Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide for October

Parenting Journey

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?

Discussion Guide for September

Parenting Journey

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?

Discussion Guide for July

Parenting Journey

1. What technology-free family activities might you implement to encourage your child to cultivate relationships off the screen?

Work Life

1. What are some ways that you can bring Christ’s presence into your daily tasks at work which might energize you?

In the Know with Father Joe

1. Father Joe says that a priest’s call is considered “God’s call” more than “his call.” In what ways do you see your vocation in life as God’s call rather than your call?

Discussion Guide for May

Cover Story

  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

Cover story

  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

Cover story

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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