In catechesis, we are always inches away from profound issues. Recently, I was collecting some confirmation assignments when one of my students told me that she hadn’t finished hers because “it was a bad week.” She wanted to know if it would be OK with the DRE if she turned in her material the following week. I urged her to be sure to do so. Several more times, she mentioned that “it was a bad week.” Then, after a brief pause, she elaborated: “My father died last week.” In a flash, we had gone from a confirmation assignment to the loss of a parent. Thankfully, I was able to just pause there and spend some time talking with her as she told me about the experience. Then I invited the rest of the class to join in praying for her, her family, and her deceased father. I am grateful that she felt compelled to talk to me about her dad’s death. I can only hope that she felt responded to in a compassionate manner. For all I know, it may be the only thing she remembers about me when all is said and done.