Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Man Saves Hundreds with Kindness

                                                     (photo:  Sydney Morning Herald)
Don Ritchie of Sydney, Australia, is known as the "Watchman" to his neighbors.  He and his wife Moya live near the Gap Park, the site of a famous cliff with a spectacular view of Sydney harbor.  From his home, Mr. Ritchie can see those who would scale the cliff to use as a jumping off point for suicide.  Over the 45 years that he has lived in the area, Mr. Ritchie is credited with saving up to 400 people who were attempting to kill themselves.  His secret?  Kindness, a smile and an offer to listen:
 "I used to sell kitchen scales and bacon cutters, then I was state manager of a life insurance company," he told the AP. "At the Gap I'm trying to sell people life."  Ritchie says he doesn't pry or preach, but rather smiles and offers to listen.  It's a technique that often works, though not always. He has lost many to the cliff, but says that he has saved more than he has lost, and doesn't suffer feelings of guilt for his failures.  "You can't do much about it," he says.
After he approaches those who are despairing, he invites them to his home for a cup of tea.  As reported by Lifesite news, Ritchie was awarded the Order of Australia for his efforts.

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
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