Friday, August 3, 2012

My Review of "Moved By Faith: Stories from American Catholic Radio"

 Producer Judy Zarick has compiled a fascinating collection of stories from American Catholic Radio's weekly Living Faith segment.

I'd like to tell you about two of my favorite stories in this book.

"Baby Not Breathing" 
 which tells how police medic Tim Jaccard became a "health proxy" for murdered, abandoned babies, so that they could at least be given the dignity of a name, and a decent burial.
Later on, though, he was inspired to take things further; to save as many babies as he
could from becoming victims of infanticide.
It is thanks to Tim Jaccard that mothers can now turn their babies over to a safe haven.

"Gabriel's Gift,"
 which tells how JoAnne Cascia was advised to terminate her pregnancy, because her baby had 
a condition called thantophoric skeletal dysplasia, which meant that he would die soon after being born.
Abortion, however, was not an option for JoAnne and her husband.  Their friends, family and co-workers supported them.  It was only the doctors who urged them to end the pregnancy.
 Finally, though, JoAnne found St. Peter's,  a Catholic hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 
There, Gabriel was delivered by C-section on February 24th, 2004, and was baptized.  Family and close friends were at the hospital.  Gabriel lived for an hour and a half.  During that time, he was kissed and loved.
Later on, Joanne met Pamela Houghton, who had also gone through a pregnancy with a fatal
prognosis.  Together, they formed a network to help other mothers in similar situations.

Each story ends with an update, telling what these people have been doing since their stories were broadcast.  There is also a set of questions called "Moved to Action: Questions for Thought" at the end of each chapter.

 I really enjoyed this book, but I must end this review with a confession, or rather, an admission.
 When I requested this book, I had never heard of American Catholic Radio, and so I expected to read about Catholics in the thirties, forties, and fifties.

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