Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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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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The Swamp of Subjective Sentimentality

A friend commented about the LGBTQ controversy recently. He has family members who are homosexual and they are furious with the Catholic Church, saying, “Who are they to define marriage?” In discussing the problem we observed that most Americans...

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Sts. Peter and Paul: Two Pillars, Two Ways

In front of St. Peter’s Basilica, like two gigantic guardians of the faith, stand St. Peter and St. Paul. St. Peter the fisherman. St. Paul the intellectual. Peter the rough working class man who speaks from the heart. Paul the man who speaks...

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The Gritty Reality of Corpus Christi

Not too long ago while celebrating Mass I drifted into a kind of silence. I had spent the day paddling through the shallow waters of contemporary culture and mainstream media and was feeling both tired and soiled. Then, as I celebrated Mass, it...

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At Pentecost, Mary Immaculate Reveals the Church Immaculate

One of the details we overlooked when we were Protestants is Mary the Mother of the Lord being present with the apostles at Pentecost. Of course it’s there in the Catholic paintings of the scene, but we missed it. We missed it because we had a...

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The Sorrowful Mother and Mediatrix

There are very few Catholic titles for the Blessed Virgin Mary more likely to annoy Evangelical Protestants than Coredemptrix or Mediatrix. Immediately the Bible Christian will leap up to quote 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one...

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Give More Money, For Heaven’s Sake

I recently saw an article about the financial crisis parishes and dioceses are facing because of the pandemic. It’s pretty obvious: if nobody is going to church nobody is putting their money in the collection basket. Parishes that geared up with...

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The Relics of the Resurrection

Every pilgrimage to Rome should include a visit to the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (The Holy Cross in Jerusalem). If you’re hiking around the city it’s just up the hill from St. John Lateran, and after your visit it’s another half-hour...

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Are All Religions Pretty Much the Same? No Way...

All religions are pretty much the same. Right? They are man-made the result of human beings wondering about the world they find themselves in, and coming up with answers to the big questions about life, meaning, death and the great mysteries of...

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Someday, You and Everyone Who Ever Lived Will Be Resurrected

Every Sunday at Mass we say we believe in “the resurrection of the Body.” Not just Jesus’ resurrection, but the resurrection of my body. How do I do that? I thought it was “ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the Lord don’t get you the devil...