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DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of February 5, 2017


Page 1

1.         What is the ‘executive order’ to which Bishop Donald J. Hying is referring in his statement this week?

2.         What is a refugee?

3.         Read Matthew 2:13. Why were Mary, Joseph and Jesus fleeing their homeland?

4.         Would we consider the Holy Family refugees today? Why?

5.         What are some of the reasons people might want to seek shelter in the U.S.?

6.         Talk about what Cardinal Blasé Cupich meant when he said, “If we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life…”



Page 1

1.         What does it mean to be ‘pro-life?’

2.         What is abortion and why, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, is it a sin?

3.         According to the president of the March for Life, how many babies have been lost to abortion over the years?

4.         What did the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton do?

5.         One woman is quoted as saying that the march was not a protest but rather “it’s more of a celebration.” What do you think she meant?



Page 8

1.         Where is Kenya? Find it on a map or globe in your classroom.

2.         Why did Tina Hodges climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?

3.         What work does CARITAS for Children do?

4.         What does this story tell us about Mercy Ngetich? How did the women in this story help her?

5.         In gratitude, what was Sister Lucy’s response to their generosity?

6.         What have you learned about the Kenyan culture from this story?



Page 12

1.         Read Matthew 5:13.

2.         What purpose does salt serve?

3.         How can too much salt hurt us?

4.         So what do you think Jesus meant when he said, ‘You are the salt of the earth?’

5.         In the ancient world, what was salt associated with?

6.         According to Father Scalf, how can anyone participate in the healing power of Jesus?

7.         What are the three-fold challenges Father Scalf gives us?



Page 13

1.         What does it mean to envelop something? (Think of an envelope.)

2.         The 14th century author mentioned writes, ‘No one can fully comprehend the uncreated God with his knowledge; but each one, in a different way, can grasp him fully through love.’ Break that sentence apart and discuss what it means.

3.         Do you think God wants to know you better? How would you go about making sure God ‘knows’ you?

4.         When you go to heaven, why would you want to make sure God knows you fully?

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