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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Spiritual Works Of Mercy

To follow Jesus means that we try to live the works of mercy just like the saints. With the help of Catholic teens, let's learn about the spiritual works of mercy.

Ponder and Pray:
• Which spiritual work of mercy do I practice often?
• Can I plan ways that I can begin to practice other spiritual works of mercy?

Discussion/Activities with Children
• Name three of the spiritual works of mercy.
• Can you do one spiritual work of mercy this week?
• On strips of paper, write a short prayer for people you want to remember in prayer. Place them in a bowl or basket and use them to pray before dinner or before you go to bed.