Read the article ‘The Church's divine comedy’ and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. If you were making a film about the Church, what kind of a film would it be?
2. In what sense is the story of the Church a ‘comedy’?
3. Where does Jesus show mercy in his life?
4. How will people be able to see Jesus’ compassionate face in us?
5. Should we be gloomy about the world?
6. What does Pope Francis mean when he says priests should smell like the sheep?
1. Write a script about our Catholic Church which shows God’s love and compassion for us. What aspect of Church life would be the focus of your script? What difficulties would the characters face? How would God and their faith help them get through difficult times?
When you are finished, you can film or act out your skit for your class.
2. Which of your favourite TV shows, movies or books display the compassion and mercy Christians should show others? How do the characters uphold the love and mercy Jesus calls us to? Create a poster board displaying photos of how this show is like the Church. What can we learn about mercy and compassion from this show?
For younger students
Teachers can read or summarise the article ‘The Church’s divine comedy’ for students. Then as a class, discuss the importance of God's love, compassion and mercy. Teachers can ask students why our faith is important during difficult times.
Students can draw a picture of how God’s love and compassion reaches out and heals those in need.