The 10 Minutes with Jesus (10mcJ) have one objective: to bring the life of Christ to the listeners. To show the beauty of Jesus' life, his doctrine and virtues, and to serve as a 'loudspeaker' to touch people's hearts and bring them closer to God.
In addition, 10 minutes with Jesus has decided that donations made through its YouTube channel will contribute to the study grants funded by the CARF Foundation for diocesan priests, seminarians and religious men and women serving the Church around the world.
YouTube has recently activated the possibility of entering donations via a button called Super Thankswhich allows content creators to earn revenue and interact with users who want to show them greater appreciation for their content than the simple Like or I like it, which we all know.
In each 10-minute video with Jesus, a Thank You button will appear. Clicking on it opens the option to donate different amounts.
This content, called 10 minutes with Jesus, are. audios recorded by priests with the aim of helping to pray. The project was born in 2018, at the suggestion of Maria Feria, a mother and teacher. In view of the summer vacations, Maria suggested to the chaplain of her school to record short spiritual talks to share during those vacations with her children and young people around her.
At the mother's insistence, Father José María García de Castro, a priest incardinated in the Prelature of Opus Dei, agreed. He set up a first audio, using his own cell phone and a simple and accessible language.
On that first occasion, Fr. José María thought of talking about everyday things and how to bring the Gospel closer to daily life. Specifically, he related the contents of a letter sent to him by a young man who had been collaborating with the nuns of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a children's home in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the letter, the young man told the priest, among other things, about one of the moments that marked him the most during his stay in Africa. Specifically, when a Sister of Charity asked him to take in his arms a baby who would not stop crying and invited him to give him affection.
The young man was paralyzed because the baby was so hot from the fever, but the nun's words gave him security. She began to coo to the little one, to caress him, to smile at him, to give him kisses. The child stopped whimpering and smiled. A few seconds later, he fell asleep. However, the university student noticed that the child was not breathing and called the Sister of Charity, who confirmed his death.
"She knew that the child was dying and looking into my eyes she said to me: he has died in your arms and you have gone a few seconds ahead of the Love that God is going to give him for all eternity," the young man recounted in the letter that inspired Don José María to speak in that first audio of how each person in his day to day life can advance that Heaven, avoiding arguments at home, smiling at loved ones or being kind to others.
Maria Feria's children connected with the message. The priest recorded a second audio and a third and then many more.
10 minutes with Jesus continued to grow
Don José María contacted other priest friends of his to join this exciting project. This is how the first WhatsApp group was created and people from all over the world began to join as listeners to this initiative. By the end of the summer of 2018, thousands of people were receiving these audios daily. The priests decided to continue recording 10 minutes until today.
Currently the 10 minutes with Jesus team is all over the world. They do not know each other, they are united by the Internet and the love for Jesus Christ.
Today, 10 minutes with Jesus has become a mass phenomenon. This is due to its ability to adapt to people's needs and lifestyles. It offers convenient access to spirituality and reflection in a busy world. It adds an immense variety of channels to cater to a very diverse audience. And it has become a valuable tool for those seeking to strengthen their spiritual life in the midst of everyday life.
"We priests speak very strangely and we don't want to fall into that; here we speak clearly and in order to be understood."Javier Sánchez-Cervera, parish priest of San Sebastián de los Reyes.
The 10 minutes with Jesus has a YouTube channel, where you have the possibility to enjoy the content. The channel has more than 147,000 subscribers and offers you access to all the content. Here you can find the audios translated into English, Portuguese, French and German.
"In spite of all the sorrows, the world has 400,000 priests who adore the Lord and are dedicated to Him, serving all souls regardless of their creed. And what better way to help the formation of diocesan priests and seminarians, as well as religious men and women to be trained in the universities supported by the CARF Foundation?"Javier Sánchez-Cervera, parish priest of San Sebastián de los Reyes.
Channels where you can receive or listen to the 10 Minutes with Jesus
You can listen to 10 minutes with Jesus on a wide variety of platforms and apps. 10mcJ has a dedicated app that you can download to your Apple or Android device. In it, you can listen to the audios directly. With this tool 10 minutes with Jesus, brings to your device the content of more than 700 audios, updated daily and classified by themes, ages, priests and with links to more content related to the meditation of the day.
The APP works in the background, the audios can be listened to with the screen off or when opening other applications. In addition, it offers you different possibilities such as free access to the audio of each day and suggestions of other audios that can help you. It also allows you to search for meditations in the database. And it provides access to the Scripture quotations that accompany each meditation or any other relevant text.
On the other hand, it has a section to take your own notes as a spiritual diary. And it allows you to download audios to your device to listen to them offline.
There are also other channels available so as not to miss the 10 minutes with Jesus. The choice of platform will depend on your personal preferences and the device you use.
"Currently the 10mcJ team is scattered around the world. We don't even know each other. We are united by the Internet and the love of Jesus Christ. Priests and lay people from the USA, Mexico, England, Spain, Colombia, Kenya, Philippines form the team that makes it possible for tens of thousands of people around the planet to spend 10 minutes a day in conversation with Jesus through WhatsApp audios, Spotify, Telegram, Instagram, YouTube, Ivoox, Apple podcast, Google Podcast in five languages."Javier Sánchez-Cervera, parish priest of San Sebastián de los Reyes.
Look for your moment, think that you are with Him and give the play.
It is important to note that the promoters of this initiative also offer direct contact with the priests. That is, anyone who wants to contact one of the priests of the 10 Minutes with Jesus team can do so by filling out a form on the website.