Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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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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Jack Outside the Box: Celebrating C.S. Lewis

Every Nov. 22 we are reminded that the assassination of President Kennedy and the death of C.S. Lewis took place on the same afternoon. Joseph Pearce has written here comparing the legacies and possible destinies of the two men.  One of things...

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Father Damien of Molokai and the Holy Face

There’s a beautiful little scene in the film about St. Damien of Molokai. The saint has volunteered to be the one priest to serve the lepers on the island colony of Molokai. Knowing that he is likely to contract the disease, Father Damien sails...

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Whatever Happened to Purgatory?

Have you noticed how many Catholics seem to have forgotten purgatory? When a loved one dies they say, “Aunt Hilda has gone to be with the Lord” or “Daddy is in heaven now.” or they comfort the bereaved by saying, “George is with his beloved...

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Saints, Celebrities and Superheroes

I have met some saints. I mean real saints, not just “Mildred Horton, she’s a real saint” sort of saints. I met Mother Teresa and bumped into Pope John Paul II once in the Vatican, but I’ve met a couple of other people who I’m convinced were...

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The Difference Between English and American Saints

Although I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, I spent more than 25 years living in England. After being received into the Catholic Church I started to learn more about the English saints. As an Anglican I had already come to know and love the...

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Build Your Self-Esteem By Saying “I’m a Sinner”

Some years ago I was doing some research on the self-help industry and listened to some tapes by a guy who said his recipe for self-esteem was to look in the mirror and repeat like a mantra, “I like myself, I like myself, I like myself.” I...

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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...