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Fr. Dwight Longenecker2020-05-31T14:55:25-04:00

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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

Shakespeare the Catholic Conspirator

Today is William Shakespeare's birthday, and it's getting to be pretty well accepted that the mysterious man of Avon was actually a Catholic. Joseph Pearce's book, The Quest for Shakespeare is the best of the books exploring the evidence for Shakespeare's Catholicism. It is a web of intriguing evidence from the fact that Shakespeare's mother came from a famous family of recusant Catholics, his school teachers were Catholics and his father was fined for being a Catholic as was his daughter. Pearce pieces together the rest of the evidence as well in a fascinating study that comes up with the

April 23rd, 2020|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Ghosts, Demons and Deliverance

Do you believe in ghosts? C.S.Lewis said he only met one woman who had ever seen a ghost and she said afterwards she didn't believe in ghosts. It illustrates that perceiving is not believing. I read an article not long ago claiming that sightings of ghosts, demons, werewolves, black beasts and monsters of all kinds are higher than ever in modern day Britain. When I worked as an Anglican priest in England I received regular requests to cleanse houses of spooky stuff. There is a lot of ignorance about the different types of paranormal activity.Ghosts and demons are not the same

April 22nd, 2020|3 Comments

Resurrection, Magic and Miracles

Some time ago a friend of mine told me a miracle story. He was driving along the road in the right lane. Two cars were beside him in the left lane. The road was in a suburban area. Ahead on the right he spotted a mother walking a dog coming in the direction facing him. Beside her was a young child jumping and playing. As he approached them, with the two cars still in the left lane beside him, the child suddenly jumped from the sidewalk directly into his path. He swerved left to avoid the child, knowing that he

April 19th, 2020|0 Comments

The Lockdown T.S.Eliot Bookclub – 4

The fourth installment of our Lockdown T.S.Eliot Bookclub is published in the "Inklings and Friends" section of the blog. The book club is a place for Donor Subscribers to read my comments and posts about T.S.Eliot and his work. Here is an excerpt Eliot wants you to feel bewildered because he wants you to feel a particular emotion. He wants you to feel horror and even disgust. I mentioned in the last post and the article I recommended, that Eliot was greatly influenced by the modern French Symbolist poets. They used images to evoke emotions. It didn’t matter if you

April 18th, 2020|0 Comments

Conversations with Joseph Pearce – Music and My Conversion Story

The latest podcast in the Conversations with Joseph Pearce channel consists of a conversation about five of my favorite pieces of music and they are linked with my conversion story from Evangelical to Anglican and then Catholic before returning to South Carolina as a Catholic priest. Go here to listen to this podcast. This podcast channel is reserved for Donor Subscribers. Donor Subscribers help to keep my blog free of charge and free from all third party advertisements. If you would like to help with this apostolate by becoming a Donor Subscriber go here to learn more.

April 18th, 2020|0 Comments

On Saying a Solitary Mass

In this lockdown I am celebrating a private Mass every day in our beautiful Lower Church, and after saying Mass this morning it occurs to me how much life there is in the liturgy. I have to admit, this pandemic has thrown me for a loop. I'm not having a crisis of faith as such, but it is as if I have woken up and while I was sleeping someone has come in and moved all the furniture around in my house. I don't quite know where to find anything and I suspect whoever moved the stuff has probably stolen

April 17th, 2020|0 Comments

Recognizing the Resurrection

Today's gospel is that excitingly mysterious account of Mary Magdalene not recognizing Jesus. She thought he was the gardener. I love that detail. In fact, he was the gardener. He was the second Adam, and St John sees the Garden of the Resurrection as the re-made Garden of Eden. Fallen Mary is restored Mary and so she echoes the greater Mary who is the second Eve. But I'm fascinated by the interchange between Mary Magdalene and the Lord. She did not recognize him. Why not? I think there were three reasons. First, she didn't recognize him because she had only

April 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Lockdown Diary Week Five

I've been away from blogging and I missed a week of my lockdown diary. Why is that? I'm not sure because there have been a bundle of reasons why I have been away. Firstly, I underestimated the impact the lockdown would have on my spiritual life and regular routine. It has knocked me for a loop. Not in any terrible way--just that normal life has been radically altered. The rug has been pulled out from under me. We've had to suddenly re-think our lives, re-imagine parish ministry, re-order the way we live and all of this during Lent and Holy

April 15th, 2020|2 Comments
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