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Written by Michael Maedoc   
Friday, 26 February 2010 22:23

Check out this two part article on Catholic online Sidewalk Counselors: The Front Lines of the Pro-Life Movement.  About the article author: "Fredi D'Alessi is a defender of those who have no voice but ours, our first neighbors in the womb of their mothers. He has been on the front lines of the great human rights struggle of our age, the pro-Life movement."  Fred D'Alessi's web site.

In Part One Fred invites us to join in Sidewalk Counseling.

In Part Two he gives some advice on how to approach being a sidewalk counselor.


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I believe Fred hits it on the head when he says sidewalk counseling is the front lines of the pro-life movement.  Thanks to Fred D'Alessi for writing these articles.  Sidewalk counselors are the most misunderstood workers in the pro-life movement.  They are the voice of the unborn.

When the topic of the voiceless comes up in public discourse rarely is the voice of the unborn given consideration.  Yet, we pass by unborn children in need of our assistence frequently.  No other group of persons is so poorly protected  and so close to our lives.   Most of us have known of a friend, family member or colleague who has been faced with the decision to choose life or choose abortion.  The reality of the abortion issue is a familiar face not an abstract debate.

In the abortion clinic the mother will receive misinformation about the harms of abortion, insufficient information about the child, if they even acknowledge the child's existence, and the misguided altruism of the workers will likely lead to the promotion of abortion that will be damaging to the mother and death to the child.   Sidewalk counselors provide the information about the child that will not be provided in the clinic.   There is more to sidewalk counseling than providing information.  It is about being a friend to the mother and child and presenting the Gospel of Life.

Here is a quote from Part One of the article where D'Alessi puts the issue into perspective:


"Your first thought might be, “I’ve seen those anti-abortion extremists harassing women in front of abortion centers and I will take no part in it.” If you have witnessed people behaving in any way other than Christ-like outside abortion centers, I share your disdain. However, if you believe that any kind of outreach conducted outside abortion centers is harassment, you are very much mistaken.

If your first thought is that you don’t have time, I ask you to consider the Visitation. When Mary set out to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was in her sixth month with child, she had just learned that she herself would soon give birth to the Son of God. Out of charity, without concern for the difficulties she might face, Mary put her self-interests aside and hastened to the aid of her cousin who was elderly and fragile. Mary remained at Elizabeth’s side for three months. How often do we put our personal interests aside and reprioritize our obligations and responsibilities so that we can go to the aid of others?

Who are those others? They are our brethren, no matter how much their outward appearance may differ from our own.

Just as the Good Samaritan assisted a beaten and abandoned stranger lying beside the road, Blessed Mother Teresa (a foreigner in Calcutta) did not pass by her abandoned brethren lying in the streets while asking God to have mercy on them. She took action and became instrumental in directly bringing God’s mercy to them."

 

The voiceless are right there in the midst of our daily lives.  On the sidewalk outside our homes, outside of our Churches and most visibly outside the abortion clinic.  In St. Louis many of us drive by a large clinic every day on Forest Park Parkway.  Can we afford to let the culture of death own our streets?  Is the comfort of our home, lifestyles or even our Church gathering keeping us from facing the harsh reality that is right under our noses?

Each encounter with the women and men approaching a clinic is an encounter with the stress of their life wrapped up into one decision.   Its the most important decision they will ever make and Planned Parenthood, the modern education system and the media typically don't educate to an informed decision.  The existence of the voiceless unborn child will be dismissed and the mother will be harmed.  Sidewalk counselors are the last line of support for these women and children.

Please read Fred D'Alessi's articles and consider his invitation.


 


 

Your first thought might be, “I’ve seen those anti-abortion extremists harassing women in front of abortion centers and I will take no part in it.” If you have witnessed people behaving in any way other than Christ-like outside abortion centers, I share your disdain. However, if you believe that any kind of outreach conducted outside abortion centers is harassment, you are very much mistaken.

If your first thought is that you don’t have time, I ask you to consider the Visitation. When Mary set out to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was in her sixth month with child, she had just learned that she herself would soon give birth to the Son of God. Out of charity, without concern for the difficulties she might face, Mary put her self-interests aside and hastened to the aid of her cousin who was elderly and fragile. Mary remained at Elizabeth’s side for three months. How often do we put our personal interests aside and reprioritize our obligations and responsibilities so that we can go to the aid of others?

Who are those others? They are our brethren, no matter how much their outward appearance may differ from our own.

Just as the Good Samaritan assisted a beaten and abandoned stranger lying beside the road, Blessed Mother Teresa (a foreigner in Calcutta) did not pass by her abandoned brethren lying in the streets while asking God to have mercy on them. She took action and became instrumental in directly bringing God’s mercy to them.

 


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