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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

To Jesus Through Mary? Why Yes, and T’was Ever Thus!

Christ came to us through Mary’s own flesh and blood—and science tells us that a bit of his cellular being remained there.

by Elizabeth Scalia . December 06, 2018 . 0 Comments

How wonderful it is that the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary always falls within the start of Advent. Thus, in the very season during which we wait with longing for the Word made flesh to come to us as Emmanu-...

Amidst Our Apocalypse, Advent Asks Us to Stay

Advent begs something of you, even if you don't want to be Catholic anymore.

by Elizabeth Scalia . November 29, 2018 . 0 Comments

As the liturgical year winds down, we are each day treated to images of the biblical apocalypse, those jarring end-times scenarios articulated by Jesus and through the mystical imagery delivered to us out of Patmos by Sa...

If You Can't Say Something New, Why Not Say Something...Nice?

While carving holiday turkeys, we really don’t need to slice up each other.

by Elizabeth Scalia . November 22, 2018 . 0 Comments

There is a line from the movie Notting Hill, in which a famous actress dating a humble bookseller tries to get past the complications inherent in their relationship by breaking things down to simplest form, and sayi...

Advent Reading Recommendations from the Word on Fire Team

As the days get shorter, Bishop Barron’s team offers suggested Advent readings to bring on the light.

by Elizabeth Scalia . November 15, 2018 . 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is upon us and then we fall very quickly into all of the busyness of the Christmas season. Since Advent begins on December 2, this is a very good week to prayerfully consider what sort of Advent reading will...

The Fury and Glory of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

by Elizabeth Scalia . November 08, 2018 . 0 Comments

“May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love.” Born in the Septaine district of France, she was the eldest of two daughters. Upon the sudden death of her father, the girls and their mother moved in...