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Elizabeth Scalia

Content Editor at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries 

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 Content Editor, 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

The Rosary and the Crying Out of Flesh and Blood

by Elizabeth Scalia . June 21, 2018 . 0 Comments

My private Oratory features an assortment of Holy Icons and small pewter statues, an old standing crucifix and a second-class relic of my dear patron, St. Philip Neri.  It also contains a stone I’d dug u...

Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and the Mysteries Before Us All

by Elizabeth Scalia . June 14, 2018 . 0 Comments

When Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain committed suicide within days of each other, it brought into sharp focus a troubling fact that had until then flown under most social radars: suicide has become the tenth most common ...

When Jesus Left Me Mash Notes

by Elizabeth Scalia . June 07, 2018 . 0 Comments

It may sound weirdly whimsical, but there came a day in my life when I realized that the very heart of Jesus Christ had been pursuing me—following me around, or showing up wherever I happened to be going, in the wa...

Social Media and Sabbath Rest: What I Have Learned

by Elizabeth Scalia . May 31, 2018 . 0 Comments

“There is no better point of entry to the religious experience than the Sabbath, for all its apparent ordinariness. Because of its ordinariness. The extraordinariness of the Sabbath lies in its being commonplac...

Philip Neri, John Henry Newman, and the Idea of an Oratory

by Elizabeth Scalia . May 24, 2018 . 0 Comments

I sought to hear the voice of God  And climbed the topmost steeple,  But God declared: “Go down again–  I dwell among the people.”  — Anonymous    Put that litt...