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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Maria de la Luz Camacho

Maria de Luz Camacho was born in Mexico in 1907 and died in 1934 as a martyr. During her life, she was devoted to helping the poor and teaching religion to children and adults. She is an example of loving God with all her heart and loving others as herself.

Ponder and Pray:
• What lesson can you learn from Maria De Luz Camacho’s life?
• Are there times you have to sacrifice to live out your faith?
• Read more about her life: circles-wijngaardsinstitute.org/tm.aspx?m=17098&mpage=27

Discussion/Activities with Children
• What did you learn about the life of Maria de Luz Camacho?
• Why do you think Maria was so brave?
• Draw a picture of Maria de Luz Camacho.