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DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of April 30, 2017


Page 1

1.         Within the context of this story, what does it mean to ‘witness’ to the faith?

2.         What various factors caused the martyrdom of these modern-day Christians?

3.         In your own words, retell the story of the Muslim woman that Pope Francis related.

4.         Does one need to be a Christian to be considered a martyr? Why/why not?

5.         Why do you think Christians are the target of so much hatred in the world today?

6.         Martyrs are ordinary people, like you and me, who possess a remarkable faith, belief and love of God. Discuss.



Page 5

1.         What happened on the road to Emmaus?

2.         What are the two ‘liturgies’ of the Mass?

3.         Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, talk about the times when we find ourselves walking away from Jesus.

4.         What, according to Pope Francis, is the meaning of ‘pastoral accompaniment?’

5.         Who are the people who accompany you on this journey of life? Who do you try to accompany?

6.          Bishop Hying states that once we encounter the Risen Christ, we start to move in the right direction, running toward God. Discuss.



Page 11

1.         As human beings, do you think we have a tendency to ‘wallow’ in our troubles? Does this accomplish any good?

2.         Do you ever stop and realize all the good things you encounter each day? Talk about the good you have encountered today.

3.         What have you encountered today that could be considered a gift from God?

4.         Do you think we should also daily take stock of the wrongs we’ve committed that day? Why/why not?

5.         What does it mean to be a light for others?



Page 12

1.         What is the purpose of this summer’s Convocation of Catholic Leaders?

2.         Who will be included in this group?

3.         According to Jonathan Reyes, what unifies all Christians?

4.         What does it mean to have a personal encounter with Jesus?

5.         Talk about the different ways people relate to each other in today’s culture. What are the benefits and what are the downfalls?

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