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. Francis De Sales as told by Martin

St. Francis de Sales (1567 –1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach. St. Francis de Sales is the patron saint of the Deaf. We can learn from Martin who became the friend of this great bishop.

Ponder and Pray:
• Is there something in St. Francis de Sales' life that can help you draw closer in your relationship with the Lord?
• Read and ponder these quotes from St. Francis de Sales:

Discussion/Activities with Children
• Why do you think Martin loved and admired St. Francis de Sales so much?
• Can you explain why St. Francis de Sales is the patron saint of the Deaf?
• Draw a picture of St. Francis with Martin.