uncleeddy:

Dear Marge,

Well, now that you have decided once and for all that you’ll be going on to business school, the time has come to choose for yourself a patron. Today’s saint is the logical choice, since the Church has named her the official patron of businesswomen. Knowing her story may make you…

uncleeddy:

Dear Bert,

You are, sadly, falling prey to the most voracious devourer of future saints, that spiritual plague known by the experts as vanity, or “human respect.” I can see so clearly from your notes that your major concern this year has changed; instead of striving with all your heart to discern…

uncleeddy:

Dear Jake,

I commend your responsibility. Of all my nephews, you will be the least likely to find yourself at the end of your senior year (just eight months away now) not knowing your next step in life. Your foresight and prudence are praiseworthy. But as you sift through your job offers and…

uncleeddy:

Dear Kasi,

I always think of you on today’s Feast. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s your mother’s fault. We are only distant cousins (so your calling me “uncle” is a bit rhetorical), but we used to spend a lot of time together at a common relative’s farm during the summer. Those were enjoyable…

uncleeddy:

Dear Nathan,

I am not your grandmother, so I will not tolerate your whimpering. You are a junior now. You have had two years of college to whine and simper. Now you have to start taking a stand. Your fellow Compass members need you to. It would be a different story if you were at some insulated,…

uncleeddy:

Dear Heidi,

I have always been able to speak plainly to you. I will not stop doing so now. Your last note was utterly illogical, sacrilegious, and, well, foolish. I am sure it was written in a moment of thoughtless rebellion spurred on by your ultra-popular and charismatic women’s studies…

uncleeddy:

Dear Daniela,

I commend you for your efforts to find the shortest route to holiness and happiness. Would that my other nieces and nephews made such a priority switch! But I have to chide you a bit anyway. As I have often said, the fastest route to inner strength, peace, and beauty is also the…

uncleeddy:

Dear Angie,

I am afraid I don’t have much time to write, but I wanted to assure you of my continued prayers for your special intention. Fear not, God would never put in your heart such a deep desire to give your life to his service just to frustrate you. Maybe today’s saint can serve as an…

uncleeddy:

Dear Stacy,

To be honest, even though they pain you, I can’t say I regret the difficulties you are currently facing. The way you react to mockery and adversity is a great thermometer of your love for Christ. You remember how he reacted, don’t you? With humility, with meekness, staying focused on…

uncleeddy:

Dear April,

I know how difficult it must be for someone like yourself to still be wondering what you will be doing after graduation. I also know that if I tell you it’s only October and you have plenty of time to work things out, it won’t reassure you in the least. So I won’t waste bytes with…