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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-02-08T17:02:28+00:00

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Standing on My Head

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

Slubgrip Audio Book Now Available

I was working hard to get the Slubgrip Instructs Audio book out there for Lent. We didn't quite make it for Ash Wednesday, but it is now available here. As you might know, Slubgrip Instructs is the sequel to my first Screwtape Letters-type Lent book called The Gargoyle Code. I decided to make it my first audio book. I recorded it myself and played the parts of all the different demons who populate Bowelbages University in hell. I'd be interested to hear your reviews, and I hope you will enjoy listening to it for Lent! Go here to download the

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Elephants, Evil, Paradise and Paranoia

Three articles are uploaded to the Archived Articles section this morning. This section is reserved for Donor Subscribers. It is where I am loading an ever increasing number of articles I have written over the years for various magazines, newspapers and websites. You can check out the categories in the Archived Articles by scrolling down to the bottom of the home page of the website. Donor Subscribers not only help to support my work on this blog, but they help keep the blog free from all ads, and as a "thank you" I send them regular freebies, discounts on Catholic

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Lent with St Benedict and St Therese

Readers have asked for me to conduct an "online retreat" for Lent. I've wondered the best way to do this--and figured it would be easiest to simply use excerpts from my book "St Benedict and St Therese--The Little Rule and the Little Way. I will post excerpts here on the free part of the blog, but there will be a fuller section along with additional comments in the "Suburban Hermit" section of the website which is dedicated to Benedictine Spirituality and is open for Donor Subscribers. I hope it is a Lenten help for all my readers! If you want

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Fasting. What’s the Point?

Have I said it before? I shall say it again: "Every argument is a theological argument." So why do we fast? What difference does it make if I eat a huge hamburger on a Friday or not? Isn't that just a dumb rule? Let's start at the very beginning... There is this heresy called Gnosticism and Gnosticism has lots of different forms. In the old days in included lots of myths and fantastic stories, esoteric teaching, magic and occult practices, supernatural philosophies and theories about gods, goddesses and demigods and all sorts of superstition and special ways to gain knowledge

February 16th, 2018|1 Comment

A Fishy Story for Friday

It’s Lent and suddenly the fast food chains in America are fishing for the Catholic customer. The convenience food giants learned long ago that on Fridays during Lent Catholics are not buying hamburgers, hot dogs, pork sausages, pastrami, pepperoni, and baloney, barbecue, chops, subs, ribs, steaks and chicken. In fact it was the Catholics of Cincinnati, Ohio who helped bring about the famous Filet-O-Fish sandwich. In the early 1960s, a McDonald’s franchise owner, Lou Groen recognized that sales dipped badly on Fridays in Lent. Eighty seven percent of his customers were Catholic. The 1960s were early days for McDonald’s and

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Christianity’s Grand Canyon

We've got a deep secret in the Catholic Church, but the secret is seeping out. We say we believe in One,  Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, but that attribute of Unity no longer exists, and to be honest, it has not existed for a long time. The real divide in Christianity today is not between Protestants and Catholics but between what we might call "Historic Christians" and "Contemporary Christians". The Historic Christians and the Contemporary Christians are not defined by the denomination they belong to. You will find both groups in most of the denominations and also in the Catholic

February 15th, 2018|1 Comment
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