Monday, 14 December 2009

Sydney pro-lifers pray and give witness at abortion clinic

Beth Kendrick (pictured) is a pro-life counsellor for Helpers of God's Precious Infants (HGPI) in Sydney.  Whilst she seeks to counsel clients of Preterm Foundation, Sydney's oldest abortion clinic, her colleagues pray continuously across the street.  Their prayer and witness began ten years ago - every Saturday morning throughout the year.  As Christmas approaches this week, HGPI will keep daily vigil, hoping for and achieving from time to time the occasional "turn-around" on the part of a client.

I had the privilege of joining the Helpers of God's Precious Infants over the weekend (see picture right).  I am in Sydney with Josephine, my wife, to attend our son's graduation (Paul) at Campion College.  Paul has been a regular attender of the Saturday vigils and it was great to be able to join with him, especially as we approach Christ's birthday. As a Catholic, I wonder how many images of the unborn Christ can be saved by the courageous witness of groups like HGPI in Sydney and their counterparts in Britain and across the world.  It's important, I believe, for members of pro-life groups to join with each other in our various work and respective projects.  As Pope John Paul II famously said in his pro-life encyclical Evangelium Vitae, what is urgently call for is a "united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life" (EV 95)

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