Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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‘Stability’ is an Anchor to Christ in a Stormy World

Benedict’s monks and nuns take vows of obedience, stability and conversion of life. Obedience helps to break a person’s selfish will and makes us open to respond with alacrity to the will of God. Stability is the second of three vows, which...

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This Lent, Let St. Benedict Teach You the Power of Obedience

Following Jesus in the way of St. Benedict is a time-tested and true way to achieve balance and growth in the spiritual life. The monastic discipline helps us prioritize and direct our efforts to draw closer to Christ, and we don’t have to be...

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Why Does God Allow Horrible Evil?

Some time ago the British atheist actor Stephen Fry went public with an eloquent and passionate condemnation of God for creating a world with children’s bone cancer, flesh-eating microbes and cannibalistic serial killers. It’s a old rant, but a...

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Why Do Catholic Priests Wear Fancy Robes?

My mother is a sweet Presbyterian lady who has seen four of her five children and their spouses become Catholics. She has taken all this with good faith and good humor — thankful that we all still “love the Lord.” She once asked me why Catholic...

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Healing the Father Wound

What was your relationship with your father like? I’ll bet it wasn’t perfect. That’s because your father was human and wasn’t perfect, but there is a deeper reason. It has to do with the way you’re wired. You were designed to need the perfect —...

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The Catholic Church is Home to the Tasteful and the Tacky, the Sinners and the Saints

I was living in England when we became Catholics and not long after our reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church an Anglican friend asked me, “Well, now that you’re Catholic do you like being Catholic?” He was referring to the...

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The Power and Purpose of Prayer

What do you mean by ‘prayer’ to start with? If you thought it was asking God for stuff you’re not completely wrong. We’re supposed to ask God for our needs, and I think it’s just fine to ask God for the particular things like, “Dear God, please...

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Be a True Believer, Not a Dogmatist or a Doubter

There are two types of people who are like two madmen strapped together back-to-back. They are the dogmatist and the doubter.  The dogmatist is the person who has reduced his religion to dogma. This person has everything worked out. He has all...

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Some time ago on my blog I posted a story about what seemed like a supernatural angelic intervention in our family. My little sister fell through the bleachers at a football game and was heading for the concrete foundations. My mom watched in...

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God Gave His Church the Gift of Unity, Not Uniformity

When I was an Anglican I believed that the Church of England was truly the church of ‘Mere Christianity’ and that we had unity in essentials and variety in inessentials. After all, it did look that way. We had Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics and...