July 2010 - Chris Damian
Meet Chris Damian!
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Name: Chris Damian
Previous/Current Occupation: Right now I'm focusing on my studies as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame. I've previously worked as a checker at HEB and as a repair technician at Reynolds & Reynolds.
Church: St. Joseph Catholic Church
Major and classification: I'm a rising sophomore majoring in Classics and Philosophy.
Any passions/interests? Philosophy is my first love. There is something uniquely beautiful about the pursuit of Truth in the Catholic intellectual tradition. One can find answers to almost all the problems we face today in the Bible, as well as in the writings of such Christians as St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, St. Bonaventure, and countless others. You only need to take the time to look for them.
How did you become a volunteer/why are you involved? I think it was the fall of my junior year at St. Joseph School when I first attended sidewalk counselor training. My school was, and still is, a very prolife community, and I just felt called to participate in this ministry. I was really nervous, and my parents were somewhat reluctant of me being out there. But now sidewalk counseling has become an extremely rewarding experience.
Why you are pro life (is there a story here?) You can either be prolife or prochoice. You can’t be on the fence forever. Revelation 3:16 teaches us that God will “spit you out” if you are lukewarm. More than 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973. More Americans have died by abortions than have died in all of America’s wars combined. What we see with abortion is the greatest attack on the sanctity of human life in the history of the world. This demands that we do something. If we don’t go out there, who will?
Any additional thoughts (comments): It’s important to remember that it’s only by the grace of God that you aren’t the one going in for an abortion, or walking some girl in. The men and women who walk into and work at Planned Parenthood are real human beings with complicated histories. The role of a sidewalk counselor is to l ove those men and women. Show them love, compassion, and humility.