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DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of 11-17-13

Page 1
1. The opening sentence of this article states, "God's hands are never used for violence." Talk about this.
2. What does this say about the place of violence in our own lives?
3. In what ways is it a loving act on the part of parents to scold their children? Does this mean they don't love us or that they love us very much?
4. How does it make you feel to know that God is someone we can always trust?
5. When we realize that God always "walks with us," how does it become easier to do the right thing at all times?


Page 3
1. According to estimates, how many people might have lost their lives in Typhoon Haipan?
2. The pope made an initial donation on behalf of the Catholic Church to support relief funds. For what was this donation earmarked?
3. Talk about how overwhelming this kind of disaster must people for the people of the Philippines.
4. According to Caritas and Catholic Relief Services, what are the most urgent priorities in this country right now?
5. What one thing can every Christian do right now to support these people?


Page 5
1. What special event will Bishop Dale J. Melczek be attending in the coming days?
2. Where will the closing Mass for NCYC be held?
3. Why is it important for young people to have an opportunity to celebrate their faith with others their own age?
4. It's often been said that youth are the future of our Church. Discuss.
5. What kind of program for youth does your parish sponsor?
6. Do you belong to a youth program? Why/why not?
7. What kind of social and spiritual activities would you like to see in a parish program for youth?

Page 6
1. According to this story, who, of note, was recently beatified? Toward what is beatification the first step?
2. How did Blessed Mother Theresia Bonzel exemplify love of neighbor?
3. What order of women religious did Mother Theresia found?
4. What is the mission of her order?
5. What is the local connection to Blessed Mother Theresia?


Page 8
1. What is the context of St. Paul's "Walk to Bethlehem?"
2. What is the mission of this unique ministry?
3. According to the walkers, what do most do while walking or exercising?
4. How can exercise be tied to spiritual well-being as well as physical?
5. Is this a project your class might undertake? Discuss.

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