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Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Question - Chapter 2 

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/15/20

Here Sherry highlights the importance of having a relationship with Christ and, thus, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, which she offers as a kind of counterpoint to the "Cultural Catholicism" that she outlined in the first Chapter. 

She states that this relationship involves three spiritual Journeys. The ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Question - Chapter 1 

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/15/20

Sherry's Weddell's first chapter main point regarding the alarming trends in the reduced number of Catholics that no longer practice their faith: 

"If this trend does not change, in ten years it will cease to matter that we have a priest shortage. The Builders will be largely gone, the ... Read More »

Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 1st Questions for Careful Reading

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 3/30/20

Chapter 20 is composed of two sections (20:1-18 and 20:19-29). What is the climax of each section?

Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 2nd Questions for Careful Reading

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 3/30/20

Compare Jesus burial clothes (20:5-7) to Lazarus (11:44). What are the differences? What might be the significance of these differences? (More than one explanation is possible) 

Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 3rd Questions for Careful Reading

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 3/30/20

Compare Mary's tears for Jesus outside his tomb with Jesus tears for Lazarus (11:35). How are they similar? How are they different?

Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 4th Questions for Careful Reading

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 3/30/20

Throughout the Gospel Jesus has spoken of God as his Father but not as the disciple's Father. Against this background, what is the significance of verse 17? (Take a look also at 1:12)

Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 5th Questions for Careful Reading

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 3/30/20

How much impact does Mary’s report (20:18) have on the disciples?

Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 6th Questions for Careful Reading

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 3/30/20

Was Thomas’s skepticism (20:25) well-founded? Why or why not?

Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 1st Questions for Application

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 3/30/20

Which person in this reading do you identify with the most? Why?

Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 2nd Questions for Application

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 3/30/20

What would Jesus “Peace be with you” (20 :19) have meant to his disciples at that moment? What do his words mean for you today?