Bullying in the Information Age

Bullying in the Information Age

Dear Maria, I’m wondering if you have suggestions for helping your teenager handle online harassment from peers. My high school-aged kid has a former friend who regularly posts things about her on various social media sites. Sometimes it’s direct, using my teen’s...
Mary, the Ultimate Anti-Diva

Mary, the Ultimate Anti-Diva

Mary, Jesus’ mother and I, we kinda have this thing. I was born on one of her feast days, and my parents named me “Maria Regina.” Over the years, I’ve come to know and appreciate Mary as an intercessor, as a friend, and as a fellow mom. There’s a gospel passage in...
Take My Place, Please!

Take My Place, Please!

Dear Maria, I’ve been a volunteer at our church and kids’ grade school for nearly 20 years. I’ve held bake sales, led scout troops, and now I’m chairing the fall festival. My husband coaches the soccer team. Come spring, our youngest will graduate and go on to high...
High School Stole My Son

High School Stole My Son

Dear Maria, My son just started high school and he’s busier than ever. His social life has really picked up. He was always kind of quiet and shy before. I guess now that he’s with more kids in a bigger school and doing more activities, he’s coming out of his shell at...
In a Fall Funk

In a Fall Funk

Dear Maria, I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day weekend! Where did the summer go? I’m looking ahead to a busy fall, and Christmas will be here before I know it. I used to love this time of year, but these days I start crying just thinking about all the work I have...