Hey Punk. Look New Year in the Eye

Clint-Eastwood-

I am not really what they call a party animal and have never understood the human need to celebrate a calendar date. The turn of the New Year, however, does cause me to pause. I want to give the New Year one of those squinty eyed, cheroot chomping, Clint Eastwood type silent stare downs. I [Read More...]

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What’s It Like Being a Married Catholic Priest?

theo grad

I don’t often mention my wife and family on this blog because the blog is public and I have a private side. However, people do often ask what it is like being married to a priest. I think I can answer for Mrs Longenecker and my family. These are the main questions and answers: Q [Read More...]

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Hypocrites and Heretics: Welcome to the Catholic Church!

pope's blessing

One of the things that troubles me as a pastor and as a man trying to be a disciple of Jesus Christ is the hypocrisy and heresy in the Catholic Church. I should be more precise. What troubles me are the heretics and hypocrites in the Catholic Church. A heretic is someone whose Catholic belief [Read More...]

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Why I Converted to the Catholic Faith

Celebrating Mass in St Peter's

I was brought up in a Protestant fundamentalist home. We saw all the different denominations, but we considered them all to be man made institutions. None of them were God-given, so you just chose the one that was best for you. It is commonplace within Protestant circles to believe that the early church was similar [Read More...]

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Archbishop Martyrs: Becket and Romero

Shrine to St Thomas a Becket, Canterbury Cathedral

Last summer during our pilgrimage to England we visited Canterbury. Saying Mass in the crypt of the cathedral was an amazing experience, then spending time in prayer at the site of the martyrdom of St Thomas a Becket (memorial today) was very moving. What made the visit to Canterbury even more astounding was our visit [Read More...]

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The Infant of Prague – Warrior for Our Times

Knight by Victor Vasnetsov

I have to admit that the Infant of Prague was one of those Catholic devotions that was not immediately accessible to me as a convert. “Help me out here. What’s with Jesus dressed up as a baby doll?” But some time ago I had an experience that made me realize that the Infant Jesus–and especially [Read More...]

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