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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Oct 28, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at

Some years ago, I became aware that a colleague, who was working under my supervision, was going through a fairly serious psychological crisis. I asked a friendly psychiatrist for advice on how I could handle the situation, and his reasonable advice has stayed with me.

Be kind, the counselor encouraged me. Be sympathetic. Spend some time with your colleague; listen to him. Try to accommodate his needs, as you would be patient with someone suffering from a physical illness, and act on the assumption that he will recover (which proved true in this case). Be patient. …