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DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of February 14, 2016


Page 1

1.   What are some of the struggles we face when trying to understand the Muslim religion and why?

2.   Misunderstandings and mistrust often come from ignorance on a subject. How does that apply here?  How does that apply in life in general?        

3.   While Muslims are not Christian in their beliefs, what makes them our ‘brothers and sisters?’

4.   What happens when we paint any group with a broad brush? Give some examples and discuss.

5.   Do you know someone of a different faith? How are you alike? Where do you differ?

6.   Why is it so important to world peace that we get along with all peoples and come to have a respect for different beliefs?



Page 3

1.   According to what you read in this article, what is a mission diocese?

2.   Talk about how difficult it must be for one to flee their country, home, school, church, etc. to seek safety?

3.   Now discuss how these people, who have basically left everything behind to find a safe haven in a new country, feel when they find a warm welcome, as they do in the mission dioceses.

4.   Even if someone is from a different country, how does a faith become a tie that connects them to others?

5.   Talk about how the Holy Family can relate to being refugees. (Read Matthew 2:13-15 first.)



Page 7

1.   In your own words, describe what ‘mercy’ means.

2.   What does it mean to have ‘empathy’? Ask your teacher to help you understand the concept.

3.   According to Father Keith McClellan in this article, what does mercy call usto do?

4.   Are you able to talk to God in a personal way, as Father McClellan suggests? Why/why not?

5.   He states: ‘We receive God’s mercy and we need to extend it to others.’ Discuss what this means.

6.   Review that corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Pick one and determine how you might practice it this Lent.



Page 8

1.   What is a relic?

2.   Who was Padre Pio and what made him a saint?

3.   What is ‘stigmata’?

4.   In what ways did Padre Pio win the hearts of the people when he was alive?

5.   ‘Conversion is a process that starts with me.’ Discuss what this means.



Page 12

1.   Think about your own life. When are the times you are most tempted to do something wrong?

2.   Why do you think Satan tempts us so often?

3.   When Jesus was fasting and praying in the desert, what do you think sustained him; filled him in his emptiness?

4.   Talk about some of the things in life that would be tempting to choose over God.

5.   What are some of the ways you can use these forty days of Lent to allow yourself to be filled with God?

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