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.*****

Historias de santosen lenguaje de señas – haga clic: 
vimeopro.com/cancanpro/saint-stories-spanish

Dorothy Day

Sometimes we think that saints only lived hundreds of years ago. Dorothy Day did not die that long ago. She died in 1980 at the age 83. The Church has named her a Servant of God, a step in the process of being recognized as a saint. Dorothy Day as a saint would be a big surprise to the people who knew her before her conversion to Catholicism and acceptance of God's love and saving grace.

Ponder and Pray:
• How can Dorothy Day be an example for us today?
• Dorothy looked to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus for inspiration and guidance. Is there a saint that helps you in your spiritual life?

Discussion/Activities with Children
• Were you surprised by anything in Dorothy Day’s life?
• How did Dorothy Day help people?
• Dorothy said: “People say, "What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.” What do you think that means?