Q: What's your opinion about recent statements by Pope Francis imploring married couples to have children or they will be bitter and lonely in old age?
Q: I'm an avid reader and fan of your column and follow it in our local paper, the Patriot-News. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, and still feel strongly connected to that belief system, which is why I haven't converted to Catholicism.
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.