Prayer Request and Praise Report

Reader Joseph Moore writes:

A year ago this Saturday, our son Andrew was struck and killed by a car in Indiana while on the Crossroads Pro-Life walk. You kindly posted a prayer request then. This past weekend, my family flew out to Indianapolis for a memorial Mass put together by Crossroads, who had gathered together almost all the young people who had been on the walk with Andrew last year, as well as local pro-life activists and this year’s Central Walk walkers. Fr. Dan Pattee from Steubenville, who had been on the walk last year (and who himself is recovering from rather horrific injuries he suffered in a car accident in Austria almost a year ago), said Mass.

So, for the Praise report: The outpouring of love and prayer that our family has received from so many people has been overwhelming. Through them, God has provided great comfort and strength to our family, and to young people who had to go through the trauma of having a friend and companion die so unexpectedly. Praise God! Any further prayers for Fr. Dan’s continued recovery, and for continued healing for Andrew’s fellow walkers, and for Crossroads and its mission would be appreciated.

But the urgent storming of Heaven now needs to be for Bryan, the young man whose car struck Andrew on his way to work. My wife Anne-Martine wrote him a letter asking if he’d want to meet while we were out. He called us Saturday, in tears, saying yes, and so Anne-Martine our teenage daughters and I went out to meet him and his mother at the spot on the rural Indiana highway where Andrew had died.

This poor man, while certainly in ours and others prayers, did not have the hundreds of people we had reaching out to help him, and so lived with his grief for a whole year without really any chance to talk it through. His family supported him, but mostly he felt alone, and could not even talk about the accident. Bryan is only a few years older than Andrew.

So, for over an hour, he and his mother and Anne-Martine and I and Andrew’s 2 sisters talked, while the cars buzzed by and a little light rain fell of and on. Just standing there, looking a the spot, it’s clear that this was just a tragic accident, two walkers in the median where they had no business being, pitch black, no shoulder, no reason for a driver to even suspect anyone would be there. So, we assured Bryan and his mom many time that it was not his fault, he didn’t do anything wrong, and that we don’t blame or hate him.

Unfortunately, the tragedy didn’t end with Andrew’s death. Bryan’s car struck and got wedged atop a railing on the right shoulder. The impact had showered Bryan with glass and blood, and he had to crawl out of his wrecked car. The other walker, who had miraculously not been hit, was completely in shock. The first driver to come along after the accident fled without even allowing Bryan to call 911. This poor young man had to try to deal with the situation, himself injured, until a driver who would help came up a few minutes later. It was a horrible scene. Then the ambulance came and took him away.

Bryan is the father of 3 young children, including a daughter who was less than 1 week old at the time. I’m in no position to even really know what’s going on, but his marriage started to fall apart right after this accident – I can’t help but think the stress of this accident had to have a part in it.

So, please pray for Bryan, his mother, his children and his wife. The rest of us, it seems. were showered with God’s blessings, mercy and comfort after this tragedy, but somehow Bryan seems to have had to continue to suffer.  Pray that he be comforted, that he experience God’s love, and that his family life be healed.

Father, thank you for the many graces and healings you have brought from this tragedy and hear our prayer for all the victims of this accident, especially Bryan and his family. Mother Mary, pray for them.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • kmk1916

    In tears. Will pray for Bryan and his family. So very sad, it could have been any of us who could be in his situation.

  • Carlos

    Amen.

  • Mike

    I had a Mass offered for Andrew last year but unfortunately I didn’t even think about praying for the other party involved in the accident. I will offer my Rosary today for Bryan and family along with remembering the the Moores, Fr. Pattee and the repose of Andrew’s soul. Ave Maria, Mike

  • Blanche

    I have an inkling of what Bryan’s experience has been like, since I have a friend who was driving, in an accident, & a passenger & friend of hers was killed, happened recently. I’ll add his name & concerns to my prayer list.

  • Ishmael_Alighieri

    Joseph here – thanks and God bless to all who have prayed for Bryan and all of us.

  • maron

    Joseph, what a beautiful family you have!! Hope Bryan and his wife will reconcile and Bryan will forgive himself. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  • JFX Pals

    Not only for Bryan but for that first driver who came upon the scene who simply drove away without helping those in need. What grave indifference. Let us pray for all of them.

  • Loretta

    Blessed are the merciful. For the victims, we pray. Amen.

  • MacArdghail

    Joseph Moore makes me proud to be Catholic. What an example of exactly what forgiveness should be, using your brain as well as your heart. Your son’s soul, your family and Bryan and his family are in my family’s prayers.

  • JOSEPH FERNANDES

    PLEASE PRAY FOR SALARY INCREMENT IN LORD JESUS NAME

  • Carlos

    Please pray that the voodoo done to Jennifer may be broken. That her eyes may be opened. That the lord may bring a good guy to Stephanies life so that she could move on and repent from the evil she has cast on Jennifer out of jealousy and envy. May the lord re-establish the relationship carlos and jenniffer shared before this witchcraft was done and that they may be led unto full repentance, marriage and salvation, IN JESUS CHRIST name AMEN…..


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