusion

Some time ago I made it a policy to not criticize Pope Francis. My attitude to the Vatican corruption, immorality amongst the hierarchy, financial skullduggery and Pope Francis' ambiguous teaching was simply, "He's the Pope. He's from a different culture and background. What can we learn from him? Is he a great pope? Time will tell. Is he a bad pope? I give him the benefit of the doubt and realize, sometimes we have good popes. Sometimes we have bad popes. Sometimes we have incompetent popes. Maybe before long we will have a different pope." Why complain about the Pope

August 13th, 2019|3 Comments

The Healing Rosary, Agony, Agnosticism and the Tyranny of Tenderness

Four articles are loaded up to the Archived Article section of the blog today. This section of the blog contains fifteen categories of articles, blog posts and book chapters from my various writings for different outlets over the years. Access to the Archived Articles section of the blog is reserved to Donor Subscribers. Today's articles are: The Healing Mysteries - This article was one of the first times I began to outline my theory of praying the rosary for inner healing. It eventually evolved into the book of that name. Doubts, Difficulties and Disobedience - People often feel guilty for

August 10th, 2019|2 Comments

What’s Causing All the Gun Violence?

I have hesitated to write about the shocking events in El Paso and Dayton because, like so many, I'm just thrown by it. What's the cause of the gun violence? What's the cure? Both questions are so vast and complex that yet another blog post can hardly do it justice. As usual people are wheeling out all the superficial reasons and solutions: there are too many guns. We need more gun control. It's because the kids are playing violent video games. We should censor the video games. It's because they don't have a Dad. They're involved in the occult. They

August 9th, 2019|2 Comments

The Death Cookie…Not

There's a notoriously crude Chick Tract called The Death Cookie which mocks the Catholic belief in the Eucharist, and it prompted a question from a non-Catholic friend of mine who said he found it difficult to believe that the Catholics were the only ones with the "magic cookie." Overlooking the frivolity of the language, he expresses a common misunderstanding amongst non-Catholics. I guess what he means by his statement is that he thinks that the Lord is also really present within non-Catholic Eucharists. On the same day I had an email question from a Catholic who is engaged to an

August 8th, 2019|2 Comments

The Benedictine Way – Conversion of Life

After the vows of stability and obedience is the third vow of Conversion of Life. This is the part where the spiritual life gets some kick and zing. Obedience and stability seem dull and pedestrian, but conversion of life is what it is all about. Conversion of life is not just that a person seeks to be converted the way an Evangelical ‘gets saved.’ Its certainly a good thing to repent and accept Christ’s saving work, but for the Catholic ‘conversion of life’ means much more. First of all, it means a life that is constantly, every moment seeking to

August 6th, 2019|2 Comments
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