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Elizabeth Scalia

Word on Fire Editor-at-Large

Elizabeth Scalia is a Benedictine Oblate and author of several books including the award-winning Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (Ave Maria Press) and Little Sins Mean a Lot (OSV). Before joining the Word on Fire team as a Editor at Large, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the English edition of Aleteia, and as Managing Editor of the Catholic section of Elizabeth also blogs as “The Anchoress” at She is married, and living on Long Island. 

Elizabeth Scalia Latest Blog Posts

Yin and Yang and Catholic Youth

by Elizabeth Scalia . October 11, 2018 . 0 Comments

Back in the day, when I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, it was fascinating to ponder the Taoist idea of Yin (quiescence) and Yang (exuberance)—the action we see in nature of an eternal cycle of inception ...

In a World of Miracles, We Can’t Look Away from Ourselves

by Elizabeth Scalia . October 04, 2018 . 0 Comments

He is 76 years old, now, and just weeks ago retired from a long and culturally relevant musical career, but in 1986, Paul Simon took a look at headlines full of pain and promise—stories about advances in ...

The Best Lesson Ratzinger Ever Taught Me

by Elizabeth Scalia . September 27, 2018 . 0 Comments

The Pope Emeritus, whether as Benedict XVI or Joseph Ratzinger, ranks among those I call my first and best teachers within Catholicism. And because I am a needy and often recalcitrant student, I need a lot of them, so...

Can the Crisis in the Church Lead Us to Something Wonderful?

by Elizabeth Scalia . September 20, 2018 . 0 Comments

I wonder if anyone but me remembers this little book Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? by John Powell, SJ? I remember a friend sharing her copy with me in the late 1970s, but I think we were both too youn...

Catherine of Siena’s Fire Blazes Into Our Times

by Elizabeth Scalia . September 13, 2018 . 0 Comments

A few years ago—and a century after its original publication—Edmund G. Gardner’s unique study The Road to Siena: The Essential Biography of St. Catherine was reissued with some judicious editi...