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Fr. Dwight Longenecker
 
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The Our Father unites us with the prayer of Jesus. This is how he prayed. This is what he prayed for.
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The test of obedience is when it is difficult, not when it is easy, to obey.
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Exalt the crucifix and you will be exalted. Wear it and place it in your homes, schools and churches with true veneration.
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“Far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are joyful and full of good humor.” (Gaudete et Exsultate)
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The Rosary can help to bring healing and reconciliation to a gaping wound in our lives
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This is heaven come down to earth, with forgiveness in its wings.
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If you get rid of the supernatural from religion, it’s not a religion anymore — it’s just a set of table manners.
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The doctrine of purgatory is full of compassion, common sense, confidence, joy and eternal hope
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All we need to do is pray before the prayer, “Lord teach me to pray”
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Truth, beauty and goodness — like a fine wine — get better with age, but Coca-Cola just fizzles out and goes flat.
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Catholic churches are magnificent not for man, but for the God-Man Jesus Christ.
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Whenever you’re tempted to attack and criticize others, be very, very careful
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Once we realize the depth of this mysterious exchange, our appreciation for the Mass and our appropriation of its benefits will increase.
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In this way we can experience the mystery of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
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Every clue points to the fact that William Shakespeare “dyed a Papyst” – or a loyal Catholic.
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“We can invoke God as ‘Father’ because he is revealed to us by his Son become man and because his Spirit makes him known to us.” (CCC 2780)
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The penitent man may pass — not only through the trials of life, but into the abundance of life.
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Some people can benefit from your help. Some people can’t. Here’s how to tell the difference...
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Celebrities are shallow and superheroes are not real. The saints are the real heroes.
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Lewis’ writings are a dose of fresh sanity in a world of stagnant insanity.
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“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” (John 3:3)
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“Art is a freely given superabundance of the human being's inner riches.” (CCC 2501)
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Some religions are superior to others, and Christianity is the best. And of the Christians, Catholicism is the best.
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“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
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Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.
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The longtime preacher had a genuine ability to connect with everyone, overcome the dubious, listen to the critics and win over the wicked.
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Even for hermits, the Christian life is never totally solitary
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FOCUS seeks to realign short-term missions with the long-term mission of the Church
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So if you’re one of the three, or if you know one of the three, what should you do?
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Preach the gospel at all times. The use of words is necessary.
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Take heart. Christ knows the burden you bear, and sees not how deformed you are, but how beautiful you were, and how beautiful you can be.
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James III had a choice: to be king, or to be Catholic. He chose wisely.
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St. Nicholas Owen was, like Jesus himself, only a carpenter, but he displayed a heroism to shame us all.
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The fruit of matriarchy and polygamy will be a society with low self-esteem, lack of aspiration and low accomplishment.
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“We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ.” (Pope Paul VI, Credo of the People of God)
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“Respect for the reputation and honor of persons forbids all detraction and calumny in word or attitude.” (CCC 2507)
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A mature person doesn’t blame anyone else. Ever.
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The problem with finding a holy spiritual director is that they are often hidden. Here are the secret signs to look for...
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You have to love Jesus more than anything and anyone on Earth.
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Jesus calls us to step out of the boat and walk on the waves.
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The first rule of a “dictatorship of relativism”: There must be no prohibitions. Prohibitions are prohibited.
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Did Christianity simply develop from paganism, as atheists like to claim?
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These common mistakes only feed the fire of clericalism.
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It's up to us to protect what little of the Shire is left in this world.
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Like leprosy, sin starts as an invisible infection and then slowly dominates one’s life.
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This invention has changed everything.
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These five ways are not only taught in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but in the Gospel itself.
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“It is Christ himself, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant who, acting through the ministry of the priests, offers the Eucharistic sacrifice.” (CCC 1410)
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Individuals change history. Small decisions matter. The Divine is in the details.
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The gospel must subvert and undermine the way of the world in whatever culture it finds itself.
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Insisting that the date for Mark’s Gospel is later than A.D. 70 just because of a single detail is very tenuous.
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Through Sts. Peter and Paul, our Lord gave his Church the foundations of her heavenly office—and through them, he helps her to eternal salvation.
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Here are some of the basic points shroud doubters have to answer.
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In the present debate over same-sex marriage Americans simply cannot comprehend that Catholics operate according to a different set of systems.
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“There is no Church without Pentecost. And there is no Pentecost without the Virgin Mary.” —Pope Benedict XVI
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“All salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body.” (CCC 846)
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When a Protestant tries to shoot the gospel gun with Bible proof texts, here's what I do...
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What are the antidotes? One of the antidotes is the Catholic parish system.
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Through prayer we will find the power to obey, the roots to be stable and the fire of God’s love that will convert every aspect of our lives.
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When I pull weeds in the garden, I confess my failings and pull the weeds from the garden of my soul.”
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“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you might establish all that is good, and acceptable, and perfect in the will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
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“The first work of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conversion…” (CCC 1989)
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Stability is not only a gift to us as individuals. It is a gift to others.
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The first step in developing a more obedient and listening heart during Lent is to start being obedient to the things we already know.
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“We must ... approach the question of the origin of evil by fixing the eyes of our faith on him who alone is its conqueror.” (CCC 385)
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If the Mass is the Royal Marriage Feast of the Lamb, then the priest should dress up for his entrance into the royal court.
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You have within you a need for a Father that no human father can ever fulfill.
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This is the authenticity of the Catholic faith. It is universal.
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This is where we should be headed and prayer is the power that gets us there.
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The true believer is both a dogmatist and a doubter. He believes in his dogma — not as an end in itself, but as a means to an end.
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I can’t see how it all fits together, but I have had enough experience and seen enough of God’s work in the world to believe that it does.
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Christ built his Church upon a rock. Whether that rock is a stumbling block or a stepping stone is up to each of us.
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When people use the term “Christian, not Catholic,” they perpetuate an old anti-Catholic prejudice in America.
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People ask why I converted to the Catholic faith. Here's what brought me to the banks of the Tiber and made me swim.
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In this glorious dogma the Church upholds not only the incarnation of Jesus Christ the Son of God, but also re-affirms that God works miraculously through individuals who, through his grace, change the course of history.
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A proper funeral and Requiem Mass allows the dead to rest in peace — and also allows the living to live in peace.
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Pastoral discernment is required in order to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness.
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Jesus calls the hypocrite just what he is because Jesus is exactly who he claims to be — the Son of God and the Son of Man — in whom there is no shred of hypocrisy.
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The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary help us to see the ultimate completion and destiny of this humanity we all share.
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Real Christianity is about a radical transformation from the ground level up. The real thing is strong wine — not water. The real thing is the greatest adventure.
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There is a hierarchy of truth, and true teaching on faith and morals trumps mere sentiment, utility and politics every time.
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The lesson we take from the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino is that the material world is stranger and more unpredictable than we can imagine.
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Empires come and go, but the Catholic Church remains because she puts her stock in the “little guys” of the world — those who are faithful even if they are not successful, and are successful because they are faithful.
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By its very nature charity means reaching out beyond our comfort zone, and beyond our own family.
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“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Do you plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”
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Fr. Dwight Longenecker was raised in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from college with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University and was ordained a an Anglican minister in England.

In 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. Since then, he has become a prolific writer and author of twenty books, including Catholicism Pure & Simple, Quest for the Creed and The Mystery of the Magi.

In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, South Carolina. Read his blog, browse his books and be in touch at dwightlongenecker.com.