October 2010 Study Guide

Pope Quotes

Being highly skilled in some activity or profession is good, but it will not satisfy us unless we aim for something greater still. It might make us famous, but it will not make us happy.
–Pope Benedict XVI to young people in England, Sept 17, 2010

True happiness is to be found in God. […] Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts.”
–Pope Benedict XVI, Sept 17, 2010

God wants your friendship. And once you enter into friendship with God, everything in your life begins to change. As you come to know him better, you find you want to reflect something of his infinite goodness in your own life.”
–Pope Benedict XVI, Sept 17, 2010

Dear athletes, you are models for your peers, and your example can be crucial to them in building their future positively. So be champions in sports and in life!”
–Pope Benedict XVI, August 5, 2009

Bible Blurbs

“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Hebrew 12: 5-6, Proverbs 3: 11-12

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope”
1 Peter 3: 15

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear”
1 John 4: 18

“For whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.”
1 John 5: 4

Challenge Activity

Choose some way you are going to witness to your faith in a more active way over the next month, and follow through on it. It could be simply wearing a crucifix and trying to be a kinder person to others. It could be inviting some of your friends to Mass or to a youth group. It could be starting your own prayer group at school or at a friend’s house. It could be getting involved in a pro-life activity. But choose something and do it.

Debate

Most Christians only do good when things are easy. When things get tough they tend to give up just like anyone else. (Debate this statement) Is being a courageous and coherent Christian any more difficult than it was, say, fifty years ago, twenty years ago?

Discussion Questions

1. Do you think Christian athletes can handle defeat and success in sports better than those who do not have a strong faith? Why or why not?
2. Do you think that those who thank God for their success in sports or other things are hypocrites or showoffs? Why or why not?
3. Is there any passage of the Bible that helped you through a tough time?
4. Do you ever read the Bible? Talk about a couple of passages that are your favorites.
5. Sam Bradford says he likes to read the story of David and Goliath before each game, because being a quarterback in college and professional football can be a bit scary at times (Eleven huge guys trying to “kill” you every play). Do you have any favorite passage or passages in the Bible?

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