Growing up on the Northside of Pittsburgh with an alcoholic father and rats in the basement, Harry R. Brady developed an Irish wit that glows throughout A New Lens on Life—Jesus was My Ophthalmologist.
The “scrawny little kid with glasses” peppered his childhood with classroom misbehavior, sandlot exploits, misadventures with fireworks, and practical jokes, and tempered it with endearing innocence and compassion for others.
Then, as the lone survivor of a tractor-trailer accident that killed three college classmates, Harry lost his Faith and challenged God. “Why did You save me?”
Still mourning his friends’ deaths while sitting next to classmate Antonin Scalia at graduation from Georgetown, Harry questioned God’s very existence.
Inspired by the love of his life, he finished medical school, started a family, and wound up in the Army.
During his M.A.S.H.-like service as a Captain and surgeon in Korea during the Vietnam War, Harry’s mischievous and creative stunts shocked his superiors as he served those in need.
Later, he performed sight-restoring and sight-saving surgeries for the blind and the vision-impaired in Haiti.
His Brady Clinic for the Homeless at Saint Louis University has provided free service to more than 11,000 medically disenfranchised people.
In this rollicking and deeply inspiring autobiography filled with twists and turns, Harry discovers that after living 64 years with his own spiritual vision impairment, that Faith and Reason are two compatible expressions of one universal truth.