These amazing stories from American Catholic Radio show how people "put shoes on the Gospel" and live out their faith in creative and powerful ways. Inside, you'll find stories about many people who provide us with refreshing role models. A few include the EMT worker who started the safe-haven program for abandoned infants, a homicide detective who ministers to the bereaved and imprisoned, and a professional soccer player who answered the call to the priesthood. Give as a gift and keep one for yourself.
Many of us feel awed and amazed when we hear stories of Catholics who put their faith into action in interesting and dynamic ways. We wonder if we will ever have the motivation and the courage and the perseverance to do the same.
Stories of Catholics who put shoes on the gospel are featured weekly on American Catholic Radio in its Living Faith” segment that spotlights everyday peoplelay, religious, and ordainedwho live their faith in extraordinary ways. Some Catholics work in their communities, making small” contributions that make the world a better, more Christian place. Others have nationally known ministries. All of the stories first featured on American Catholic Radio and now collected in Moved by Faith provide role models that like-minded Catholics can follow and turn to for signs of hope.
Moved by Faith provides refreshing new, ordinary role models for contemporary Christian living. It is an excellent gift for anyone learning about the Catholic faith.
Judy Zarick works on the media production team at Franciscan Media and produces the Living Faith” segment for American Catholic Radio, a weekly, half-hour catechetical program that is both educational and inspirational. She has interviewed over three hundred amazing and inspirational people of faith. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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. -- Semper Guadete
Moved By Faith: Stories from American Catholic Radio by Judy Zarick showcases stories from regular Catholic people who did big things with their Catholic faith. All of the stories were originally aired on the American Catholic Radio show and were compiled in written form to create this book. Many of the people whose stories are included in this book have started their own Catholic ministries and are still touching the lives of many.
I cried tears of sorrow and tears of joy as I made my way through Moved by Faith. I was inspired and I was educated through the words in this book. The stories were, indeed, stories of people who were much like me and who decided to make a change in the world that they lived in. I like that this book was separated into chapters and how each chapter marries the Catholic faith and the Bible together. Every chapter includes a quote from the Bible and then follows with the stories. At the end of each chapter, there are "Questions for Thought" that can be pondered individually or as a family.
Moved by Faith is a very moving book. I read this book in record time because I would tell myself I was going to read "just one more" and ended up reading five more! The only thing I feel I should mention about this book is that two of the stories mentioned the alleged miracles of Medjugorje. The author states clearly that these are not yet approved by the Catholic church but I feel I should warn readers that we should be VERY careful about apparitions that are not yet approved by the Church.
Overall, this book is one that I feel should be in every Catholic family's library. The stories are great for sharing with all ages and they would be a good jump-off into deeper conversations about the Catholic faith. -- Through My "I"s
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