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Christopher Bell, Author at Good Counsel

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On the 5th Anniversary of Father Benedict’s Passing

Posted by | Oct 3, 2019 | No Comments

It is hard to believe that it is now five years since my dear friend and Good Counsel co-founder, Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, passed away. He died on October 3, 2014 on the eve of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Before his passing, when I asked for his advice, Fr. Benedict told me to “just grow.”  So that’s what we continue to do.  With your prayers & generosity, more homeless, pregnant mothers and babies are helped each year. Read More

Jesus Christ is Risen!

Posted by | Apr 19, 2019 | No Comments

Mary of Magdala who must have been overwhelmed with grief and sorrow and fear and confusion, knowing she couldn’t even roll away the stone covering Jesus, still got up before dawn and went to the tomb. She acted!

Just act. When all is lost, and despair is all around the lesson here seems to be get up and do the next right thing, even if it appears to be beyond your ability to succeed. Mary of Magdala did and what a gift she was given. How incredible it was. The Gospel writers give her story differently yet she became the first evangelist to proclaim the tomb is empty! Read More

Here’s to 34 Years of Saving Lives!

Posted by | Mar 7, 2019 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

A Sunday in Lent for Roman Catholics is considered a Resurrection Day, a break from fasting. That’s not been easy for me to embrace.

“Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’” Jesus said, “For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13).

Those words first struck me days before I moved onto 8th Avenue in Manhattan to work with homeless kids. That’s where I first met a homeless young mother. I’m still trying to learn the meaning of those words. Read More

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An Urgent Need Before Year’s End…

Posted by | Dec 26, 2018 | No Comments

These Mothers Need a Home!

Moms who turns to Good Counsel for help have exhausted every other option.

Laura’s story is another painful example.

She lost her job. Then she found out she was pregnant. When she couldn’t pay her rent, she was evicted. Most shocking of all, she asked her mother if she could move home. The heartbreaking answer: “Not if you’re pregnant!”

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A Christmas Video from Baby Tesla, Her Mom & Chris Bell

Posted by | Dec 25, 2018 | No Comments

The birth of a baby.

At the time they appeared to be another poor couple, without enough funds or influence to find decent lodging, or sympathy, because the young girl was pregnant, and so they wound up in a stable.

Today, we celebrate this poor, simple birth because we now know who this baby is: He is God With Us, Emmanuel, Jesus the Christ.  

Because Our Almighty, Eternal, All Holy God, Three-In-One, sent the Son to be one of us. 

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Chris & Baby Georgie Say “Thank You” via Video

Posted by | Nov 21, 2018 | No Comments

Saint Paul says, “I give thanks to God every time I think of you. “(Philippians 1:3)

At this time there is no greater way to give thanks than to ask our God and Father to bless you and protect you in all your days unto eternity.

Baby Georgie and I wanted to thank you via video for your helpful and faithful partnership in Good Counsel’s mission helping mothers and babies. Read More

Homeless for the Holidays

Posted by | Nov 13, 2018 | No Comments

For mothers and babies in need, you are their family this Thanksgiving!

For many of the young mothers I meet, Thanksgiving is a painful reminder of family who aren’t there for them and friends who’ve turned their backs.  Ashley knows this pain all too well. Family, friends, even her baby’s father, abandoned her when they learned she was pregnant. With nowhere else to turn, she gave birth to her daughter Maddie while living in a homeless shelter. Read More

The Story of Baby Izzabella

Posted by | Oct 4, 2018 | No Comments

I almost can’t believe what happened to Farrah.

She was happy and thought she was in love until she announced she was pregnant to her boyfriend. He beat her so savagely she barely escaped with her life and the life of the baby inside her.

In fear, Farrah fled 500 miles before she found a safe shelter. However, her stay there was cut short—because she was pregnant. She was at a dead end, scared, alone . . . and hopeless.

By God’s grace, she wound up at Good Counsel’s doorstep. Your love welcomed her! Your support for Good Counsel gave her a safe haven and everything she needed to bring her baby—a beautiful and healthy little girl, Izzabella—into this world.

But another test was coming. Farrah was diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer. Read More

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In desperate need, she’s asking, “How can I keep my baby alive?”

Posted by | Aug 6, 2018 | No Comments

Will you help to prepare a home for Abigail and her baby!

Can you even imagine it? Your baby is born. The hospital prepares to discharge you and your precious little child, but you have nowhere to go.

It happened to Abigail. When she learned she was having a baby; her world came crashing down. Her husband didn’t want a baby. He turned on her, violently. She had to escape. She fled to a shelter for abuse victims. She was safe, but her baby wasn’t. The shelter couldn’t keep her-it wasn’t licensed to care for newborn babies. Read More

Living proof of what your compassion can do…

Posted by | Jul 9, 2018 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Amelia’s birth mother had been murdered. Her adoptive mother died. Her boyfriend left. She was pregnant and scared—

By God’s grace, she found Good Counsel. And thanks to your generosity, Good Counsel was able to open its doors, lift her spirits, and assure her, “You‘re not alone!”

A few days ago, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces! She named him Zion, a biblical name that means “Rise up!” How fitting! Her little guy is a wonderful picture of how Amelia has risen up from the ashes of her former life. She is working very hard to make a new life for herself and for her son. Read More

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