Read Gargoyle Code for Lent

Have you read my Lent book?

The Gargoyle Code  is my Screwtape Letters-type book. With a luciferian letter for each day in Lent, the book takes you through the trials and temptations of two ordinary Catholics–from the demon-eye view. Click the ad in the right sidebar to learn more. Go here if you’d like the e-book version which is priced at $7.99.

Also, this year I’ve got a special offer going on. If you buy ten copies or more I can sell them to you for just $7.00 each. You can then sell them on to a study group, a parish group, school class or sell them in your parish as a Lent fund raiser.

If you would like to take advantage of the special offer send me an email: frlongenecker@att.net

  • JB

    Downloaded it via Kindle and read it a few days ago. Not bad!

    The parts about the younger man and his girlfriend remind me of an anecdote told by one of my Professors of Religion at one of America’s elite Catholic universities, around 30 years ago. One of his students came to him (why him instead of a Priest, was not explained) in a guilt-ridden panic over how he had taken a shower with his girlfriend and fornicated. Long story short, the Professor reminded him of the verse in John, “God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son”…

    …and then the good Professor asked the lad, “Now, how does that square up with a God who goes around peeping into showers to see if a 19 year old boy is getting a blow job from his girlfriend, just to find a way to condemn him?”

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      This is a trite and shallow observation, and he was not a wise, but a foolish priest.

      Of course God isn’t peeping into showers, but the priest didn’t do the boy a service by using such a stupid analogy to excuse the boy’s sin. The boy was right to feel guilty, but it would have been much better to have asked the boy why he felt guilty, (because his elders said it was ‘bad’) is not good enough. Then move him on to a consideration of why promiscuity was wrong, what sex is for, what marriage is, and why promiscuity would damage the life of the boy and the girl.

      • JB

        Dear Father Longenecker, you made a mistake in your above reply. You did not read it carefully enough. The man who gave this advice was NOT a Priest, he was just a Professor of Religion. Not a Priest – which is why I added “why him instead of a Priest, was not explained”.

        He was not a Priest, just a layman who was trying his best to calm the boy down until the boy could go to confession.

        But we all make mistakes, yeah? ;-)

        • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

          Sure. Thanks for the clarification.

          • JB

            Thanks back, and I agree with your assessment of how an authorised Confessor ought to have dealt with someone in that young man’s situation.

  • JB

    Glad to see my above comment was approved!
    So here’s one more anecdote – perhaps apposite for preparation for Lent? – about my undergrad years at that Catholic university. This one is actually about me (the above one was not):

    Well, it’s a story about my favorite Confession! (Yes I have a favorite one!) And since I’m not a Priest, I’m not breaking the seal of the confessional by revealing this bit:

    When I was a very young man at that university – alrightg I was just 19 – I went to the university’s resident Priest, for the sacrament of confession. But what I REALLY wanted from him, was hope more than absolution, although those two things are inseparable. My sin? I had been contemplating suicide, after having been disappointed in my romantic love for a girl – a very common cause of despair for young men!

    Long story short, the reason why I still love THAT particular instance of the sacrament of confession, more than any others I’ve ever received, is because of the penance the Priest gave me. I reiterate, what I confessed was my contemplation of suicide. And for my penance, the Priest said:

    “Your penance is that you must love your life, and you can never stop.”

    :-)

    • JB

      PS, yes I know all sacraments are equally as Holy as the Holy Spirit, so I’m not saying that one was any more Holy than any others I’ve received, only that its effects have continued to guide me in special ways.

  • Dymphna

    Maybe we should consider that we are all called to act as priests and prophets. We should always be prepared to offer prayers and spiritual guidance.
    I sound petty and for that I apologize. I dislike having to pick up my cross of evangelization as much as the next Catholic but it is and always has been necessary. Perhaps if we had asked more of our professors and not assumed that only our ordained priests and religious had to always minister to others and proclaim the gospel, the sins of our hypocrisy would have done less damage.


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