Thursday, November 14, 2013

I Stand With Thomas Peters

Nearly four months ago, Thomas Peters, blogger American Papist,  was left in critical condition after a swimming accident. Since then, Thomas has made amazing strides in his recovery, but he still has a long way to go. Thomas moved out of rehab two weeks ago and is finally home with his wife, Natalie. Read Thomas’ powerful reflection on his journey thus far and on what is to come: “Reflections on my time away.”
Thomas has always been a vocal advocate for life, marriage, and the faith. Throughout this whole journey, Thomas and Natalie have remained steadfast, and have been a shining example of marriage, love, and the faith. We are watching miracles happen every day, in Thomas and Natalie’s lives, but also in the lives of the people who have been touched by their story.
Help share their story and join us on November 14th for#IStandwithThomasPeters day!
On #IStandwithThomasPeters day, we also hope to raise funds to help Thomas and Natalie during this new transition and Thomas’ continued recovery. The medical bills are piling up and the transition home has been costly
The goal ? $25,000!
Breakdown of all of the costs/needs:
  • Health Insurance via Cobra
  • Manual Wheelchair co-payment
  • Renting a motorized wheelchair – transitional
  • Hospital bed
  • Motorized lift
  • Prescriptions and medical supplies
  • Home health aide 3x a week
  • Handicapped accessible apartment
  • Expenses and miscellaneous bills
Please blog, write articles, and most importantly, join us on social media on November 14th  for #IStandwithThomasPeters day.
Draft tweets, graphics, and more information can be found here ?


Thomas and Natalie and their families are completely overwhelmed by the gracious spiritual response to Thomas' accident, and fully confident that the blessings and improvements are thanks to the mercy of God, and the grace of your prayers.

Please continue to pray! This is the most important and helpful thing you can do!

Here are particular intentions:
For Thomas' recovery generally, and specifically for continued growth in strength, mobility, and endurance.
For Natalie's endurance and ability to faithfully minister to Thomas' needs.
For Thomas and Natalie's families.
For all those suffering from similar injuries.
In thanksgiving for everyone who has already helped Thomas on his road through prayer, corporal help, and medical attention.
Thomas and Natalie and their families have particular devotions to certain saints. Please consider joining us in some of these novenas and devotions:

Thomas and Natalie have a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please consider praying the Memorare or Salve Regina for them today:

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored they help, or sought they intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, of Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Thomas and Natalie also have a particular devotion toSt. Judeand have prayed several novenas to St. Jude since the accident:

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus,  the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult  cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is  almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive  the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and  sufferings, particularly - (make your request here) - and that I may praise  God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be  ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as  my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen

Natalie's family has a particular devotion to theServant of God Luisa Piccarreta 

"The Lord makes known to Luisa that He wants to give her an extraordinary gift: THE GIFT OF THE DIVINE WILL. This particular grace which God gives to the creature from Himself, constitutes a special and free gift…Into the most complete silence and in the greatest hiddenness of this Soul, God wanted to send the message of the Divine Will, in which the Holy Spirit wants to renew the face of the earth: the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven."  - Father Bernardino Giuseppe Bucci

Felix Capello, S.J. is a particular patron of Thomas' father, Dr. Ed Peters:
Please consider invoking the intercession of Fr. Felix Cappello SJ (1879-1962), one-time Confessor of Rome and the greatest sacramental lawyer of the 20th century, for Thomas’ speedy and complete recovery. I draw on Cappello’s canonical works in almost everything I write—no joke, I am finishing a scholarly article right nowthat he provided the crucial insight for—but I never thought I’d suggest drawing on his intercession for one of my very own. 
In addition:
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (links to PDF)
St. Camillus - patron of Doctors and Nurses
St. Thomas More - Thomas' patron saint
Bld. Louis and Zellie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Liseux

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