Dear June

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  • Dear June, How can I stop office gossip?

    by June O'Connor

    Dear June,I recently began a new administrative job. The people are very nice, but there is an undercurrent of competition and rumor in the office — some is relevant, but some is mere gossip. As director, how do I maintain a friendly, open-door… read more

  • Dear June, What should I do about my restless son?

    by June O'Connor

    Dear June,I read all your advice and opinions in the Catholic Digest. I strongly agree with most of them and now I wonder if you can help me with my very serious problem.My 41-year-old son has been successful as an elementary school teacher. He has loved… read more

  • Dear June, What should I do about my nosy neighbor?

    by June O'Connor

    Dear June,I am a private person with a very “curious” (nosy) neighbor. Without fail, whenever I have a service or repair truck in my driveway, she questions me as to what work I had done. How do I diplomatically, but also firmly, put an end to… read more

  • Dear June, My son won’t talk to me

    by June O'Connor

    Dear JuneI am an 84-year-old woman with six children and five grandchildren. One son died five years ago under suspicious conditions (his car was stolen and a check forged), although the cause of death was never determined. Another son attended the funeral Mass… read more

  • Dear June, Thanksgiving Plans

    by June O'Connor

    My son wants me to come to his home for Thanksgiving (a seven-hour drive), but I prefer to spend it with a widow friend like myself. When I asked if I could invite this friend, my son said no. I do not want to drive alone for seven hours in my 15-year-… read more

  • Dear June, My daughter is angry at me!

    by June O'Connor

    I am very worried about my adult daughter, who seems bitter and depressed. She was successful in high school with good grades and award-winning athletics, but did not get into the college of her choice and reluctantly attended a state campus — … read more

  • Dear June, At 87, how should I plan for the future?

    by June O'Connor

    I am an 87-year-old widow. I live alone, drive my car on local streets, and I am active with many volunteer groups and special-interest women’s clubs. Community is very important to me, and I have many friends. I love my life and I savor my continuing… read more

  • Dear June, My husband is abusive, and I'm losing my faith

    by June O'Connor

    I am losing my faith, feeling lost in my life of nonsense. I want to go forward, but I am always going back. Love for and from my husband has turned to suffering and destruction. I am looking, right now, at the broken mirror on the closet door &mdash… read more

  • Dear June, How can I help my son's troubled wife?

    by June O'Connor

    My husband and I believe our son is being verbally and emotionally abused by his wife of four years. They have two young children. It is very painful to hear the way she speaks to him and what she says, which she does no matter who is nearby. With a … read more

  • Dear June, Taking care of my mother is wearing me out!

    by June O'Connor

    I am a 55-year-old widow, caring for my 85-year-old mother. When my father died, I invited, indeed urged, my mother to move into my home given her increasing physical, financial, and social dependencies. She refused to leave her home and suggested that… read more