Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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God’s Clowns — St. Francis and G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton’s little biography of St. Francis is one of his most sparkling and cutting-edge books. The first book he wrote after his conversion to the Catholic faith, St. Francis is Chesterton’s homage to a saint he always felt close...

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St. Michael is the Hammer of Heresies

This is my favorite time of the Church year. Not only is the beginning of autumn the most beautiful season, but I love these 10 days in the Church calendar: St. Michael, St. Jerome, St. Thérèse, St. Francis, St. Faustina, Our Lady of the...

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Did St. Joseph of Cupertino Really Fly?

I remember that old gospel song, “I’ll fly away oh glory, I’ll fly away. When I die, hallelujah by ad by, I’ll fly away.”  We might “fly away” when we die but devotees of St. Joseph of Cupertino contend that he “flew” not so much in the sweet by...

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Religion is Dangerous to Drowsy and Wicked People

Someone has said, “Truth is dangerous, and religious truth is the most dangerous of all.” The positive reading of this dangerous quote is that religious truth is a danger to complacency, human laziness and the natural disinclination to seek only...

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Mother Teresa's Insight: “Yes to God — That is Holiness”

My friend James had been brought up in India, so when he asked me in 1985 if I wanted to go to India with him for three weeks I jumped. We went on the tourist trail in Northern India, and wound up in Calcutta. James and I had taken a collection...

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Augustine of Hippo, Great Saint and Humble Sinner

Last Sunday was the commemoration of St. Augustine, and the day before I received Peter Kreeft’s splendid new volume I Burned for Your Peace — a very readable commentary on Augustine’s Confessions.    It was Augustine who famously said, “Lord...

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Atheism and Genocide

First, we should be clear about terminology. We talk about “secularism” or “secular humanism” and this is presumed to be a way of life and philosophy that is urbane, civilized, well-intentioned and benevolent toward all. It is the philosophy of...

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5 Reasons Why the Transfiguration Really Happened

You probably know that most liberal New Testament scholars don’t have time for miracles. All those miracles stories and supernatural events? They’re all pious fiction. Somebody made it up. It’s “mythical.” They say the early Christians added...

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Wake Up, Sleepy Catholics!

In a more creative mindset I’ve sometimes wondered if the seven dwarves might not characterize different types of Catholics. There’s Dopey, who is dumb but cute and very devoted. There’s Doc, who always has the doctrinal details in order,...

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Sleuthing with St. James the Greater

Everybody likes a good mystery, and we like to watch as the sleuth sifts the clues, eliminates false leads, tracks down the culprit and gets his man. I enjoyed putting pieces of the puzzle together when I was writing my book The Mystery of the...