DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of February 22, 2015


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1.  Talk about some examples of people choosing to do evil over good. Include some examples from your age group.

2.  Why do you think some seem to get pleasure out of the act of destroying?

3.  How can feelings of jealousy, envy and greed lead one on a path of destruction?

4.  Do you think God ever regrets creating human beings? Why/why not?

5.  In the end, who is there to guide us and save us from our bad decisions?

6.  As a Lenten practice, notice someone doing “good” and make a point to congratulate him/her.


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1.  What is the Rice Bowl program? Who does it benefit?

2.  Is this something you, as a young person, could participate in? How?

3.  As a class assignment, go to the Rice Bowl website and pull an item of interest to share with your class.

4.  Father Thomas McQuaid, speaker for this meeting, noted that most of the people in the world live on $1 a day. Think about your own family. How hard would this be?

5.  Discuss the possibility of sponsoring a Rice Bowl as a class this Lent.



Page 3

1.  What is payday lending? How does it work?

2.  If you were to borrow $100 and the interest rate was 400, what would you end up paying?

3.  How does this practice affect the working poor? What is the danger?

4.  What does the Catholic Church teach about this kind of exploitation?

5.  Do you think payday lending should be legal? Why/why not?



Page 8

1.  What is the debate on vaccines?

2.  What health emergency has brought this to the public’s attention once again?

3.  Morally, what is the common good?

4.  The article reports that even if we don’t see cases of a particular disease, such as measles, the virus still exists in the world. Does this make you think differently about the use of vaccines? Discuss.

5.  Do you think all children who attend school should be required to be vaccinated? Why/why not?



Page 10

1.  What are some of the challenges of committing yourself to marriage for a lifetime?

2.  Does loving someone mean you will never have an argument or disagreement? Discuss.

3.  In what ways does marriage call for ‘lots of patience’ and love?

4.  What role does maturity play in this lifetime commitment?

5.  Father Berchmans encourage couples to develop shared meaning. What were his suggestions?

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