Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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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...

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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....