Inspirational Videos

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Reflection for the Feast of Saint Francis developed by the Catholic Health Association

 

 

Climate Change

Published on Jun 17, 2016

What is Climate Justice? Learn how climate change is affecting our world, our home, and what we can do to change it.  As we celebrate the one year anniversary of Pope Francis Encyclical (Laudato Si:  Caring for our Common Home) perhaps we can reflect on what God might be calling us to do to care for creation.

Korean War Chaplain remembered

Korean War Chaplain, Fr. Kapaun, remembered with great respect and love. This YouTube shows us the power of one person to give strength to many others. When the story of human history comes to a close, death and violence don’t get the final word. The love of God does. That love, burning bright in the heart of Fr. Emil Kapaun in the darkness of a POW camp in the Korean war, made him a hero.

Korean singer’s rags to riches success

This young man from Korea was placed in an orphanage at the age of three and ran away at age 5 because he was abused.  He lived on the street but always found that music lifts him up.  Still homeless, he came to the “Korea has talent” competition and shocked them all with the strength of his voice.  I think you will be touched by his story and his music.

 

Centering Prayer with Father Thomas Keating

This brief “How To” introduction to Centering Prayer is by Fr. Thomas Keating. For more info and resources on this prayer practice, check out Contemplative Outreach at http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org. (If you wish to comment, please try to be tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven you. – LW)

 

Reluctant Saint:  Francis of Assisi

For those who know nothing about the life and ministry of Francis of Assisi, this is an excellent place to start. The documentary spans his initial encounter with Christ all the way to his death, in just under an hour. Indeed, it is a sketch with some nice insights provided by various commentators. I’m not partial to reenactments, and there are plenty here. I prefer seeing the places themselves, as well as the art of the time. As the documentary creators are only imagining what the visuals, I would prefer to be allowed to do the same; dramatizing these events without the depth that can occur in a film risks deflating the impact of the moment. This does happen here…I found myself looking away and listening to the words and enjoyed it much better. But there are beautiful countrysides, and plenty of other visuals which work quite well. In the end, this is a pleasant way to get an introduction to the work of Francis, and hopefully a desire to learn much more.”  (Benedicite Parcite Nobis (Arr. S. Bergeron)” by Nef, La)

 

Pope Francis’ Prayer for our Earth from Laudato Si.

Here is YouTube Clip which is a a prayer adapted from Pope Francis encyclical Laudato Si.
Adaptation and music by Hazzan Steve Klaper & Br. Al Mascia, OFM
Song and Spirit Institute for Peace, Berkley, MI • SongandSpirit.org

Published on Jun 28, 2015

 

A Healing Garden in New York

Terry Hershey talks about the green house at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitative Medicine and how it is used as a place to further the healing process for patients after surgery. He joins patients as they create their own small flower gardens.

 

Van Morrison:  A Sense of Wonder (Lyrics on screen)

This is the title track from “A Sense of Wonder”, the fifteenth studio album by Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison & released in 1985. The author of the video (Sandy Buyak) envisioned herself walking along a forest path and remembering various events in her life, both big and small.  She tried her best to convey the images in Van’s fantastic lyrics. II think it is a very inspiring video.

Gratitude

This is the same clip I posted last Thanksgiving but it’s still the best one I’ve seen — Enjoy it!  This inspirational video is from a TED conferences and was developed by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg. Spoken word and music montage created and composed by Gary Malkin. Narration written and spoken by Brother David Steindl-Rast. Give it some time to load up on your computer

 

Grateful:  A Love Song To The World

Published on Nov 26, 2013

Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that “gratefulness” is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero, once said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” This soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives

 

 

Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

This was published on Apr 9, 2014

We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate

Celebrate What’s Right With the World

Dewitt Jones made this film to help folks approach life with confidence, grace and celebration.  When you need to remind yourself of beauty this is the film to see.  This is a 7 minute clip but the full 20 minute film is well worth your energy and is available by clicking the line at the top of this film from trainingabc.com and on the left side of the page click over PREVIEW the full length video.

 

 The Power of Love — A Father and Son Team

This is a story about Patrick Henry Hughes who was born without eyes (eventually fitted with artificial eyes) and with limbs that are malformed or stunted in growth but he has an incredible musical talent and with the legs and strength of his Dad even became a part of the Louisville Marching Band.  You will be touched and your problems will seem so small when you see this video.

 

 

Reflective mantra of the Prayer of St. Francis

This is a You Tube Meditation with Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace by Kurt Van Sickle, Angel Paintings and Nature Photography by Harmony.  It is entitled Celestial Vision.  I think you might find it quite calming and inspirational.  It lasts about eight minutes and has a slow start but it is beautiful and very gentle.  It is like a mantra.

 

Landfill Harmonics

Don’t miss this You tube clip it will open your heart space like nothing you can imagine..  The human spirit is utterly amazing.   I’ve heard the phrase when life gives you lemons make lemonade but “when life gives you garbage make a cello that is pretty amazing.   The cello in this clip is not made of  spruce and maple, but it is crafted from an old oil can, a beef tenderizing tool, and a discarded pasta making device—all of it scavenged from the landfill that surrounds his home in Paraguay.  Juan Manuel Chavez is the cellist in the clip.  Move over Yo Yo Ma; you can’t top this.

The idea for the orchestra first came about after Chávez brought a youth orchestra from the neighboring town of Carapeguá to perform in Cateura. The Cateura kids wanted to learn, too, but as Chávez points out in the teaser, “A community like Cateura is not a place to have a violin. In fact, a violin is worth more than a house here.”  So he and local garbage picker Nicolás Gómez began experimenting with instruments they constructed from trash: Tin water pipes, buttons, bottle caps, and spoon and fork handles make up the body and keys of the saxophones. Oil or paint cans and recycled wood are used for the string section.

Beyond the music, Landfill Harmonic has an obvious environmental message. Some 2,500 families live in Cateura, it is “the final dumping site for more than 1,500 tons of solid waste each day.”   It makes our recycling actions look impoverished.  What these kids are showing us is that you shouldn’t throw away your things or people just because of the way that they look.   This video teaches us that  not everything is disposable.

A movie is being made of this experience.  Visit them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/landfillharmonicmovie

 

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