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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St. Gianna

Saint Gianna Molla (1922 – 1962) was an Italian Roman Catholic mother and doctor. Her courageous actions to save her child’s life was inspired by her deep faith. Let’s meet St. Gianna and learn how the sacrament of the Eucharist gave her strength.

Ponder and Pray:
• We all face difficult times in our lives like sickness and loss. What can we learn from St. Gianna about these times?
• Pray St. Gianna’s prayer: saintgianna.org/main.htm

Discussion/Activities with Children
• How did St. Gianna show her love for God and her love for her unborn baby?
• Are there times you need to be brave and is there a prayer you say to help you at these times?
• Read more about St. Gianna on this web page: mycatholickids.com/saint-gianna-beretta-molla-a-heroic-mother/