Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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Are Catholics Born-Again Christians?

My godly Evangelical mother used to “witness” when we were out shopping. She’d ask the storekeeper, “Have you been born again?” If the conversation got going she’d relate the story of the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus in the third...

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What’s the Use of Catholic Art?

What is art supposed to do? In a world obsessed with practicality, efficiency and the bottom line, does art have a function? First, what do I mean by art? I mean any human activity where we are creative. Art would therefore include everything...

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Why Catholicism is the Best Religion

I know. I know. This is not really politically correct. You’re supposed to pretend that all religions are equal. The comparative religions professor (who often has comparatively no religion) teaches that all religions are human inventions based...

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On Seeing the Almighty as a Little Child

Watch children play, and you will understand that they know something we have forgotten. They know how to play for its own sake. We, on the other hand, will usually play games only if we can enter a competition and play to win. What do we want...

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If You Give Everything, You’ll Gain Everything

Being brought up in a Bible-believing Protestant home, I had to memorize verses from the King James Version of the Bible. I’m glad I did. Not only did I learn God’s word by heart, but the words were written in my heart. They’re in there. Down...

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Billy Graham: All Things to All Men

I met Billy Graham when I was a theology student at Oxford. The Christian Union — an evangelical student group — invited the famous evangelist to preach a university mission, and all clergy, theologians and theology students were invited to a...

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Something in Me Loves the Desert

I have to admit it. The main reason I went to see the most recent Star Wars film was because I wanted to watch the scenes filmed at the famous Irish island hermitages of Skellig Michael. Why is it that every Lent I want to hunker down and be a...

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Are Mission Trips Toxic? Not Necessarily, and Here’s Why…

Some years ago an important book was published called Toxic Charity. Robert Lupton, a long time worker in America’s inner cities, took time to reflect on Christian charity to the poor, including the fashion for American Evangelical Christians to...

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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...