Ten Tricks of the Devil to Watch Out For

Satan is a snake. Remember that. He is a liar and the Father of Lies. He is at work in your life trying to tempt you into sin and to draw you away from God, but he is also at work in the world, trying to deceive you, confuse you. He wants you to lose [Read More…]

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Can You Be a Happy Traddy?

An article by Steve Skojec has surfaced on social media in which he argues that traditionalist Catholics need to be happy, joyful folks so that everyone realizes what a great treasure they have in the Tridentine Mass. He criticizes traditionalist Catholics of an extreme sort, explaining what it was like when he started to attend [Read More…]

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When Action is the Only Argument

The crisis began when I realized that teenaged boys were looking at hard core pornography on their cell phones. It continued when I read that most Christian young people don’t get the argument against same sex marriage. The crisis got worse when I realized that a majority of American Catholics don’t actually believe the basics [Read More…]

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Epiphany Homily

My Sunday homilies from Our Lady of the Rosary Church are now available as podcasts online for you to download listen and share. Go here for Sunday’s homily for the Feast of the Epiphany which explains who the wise men were historically and reminds us of the gifts they (and we) bring to the Christ [Read More…]

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Flagging and Flabby? Get Spiritually Fit

Here is my latest article for Aleteia which encourages us to get spiritually fit in the new year. After the holiday feasting I’m ready to sign up at the gym. Crammed with Christmas cake and candy, and stuffed like the turkey, I am, like my waistband, overflowing with good intentions and new year resolve. I’d [Read More…]

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Change? That Means Pain

My latest blog post for National Catholic Register looks at the pains that are necessary for real and lasting change to take place. Many of us are trapped in a cycle of lust and shame. We’re trapped in a downward spiral of a dead end job, a loveless marriage or an inner dynamic of rage, [Read More…]

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The Theological Theory of Indiana Jones

My article this week at The Imaginative Conservative website explicates the hidden meaning of the Indiana Jones films…. ….or does it? Is it possible that the popular Indiana Jones trilogy is a cleverly structured, well thought-out, theologically astute analogy of the Christian spiritual quest? I do not suggest that it is an allegory, and I [Read More…]

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A New Year and A New Start for Humanity

My article on Mary Mother of God and New Year’s Day is here at the National Catholic Register Did you know that, for centuries, Christians celebrated the new year on March 25 — not Jan. 1? March 25 is the feast of the Annunciation, and the new year was celebrated on that day because the [Read More…]

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Hey Punk. Look New Year in the Eye

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?

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!

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

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

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

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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The Slaughter of the Innocents Today

Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents and it is one of the most heart wrenchingly relevant of all of the church’s feasts. With great and terrible irony we see in the slaughter of the Holy Innocents the wrath of the world against the gift of God. God gives the gift of his Son–an [Read More…]

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Anglican Priest Smears the Virgin Mary

Just when you thought the Anglicans couldn’t stoop much lower, in a disgusting article published, predictably, on Christmas Eve, Anglican priest-journalist Giles Fraser not only publicly denies the Virgin Birth, but he ridicules the idea, proposes that the Blessed Virgin Mary was just another teen fornicator and that it’s probably a good thing that Jesus [Read More…]

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Watching St Joseph

Gentlemen who are reading, for Christmas Day make it your point to meditate in the midst of the jollity on the patience, purity and prudence of St Joseph. My latest article at Those Catholic Men website points us to St Joseph, the model of masculinity. “It’s no mistake” I said to Mike, “that every Catholic [Read More…]

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Have a Very English Christmas

My article at Imaginative Conservative for Christmas Day is a celebration of all thing British for the holidays. Having spent twenty-five years of my life in “the damp lands,” I can affirm that while the Americans cannot be beat for Thanksgiving, the English cannot be beat for Christmas. Yes, it is true. The dour snobs [Read More…]

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Once in Royal David’s City…

For two years as a young Anglican priest I had the privilege of serving as chaplain to Kings’ College Cambridge Choir School. This is the prep school where the choristers of the famous Kings College choir are educated. It was my job to help mentor and chaperone them as well as teach religion and English. [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons Why Atheists Should Celebrate Christmas

Sometimes I hear Christians grumbling about atheists celebrating Christmas. So they’re hypocrites. Big deal. Aren’t you? In thinking it through, there are good reasons why Christmas matters for atheists and for everyone. If they don’t realize why it matters, maybe the prominence of the season will  make some of them stop and think twice and [Read More…]

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God is With Us. Do Not Be Afraid

My latest blog post at National Catholic Register tries to calm you down in the midst of the Christmas rush. Whew! Have you encountered the shopping mall, main street and the Christmas rush? There is a kind of panicked grasping after material happiness. Not only do we want to pack the tree with goodies, we want [Read More…]

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What’s Wrong with Santa?

From the Christmas archives comes this article at the Imaginative Conservative in which I ask what’s good, bad and indifferent about Santa Claus. Some time ago a pastor friend of mine incurred the wrath of a squadron of militant mama bears when he preached at a school service against Santa—calling him a “fat pagan elf.” [Read More…]

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