Discussing Good Ways to Pray Badly tomorrow in DC

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I'll be at the Catholic Information Center in DC on Tuesday night as part of their summer Theology on Tap series.  My topic is "Making Mistakes Well in Prayer" and it's drawn from the final chapter ("Trusting Christ As Peter Does") of Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer. How do you find your way through a new and challenging prayer practice or an old one that's gone stale? Learn a few habits and strategies for beginning prayers badly in order to learn how to engage in … [Read more...]

Answers are up for the 2015 Ideological Turing Test!


 The answers are up for this year's Ideological Turing Test, and graphs and charts of how well you did will be coming all week.  This time around, we had a lot more participants, so I've appended each writer's bio (rot13'd to avoid spoilers) after the answer(s) ze wrote.  There are more repeat players on the Christian side than the non-Christian side, because I got a lot more potential responses from atheists.So go ahead and look back at the responses and see where you guessed c … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]