Ever since Pope Francis announced that a Jubilee Year of Mercy would begin in December 2015, voices in the Church have been following the Pope’s call to spread the message of mercy to all people. There are excellent video resources available to inspire and educate us, and many of them are free. Here’s a sampling.
1. Ascension Presents An Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
This series of four short videos (less than ten minutes each) is available here. Each video features a different popular Catholic speaker. My favorite is this one with Fr. Mike Schmitz, explaining what a jubilee year is and why it’s so important.
2. Catholic Conference 4 Moms Faces of Mercy
This online conference features more than 20 prerecorded presentations on the topic of mercy. Each presentation is about 20 minutes long. The conference will begin February 20, but individuals and parishes can register now. This trailer explains more about the conference.
My husband Manuel P. Santos M.D. and I will talk about Mercy in Marriage. Here’s a sneak peek at our presentation, where we talk about grudges.
3. The Wild Goose by Fr. Dave Pivonka
The mercy of God flows through the work of the Holy Spirit, and so we’re fortunate to have a new series of fourteen videos on the Holy Spirit, whom the Celts analogized to a wild goose because of the Spirit’s vast potential to surprise us. The videos last between twenty and thirty minutes and are available online for free. Only seven out of the fourteen have been completed so far. The first video was filmed against the stunning backdrop of Niagara Falls where we can “literally hear the love of God being poured forth into our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
4. Allegri’s Miserere Mei Deus
Music inspires me more than anything else, so these recommendations would be incomplete without a music video. I leave you with this astonishingly beautiful performance of Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere Mei Deus (transl.: “Have mercy on me, O God”) by King’s College Choir of Cambridge, England. You can hear the angels start to sing shortly after the one and a half minute mark. Enjoy!
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