Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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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...

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The Curse of Coca-Cola Catholicism

Some time ago over at my blog I wrote a series on “What’s Killing American Catholicism.” The first post was on Cultural Catholicism, and I argued that this was countered by Comprehensive Catholicism — a Catholic faith that is truly universal and...

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The Problem of the Stable and the Palace

Some time ago Pope Francis turned up to celebrate Mass wearing vestments that were modernistic, tie-dye looking affairs. Catholics with taste for finer things tut-tutted and have spoken in generally disapproving ways of the pope’s sartorial taste...

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The Ghost of Cain: The Demonic Dynamic to Religion

One of the most discouraging things about religious life is to witness brothers fighting one another. Why do so many religious people feel they have to attack their brothers in the faith? Because there’s something sick going on within a lot of...

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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...