Q: I have a job where I'm exposed to much sadness. While I was at Mass recently, I started to wonder if the prayers I say each day really do any good.
Q: I notice that organized religion is aimed at families and married couples. I'm in my 50s and have had several serious relationships but they've all fallen apart before marriage.
Q: I'm facing a challenging situation with my brother and some of his choices. A: My go-to distress prayer is a verse from Psalm 130:1-2: "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
Q: My stepdaughter has been in and out of trouble for13 years. She's bounced from one man to another and is now on her second marriage to a single man who's been in trouble half his life. She seems to need us only when she's low on money.
Q: My sister has been suffering from GBS for 11 years. A: I've watched many people die. I've been with many dying people like your sister, dear G. They're ready to die, but they're not ready to die today.
Q: I just read your column about the 5th Commandment and it helped me to calm down. My 86-year-old mother was widowed last year. My husband and I are Mother's only advocates. The hurt is sometimes unbearable.