Fr. Dwight Longenecker2019-05-03T16:24:45-04:00

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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

True Fairytales 8 – Hansel and Gretel

My podcast series True Fairytales is available both here on the blog and here at BreadBox Media. In this series I tell classic fairytales alternated with some I have written over the years. They are posted first here for Donor Subscribers and then a week later at BreadBox free of charge--but over there you have to listen to sponsor messages first. There are other podcast benefits here on the blog: Donor Subscribers can now listen to the full  podcast-audiobook of The Gargoyle Code. Go here to listen and download. Now that job is completed I'll be recording my new "history"

May 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

New Podcast: John Allen’s Future Church

My new podcast series begins today. It is my chapter by chapter discussion of John Allen's 2009 book The Future Church.  I'm doing this series because there are a lot of Catholics who are confused and bewildered about what God is doing in his church today. They're uncertain about the future. But I believe we are on the cusp of a "future church" that is exciting and amazingly different from what we all envision and also from what we may think would be best. God does things we cannot expect and my discussion of Future Church will help you understand the

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

On Mark Shea and the Seamless Garment

The Catholic convert, blogger, writer and controversialist Mark Shea has been pretty much demonized by some right wingers. It's understandable. He's virulently anti-Trump and continually bashes the right wing pro-life movement. He argues intemperately on social media and happily throws foxes into henhouses. I like that. Turning over tables in the temple and all that... I usually disagree but he gets me thinking. He stirs the pot and at least you can't say he's lukewarm. But the "very face of evil incarnate"? Come now. I'll give the benefit of the doubt and assume whoever made that picture (which I found

May 2nd, 2019|1 Comment

Real Religion and Nazi Zombies

From the Archives: What is the difference between real religion and Nazi zombies? It’s the difference between faith and an ideology. Here’s a clue: in The Imitation of Christ Thomas a Kempis wrote, “Why do you wish to change the world when you cannot change yourself?” An ideology tries to change the world. Real religion tries to change a person. “An ideology tries to change the world (or create an isolated utopia) through a set of beliefs and a code of behavior. “If only everyone would only join our group, follow our code of action, our set of beliefs, our political or

April 30th, 2019|1 Comment

Correcting Fr Martin….Yet Again

Fr James (Slippery Jim) Martin SJ is being Jesuitical again. Here's his latest tweet in response to Franklin Graham: Being gay isn't a sin. It's the way that God made some people. And be careful about biblical literalism. E.g., should we stone people who work on the Sabbath (Ex. 35:2)? Also, be careful: the Bible says a lot about marriage. Solomon, Moses and Abraham all had multiple wives. https://t.co/prmisZZmP9 — James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) April 26, 2019 Where does one even start? First I should say that this post is not a comment on homosexuality per se. I have no

April 26th, 2019|5 Comments

Using Prayer to Purify Your Mind

The primary purpose of prayer is to link our will with God's and thereby become his agent in the world. But prayer also has some practical purposes. These useful aspects of prayer are not its primary purpose, but its side effects. The practice of prayer purifies the body, mind and spirit, and this is not just a theory. It works. One of the most pressing problems in our screen oriented culture is the infection of the imagination through junk we have seen on the screen. If you watch a violent movie those scenes of bloodshed are etched in your imagination.

April 26th, 2019|1 Comment

Resurrection: Why Didn’t They Recognize Jesus?

You must have wondered why the disciples did not recognize Jesus after the resurrection. I think there are two basic reasons. First, his resurrection body was different than ours. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord, but we have to admit that while the stories portray his resurrection as being physical, he was not physical as we are physical. He's physical inasmuch as he eats and challenges them to examine his wounds, but his physicality is unusual. In the story of the Road to Emmaus he is mysteriously appears, they don't recognize him, then he vanishes from their

April 24th, 2019|1 Comment

Where is the Catholic Church Headed?

Before we returned to the United States from England for me to be ordained as a Catholic priest I was running a business I founded called Working Hero. This was a business training company that helped managers and business leaders manage change. We used the hero's quest in movies to illustrate to our clients how heroes in films cope with the challenge of change. Part of the process was to analyze the natural instincts when faced with change. The natural instincts are almost always--not only wrong, but disastrous. The first instinct is denial. We put our head in the sand.

April 24th, 2019|1 Comment
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