How can you, as a parent or a child, be more present and less distracted during the time you spend with your parents or children?
What can you do to create more time for being together?
In what ways has the Holy Spirit strengthened or comforted you in times of difficulty?
How do you feel the Spirit calling you to share the message of God’s love with others?
In your own experiences of loss, what gave you a sense of comfort or reassurance?
Why is your faith important to you? Think about what events or situations in your life prompted you to value your faith as you do.
Have you ever shared your faith story with your son/daughter?
What scripture readings, activities, prayers or devotions renew your sense of joy about your faith?
How can you include these in your daily or weekly routine to keep your joyfulness fresh?
Talk about how your faith and your prayer life have sustained you through difficult times.
Sister Ann asks us to follow Peter, John and Mary Magdalene as they react to the events of Jesus’ Passion and resurrection. Take time to write down your own thoughts and offer them as a prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus’ gift of himself for you.
Have you ever felt your prayers were not answered? Did you try to surrender your will to God, rather than giving up hope?
How can you express the reasons you love your faith to your children? In what ways can you affirm your children’s commitment to their faith?
Sr. Ann suggests making only one or two sacrifices during Lent. What sacrifice will you choose this Lent? What can you do to help you stay true to your penance throughout the Lenten season?
As we read in this column, a healthy ordering of our priorities is God, family and then work. With technology making it easier to communicate regarding work at all hours of the day, how well are you doing at prioritizing? Is God first in your life? Does family come before work?
Although the child in this scenario is only 4 years old, bullying can happen at all ages, even with adults. Reflect on Romans 12:17-21 to learn what St. Paul says about how to conquer evil.
Discuss ways in which estranged family members might approach one another in a spirit of reconciliation and peace, especially during the Christmas season.
What are some ways we can help young adults, or even aging parents, with transitions in life, such as getting that first job, moving to a new location or moving out of the house they have always known? Reflect on Joshua 1:9
What are some ways you can guide young people to use their strengths in their education and career choices while at the same time allowing them to discern their own path?
Can you describe a time when you experienced God’s merciful action in your life? Have you approached Jesus with hope for healing and asked for his mercy, like the leper and the centurion?
How do you keep God in your daily life? Do you carve out time for him despite the busyness of your schedule?
What interests or strengths do you observe in your children?
In what ways can you affirm your daughter’s/son’s strengths, especially those qualities that reflect Christian kindness and charity?
In the Know with Fr. Joe
Do your attitudes about others ever contribute to tension or division?
When can you include prayer in your day to become “more loving, more helpful, more understanding and more forgiving” – to become the saint you are called to be?
What actions can you take to demonstrate to your children the importance of faith in your life?
In the Know with Fr. Joe
Fr. Joe lists several ways in which we can act as witnesses to Christ. What are some other ways you can be a Christian witness in your daily life?
How do you share (in words) about your relationship with Jesus Christ?