Sondheim Playlist for SCOTUS’s Gay Marriage Decisions

For gay marriage supporters with a positive freedom approach to marriage:  For gay marriage supporters with a negative freedom approach to marriage:  For terrible people (whatever their position on gay marriage): Sorry for radio silence -- I was working in FiveThirtyEight's NY office this week, which eats up a lot of my time in a commute.  … [Read more...]

When People Offer Me Their Weaknesses As Strengths

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I still haven't mentioned my favorite thing that happened during the discussion I hosted on the Benedict Option.  In the final half hour of the conversation, we restricted the topic a little.  First, people were going to name resources that they had, which might be useful to the group.  Then people would basically make wishes ("I wish I had people to pray the Liturgy of the Hours with during the work day" "I wish I had people to volunteer with" etc.).  People were encouraged to name wishes that t … [Read more...]

Tackling the Small Benedict Option Problems First

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A few weeks ago, I hosted a discussion of "the Benedict Option" (ways for Christians to build institutions/habits to do better at providing community to each other / making living the faith feel less like a lonely pursuit) and Peter Blair of Fare Forward (the magazine sponsoring the event) has written up his thoughts.The gathering’s discussion focused largely on concrete pressures on their faith that the participants face in their everyday life in D.C. Not much was said about an abstract di … [Read more...]

What To Do When You’re Struggling With Catholicism

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Pete Socks, the Catholic Book Blogger, is running a giveaway for my book, Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer, and I've stopped by chez lui to answer some questions about the book and my prayer life.  Here's a preview:PETE: For those struggling with the Catholic faith what advice can you offer as a convert? LEAH LIBRESCO:  It depends a little on the nature of the struggle.  If you’re making your mind up about the Catholic faith, I can give you the advice that Eve T … [Read more...]

Receiving Fraternal Correction from Non-Catholics [Saints Bookclub]

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In 2015, I’m reading and blogging through Ronald Knox’s collection of sermons on Christian exemplars, Captive Flames: On Selected Saints and Christian Heroes.  Every Monday (kinda), I’ll be writing about the next portrait in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter of Captive Flames, Roland Knox discusses the stories of King David and St Edmund of Abingdon in parallel, as a lens on how Catholics should live as exiles in the world and how they … [Read more...]

Talking to Theologues + A Book Giveaway


I got to have a nice conversation with the guys behind the Theologues podcast when I was their guest on their program, and the radio episode is now up!As your teaser,  one thing we wound up talking about that I hadn't thought about before was a possible reason that Christians tend to wind up talking and thinking more about sexual sins than other kinds.  The consummation of lust is concrete and easy to picture, but we're not so good at vividly noticing what the logical consequences of a sin li … [Read more...]

7QT: How Composing, Covers, and Costumes Work


--- 1 --- Hi folks!  Did you want to read a novella-length article on how software development works?  I thought you might!I enjoyed the heck out of Paul Ford's "What is Code?" for Bloomberg Businessweek (and it's one of only a couple articles I can think of that makes excellent use of being on the web--letting you play around with little snippets of example code, animations, etc).  I'd say check it out and see if you wind up enjoying it!(Because I have a little background on this, I'm n … [Read more...]