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Elizabeth Scalia
Managing Editor, Catholic Portal

Elizabeth Scalia is an editor, writer and speaker and the author of Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (Ave Maria Press). She is a Benedictine oblate and managing editor of the Catholic Portal at Patheos.com, where she blogs as The Anchoress. Scalia is also a regular columnist at First Things, and featured columnist at The Catholic Answer Magazine. Past titles include Caring for the Dying with the Help of your Catholic Faith (OSV), and a contribution to Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind (Ascension Press).

Works by Elizabeth Scalia
Living in-between seed and shrub
Elizabeth Scalia | August 31, 2015
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The Christophers: Bearing Christ in the Stories
Elizabeth Scalia | May 23, 2011
The 62nd Annual Christopher Awards honored "The King's Speech" in film and "Bonhoeffer"......
Rosary for the Job-Seekers
Elizabeth Scalia | August 03, 2010
Once again, we find that the Mysteries of the Rosary help us to identify with Christ,......
Genesis, Evolution, and the Sistine Chapel
Elizabeth Scalia | August 06, 2010
Each step forward or backward on the trail of human wisdom is sufficient unto its time;......
Who Told You You Were Naked?
Elizabeth Scalia | March 21, 2011
The blood covenant between God and Man is a true consummation between bridegroom and......
Joy and Laughter Support a Serious Faith
Elizabeth Scalia | November 30, 2011
Happiness is an emotion about what life gives you; joy is deeper, for it comes from a......
Pitre Responds to Reviewers Questions
Elizabeth Scalia | February 25, 2011
Closing our discussion on "Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist", Brant Pitre......
Longing for Baseball in the Deep Mid-Winter Hush
Elizabeth Scalia | February 15, 2011
The snow is beautiful, but enough! Bring on the boys of summer!...
Cravings and Christ: A Chat with author Mary DeTurris...
Elizabeth Scalia | January 02, 2013
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Mariette in Ecstasy and the Longing for Language
Elizabeth Scalia | November 17, 2010
I know what I comprehended, but it was something of such a different order. My attempts......
Funereal Pomp: Liturgy or Idolatry?
Elizabeth Scalia | April 07, 2011
The April 8 anniversary of the funeral of Pope John Paul II recalls a question asked of......
Stephen Fry's Cruel God, Job, and the Cross of Jesus
Elizabeth Scalia | February 23, 2015
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The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: An Interview with...
Elizabeth Scalia | February 15, 2011
Our 21st-century understanding of Jesus' words and teachings is greatly enhanced when......
Catholicism contains fractious multitudes, and always has. Being mindful of the dangers......
Why I Remain a Catholic
Elizabeth Scalia | September 20, 2010
When have darkness and light been anything but co-existent? How do we recognize either......
Flash Pictures of Christ
Elizabeth Scalia | December 19, 2010
In each of those snowflakes, I see the cross, the spear tip, the pillar, the stone, the......
Witness and Willingness: The Roman Collar
Elizabeth Scalia | March 29, 2011
Wearing a Roman collar can bring about a "martyrdom of mockery," but when priests forego......
"Are we speaking to the culture in such a way that our message is rendered......
Sister Juliet: Love Amidst the Clutter
Elizabeth Scalia | November 20, 2014
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Repetitious Prayer: The Crying out of Flesh and God
Elizabeth Scalia | January 05, 2011
Sometimes the things you've done a thousand times can bring new results; the prayers......
The Evidence of Their Grounding: When Kids Wander from...
Elizabeth Scalia | October 08, 2010
The illusions of life will soon enough be tempered . . . then, perhaps, the familiar,......
A Via Dolorosa Not to Be Missed
Elizabeth Scalia | July 19, 2010
On dignity, suffering, and the terrible beauty of a long goodbye....
The Clampdown: Shirley Sherrod & Ken Howell
Elizabeth Scalia | July 28, 2010
Are the firings of Shirley Sherrod and Professor Ken Howell portending a troubling......
The Reality of Pope Benedict
Elizabeth Scalia | July 14, 2010
Though the press has softened its tone on this "interim pope," we will undoubtedly......
Catholicism Faces a Heavy Future, Full of Light
Elizabeth Scalia | July 15, 2015
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Cheating the Habit of Being: The Habit of Witness
Elizabeth Scalia | January 09, 2011
Habits remind the community of faith, and everyone else as well, that we are all called......
The Ash Wednesday Sermon I Would Give
Elizabeth Scalia | March 08, 2011
"Moonstruck" gives us a fine introduction to the business of Ash Wednesday....
An artist discusses the inspiration for a new children's book based on Pope Benedict's......
Unwrap a Post-Christmas Silence
Elizabeth Scalia | December 26, 2011
We have allowed silence to become a gift forgotten. In the post-Christmas week, try to......
By no means a solution to all that ails the Church, Brandon Vogt nevertheless sees in......
What I Saw from the Rope Lines at Hillary's FIRST...
Elizabeth Scalia | April 13, 2015
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King, Bridegroom, Self-Immolating Lover
Elizabeth Scalia | December 02, 2010
Let us draw near to Him . . . Let us slouch toward Bethlehem, carrying the poor gifts of......
Strange Gods: Read an Excerpt
Elizabeth Scalia | May 16, 2013
"It is not a bad thing to want to be loved. Even a certain amount of ego and pride is......
The Eternal Shrug of Rome
Elizabeth Scalia | January 19, 2011
Rome watches history, makes history, shrugs at history because Rome lives surrounded by......
God Bless the Child
Elizabeth Scalia | January 28, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI observes that everyone must hear the words "it is good that you exist"......
The Soft Tyranny of Sentimentalism
Elizabeth Scalia | August 21, 2011
The Sentimentalist trades the clarity of ideas for the feeling that he (as opposed to......
A Flame Moving Easy in Harness: Chatting with Heather...
Elizabeth Scalia | September 05, 2011
Once the harness is in place you find it is guiding you where you wanted to go, all......
"Calvary" and a Portrait of a Real Priest
Elizabeth Scalia | September 11, 2014
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"The Avengers" and Friedrich Nietzsche
Elizabeth Scalia | May 05, 2015
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The Great Secret: With God "Nothing" Is Not Possible
Elizabeth Scalia | December 07, 2010
In every assent we utter, every stitch we knit, every empty bowl we fill, every lonely......
Wonder Leads to Knowing
Elizabeth Scalia | August 23, 2010
A return to seriousness and an appreciation of what came before could help strengthen......
As Lent Begins: The Tumbledown Love
Elizabeth Scalia | March 09, 2011
The Love of Christ is so strong that the merest glimpse of it changes everything, and......