Mother of all Stereotypes

Mother of all Stereotypes

Dear Maria, My mother-in-law is the quintessential thorn in my side. She says awful things about people she doesn’t know, based on her naivety, judgmental heart, and sometimes based on her racist beliefs. It is beyond difficult to see her, to do anything with her, to...
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...
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...