DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of March 29, 2015


Page 3

1.  In what ways might the poor get overlooked in the midst of government budgets?

2.  Who was our greatest model of how we should attend to the poor among us?

3.  The proposed House budget calls for billions of dollars in cuts for programs that benefit the poor, yet both the House and Senate budgets call for an increase in military spending. What do you think about this?

4.  Do you think we have a moral responsibility to feed the hungry, not only in our country but around the world? Discuss.

5.  Sister Richelle Friedman called the House budget ‘morally bankrupt.’ Talk about what this means.



Page 6

1.  What does TAPT stand for and who are the participants?

2.  In terms of choices young people are faced with each day, Salvador Contreas is quoted as saying, ‘If you wouldn’t do it with Jesus, you shouldn’t do it at all.’ Do you think this is good advice? Why/why not.

3.  As a young person, what are some of the challenges you face when trying to make good choices?

4.  Do you agree that it is often easier to talk things through with your friends? What does this say about the need to choose your friends carefully?

5.  How/where/when do you see the face of Jesus?

6.  What does it mean to ‘be Christ to someone?’



Page 8

1.  What is the ‘Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs?’

2.  What does it mean when we say someplace is sacred?

3.  What other art surrounds the Holy Stairs?

4.  Why was religious art so important to the faithful in the Middle Ages (and before)?

5.  How does religious art help us to enter more deeply in our own prayer?



Page 12

1.  In both the Jewish and Christian tradition, why is forgiveness so important?

2.  In the Our Father, we pray that God forgives us in the same way we forgive others. Talk about what this means in terms of the importance of our own forgiveness.

3.  Does offering forgiveness mean there can be no justice?

4.  In what ways does the act of forgiveness benefit the one forgiving?

5.  Rabbi Sacks said without forgiveness, there is no future; only an endless replaying of the bloodhed that has gone on for centures. Talk about how this relates to the senseless violence we see on our streets, across our nation, and throughout our world today.



Pages 9-11

1.  What does it mean to be consecrated to the religious life? Ask your teacher to explain.

2.  Choose one of the stories on men and women religious and, in small groups, talk about what motivated this person to dedicate his/her life to God in this way?

3.  Name some of the many jobs consecrated religious perform?

4.  Brother Benjamin Basiles sees his role, not as someone to cure all problems, but to just walk the journey with them. Discuss what this means.

5.  Invite a religious brother or sister to come talk to your class about his/her vocation.

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