Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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What’s Wrong With a Drive-Thru Parish

When I was an Anglican country priest on the Isle of Wight in England, the church was in the center of the village. The ancient idea of the church parish was that it was coterminous with the geographical parish. People lived around the village...

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How to Use the Lord’s Prayer as a Spiritual Weapon

I once attended a seminar on the deliverance ministry conducted by the author and psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. During the questions and answers three rather excitable women told Dr. McCall that there was a witches’ coven meeting in their town...

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No Obedience, No Heaven

“Where there is no obedience, there is no virtue; where there is no virtue, there is no good; where there is no good there is no love; where there is no love, there is no God; and where there is no God, there is no Paradise” —St. Padre Pio I became...

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A Crucifix is One of the Signs of Orthodoxy

When an aggressive Evangelical challenges me for having a crucifix in church, one of my favorite apologetic one liners is to say, “We believe the Bible. Don’t you know 1 Corinthians 1:23, where Paul says, ‘We preach Christ and him...

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Joy is the Sign of a True Follower of Christ

When I was an Anglican priest I used to walk from my apartment over to church for evening prayer every day. On the way I would walk past the house of a Jehovah’s Witness. This particular JW was the sort of man who always had his hair combed, the...

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Pray the Rosary to Heal the World

Today as I was praying the Holy Rosary I began to see why this simple devotion is so powerful. I began to see how the Holy Rosary might heal our common sickness and bring healing to the whole world. To understand how the healing works we first...

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The Practical Beauty of Confession

Some time ago I was speaking at a large Catholic conference and the organizers had put some time for confession into the program, so I joined with the other priests and spent a couple of hours hearing confessions. There were nearly a thousand...

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5 Reasons Why the Transfiguration Really Happened

You probably know that most liberal New Testament scholars don’t have time for miracles. All those miracles stories and supernatural events? They’re all pious fiction. Somebody made it up. It’s “mythical.” They say the early Christians added...

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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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How the Lord’s Prayer Can Heal You

What is one of the biggest problems in your life and in mine? We don’t treat other people as we should. We treat them as objects of our lust, workers to fulfill our wishes, servants to obey our commands. Our relationship problems, our marriage...