Topic One – Kresta Comments
Topic Two – Finding Faith & Freedom After Childhood Sex Abuse
Jaycee Dugard is back with her family 18 years after being kidnapped by Phillip Garrido at the age of 11. Now Dugard, her two daughters and the family that had lost her will be dealing with a long, unknown road as they try to adapt to a new life. What are some of the emotions Dugard will be facing after being freed from her captor of 18 years? Regardless of the circumstances of the violation, every survivor can attest that it will impact relationships with parents, friends, spouses, children, and God. Sexual abuse survivors are often left feeling isolated and without anyone to trust. But it does not have to be this way. Nicole Braddock Bromley understands the fears and anxieties Jaycee faces as she seeks to build healthy relationships after sexual abuse. As a survivor herself, Nicole offers readers the power and hope necessary to share their story, build intimacy, and develop healthy communication in all their relationships.
Topic Three – “Catholic Heroes of the Faith: The Story of St. Perpetua”
It is the year AD 203 in Carthage, North Africa. Perpetua, an affluent young mother, is charged with converting to Christianity and is sent to prison. But her freedom can be secured easily. All she has to do is offer one pinch of incense in honor to the Roman gods. With this simple act of devotion and loyalty to the Roman Empire she can regain her freedom and return to her son and a life of comfort. As her father pleads for Perpetua to consider the welfare of her child and the reputation of their family, she slowly makes her way to face the Roman proconsul and declare her final decision. What will it be? This inaugural episode of Catholic Heroes of the Faith presents one of the most influential, true stories of the Early Church. We talk with Executive Producer Robert Fernandez about Catholic Heroes of the Faith, a DVD series of animated programs for youth ages eight and older, presenting the lives of true-life heroes of the Catholic Faith.