Monday, June 11, 2018

Is it a sin to gossip if you're telling the truth?




My latest at Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.

Is it a sin to gossip if the story’s true? That’s not breaking the Eighth Commandment, is it? The one that forbids bearing false witness against your neighbor?
False witness, bad. OK. But true story … well. Hmm. This seems to have some possibilities.
Perhaps the snag is the word “gossip.” So let’s say “share.” Is it a sin to share if the story is true? Not to sound all “piousy” here, but as Catholics aren’t we called to share the truth?
Wait! Could this mean gossiping … uh … sharing the truth is the right thing to do? Dare we even call it holy!...

More here.

Just keep writing. (Use fictional people with fictional scandals. In other words, write your novel.)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sometimes God really does give you more than you can handle



My latest at Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.

An excerpt focusing on not helping others:
Coupled with this, making it even easier to zip along on our merry way — as if we needed to make it easier for ourselves — is another far-less-than-helpful catchphrase: “pull yourself up by your bootstraps."
Never mind that it’s unclear where that little chestnut originated or how one is supposed to pull oneself up by bootstraps, those leather loops on the backs or sides of some boots.
Instead, consider this: Did you ties your shoes today? (Now, now, no smart-alecky remarks about how you’re wearing slip-ons. What are you, a middle schooler?) 
Yes, you tied your shoes. And how did you learn to do that? Someone taught you. Patiently, probably. That someone didn’t look down on you (literally as well as figuratively) and say: “God never gives you more than you can handle. Have a nice day!”
 And one more:
The crosses we or others have to bear are meant to be shared. The God of love doesn’t want any of us to have to go it alone.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Types A and B: He created them




My latest at Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, with the subhead: Advice for married couples with opposite personality types.

And includes a sidebar that points out:
"It’s good to keep in mind that what makes your family of origin colorfully eccentric, unique and original can seem to your spouse to be further proof that it’s ... well ... just plain weird. 
"And both of you are right."
(And features a l-e-e-e-e-e-e-tle bit about playing Michigan Rummy with... well, let's not name names.)