uncleeddy:

Dear Polly,

I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I much admire your gift of easy and lively conversation, which would be a welcome respite for me, doomed as I am to this inhuman solitary confinement (but as long as God wants me here, here I will gladly stay). I wonder how that gift…

uncleeddy:

Dear Don,

Glad to hear that your “business” is doing so well, you’re a chip off the old entrepreneurial block. Being able to pay your own way through school will free up some of your parents’ funds to help offset the educational costs of your less business-minded siblings. One caveat, though…

uncleeddy:

Dear Marie,

So you won another scholarship. You really are putting together an impressive résumé. I guess congratulations are in order, so, congratulations… I have to admit, however, that I am still a bit concerned. When you were growing up (you probably don’t remember this), you always…

uncleeddy:

Dear Hunny,

I was encouraged to hear about the success of your Apologetics Workshop, but I am seriously concerned about your other news. What good will it be to you or your Lord if you organize and run wonderful, well-attended Catholic events if they lead you into the sins of arrogance and…

uncleeddy:

Dear Lydia,

I just read your essay “Why Life Ought to Be a Vacation.” It really blew me away – into an almost uncontrollable rage, that is. My dear niece, why are you trying to convince yourself that earth should be like heaven? This brief span of years we are given is meant to be an…

uncleeddy:

Dear Marty,

If you really love Jesus Christ, there is something you must do for him every day without fail: pray for his Vicar on earth, the Pope. How casually we modern Catholics view the papacy! Christ’s promise that the papacy will continue to preserve the true faith and surely guide the…

uncleeddy:

Dear Julie,

Thanks for writing back so quickly. I have often wondered which saint you were named after, perhaps it’s today’s, Pope St Julius I. It’s amazing how many of those early Popes were saints. The corruption of a few Renaissance Popes miffs some people, but they are missing the point –…

uncleeddy:

Dear Stacy,

My dearest of nieces, you have no reason to torture yourself so. It’s not an “either/or” proposition – either you speak out against the sinful behavior of your peers or you keep silent – not at all; rather, you both remain silent AND you speak out. First of all, you are right in…

uncleeddy:

Dear Bart,

Never get too comfortable. You are a baptized Christian, a confirmed member of the Catholic Church, armed to do constant battle on behalf of the Church militant until our Lord calls you to receive your reward. Taking only 12 credits this trimester so you can have more time to…

uncleeddy:

Dear Willie,

There is no rule that says every family has to have a “black sheep.” Just because your sister is a nun, your brother is studying for the priesthood, and your dad is the most popular deacon in the diocese doesn’t mean that you have to be mediocre. Of course, your path in life…