Rebecca Ryskind Teti

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Rebecca Ryskind Teti

Rebecca Ryskind Teti lives in Hyattsville, MD with her husband, four kids and a misbehaving beagle. She is Director of Women’s Programs at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center, a frequent speaker on prayer, spirituality and the intersection of faith and culture, and web editor for

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Two Surprising Facts About Soon-to-be Beatified Archbishop Romero

The news this week that Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing slain El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr for the faith has raised hopes that he will soon be beatified. The Archbisho... More


Patti Smith at the Vatican – A Thrill of Hope

A few of my friends on social media have groused this Advent about punk rock pioneer Patti Smith’s being invited to sing at the Vatican for Christmas. I can understand why they think it’s not fit... More


I’ll Never Do “Black Friday” Again

I've never understood the appeal of shopping the day after Thanksgiving. It's not the crass commercialization of Christmas that bothers me. After a long period of the convert's pecksniffery about ... More


What I Saw at the “In Defense of Christians” Summit

An important effort to defend persecuted Christians in Iraq and elsewhere has been tainted by accusations of Antisemitism against some high level participants.  I think that’s unfair – above all ... More


The Bible on Buzzfeed

Which click-bait Facebook quiz are you?  If you’re like me, you’re long since burnt out on teaser headlines that don’t deliver on what they promise. I’ve learned to scroll right past most qui... More


Four Words We’re Using Nobody Understands

A dozen years ago I was giving a talk on sexual purity to couples in a marriage preparation program. I could tell by their semi-hostile fidgeting I was losing them so though I was a bit afraid of what... More


Should Ryan Anderson Be Allowed to Vote?

Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation just had a bracing Twitter debate about marriage and civility with Josh Barro, a reporter for the New York Times.  You can read the entire exchange for yourse... More


Talk about an entitlement mentality

You know who had the best commentary on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case? Comedian Louis C.K. back in 2009. I assume the comic would take the Planned Parenthood side of the dispute if he were di... More


The Pope Is Right About Inequality

You know what you never hear anyone say anymore? “It’s a free country.” Some of us may still oppose specific Progressive policies such as abortion on demand or gender-free marriage, bu... More


The solution to clericalism is not simply to have more laity involved inside the Church walls

If you want to know how difficult it is for one man, even a pope, to change an entrenched mentality, take a look at how well-meaning Catholics can completely miss what the Pope is trying to tell us. ... More



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