A few years ago, the National Catholic Office for the Deaf (ncod.org/), produced a video series for those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, Strengthened in Faith: Confirmation, which included the stories of the saints told by Deaf performers, voiced and captioned so all can learn from these stories. These stories are wonderful ways for adults and young people to learn and be inspired by the lives of the saints. We are making them available now on line during this time of “at home” learning and working.

The first video is Jesus teaching the Beatitudes, which are the model for living as the saints lived. Then there are 17 stories of saints who are: men and woman, young and old, from different countries, modern day saints and saints from of old. Each has a “charism” or special way of following the Beatitudes, Jesus’ teaching, that is a gift to us today in our times. The last two videos are the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. These are a vital reminder of how we can live the Beatitudes in our time and especially during this time of uncertainty.

After watching each video there are suggestions to help teens and adults to ponder and pray. There are also a listing of discussions and activities for children. *****Scroll down to see all 20 video selections.*****

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Jesus / Beatitudes

Jesus gave us the beatitudes to show us how to live in a way that we could be happy. Jesus' teaching of the beatitudes is another way we can learn to follow Jesus and become saints.

Ponder and Pray:
• Is there one of the beatitudes I need to make part of my life in these days?
• Is there a beatitude that is hard for me to live? Why?

Discussion/ Activities with Children:
• What makes you feel happy?
• Can you name some of the ways Jesus said we can be happy?
• Draw a picture of someone doing something that reminds you of a beatitude.