Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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What Does It Mean to Say the Church is “Apostolic?”

One of the lines I love most in the first Eucharistic Prayer is the prayer for the Catholic Church and all bishops who “preach the Catholic faith that comes to us from the Apostles.” In the Creed we profess our belief in “One, Holy, Catholic and...

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Priests and Luxury Motorcars

As a Catholic priest I am bound to observe Canon 282 in the Code of Canon Law, which states, “Clerics are to foster simplicity of life and are to refrain from all things that have a semblance of vanity.” Some time ago, I had to shop for a new...

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Where is the Devil at Work in the World?

There are several reasons why there is an extraordinary interest in demon possession and exorcism. The phenomenon is dramatic and horrible and there will always be a fascination with the dark side of reality. However, I believe there is also a...

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10 Reasons Why the Rosary Is So Powerful

Saints say it. Popes say it. The Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil. But have you stopped to figure out why? Here are 10 reasons why the Rosary prayer is the most powerful and how you can use it most fully. 1. It Engages Your Will. The...

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What is the Secret of Star Wars?

The latest Star Wars movie hit the box office two weeks ago. Despite tepid reviews, it has made almost $400 million at the box office worldwide. What’s the secret of its success? Some Star Wars fans are almost religious in their passion. I...

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The Blame Game and the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception reminds us of the original problem with original sin: blaming others. When things go wrong the first thing we do is blame others. God: “Adam, did you eat the fruit?” Adam: “Eve gave it to me.” God: “Okay. Eve, did you...

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Jack Outside the Box: Celebrating C.S. Lewis

Every Nov. 22 we are reminded that the assassination of President Kennedy and the death of C.S. Lewis took place on the same afternoon. Joseph Pearce has written here comparing the legacies and possible destinies of the two men.  One of things...

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Father Damien of Molokai and the Holy Face

There’s a beautiful little scene in the film about St. Damien of Molokai. The saint has volunteered to be the one priest to serve the lepers on the island colony of Molokai. Knowing that he is likely to contract the disease, Father Damien sails...

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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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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...