DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of March 8, 2015


Page 1

1.  Do you believe good outweighs evil in our world today? Why?

2.  If we believe in a loving and all-powerful God, what responsibility do the good people in the world to stand up and denounce that which is bad?

3.  What does it mean when we say these militants claim to follow a radical interpretation of Islam?

4.  If this is what they truly believe, what does it say about the God they profess to follow?

5.  Do you believe this increasing violence and terrorism against innocent people is the problem of one country only? Discuss.



Page 2

1.  Discuss the purpose of the sacrament of reconciliation.

2.  When we admit to our sins, we confess them to a priest but to whom are we really confessing them?

3.  By recognizing our own sinfulness, who does this help us do battle against evil?

4.  What is an examination of conscience?

5.  Pope Francis is quoted as saying, “Whoever says he is without sin is a liar or is blind.” Discuss.



Page 3

1.  Read the first two paragraphs of this story relating an experience of Bishop Hying and discuss how and why we are all equal in the sight of God.

2.  When the bishop spoke of the social implications of Christianity, what did he mean?

3.  In what ways does the Catholic Church show its concern for the people of the world?

4.  When Bishop Hying states that in the 19th century, the Church moved beyond charity to issues of justice, what did he mean?

5.  In small groups, choose one of the seven principle of Catholic social teaching and discuss how we, as a Church, might support that teaching.



Page 10

1.  Why was the death of Father Theodore Hesburgh so notable?

2.  Talk about some of the ways Father Hesburgh not only served Notre Dame but the world as well.

3.  Once again, we read a story that speaks of someone of the Catholic faith becoming actively involved in social issues. What does this tell you about the important connection between our faith and the world around us?

4.  What kind of man do you believe Father Hesburgh will be long remembered as?



Page 13

1.  Describe how it feels to thirst?

2.  As a class, read the entire passage of the woman at the well. (John 4:5-42)

3.  Looking at the life this woman has led, what do you think she has really been thirsting for?

4.  Have you ever felt that thirst – that longing deep inside of you – that you couldn’t identify? Talk about it.

5.  Recognizing the inner longing is a thirst for God starts a journey toward greater relationship with God. How are you growing in your relationship with God this Lent?       

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