Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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The Holy Mass is a Sacrifice — Never Forget That

Last weekend when we celebrated Corpus Christi I got thinking again of the strangeness of the Mass. Here we say we offer the sacrifice of the Mass. In this modern, techno-whiz-bang of a world, in this scientific, rationalistic society, we still...

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The Way, the Truth, the Life, and the Holy Trinity

When Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father, but through me,” is he pointing to the Holy Trinity? Here’s my reasoning. The Way can be understood as the physical aspect of our being. It’s the walk we walk....

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10 Signs That Shakespeare Was Catholic

There are probably no greater academic debating topics than the mysterious life of the Bard of Avon — William Shakespeare. Did he really write those plays? If he didn’t, who did? Was he involved in the Elizabethan spy network? Was he a secret...

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Patriarchy is Our Patrimony

I know it is not politically correct. We are supposed to be moving beyond patriarchy with all that “Father Knows Best” stuff. Patriarchy is not popular. Our society, like a herd of prodigal lemmings, is running from the Father as fast as they...

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Only the Penitent Man May Pass

There’s that scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in which Indy has to go through the tunnel in the cave to finally find the Holy Grail. To do so he has to pass three trials. The first one is that whirling blades unexpectedly fly from the...

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People Problems? Avoid These 4 Drains

Some years ago I went to a seminar about relationships. The speaker’s mantra was, “Avoid the drains.” By “drains” he meant a certain type of negative person in your life. A “drain” is a person who, like a drain, sucks you into a downward spiral....

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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 Impact of C.S. Lewis

Someone once asked me why I went to live in England for 25 years and I answered. “It was C.S. Lewis’ fault. I discovered C.S. Lewis while at college and from his writings and the life of T.S. Eliot I became an avowed Anglophile. When I had the...

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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...