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. Luke

St. Luke is the writer of one of the gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. He is called the Evangelist because of his writing and how he helped to spread the Good News of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. His carefully detailed writings give us the only clear record of what happened after Jesus ascended to heaven.

Ponder and Pray:
• Read and reflect on Luke 11:1-4
• Place yourself in the scripture story that St. Luke wrote. Imagine learning the Our Father prayer from Jesus himself.
• Who taught you the Our Father? Have you taught someone the Our Father?

Discussion/Activities with Children
• Can you tell me one line of the prayer of Jesus, that the disciple shared with St. Luke?
• Practice the signing of the Our Father – youtube.com/watch?v=MD1bFkIoFN8
Here is a Link to another version with English Subtitles. youtube.com/watch?v=SUH7CiyXaBA
• Learn more about St. Luke at: teachingcatholickids.com/st-luke-the-evangelist/