Be patient! If you have an older computer or laptop, this page may take longer to load because the video files are large but it will be worth the wait. Look out the window for a bit and enjoy nature or get a cup of tea or coffee and then come back and enjoy the video clips. Don’t try to press links on this page until they’re fully loaded and the PLAY ARROW is visible.
I Dare You To Love
What a wonderful performance by Kelly Clarkson. The message is the core question for each one of us. “Can we dare to love?” That surely is the core of the gospel message and hopefully the core of our livs. She sings it in six languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, German and French. How impressive is that!
Epic Dad Reminds Everyone How Important Teachers are
This is a great YouTube click for all those teachers out there who ever feel unappreciated. It’s especially touching considering all that teachers are going through now with online classes and parents who need to fill in all the blanks. What a wonderful tribute to teachers.
You’ll Never Walk Alone
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, 300 people from 15 different countries came together to participate in a virtual rendition of the beautiful song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. PlArriving home in Iowa, I found comfort in playing the beautiful song from the musical Carousel, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ I embarked on collaborating online. Hopefully, the words, ‘you’ll never walk alone,’ along with the visual of 300 people joining together offers the audience some comfort and peace during this time. – Harrison Sheckler Brooklyn College M.M. ‘2
Your Braver Than You Think
In this episode Christopher Robin asks Pooh “, what if someday there came a tomorrow when we were apart?” Pooh responds: “As long as we’re apart together, we shall certainly be fine.” But then Christopher Robin pushes the envelope a little further and says “If ever there’s a tomorrow when we’re not together, there’s something you must remember….You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Words for us to remember during this time of “sheltering in place”.
Now We Remain by David Haas
The clip of this song is put together beautifully by Aira Lagunzad. It’s a beautiful song of reflection during Holy Week, remembering the passion and death of Jesus. It is powerfully done with the well designed pictures. It takes you to a deeper place in your heart. A place where you can sit and remember all that God has done for us. This lent there is a suffering in the air that connects more deeply with the suffering of Christ. It is a time of compassion and stillness when we can recognize all that we have despite the pain of this time.
It is Well With My Soul
This is a beautiful rendition of this song by the BYU Vocal Choir (a capella). The man who wrote this beautiful song is Horatio Spafford, a lawyer, who lost his son to scarlet fever and eventually his four daughters to a wreck at sea. Only his wife survived the shipwreck; immediately after the shipwreck he sails to meet his wife and writes this song. Through all this travesty Horatio Spafford never lost his love for God and his faith that better days were to come. Amazing human being. The message is strong for each of us during this time of tragedy throughout the world from the coronovirus.
A Strange Way to Save The World
This is a beautiful song and video of 4 Him’s “A Strange Way to Save the World”. It includes lyrics which makes it very nice. The song focuses on Mary and especially Joseph as they journey to the birth of Jesus. It is clearly a Christmas kind of song but it is simple and serene any time of the year reminding us of the depth of God’s love.
The Sky Is Clearing
This is a beautiful poem called Lockdown and written by Brother Richard Hendrick OFM, a Capuchin Franciscan, and put together by this roup. The World is now rebooting for Coronavirus pandemic situation. For these Novel Coronavirus many have diedand yet there are some positive aspectsa – The earth is rebooting, the Sky is clearing. We are learning to co-exist. The pollution is reducing from all over the World. People are practicing hygiene, keep cleaning their surroundings. Let’s continue these good things, let’s give it back to the planet as a fresh start, let’s hope, love and care for each other and for the planet.
Neil Diamond changing words to Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond is doing his part to promote steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – and he found a creative way to do it. Diamond changed the lyrics to his iconic hit “Sweet Caroline” for a musical PSA about the virus. Someone suggested he should have called it Sweet Quarantine. At any rate it is a lovely gesture and made many people smile and probably rock along with him.
A Beautiful Song of Gratitude
A Song about THE POWER OF GRATITUDE from a Judeo-Christian Perspective which appears on the “Words of Life” Album. The chorus is “Oh let my spirit soar in worship to Your Name. My life is not the same by the power of Your Blood. And every moment that I breathe, Your Spirit leads and meets my every need of walking in the Light of You.”
A Senior’s Prayer for Coronavirus
A 98-year-old woman named Shirley Bachelder of Tennessee has written a prayer for those affected byi the Coronavirus and she wanted to share it with everyone, probably so we could pray it as well. This is a time when we realize how dependent we all are on one another. I am grateful to Mrs. Bachelder for her simple and sincere prayer.
With You By My Side by David Haas
This is a beautiful song by David Haas and the slides are developed by Pho123. Together they create a very beautiful and peaceful reflection for this time of year. The song connects us deeply with the God who invites us into trust. It is a prayer and a response to God’s invitation. Enjoy it.
Sister Clare D’Auria OSF Presents Session I, Describing the Moonlit Path
Sister Clare D’Auria OSF Presents Session 2. Committment to the Moonlit Path
Sister Clare D’Auria OSF Presents Session 3, Communion Along the Moonlit Path
Brene Brown on Empathy
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. — Animation: Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) www.gobblynne.com Production and Editing: Al Francis-Sears and Abi Stephenson
Saint Marianne Cope
Salt + Light TV’s Deacon Pedro visits the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters in Syracuse where Sr. Grace Anne Dillenschneider tells him about Saint Marianne Cope. St. Marianne worked with Fr. Damien in caring for the lepers on Molakai in Hawaii. The sisters continue to maintain a presence in Hawaii and their ministry remains vibrant.
Eckhart Tolle on the Spirituality of St. Francis
In this YouTube Clip Eckhart discusses the life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi. He reveals the manner in which Francis was able to let go of his ego in a manner that enabled him to have that compassionate heart. Francis may not have used the term “ego” but clearly he has much to teach us about the beauty of letting go of our ego driven lives.
Let Go Into God – Andrea Likovich OSF
This song was written by Andrea Likovich. It is on her CD, Greater Than Our Hearts. Assistance in this slide presentation was given by Brianna S. Noce while she worked as an intern in the Franciscan Spiritual Center.
Sunrise Mantra – Andrea Likovich OSF
This video is based on the song, Sunrisie Mantra, which is on Sr. Andrea’s first album, Songrise. This compilation was put together with the assistance of Brianna Noce, during her internship at the Franciscan Spiritual Center, in Aston, PA with Julia Keegan OSF
Be Praised – Andrea Likovich OSF
This video is based on the song Be Praised which is on the album Songrise, music by Sr. Andrea Likovich, OSF. It is a beautiful rendition of St. Francis Canticle of the Sun. I think you’ll enjoy it, but then I’m bias of course!!
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.
This is just a beautiful prayerful reflection on creation. The song is by Fernando Ortega and it’s from his album The Breaking of the Dawn. I found it very soothing and it brought me in touch with my love of creation. I hope it will do the same for you.
Thanksgiving Song by Mary Chapin Carpenter
This Thanksgiving song by Mary Chapin Carpenter can be found on her “Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas” album. May we always be grateful.
Meditation for First Week of Advent 2017
This reflection for the first week in Advent was developed by the Catholic Health Association.
Reflection for the Feast of Saint Francis developed by the Catholic Health Association
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world
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.
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.
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.