Question: I've been reading The God Squad column since I was a teenager and enjoy your perspective on life and spirituality.
I'm a 25-year-old woman and have been in a committed relationship for 18 months. Things are going very well between us, and we've begun spending more time with each others' families. We have a very comfortable relationship; he makes me smile and laugh, and he is a gentleman. I truly love him and have started to think about marriage and kids.
There's just one problem that's causing a deep hurt and confusion in my heart: I was raised Catholic, but my fiancé is an atheist. My heart tells me that as long as two people love each other, they can overcome anything. However, my head tells me that our differing views may lead to significant issues down the road if we do marry and have children.