Discussion Guide for March 2017


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?

Spiritual Fitness

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?

Discussion Guide for January/February 2017

Marriage Matters

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?

Parenting journey

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.

Discussion Guide December 2016

Marriage Matters

Discuss ways in which estranged family members might approach one another in a spirit of reconciliation and peace, especially during the Christmas season.

Parenting Journey

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

Discussion Guide for November

Parenting Journey

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?

Theology 101

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?

Spiritual Fitness

How do you keep God in your daily life? Do you carve out time for him despite the busyness of your schedule?

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 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

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?


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