What can I say?

What can I say?

Dear Maria, A family in our church just had a murder/suicide. I am in shock. I can only imagine what that family is going through. I am friends with the parents of the woman who died, and I don’t know what to do. What do I say at a time like this? Signed, No...
Baseball Buddha

Baseball Buddha

To field a ground ball must be considered a generous act… This bit of wisdom, gleaned from baseball, is from Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, a novel which features a ballplayer’s bible by the same name. The main character, Henry Skrimshander, is a college...
The Age Old Lie

The Age Old Lie

Dear Maria, I just found out that a family friend has been lying to us about his age. During a visit home, a mutual friend told me that she suspects that he is older than he appears. (I think she has a thing for him, too.)  I was at his apartment, and looked in his...
Should a Catholic help Transgender Children?

Should a Catholic help Transgender Children?

Dear Maria, I volunteer, along with my husband, during a monthly support group. The children ages 5 to 12 stay with us and have a pizza party and we have an activity every month. The parents go to a support group for their transgender children. Some of my friends...
Mama Ain’t Into Tats

Mama Ain’t Into Tats

Dear Maria, Ugh! My daughter just got a tattoo. Throughout her teens, she talked about wanting to get a tattoo, and I never gave her permission. Now that she’s of age, she’s gone and done it. I can’t say that I’m happy about it! Tattoos always meant criminal or low...