“I once made an insensitive comment at work that hurt a colleague, who comes from a different ethnic background. How can I start over after such a mishap? Should I address it directly?” A. L.
Ethics in action
“What can you do about difficult family relationships that cause hurt in you and other family members? Is it always necessary to maintain these relationships?” C. E.
“Should you give to charities that help the poor, or does it keep people from taking their situation in hand and changing their life?” M.Y.
“How can you explain the value of life to someone who doesn’t believe in God?” A. R.
“I was greatly wronged by a close friend. Why do I have to try to forgive?” S. L.
“A lot of people love their pets very much, and St. Francis saw God in every creature. However, for some people these pets end up as a child substitute, and people spend a lot of money for them. How should our relationship with animals be?” – A.F.
“How important is it to always tell the truth? Sometimes a small lie helps people feel better. For example, if someone asks you if you like their new haircut and you really find it ugly — what do you do? Tell the hard truth, or something diplomatic?” G. F.
“How do you live the tension between honoring your parents and finding your own way in life, which might go against their advice?” F. M.
“A lot of people claim that religious conflicts are responsible for wars and terrorism. Can any violence in the name of faith be legitimate? Even the crusaders killed in the name of religion…” J. G.