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DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of January 10, 2016

HOLY DOOR

Page 1

1.       What did Bishop Donald J. Hying do of note in this story?

2.       What, in your opinion, is mercy?

3.       How does God show mercy to us?

4.       How do you show mercy to others?

5.       What does a Holy Door signify?

6.       Pope Francis has proclaimed this to be the Year of Mercy. Review the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and discuss ways you might implement them in your lives.

 

BABY JESUS

Page 3

1.       What can we learn from the baby Jesus?

2.       What does it mean to be humble?

3.       Why is it often hard for people to show humility?

4.       In what ways does Jesus’ presence among us show that we are loved?

5.       According to the pope, how do we embrace true freedom?

 

ST. MATTHIAS

Page 9

1.       What makes St. Matthias stand out from the other apostles?

2.       When was St. Matthias named an apostle and why?

3.       In what manner was he chosen to be an apostle?

4.       What type of death did St. Matthias suffer?

5.       How is this saint special to the Diocese of Gary?

 

MILLENNIALS

Page 13

1.       What is a ‘millennial”?

2.       What concerns to you have being a part of the young Church?

3.       What responsibilities do you shoulder in terms of carrying on the faith to next generations?

4.       In what ways does our society push young people away from the practice of their faith and belief in God?

5.       How important is a life of prayer to the strengthening of one’s faith?

6.       Discuss ways you can strengthen your prayer life.

 

IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE

Page 13

1.       Do you have a Bible in your home?

2.       Why is Scripture call ‘sacred’?

3.       Do you think that at some level, all people feel a need for God in their lives? Why/why not?

4.       Do you ever feel exasperated when your parent(s) push you to go to church regularly? Discuss.

5.       Talk about the ways it is important to worship God at Mass, as well as in private, as part of our daily lives.

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