Tear in the Desert
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Father Ron Camarda was recalled to Active Duty to serve with the Marines during the Battle for Fallujah, Iraq (2004). At Bravo Surgical (Marine equivalent to a M.A.S.H. unit)he received over 1500 casualties and 81 deaths. When he returned home he found his work was not done. Walking with the widows and families left behind has been filled with great love and compassion. This is a walk with God into the war in the desert, only to find that the real war is within the human heart. The Afterward is by Colonel Mike Shupp, USMC Commanding Officer, Regimental Combat Team-1, Fallujah 2004-2005
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Aug 13, 2009"Touched my Heart & Soul (5 Stars)" As a proud parent of my only son Christopher, and my daughter in-law Dianne, who are currently serving our country at Camp Taji, Iraq with the 4th infantry division out of Ft Hood, TX, Father Ron's words touched my very heart and soul. As a former sailor who served during a more peace full time in our country (1980-1986) I can not imagine the horrors of war that Ron Moses must have seen. His presence with the brave souls for the battle of Fallujah was truly heaven sent. His prayers to the mortally wounded just before their last moments on earth not only touched their souls, but mine as well. Tear in the Desert is a must read for anyone who does not believe that one person can make a difference in the lives of many . His words as to what he experienced in the Desert have truly changed the way I look at life. As Father Ron said in mass today, you do not anything except Jesus, and everything you need will be from Jesus. God Bless You Ron... More > Moses. Christopher DeMeuse Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Jacksonville, FL< Less
Mar 20, 2009"Powerful story about war, faith, love and "the best Christmas ever" I wasn't sure how people would react when they opened the newspaper on Christmas morning in 2005. The story I had written filled the front page of the Florida Times-Union. And it wasn't your typical warm-and-fuzzy holiday tale. It was set in Fallujah, not Bedford Falls. It was the story of Ron Camarda, a Catholic priest from Jacksonville who had spent the previous Christmas as a Navy reservist chaplain in Iraq. He kept a journal with the names of troops he ministered to. The list grew to about 2,000. Eighty-one with crosses next to them, representing those who died. This front page had a photo of the journal cupped in the priest's hands, open to a page of names. The headline said, "The Best Christmas Ever." The reaction was overwhelming. I kept telling people that any praise should go to Father Ron, that it was his story, that I just tried not to mess it up while re-telling it. Several... More > people said he should write a book. And he did. It's hard to find a different way of looking at war and Iraq. But Father Ron did. In many ways, his perspective unfolds in reverse. It begins with death, with him being there for the last breaths of lives, with him often knowing little more about the person in front of him than maybe a name, rank or detail on a tattoo. It is after their deaths that he learns about their lives, their loved ones -- and their lasting effect on him. The result is a powerful story about war, faith, love and "the best Christmas ever." Mark Woods Florida Times Union< Less
Jan 12, 2009I believe there are moments in a persons life when they leave foot prints in Heaven and peoples lives are transformed and changed forever. Father Ron has definitely left some. The first time I met him I could feel his presence. I had no idea who he was or what he had endured. When I heard about the book my husband bought it and FAther Ron signed it for our son and daughter in law who are currently serving in Taji Iraq. My husband read it first and it moved him beyond what words can describe. The more I read the book it became clear that Father Ron is truly a hero. Helping everyone receive offerings. He is such an amazingly beautiful creation of God. I highly reccommend this book. It is not just for those whose families have been touched by this horrible war, it is for every living soul. I feel very honored to have met Father Ron and he will be in my prayers every day of my life. Terry DeMeuse Most Holy Redeemer church Jacksonville, Fl
Dec 10, 2008"Instrument of Peace" Recalled to active duty, Ron Moses reluctantly traveled into the desert to serve in the ongoing war of Iraq. Miraculously, Ron Moses returned to share his account. This journey is one that needs to be told not only of a man’s struggle to understand his purpose but of our beloved brothers and sisters who sacrifice while serving the country we love to preserve peace. Even if you are non-military and/or non-catholic you will relate to and appreciate what is genuinely shared by Ron Moses.
Oct 19, 2008"Tear in the Desert" In his personal reflection of the time he spent amongst the many men and women who valiantly gave of themselves in their quest to provide the gift of freedom to a county torn by hatred and violence, Father Ron Camarda has provided his readers with the palpable heartbeat of the many lives personally touched by the war in Iraq. Memorializing them, Father Ron gives us their names, shares with us some of their lives and touches briefly upon the lives of those they leave behind. Amongst the thunder of gunfire and explosions that rocked the land around them, and the incessant pandemonium of that medical arena in the desert, Chaplain Father Ron Camarda found himself, caught up in the surge of the pounding waves of emotion as he stared into the souls of the many whose life's blood poured from them as he attended them in the final moments of their lives. Spilled as a single tear down the cheek of one soldier named Edward, the brilliance of light that comes to... More > shine into the dark night of the soul, gave direction to one who found himself lost, caught up in the quest for discernment and substantiation. And as life ebbed from beneath the tear, it stirred the heart of the one standing there at that soldier's side. With the beautiful exposition of his soul and the revelation of his heart, I felt by reading his portrayal, privileged to have been able to accompany Father Ron 'Moses' Camarda as he experienced his journey in the desert. He candidly lays bare his own 'war' raging within him and by doing so, embraces both the agony and the passion that fills us as Christians on our own journey into faith. His presence there in that desert made a difference in the lives he touched and his rendering of the single tear for which the book is titled, re-iterates the shortest verse in the Bible, "Jesus wept." Those that read the book will not only witness the raw emotions felt by the author, but will more likely than not, experience a flood of emotional response themselves. Thank you Father Ron Camarda for your courageous service and your telling us your story. You are the wind beneath our wings. Debbie Coleman Parishioner, Queen of Peace Gainesville, Florida< Less
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- August 5, 2008
- Hardcover (dust-jacket)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.02 lbs.
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