Try to explain in your own words how Jesus is God and not just a prophet or a wise man.
Explain why God became human and came into the world. Assume the person you are speaking to knows nothing about God or Jesus.
What are some ways we can respond to God’s love in our daily lives?
What does the term “cradle Catholic” mean to you?
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?
If you started a club or a company, what are some reasons it would be important to establish an organized, visible, and structured leadership?
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?
What are some ways the Church makes Jesus Christ and his saving work a visible reality in the world today?
How would you respond to someone who questions the Church’s holiness?
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?
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?
How would you answer someone who asks why a loving God would allow people to go to hell?
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?
How is purgatory a sign of God’s mercy?
How does believing in (and wanting to get to) heaven make a difference in how you live your life, here and now?
Pretend I have never heard of grace. Tell me what it is in your own words.
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?
Why do people need the sacraments? Why do you think God gave them to us?
Why do you think God entrusted the sacraments to the Catholic Church?
How do the sacraments help you fulfill your purpose in life?
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?
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?
What are some ways that people hurt others when exercising their free will in a selfish manner?
What does Baptism do for us?
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?
What are some symbols used in Baptism?
What do these symbols mean?
What can you do this week to live more fully and publicly as a child of God?
If a friend asked you how to pray, what would you say?
What are some different kinds of prayer?
Father Toups says, “Prayer is responding to and relating to God.” What does this mean to you?
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?
Was there ever a time when you found it difficult to pray? What, if anything, did you do about it?
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.
What are some ways you can pray for others and ask others to pray for you?
If you could talk to a saint in heaven, what would you ask him or her to pray for?
What drew you to the saint whose name you have chosen for Confirmation? Which of his or her qualities would you like to imitate?
In what ways can the dogma of the Immaculate Conception be understood in light of our need to build a “Culture of Life”?
How would you respond to someone who says that Jesus had brothers and that Mary was not a perpetual virgin?
Describe your relationship with Mary. When and how do you like to pray for her (or ask her to pray for you)?
How can devotion to Mary and the saints help you develop and strengthen your relationship with God?
What are some ways that you can begin now to develop a lifelong relationship with Mary and the saints?
Which Beatitude resonates most with you? Which one do you need to work on the most? What can you do to work on it?
What does being holy have to do with being happy? How can living the Beatitudes make us happier and more peaceful?
What are some ways you can help the poor in your community?
Name some things that are important in life that people do not pay enough attention to.
What distracts or keeps us from paying attention to the important things in life?
What is the difference between being a “big deal” in the world and being truly “great”?
What can you do to focus more on the things that will matter forever?
How does the world define “freedom”, and how does that wrong definition actually enslave people?
What are some things you can do to “strengthen your spiritual muscles?”
What are the cardinal virtues, and which one do you think you need most in your life right now?
Why do you think love is considered “the greatest of all the virtues”?
What is the difference between the human virtues and the theological virtues?
How can the practice of virtue make someone more attractive to others and more successful in life?
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?
How do we grow in a virtue? Why is it important to develop virtuous habits, instead of just avoiding vice?
What are some ways we can help each other to grow in virtue?
How is chastity a “positive” virtue (something to do, rather than to avoid)?
What is the difference between love and lust?
What are some ways that sexual impurity destroys relationships and hurts people?
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?
What practical things can you do to live out the love God is calling you to in purity?
In the Beatitudes, Jesus said that purity of heart was necessary to see God. What does this mean to you?
How have you grown spiritually during this time of Confirmation preparation?
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?
What are some ways you can be Christ in your world?
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?
Chris talked about getting out of our comfort zones. What does he mean, and how can we do that?
In what ways will Confirmation empower and oblige us to spread the kingdom of God in word and action?
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?
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?
What does that last quote from the video mean to you?
Share a bit about your Confirmation name and why you chose this particular saint.
Why did you choose your sponsor?
What do you hope to gain from your Confirmation?
What will you do in the brief time ahead to prepare your heart for Confirmation?