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DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of March 1, 2015

RITE of ELECTION

Page 1

1.  What defines a ‘catechumen?’

2.  What sacraments will catechumens receive, usually at the Easter Vigil?

3.  After this Rite of Election, what are catechumens now called?

4.  According to Bishop Donald J. Hying, what do the sacraments of initiation allow us to do?

5.  If you were not already a Catholic, what would draw you to the Catholic Church?

 

MARTHA and MARY

Page 9

1.  Read Luke 10:38-42 aloud in class.

2.  Do you think Martha had a legitimate grip? Why/why not?

3.  Why do you think Jesus told Martha that ‘Mary has chosen what is better?’

4.  After reading this article, discuss what you think it means to ‘find Mary time in our Martha worlds.’

5.  Do you make time for prayer during your own busy days? Discuss.

6.  One participant noted she needs quiet time to discern what God is calling her to do. Do you allow yourself time for God to speak to you? How might you do a better job of this?

 

PAX CHRISTI

Page 11

1.  Pax Christi means the peace of Christ. Discuss how that is relevant to this   story.

2.  Why do you think it’s important to start early and make all our children peacemakers?

3.  If we were able to do this, what do you think the results would be?

4.  What do you believe contributes to violence in our world today, especially among our youth?

5.  How does this program seek to remedy that?

6.  In your opinion, what are some of the traits that go into a ‘good human being?’

 

SUFFERING

Page 15

1.  Discuss some of the ways people genuinely suffer in the world today.

2.  Read the story of Abraham and Isaac referenced in this column.

     Genesis 2:2-18

3.  How hard do you think it was for Abraham to be willing to sacrifice his son in order to do God’s will God? Talk about it.

4.  While we don’t understand why suffering exists in this world, does God want to hear from us when we suffer?

5.  No one ever needs to suffer alone. Why?

 

STUDIOUSNESS

Page 16

1.  What successes has this young man experienced in his short life?

2.  Fifteen to twenty years from now, what would you like to have accomplished and what kind of person would you like to be to feel successful at that point in your life?

3.  Speaking of one of the activities in which Zabrecky is active, he notes, ‘We all are encouraged to help each other…’ How does this fit into the life of a good Christian?

4.  The story states that athletics can bring out the best and the worst in people. Discuss.

5.  Who are the role models in your life and what characteristics do they exhibit that are admirable and worthy of emulating?

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