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Fr. Dwight Longenecker 2018-09-01T12:17:21+00:00

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I started blogging in 2006 when blogs were something new. I got going because I had been writing for some time and wanted an outlet to write stuff that I knew nobody would publish in a mainstream paper. 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

Triumphs and Tragedies – 18

The second half of the two part episode on the momentous sixteenth century. How can you fit everything in? Luther, Calvin, Renaissance popes, Michelangelo, Raphael, Shakespeare, Henry VIII and his wives and offspring, St Thomas More, Erasmus. Whew! This episode also had to deal with the Council of Trent, the sack of Rome and the beginning of the Counter Reformation. In the next episode we will review and summarize and move on to the seventeenth century. Thanks for listening.

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

The Miraculous Multiplication of Flour

There is a new episode of my podcast series Stories of the Unexpected posted today. The Miraculous Multiplication of Flour is the story of how, when I was living by faith with a good number of mouths to feed the bag of flour we drew from to bake bread never seemed to run out. Was it a miracle? You decide. The majority of my blog content and podcasts are provided free of charge for thousands of readers and listeners worldwide. However, Stories of the Unexpected is a special podcast channel reserved for Donor Subscribers. If you would like to listen to a sample

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments

The Sex Abuse Crisis: Get Real

I've been as furious as most Catholics about our "summer of shame" and I've spouted off on Twitter and elsewhere. I've also read lots of other people's comments of fury and frustration. We have to be honest and admit that much of the fury is not only about the sex abuse and cover ups, but it is pent up rage and frustration among conservative Catholics who feel marginalized by progressives at this stage. In other words, some of the rage is about the Catholic civil war--not just about sex abuse. However, eventually one has to cut through all that and

August 29th, 2018|3 Comments

Discouraged Catholics – Man Up!

I know the church news at the moment is pretty grim. Its the summer of shame and all that, but Catholics should buckle up their swords and polish their shields. It has always been a spiritual battle, and warfare is messy and there are casualties and there are innocent victims--collateral damage--as its called. Disappointments are rooted in wrong expectations. When was the last time you read the Old Testament? The whole saga of God's encounter with mankind is riddled with sin, corruption, immorality, unfaithfulness, betrayal and wickedness. It is interesting to me that I felt called to produce my twenty

August 28th, 2018|6 Comments

Where is the Holy Spirit in the Midst of the Mess?

I have learned sooo much in researching and recording my twenty part church history podcast series Triumphs and Tragedies. You can listen to it on my blog here. Most importantly I learned that behind the scenes and below the radar the Holy Spirit is always working. On the surface the church was plunged time and again into crisis. There was persecution from without and corruption and immorality from within. There were military disasters and political crises. There were personal failures, betrayals, idiocy and knavery beyond imagination. But in every age the Holy Spirit was working at the grass roots level.

August 27th, 2018|0 Comments
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