From Catherine Cavanagh, “Hospitality and Hope: Reflections of a High School Chaplain” in Visions and Vocations:
I have lost count of how often in my fifteen years as chaplain a student has sat before me and said: “How do I tell my parents … that I’m gay … that I’m pregnant … that I’m failing … that I’m suspended.” In that moment, the only response is presence. I do not know that it will be okay if they tell their parents. I do not know how difficult their journey will be. I do not care if they are in any way to blame for their situation. I can only assure them that I will be with them, and that God is always with them.