Couple spread the Gospel by filming the beauty of Catholic family life in the UK by Jean Mondoro for Life Site News
The show captures ‘the joy of living simply, the simple Catholic life, and all the joys in God’s goodness to us,’ Maria Jones told LifeSiteNews.
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In a world that is increasingly anti-Christ, Catholic couple Peter and Maria Jones spread the message of the Gospel through home videos of their own family adventures as well as sharing the stories of other Catholic families in Britain.
The apostolate is called One of Nine, founded to build a community that would journey together in marriage and family vocations. It consists of a YouTube channel in which Maria shares aspects of her family’s daily life, discusses topics or stories related to Catholic family living, and interviews other Catholic families about their life experiences.
The show captures “the joy of living simply, the simple Catholic life, and all the joys in God’s goodness to us,” Maria told LifeSiteNews.
“It’s really a show for Catholics to let English Catholics know there are other Catholics out there, it’s not all just cultural Catholics making up the numbers,” her husband Peter added. “There are people that are still serious about it.”
Maria described, within their mission, three main categories of content featured in the show. First, there are episodes focused on finding joy and beauty in the everyday life. These often include Peter and Maria’s children and feature activities such as “going out and exploring nature, riding a bike, painting and drawing, reading a book.”
Another subject explored on the show is the value of suffering. Some episodes feature Maria speaking with a fellow Catholic about an experience of carrying a cross but discovering through that journey the hope and the beauty that can come even amid suffering.
Through all the joy and sorrow which is shared on the show, there is a continuous theme of striving for sainthood. “Always seeking Heaven through everything, that underlines everything we do,” Maria told LifeSiteNews. Whatever this life brings, the work of One of Nine is centered around the determination“link arms with everyone and go all together and help each other,” she said.
“You maybe take it for granted as a Catholic family,” Maria said about the seemingly insignificant details of daily life that the show covers. “But there are lots of new Catholic families that are looking and watching, and it’s like a visual—so many things unspoken that come through as well, I hope.”