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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Mother Mary Lange

Mary Lange, O.S.P. (1784-1882), was an African-American religious sister who was the foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, a religious congregation established to allow African-American women to enter religious life in the Catholic Church. A great example of letting the Holy Spirit act in one’s life is Mother Mary Lange. To understand how to be a witness to faith, let’s meet a student of Mother Mary Lange.

Ponder and Pray:
• In what ways did Mother Lang shoe the fruits of the Holy Spirit in her life?
• Are there aspects of Mother Lang’s life that are important for us to model in today's world?

Discussion/Activities with Children
• Tell me about the life and accomplishments of Mother Lang?
• Watch Hidden Figuras: youtube.com/watch?v=mDWbHs4twS4
• Make a picture storybook of Mother Lang’s life.