Aliza Mattea Castaldo

Aliza with Daddy

Our dear little girl, Aliza Mattea, was born today. Aliza means “joyful” in Hebrew and Mattea is Italian for “gift of God.” After nearly twenty-four hours in the delivery room, it was joyful indeed when she finally arrived.

The hour preceding Aliza’s birth was memorable.  It started last week when Tricia McMillan, producer of the Chris Fabry Live program, asked me to join Chris on his radio program. Tricia gave me several dates to choose from. After selecting one, I told Angela, “This is when you’re going to give birth.” Sure enough!

As Angela neared the end of her labor, I stood in the room across the hall on the telephone.  Every few minutes I received a text message from friends who were listening to the radio interview. What a privilege and delight. Chris Fabry led listeners from all over the country to pray for Angela and the baby, and just 14 minutes after completing the interview, as I stood beside Angela’s bed, a newborn baby’s cry was heard.

Thanks again for your prayers. I hope to have more pictures posted soon.

The podcast of today’s interview is available by clicking here.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

About the author

Chris Castaldo (PhD, London School of Theology) is the lead pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Talking with Catholics about the Gospel and coauthor of The Unfinished Reformation.


  1. Congratulations!! We’re so happy for you! Aliza will be one well-protected little sister. 😉 Blessings, Castaldos!

  2. Chris and Family:

    Congratualtions and GOD’s Blessings on the new member of your precious family. I was a “caller” on Chris Faby’s show (the “Missouri Synod Lutheran”)while you were anxiously awaiteing her birth. Thanks be only to GOD for such a miracle of a new birth! I will pray thanksgiving for your family. We too rejoiced in the birth of our first Grandson on Wed 11/23 the day before Thanksgiving. GOD is truly good!

    1. Thanks Mark! It was a pleasure chatting with you. Congratulations on your first grandson. Something about having children puts the issues of life into perspective. Warm Advent greetings to you and yours!

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