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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

Catholics: The Hard Slog of Sanctity Starts Here

Our righteous anger is not enough; by our actions we must rebuild a Church being shaken apart.

by Elizabeth Scalia . February 21, 2019 . 0 Comments

“I am so done.” “I just can’t anymore.” Some variation of these two phrases are littered throughout the email and private messages I’m getting from fellow Catholics who have been &ld...

When a Mentally Absent Spouse Is Apportioned a Third of a Marriage

Early-onset Alzheimer's disease is creating a peculiar and destructive trend in marriage.

by Elizabeth Scalia . February 14, 2019 . 0 Comments

Fans of “reality TV,” willing to be entertained by stories of exhibitionists behaving badly (and willingly) for a camera, some cash, and the most vulgar sort of celebrity notice, are being promised a new dive...

What if Christ Appears as Suddenly as an Irish Beach?

When the winds of change carve out a new coast, we can't be afraid to walk it for Christ.

by Elizabeth Scalia . February 07, 2019 . 0 Comments

More than 30 years ago, a storm swept away a beachfront in Dooagh, Achill Island, off the County Mayo coast of Ireland. The entire beach was washed away, leaving a scenic but also craggy coast, treadable only by the ha...

In Spiritual Battle, Co-religionists Must Rescue Each Other

We are to prefer absolutely nothing to God, not even our anxiety.

by Elizabeth Scalia . January 31, 2019 . 0 Comments

Recently Pope Francis suggested that portions of Catholic media—and by extension the Catholics on blogs and social media who link these things about—are too rash in their judgments. “I worry that...

Waving to the Prince of Peace While Heading to War

The propensity to label-and-dismiss anyone with whom we disagree has led our nation and our Church toward dangerous cliffs.

by Elizabeth Scalia . January 24, 2019 . 0 Comments

About seven years ago I wrote, “I want to love again. Time cannot be reclaimed, but increasingly I feel a need to reach back and recapture one aspect of my youth: a willingness to be a little naive, to take peopl...