“Now, more than ever, the world will only believe teachers who are witnesses. That’s especially true of young people. It’s been our experience that you can’t just get up and give a talk. The words bounce off of them. But if you first spent an hour with [young people] and give witness, their hearts are moved immediately.”
These are the words of Brothers Innocent and Angelus, CFR friars and twins, who know each other so well they can – and do – complete each other’s sentences! The two young friars, whom you may have seen on “Sunday Night Prime,” are in town pre-taping an upcoming “EWTN Live” show focusing on a mini-series of three specials they just completed for EWTN called “Icons Spotlight.” Father Mitch’s interview with this dynamic duo airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 15 on “EWTN Live.” Then, tune in for Episodes 1-3, which air 9:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday through Friday, June 15-18, on EWTN.
For their three specials, the friars decided to look for youth to whom the audience could not only relate, but who had obviously encountered Christ. Episode 1 spotlights Eric Mahl, a former NFL player who had an experience of Christ that led him to give up everything to serve the homeless – a tough man whose depth of compassion for the homeless will move you to tears.
Episode 2 really switches things up when the spotlight shifts to Nathan and Monica, a couple who couldn’t have their own children so they adopted a baby – with special needs.
“When their adopted child Caiden is brought out, we have this moment. They are a family; we know God’s mercy is here,” Brother Innocent said. “It’s just really beautiful!”
Episode 3 features Carmen Casterion, a missionary with Corazon Puro (Pure Heart), a CFR apostolate that partners with Catholic Charities to help refugees who legally immigrate to the U.S. Carmen, a lively young woman from the Bronx, helps families, or sometimes a single child, get a shower, clothes and food and then find their way to the American family who is sponsoring them.
“Basically what we need to be as Catholics is icons of God’s mercy,” Brother Angelus said. “We hope the way these young people are living these works of mercy will give our audience hope that, if they can do it, we can too!”
If you like what you see, please check out www.Iconsmedia.org to find out how you can support these friars in their quest to film many more episodes of “Icons Spotlight!”