When Bailey uttered the beautiful words, “I’m going to have a baby,” her world was unexpectedly turned upside down! Her boyfriend who fathered their child was furious and offered very different words, ones that were quite ugly: get rid of it or get out. Read More
Christopher Bell, Author at Good Counsel
May 12th in New York City was extra special! Not only was it Mother’s Day weekend, but Good Counsel held its annual Ball for Life where we honored WPIX-TV 11 News Reporter Monica Morales, who has done a number of exceptional stories about our work and mothers over the years.
Please enjoy this short video from the evening:
Let’s not forget any mother today, in our thoughts and prayers, even the one who is very much motherly, but has never even conceived a child. In her heart, her love and caring is all as real as Our Mother Mary, who bore just one Son, but is now the New Mother of All The Living.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Who ever saw a dead man come back to life?
Those who were with Jesus when he raised Lazarus did. Those who saw Jesus stop the funeral cortege of the widowed mother’s son did. Those who saw the little girl arise did. But have you? I have not.
Yet, I do believe.
I believe on faith, but my faith is also underscored by the sight of the troubled, depressed, rejected pregnant mom who comes into Good Counsel one day, gives birth another day, and finds a new life in Christ a third day. Read More
Several years ago Good Counsel’s Joe Quattrocchi had the opportunity to chat with Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, about a number of things including one of his favorite days of the year, Good Friday.
Father Benedict spent many years preaching at Good Friday Services but, as his health began to fade he was no longer able to do so.
Here in the last Good Friday reflection Father Benedict would make before his death in 2014, Good Counsel’s co-founder speaks about the importance of this day and how appreciative he is of all who support the work of Good Counsel. I hope you will enjoy this video. Read More
Like so many of the homeless, pregnant moms we meet . . .
Jen was abused as a child. By the time she was a teen, she was on her own. Searching for love, she found a boyfriend. Soon they had a baby. They rented a room. When she became pregnant again – you guessed it – he fled. Read More
Let’s create a new springtime for Good Counsel’s Daystar home
Just as spring has sprung, Good Counsel is looking forward to new life – a springtime – for one of our homes called Daystar.
Good Counsel’s Daystar home was started back in 1999 because I saw that many homeless, pregnant women, who suffered from a dual diagnosis, meaning a mental illness and/or an addiction, had nowhere to go. Most residential programs throughout the country would say no for admission, particularly if a woman’s substance abuse problem was less than 30 days old.
I just wanted to send all of our Good Counsel friends this very important update about our 2017 Winter Heating Appeal.
Winter Storm Stella means even bigger heating bills for Good Counsel homes and the urgency is dire. You may have seen my important messages about Good Counsel’s 2017 Winter Heating Appeal. Thankfully, a number of generous donors have already given more than $6,800 to date. However, since our campaign goal is $8,250, we still need to raise around $1,500 more.
Today all of our homes in New York and New Jersey are impacted by Winter Storm Stella. Fortunately, our moms and babies are warm and safe from the blizzard, thanks to all of those who have given to this year’s heating appeal. Read More
Lent is a time of compassion, mercy, and serving. Our Lord calls us to a ministry of “bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house” (Isaiah 58:7 NAB). And I have committed Good Counsel to that!
Here, a mother in need will find a warm and safe place, nutritious meals, and the tools and support she needs to become a great mother. Any time. Day or night. Right now, in the dead of winter, there is a mother alone on the streets. No family. No friends. No support. No place to live. And she’s pregnant.
She thinks she only has one option: abortion. Read More
Last week I posted an important message about Good Counsel’s 2017 Winter Heating Appeal. Thankfully, a number of generous donors gave right away, but I’m sorry to say we’re still short of our $8,250 campaign goal by more than $6,000.
Since the northeast is known to often have dangerously cold nights, putting the lives of many destitute mothers and their unborn babies at risk, Good Counsel continues its unwavering commitment to say YES to any pregnant mother in dire need. Read More