Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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The Scouring of the Shire

The last time I read Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, it became clear just how deeply the work, as Tolkien admitted, was deeply Catholic. But those who are looking for a religious book will be disappointed. The Catholicism is embedded in...

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Leprosy is a Perfect Metaphor for Sin

When I visited India in the mid-1980s, I visited a leper colony run by the Missionaries of Charity. It was a good chance to learn about leprosy and understand the meaning of this horrible disease and why it features so significantly in the...

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The Pill is at the Root of This Marriage Mess

The discussion and debate about the Pope’s teaching document Amoris Laetitia continues, with some Catholics worried that the Pope will condone giving Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics. I am as concerned as anyone else about this...

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These Are the Five Faces of Christ

Last May I led a parish pilgrimage to Italy and we made sure we visited Manopello to venerate the mysterious image of the face of Christ. In the museum they had a display showing icons and paintings from various times and places representing the...

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Above All Else, the Mass is a Sacrifice

If someone tells me about something they’ve suffered and says, “It’s alright Father, I’ve forgiven them and forgotten all about it.” I feel like saying, “Then why are you telling me about it?”   Thing is, if we’ve been hurt really badly—or even...

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What Elephants Teach Us About Angels and Aliens

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed a seemingly profound, but ultimately silly, discussion that is prevalent within popular culture. It’s called the Fermi Paradox and it goes like this: “There are billions of stars out there like the sun....

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Blessed Are the Poor, and Woe to You Who Are Rich

Does anybody in the United States stop to question the underlying values that so many Americans seem to swallow without thinking? I’m talking about what I call the Alpha American Achievement culture. Go, go, go! Win, win, win! Be beautiful! Be...

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The Dating Game and St. Mark’s Gospel

One of the most commonly held conclusions from modern New Testament scholarship is that the Gospel of Mark is the earliest gospel to have been written and that Luke and Matthew draw on Mark (and an earlier supposed document named ‘Q’) for their...

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Sts. Peter and Paul: Two Pillars, Two Ways

In front of St. Peter’s Basilica, like two gigantic guardians of the faith, stand St. Peter and St. Paul. St. Peter the fisherman. St. Paul the intellectual. Peter the rough working class man who speaks from the heart. Paul the man who speaks...

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The Shroud of Turin and the Facts

Some time ago a mainstream media outlet reported on the Shroud of Turin and said, “Pope Francis prayed Sunday before the Shroud of Turin, a strip of cloth that some believe was used for the burial of Jesus Christ. The shroud appears to bear the...