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...]

Breaking Strains for Robots and Women

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The ever-excellent cultural critic Alyssa Rosenberg has written a great essay today titled "Want to understand what it means to be a woman? Look to robots."  The gist: I haven’t seen anyone acknowledge the obvious point that so much of pop culture is making, and has been making for more than half a decade: Robots are an excellent metaphor for contemporary womanhood. Women are expected to declare ourselves flawless, but no matter how much we claim our perfection, we’re still forced to offer evid … [Read more...]

Good Fights, Like Good Friendships, Are A Long-Term Promise


Monique Ocampo runs a series of interviews with Catholic women on Wednesdays and I'm her guest this week.  I've posted a snippet of our discussion below, but you can read the full Q&A at her place.How do you balance working in news with apologetics? Most of the time, there’s no balancing act at all — I don’t write apologetics at work; I cover statistics-heavy facets of the day’s news.  The biggest way that my faith impacts my writing is that I try to reflect on the effect my pieces will … [Read more...]

Concussion Tests and a Voting Mess [538]


Here's the roundup of what I've been working on at FiveThirtyEight over the last week:  The ‘One Person, One Vote’ Case Relies On Statistics That Nobody Has The plaintiffs are challenging the usual method (counting total number of people living in a district) and are asking that states use the total number of eligible voters instead. The trouble is, we don’t have robust statistics on the number of eligible voters. If the Supreme Court were to set new standards for districting, we would … [Read more...]