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 9 – The Fire Keeper

The ninth episode of my podcast series True Fairytales is published today. Go here to listen to The Fire Keeper...a story set in the future after the Great Catastrophe. Lots of folks write about the importance of stories for sharing the faith with children, but fairy tales also make connections for anyone who likes a good story. I decided in my podcast series to record some of the fairy tales I have written alternated with some classics. Listen to True Fairytales in the car with your kids or grand kids. I listen to podcasts on my morning walk. For full

May 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Pagans or Puritans…You Choose

You might remember that in C.S.Lewis’ Narnia stories Mr Tumnus the Faun recounts how they used to have jolly times with Bacchus and Silenus. Lewis was criticized for bringing such blatant paganism into his works. What was he thinking??!! In writing to Don Giovanni–a Catholic priest, Lewis commented on the matter and  observed that  modern man was in such a lamentable state that perhaps it was necessary “first to make people good pagans, and after that to make them Christians”. What did he mean by “good pagans”? He meant that pagans had certain traits that modern men don’t have. They had

May 24th, 2019|2 Comments

The Weirdness of Persecution

From today's Office of Readings. the Epistle to Diognetus is by an unknown author and dates to as early as 130 AD. Therefore, it is written about Christians in the midst of the Roman Empire--strangers and aliens in the world they were. I especially like the writer's bewilderment at the reality of persecution. Have you ever thought about that? Christians teach the most sublime, beautiful and bountiful message the world has ever seen. Although we do not always live up to it, still our message is one of love, peace, forgiveness, self sacrifice and mercy. We are called to make

May 22nd, 2019|1 Comment

Fatima Atheists, the Incarnation, A Country Parson and Passionate Preaching

Four articles are loaded up to the ever increasing Archived Articles section of the blog. These articles are from various outlets for which I have written over the years. They are accessible to Donor Subscribers. When I started this blog I decided to keep it free as much as possible and to keep it free from all third party advertising. So if you appreciate the blog posts and podcasts and would like to support the blog (and enjoy a load of extra benefits) then please consider becoming a Donor Subscriber. The four new blog posts are: The Scandal of Particularity

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Innocence and Experience – St Benedict and St Thérèse

From the Archives: In Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis observed, ‘How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.’  G.K.Chesterton, who wrote little biographies of both St Thomas Aquinas and St Francis, delighted in the uniqueness of the two men. Aquinas was the greatest philosopher of his time while Francis was a wandering fool. Thomas a great bull of a man with an intellect to match— Francis a scraggy simpleton. St Thérèse of Lisieux also admired the individuality of the saints. She wrote, “How different are the variety of ways through which the

May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Selling the American Jesus

I am in the middle of writing my next book. It was going to be called The Way of the Warrior Priest but the working title now is Immortal Combat - Everyday Evil and the Only Solution. As part of this process I am being drawn to meditate increasingly on the reality of evil and how, at the root of it all, are lies. Lies, lies, lies. We are the people of the lie, and the ways we lie are multiform and multi faceted. Layer upon layer of lies all interwoven with the lies in our society, the artificiality, the phony-ness, vanity, pride and

May 20th, 2019|8 Comments

The Future Church 3 – Evangelical Catholicism

The third episode of my podcast analysis of John Allen's book The Future Church is posted here today. This is one of the most interesting chapters in Allen's book. The first chapter, entitled World Church, looked at the shifting demographics in global Catholicism. Already the majority of Catholics hail from the developing world and their predominance will change the Catholic Church completely in the twenty first century. In this second chapter, "Evangelical Catholicism" Allen considers what seemed to be a rising trend in the church when the book was written ten years ago. In 2009 Benedict XVI's papacy was at it's zenith

May 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Married Priests Now?

It seems there are billboards like this going up all across Cincinnati demanding "Married Priests. Now." My usual quick comment when someone brings up the issue of married priests (and it is almost always a progressive Catholic who does so) is: "Well, we have to remember that if the man is married and young and he and his wife are fertile they would be living within the teachings of the Catholic Church right?" "Well. Um. Sure. I guess" "Right. So if they are young and fertile they're not going to be using contraceptives so they may not have your neat

May 16th, 2019|2 Comments
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