Discussion Guide for June

Special Report: Amoris Laetitia

How does Pope Francis’ exhortation to care for the spirituality of the family change your perspective on family life?

What are some ways you find joy in loving those around you, particularly your family?

Cover Story - Finding purpose, one stitch at a time 

What are some ways you can reach out to those in need, as Olivia’s friend from church did for her?

What are some ways you can fuse your passion with your purpose, outside of employment?

Discussion Guide for May

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  1. If we view our challenges as blessings, how might that change how we interact with others and participate in our faith?
  2. Have personal trials ever strengthened your own faith?
  3. Since moving to Lansing, Kinh has been greatly involved with his parish. What are ways you can share your faith in your parish community through service or leadership?

Feature (‘Her Brother’s Keeper’)

  1. What are some ways you can serve your neighbors who you may not know well? Read Deut.16:17 and Gal.6:2.

Discussion Guide for April

Theology 101

Discuss a time when you have experienced God’s mercy through someone else’s actions.

How can you apply Father Howard’s four steps toward mercy to specific daily actions?

Cover (Dr. Hanna-Attisha)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are ethically obliged to speak up for someone whose voice is not being heard?

Has there been a time in your life when your faith has sustained you and kept you going in a situation that seemed hopeless?

Discussion Guide for March

Theology 101

  1. God’s unconditional love for us caused him to sacrifice his only son for our salvation. What are some ways we can sacrifice out of love for God?
  2. What are some practical ways you can turn love into action at home? Are there different ways you can show Christ’s love at work or school?
  3. Are there any people or situations where you have encountered God’s love in the world today?

Feature (Kathy Ferguson)

    Discussion Guide for December

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    1. The story of Bhim Dahal and his family bring to mind Matthew 25:35 in which Jesus says that those who will sit at his Father’s right hand will be those who followed his precept, “I was a stranger and you invited me in.” How can we help the strangers in our midst?
    2. Who are the strangers among us? Do they have to be refugees? Can they be the new neighbor next door? Or the elderly person down the block who lives alone? Or the new student who has less-than-perfect English skills?

    Feature on Jay Montgomery visiting the pope

      Discussion Guide for November

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      1. Andrea talks about the “angels” God has put in her life and how they have helped her. Can you identify people in your life who have been there for you and helped you see Jesus working in your life?

      2. How does Jesus teach us to treat the “others” around us such as seasonal farm workers or those who do not speak our language well? (Lk 6:31)


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