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Discussion Guide for March Issue

Work Life

  1. Have you ever been at meetings like this? Do you agree with Jim’s advice?
  2. Would you want to implement this in your home life as well?

Marriage Matters

  1. Ryan thinks Cathy has “let herself go” and Cathy thinks Ryan needs to deal with the fact of aging. Have you and your spouse dealt with this issue?
  2. What do you do to keep affection in your marriage?
  3. Can you share one tip for something you do to let your spouse know that you love him/her?

Conflict Resolution        

  1. What would you do if a relative stole from you?
  2. What if it were your child?
  3. How do you forgive someone  you can no longer trust?

In the Know with Father Joe

  1. What do you think is appropriate dress for Mass?
  2. How do you deal with distracting clothing on the people around you – while remembering to be charitable?
  3. How does our outward appearance reflect our inward disposition to Mass?

Spiritual Fitness

  1. Do you ever pray the Stations of the Cross?
  2. Have you prayed Pope John Paul II’s version?
  3. How has this devotion affected your prayer life?
  4. Are you praying this or a different devotion for Lent?

Theology 101

  1. Single-parent families are a sad reality of life. The Church says that “people need to be accepted in the concrete circumstances of life” – how do we show that acceptance as a parish? As individuals?
  2. What are some ways we could support single parents we know?

From the Bishop

  1. How much did you know about Humanae Vitae before you read Bishop Boyea’s column?
  2. Have you read the document?
  3. What impact do these teachings have on your life?

Profile of a Disciple

  1. What do you do to ‘stand up’ for your faith?
  2. Do you ever talk to family, friends, or coworkers about your faith? What ideas do you have for how to open those conversations?

Cover Story

  1. Have you ever felt as hopeless as Jessie? What turned life around for you?
  2. When you are in moments of despair, like Jessie, how do you see God?
  3. Does this story prompt you to take some action in your life? What?

Fedewa siblings feature and Saint of the Month

  1. Do any of your siblings have the same life work as you do?
  2. What do you think prompts multiple vocations in families like the Fedewas or in Saints Gregory and Basil?
  3. How would you feel if one or more of your children had a vocation to religious life?
  4. Have you ever discussed religious vocations as a life possibility with your children?

Votapek feature

  1. Ralph and Tina use their musical gifts to serve God and others – what are your talents? How could you use them in some way to be a disciple for the Lord?