Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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3 Types of People Who Secretly Enjoy Being Miserable

Let’s face it. Some people enjoy being miserable. Here’s why. When I ran a business training company before I was ordained we used a personality type program to help people improve working conditions. I soon realized that there were three...

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10 Reasons Why Catholics Don’t Evangelize

At a priests’ conference not long ago, the speaker quoted some statistics. Christians of different traditions were asked percentage wise how important evangelization was to their understanding of the Christian faith. Mainline Protestants...

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Gollum is the Mirror of Man

It’s theology, my precious… If you haven’t seen the Lord of the Rings films by Peter Jackson, you should take the time and effort, because the character of Gollum reveals in a disturbing way humanity’s problem with sin. First, notice that...

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The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King

Did you know that one man had the choice to be Catholic or to be the King of England? The amazing story of James III of England goes like this: Henry VIII’s daughter Elizabeth died without having married or had children. The next in line of...

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The Little Saint Nicholas Owen

St. Thérèse of Lisieux is known for her little way, but there is another little saint who is one of my favorites. St. Nicholas Owen was known as “Little John.” He was part of the courageous resistance during the Protestant revolution in England....

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Matriarchy Demeans Men and Polygamy Demeans Women

Why are modern men such layabouts? It’s simple. When the family declines, men decline.  A couple of years ago Rod Dreher wrote a column about this phenomenon. You can read it here. Quoting various articles, Rod concludes that men who are...

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The Mother of God and Some Theological Puns

I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, “Hi Mary!” When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, “Y’all say, ‘Hail Mary’ and...

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10 Ways to Stop Gossip

Have you ever really stopped to consider how ugly gossip is? Working in school, family and parish life you experience time and again how colossally stupid, destructive and therefore sinful gossip can be. The reason gossip is stupid is because...

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The Blame Game and the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception reminds us of the original problem with original sin: blaming others. When things go wrong the first thing we do is blame others. God: “Adam, did you eat the fruit?” Adam: “Eve gave it to me.” God: “Okay. Eve, did you...

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Why You Need a “Soul Friend,” and How to Find One

What is the role of a spiritual director? The spiritual director is part counselor and (if he is a priest) confessor. The best term I have heard for spiritual director is “soul friend.” A soul friend is a person to whom you can confide your...