Chosen Discussion Questions



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Chosen Discussion Questions

Lesson 1:



  1. What struck you from the video?

  2. After the first segment, you had a chance to write down five personal goals, things most important to you. What did you write as a personal goal?

  3. How would you answer the question, “Why are you here?”

  4. What is one big question you hope to get an answer to this year?

  5. What do you think the title Chosen has to do with Confirmation?

Lesson 2:

Segment 1:



  1. What struck you from the video?

  2. What did you want to be as you were growing up? Has it changed?

Segment 2:

  1. Is there a difference between being rich and famous and being happy? Why do you think wealth and fame do not necessarily lead to happiness (and sometimes even seem to destroy it)?

  2. What are some characteristics that make people famous today that you do not admire?

Segment 3: Are We on Our Own?

  1. Do you know anyone who seems to be a happy person? What do you think makes them that way?

  2. Who is someone (in your life, in the world, or from history) that you admire? What do you find most admirable about that person?

Lesson 3:

Segment 1:



  1. What is your favorite movie? What makes the story good?

  2. Pretend I have never heard of Christianity. Can you sum up the “story line” or at least share what you know of the history of Christianity?

Segment 2:

  1. Although Eve and Mary are both pivotal women in salvation history, there are very different in the way they trusted in God. Can you talk about those differences and how each woman strikes you?

  2. What does it mean to you to hear the phrase, “God is love”? Did it mean something different to you when you were younger?

Segment 3:

  1. What are some things that make salvation history a good story? What elements of the plot are engaging, redeeming, heroic, inspiring, or hopeful?

  2. How does the story of salvation history impact the story of your own life?

  3. Share something about your favorite saint.

Lesson 4:

Segment 1:



  1. Can you think of a time when God revealed himself to you? Maybe it was in prayer or through another person or an event.

  2. Pretend you are talking to a nonbeliever. What “proofs” of God’s existence can you share?

Segment 2:

  1. How often do you read the Bible? What stops you from reading it more often?

  2. Share your favorite story or verse from the Bible and the reason you like it.

Segment 3:

  1. Do you know anyone who does not believe in God? Why do you think he or she does not believe in God?

  2. Do you ever find it hard to trust God or to remember that he loves you no matter what? If so, what have you done- or what could you do in the future- to work through this problem?

Lesson 5:

Segment 1:



  1. What words best describe the roles Jesus plays in your life? Can you give examples of how each role has played out for you?

  2. Try to explain in your own words how Jesus is God and not just a prophet or a wise man.

Segment 2:

  1. Who would you die for right now, if anyone? Why?

  2. Try to explain in your own words how Jesus is God and not just a prophet or a wise man.

Segment 3:

  1. Explain why God became human and came into the world. Assume the person you are speaking to knows nothing about God or Jesus.

  2. What are some ways we can respond to God’s love in our daily lives?

Lesson 6:

Segment 1:



  1. What does the term “cradle Catholic” mean to you?

  2. Do you know anyone who was not born Catholic, but converted into the Church? Why do you think he or she converted? What are some other reasons people might want to become Catholic?

Segment 2:

  1. If you started a club or a company, what are some reasons it would be important to establish an organized, visible, and structured leadership?

  2. What are some roles you have in the Church that priests do not have? What are some other things you can do to serve God and the Church?

Segment 3:

  1. What are some ways the Church makes Jesus Christ and his saving work a visible reality in the world today?

  2. How would you respond to someone who questions the Church’s holiness?

Lesson 7:

Segment 1:



  1. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would be the first thing on your “to-do” list? What other things would be on the list?

  2. Have you ever experienced the death of a friend or family member? What about the experience made the strongest impression on you? Did it make you think about what happens after death?

Segment 2:

  1. How would you answer someone who asks why a loving God would allow people to go to hell?

  2. What do you imagine heaven to be like? What types of experiences here on earth do you think most closely resemble what you will experience in heaven?

Segment 3:

  1. How is purgatory a sign of God’s mercy?

  2. How does believing in (and wanting to get to) heaven make a difference in how you live your life, here and now?

Lesson 8:

Segment 1:



  1. Pretend I have never heard of grace. Tell me what it is in your own words.

  2. What does it mean when we read in the “Opening Prayer” that Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost?” Can you think of a time you experienced this in your own life or heard about it in someone else’s?

Segment 2:

  1. Why do people need the sacraments? Why do you think God gave them to us?

  2. Why do you think God entrusted the sacraments to the Catholic Church?

Segment 3:

  1. How do the sacraments help you fulfill your purpose in life?

  2. Why do you think it is important to take advantage of the grace Jesus offers in the sacraments? What can happen if we do not?

Lesson 9:

Segment 1:



  1. What is the difference between thinking of yourself as an heir- that is, as a son or daughter of God- versus as a “subject” or “member” of a kingdom?

  2. What are some ways that people hurt others when exercising their free will in a selfish manner?

Segment 2:

  1. What does Baptism do for us?

  2. Matthew 28:19 says, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” What does this teach us about Baptism?

Segment 3:

  1. What are some symbols used in Baptism?

  2. What do these symbols mean?

  3. What can you do this week to live more fully and publicly as a child of God?

Lesson 10:

Segment 1:



  1. Do you think God intends for his rules to oppress us or to give us a freer, fuller life? How so?

  2. Name the Ten Commandments and what each one means to you.

Segment 2:

  1. Father Schmitz says no sins are private. What do you think he means?

  2. What does the following passage teach us about Confession?

Segment 3:

  1. How do you feel going into Confession? How do you feel leaving?

  2. What are some reasons God gives us the Sacrament of Reconciliation, instead of having us say “sorry” in a purely private way?

  3. How can we get ready to go to Confession, especially if we have not gone in a while?

Lesson 11:

Segment 1:



  1. Have you ever known someone who experienced great suffering? What about you?

  2. Is it possible for God’s gift of free will to cause suffering? How?

  3. Have you ever experienced suffering bringing out the best in someone else or in you?

Segment 2:

  1. As Fr. Toups says, we often are tempted to avoid suffering, but what are some ways we can allow God into our suffering?

  2. How does the cross of Christ change the meaning of suffering?

  3. What are some ways we can put ourselves into a position to be found by God?

  4. Can you think of a saint who suffered?

Segment 3:

  1. Have you ever known someone who received the Anointing of the Sick? Or, have you been present for an anointing? Share your experience.

  2. What would be some examples of appropriate times to call a priest for the Anointing of the Sick?

  3. Even without a physical healing, what are some ways the Anointing of the Sick may help someone who is in danger of despair or is losing hope due to their illness?

Lesson 12:

Segment 1:



  1. What are some images (or “symbols”) traditionally related to the Holy Spirit? What do they teach us about him?

  2. Deacon Burke-Sivers says the Holy Spirit can come in powerful or subtle ways. What are some of the quiet ways we can experience him in our lives?

Segment 2:

  1. What are some ways that you think the Holy Spirit “animates” the Church?

  2. How does the Holy Spirit act as our “map”? What are some ways we can “access” that map?

  3. What is one thing you can do to open your heart more fully to the grace of the Holy Spirit every day?

Segment 3:

  1. Which Person of the Blessed Trinity do you find it easiest to talk to?

  2. When might you choose to pray directly to the Holy Spirit?

Lesson 13:

Segment 1:



  1. What was the most exciting gift you ever received?

  2. What was the most helpful gift you ever received? How was it helpful to you?

Segment 2:

  1. What are the seven Isaiahan Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and what are some examples of how they help us in our daily lives?

  2. What are some of the gifts you see play out in your life, and how can you make better use of them?

Segment 3:

  1. Have you selected a Confirmation saint name? How did that saint show the fruits, gifts, and charisms of the Holy Spirit in his or her life?

  2. Name the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Give some examples of how they play out in everyday life.

  3. Have you selected a Confirmation saint name? How did that saint show the fruits, gifts, and charisms of the Holy Spirit in his or her life?

Lesson 14:

Segment 1:



  1. Confirmation “gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the Faith by word and action” (CCC 1303) and has traditionally been associated with becoming a soldier for Christ?

  2. Where do you see a spiritual battle going on in the world, and what is your role in it?

Segment 2:

  1. What does the Sacrament of Confirmation do for you?

  2. Confirmation is “the sacrament of Christian maturity.” What does it mean to be spiritually mature?

Segment 3:

  1. What are the symbols used in the Sacrament of Confirmation, and what do they mean?

  2. Why do you want to be confirmed? Why do you think you are ready?

Lesson 15:

Segment 1:



  1. Do you think it is important to go to Mass every week? Why or why not?

  2. Can you describe what happens during the Eucharistic Prayers?

  3. Do you think that sometimes we “miss” the whole point of Mass and that is why so many people fail to make it a priority?

Segment 2:

  1. Why would Jesus give himself to us in the Eucharist? What does he expect from us?

  2. Besides the Eucharist, where else do we encounter God at the Mass?

Segment 3:

  1. What does it mean that we are invited to “full, conscious and active” participation in the Mass? What can you do to come to Mass better prepared to pray and participate?

  2. Adoration is one way to grow closer to Jesus and prepare our hearts to receive him at Mass. Have you ever been to Adoration? Describe your experience.

Lesson 16:

Segment 1:



  1. Do you know of a married couple with the kind of marriage you would like to have some day?

  2. What did you think about the idea of a groom wearing black to represent “dying to self”? What does “sacrificial love” in marriage mean to you?

Segment 2:

  1. Why do you think it is important that marriage is permanent, that it binds a husband and wife together for life?

  2. Do you know anyone who has received an annulment? What is the difference between an annulment and a divorce?

Segment 3:

  1. In light of love being free, total, faithful, and fruitful, what are some ways you can start to love your future spouse now?

  2. What qualities would you look for in a potential spouse?

  3. Why is it important to make God part of any dating relationship? How can you do this?

Lesson 17:

Segment 1:



  1. Do you know any priests, deacons, or religious personally? What are some ways they have helped you or others you know?

  2. How are priests different from other Catholics? In what ways are they the same?

  3. What could you do for the world as a priest or religious sister that you could not do as a married person?

Segment 2:

  1. How can you offer your support to our priests and religious?

  2. How is a priest like a “spiritual father” and a religious sister like a “spiritual mother”?

  3. What do you think your parents and friends would say if you told them you were considering becoming a priest or religious sister?

Segment 3:

  1. Have you ever asked God to reveal to you his plans for your life? What is one way to find out if God wants you to serve him in a particular way?

  2. What are some things you can do to help discern your vocation to marriage, Holy Orders, or religious life?

Lesson 18:

Segment 1:



  1. When and where do you like to pray?

  2. Share a time you experienced God while praying.

  3. If a friend asked you how to pray, what would you say?

Segment 2:

  1. What are some different kinds of prayer?

  2. Father Toups says, “Prayer is responding to and relating to God.” What does this mean to you?

  3. We often forget to listen to God when we pray. One way to listen is to read and reflect on Scripture. How is praying with Scripture different from studying it as we would do in a theology class?

Segment 3:

  1. Was there ever a time when you found it difficult to pray? What, if anything, did you do about it?

  2. Are you willing to make a commitment to deepening your prayer life? If so, be specific. When will you pray? Challenge yourself, but set realistic goals.

Lesson 19:

Segment 1:



  1. What are some ways you can pray for others and ask others to pray for you?

  2. If you could talk to a saint in heaven, what would you ask him or her to pray for?

  3. What drew you to the saint whose name you have chosen for Confirmation? Which of his or her qualities would you like to imitate?

Segment 2:

  1. In what ways can the dogma of the Immaculate Conception be understood in light of our need to build a “Culture of Life”?

  2. How would you respond to someone who says that Jesus had brothers and that Mary was not a perpetual virgin?

Segment 3:

  1. Describe your relationship with Mary. When and how do you like to pray for her (or ask her to pray for you)?

  2. How can devotion to Mary and the saints help you develop and strengthen your relationship with God?

  3. What are some ways that you can begin now to develop a lifelong relationship with Mary and the saints?

Lesson 20:

Segment 1:



  1. Which Beatitude resonates most with you? Which one do you need to work on the most? What can you do to work on it?

  2. What does being holy have to do with being happy? How can living the Beatitudes make us happier and more peaceful?

Segment 2:

  1. What are some ways you can help the poor in your community?

  2. Name some things that are important in life that people do not pay enough attention to.

  3. What distracts or keeps us from paying attention to the important things in life?

Segment 3:

  1. What is the difference between being a “big deal” in the world and being truly “great”?

  2. What can you do to focus more on the things that will matter forever?

Lesson 21:

Segment 1:



  1. How does the world define “freedom”, and how does that wrong definition actually enslave people?

  2. What are some things you can do to “strengthen your spiritual muscles?”

Segment 2:

  1. What are the cardinal virtues, and which one do you think you need most in your life right now?

  2. Why do you think love is considered “the greatest of all the virtues”?

  3. What is the difference between the human virtues and the theological virtues?

Segment 3:

  1. How can the practice of virtue make someone more attractive to others and more successful in life?

  2. Vices can seem like “fun,” temporarily. However, in the long run, such behaviors make people very unattractive and unpleasant to be around. Why is that?

  3. How do we grow in a virtue? Why is it important to develop virtuous habits, instead of just avoiding vice?

  4. What are some ways we can help each other to grow in virtue?

Lesson 22:

Segment 1:



  1. How is chastity a “positive” virtue (something to do, rather than to avoid)?

  2. What is the difference between love and lust?

Segment 2:

  1. What are some ways that sexual impurity destroys relationships and hurts people?

  2. Do you think living a chaste life is possible? If there are so many benefits to living a chaste life, why do you think we seldom, if ever, hear this message?

Segment 3:

  1. What practical things can you do to live out the love God is calling you to in purity?

  2. In the Beatitudes, Jesus said that purity of heart was necessary to see God. What does this mean to you?

Lesson 23:

Segment 1:



  1. How have you grown spiritually during this time of Confirmation preparation?

  2. In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about “the least” and says that the way we treat them I the way we treat him. Who are some of “the least” among us today? The weak, small, vulnerable, forgotten, or unprotected?

Segment 2:

  1. What are some ways you can be Christ in your world?

  2. Why do you think people are so hesitant to talk about their faith? Why is it easy to talk openly about other relationships, but not our relationship with God?

Segment 3:

  1. Chris talked about getting out of our comfort zones. What does he mean, and how can we do that?

  2. In what ways will Confirmation empower and oblige us to spread the kingdom of God in word and action?

Lesson 24:

Segment 1:



  1. Christ says we must “desire greatness.” We sometimes think of a desire as a feeling that is beyond our control, but this is not true. In what ways can we foster a healthy desire for greatness?

  2. We should seek out and surround ourselves with people who will help us to grow in our faith. What are some ways that we can help each other?

Segment 2:

  1. What does that last quote from the video mean to you?

  2. Share a bit about your Confirmation name and why you chose this particular saint.

  3. Why did you choose your sponsor?

  4. What do you hope to gain from your Confirmation?

  5. What will you do in the brief time ahead to prepare your heart for Confirmation?


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