Thomas Peters offers reflections…

on his traumatic spine injury and process of recovery. Father, continue your work of healing until it is completed body, soul, and spirit in heaven, after a long and fruitful life of happiness with his family. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You know, it bugs me when people show up in my comboxes to simply be nasty. But I must say I have never encountered anything like the demonic outpouring of malice for Thomas after his injury–and all from the apostles of Tolerance on the Left. It really was like opening the door of a blast furnace as the Gay Legion of Menacing Visigoths for Tolerance showed up to magnanimously wish him death and gloat over the tragedy that befell him. Pure white hot hate from hell. How not to win friends and influence people.

Keep fighting the good fight, Thomas.

  • Dale

    I am happy that Thomas Peters is recovering so well. I don’t want to minimize the suffering which he (and his family) as endured, but the outcome of his injury could have easily been much worse. Give thanks to God, not only for his recovery, but for those blessings which we enjoy

    As for the outpouring of hate which accompanied the news of Peters’ injury, it was saddening but not surprising. The internet is known for its meanness of spirit, and for fostering online communities in which vitriol bubbles and grows.

    Over the decades, I have noticed that secular-minded persons sometimes feel they are immune to feeling self-righteous, a trait they only ascribe to religious persons. While we certainly do have our share of this, I think self-righteous feelings are rooted in a B&W view of the world and such a view is a danger everyone is prone to.

    When we classify people as evil (not their views, but the persons themselves,) a threat to the noble values we hold (and a threat to our noble community), we run the risk of forgetting their essential human dignity and the respect that it deserves.

  • Mary B.

    Thank you for sharing this! I have been praying for Mr. Peters’ recovery and complete healing…reading his reflection on the accident and subsequent grueling recovery leaves me in awe. His trust in God is astounding and the deepening of his relationship with Natalie is all the testament he needs to the truth of marriage. May God bless him!

  • bob

    My goodness, that is a harrowing tale. My own prayers to him and his family and also to the incredibly gifted people of Maryland shock trauma. I used to live around the corner from that place. They are amazing people.

    What struck me most about his story was how crucial to his recovery his marriage has been. And although I’m at a loss to understand why he would continue to believe that someone else should be denied the graces he was given just because they happen to be gay, I nevertheless wish him and his wife the very best.

    • said she

      “denied the graces”? You seem to think people are withholding something from those who “happen to be gay”. Are you unaware that grace comes from God alone?

      Each of us is gifted with the graces that God chooses for us personally – for our good and the good of others. As one who cannot sing, am I being “denied the graces” given to someone with a lovely voice? If I choose to see that as unfair, then I am failing to appreciate the graces that I have received. And, in that state, why would God gift me with more graces?

      Those with same-sex attraction are fools if they try to force something that is not really marriage to be called marriage. They take that foolishness to the level of insanity if they then expect to get the graces of true marriage in that falsehood.

  • Brian

    May God grant him full recovery. Now let’s ask a question. The question is, does that “pure white hot hate from hell” represent every single solitary social liberal?

    • chezami

      Of course not.

      • Brian

        Thank you.

  • rd

    to raise awareness and safety for others in the future, what kind of diving accident was this? right now it sounds like he jumped off a pier.

    • Marion (Mael Muire)

      Your guess is as good as mine.

      The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Page of tips for Safe Swimming and Diving at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/safe-swimming-diving, which, as someone who has been swimming in pools, rivers, and the ocean all her life, looks like it covers just about all the bases.

  • RawR!

    I don’t wish ill on anyone, i merely wish that Thomas would use this time to become a more compassionate person. God does work miracles.

    • Bill

      What a passive-aggressive response.

    • Marion (Mael Muire)

      It is a false compassion – a deceitful and toxic compassion – a compassion from Hell itself, leading souls also to the Hell from whence it came – to cater to individuals’ predilection to sin, by (1) justifying it; (2) rationalizing it; (3) making excuses for it; (4) twisting theology to make it mean things it doesn’t mean; (5) twisting the Bible to make it mean things it doesn’t mean.

      Thom Peters’ compassion is already boundless, as exemplified by his
      courageous proclamation of the Gospel truth about human sexuality. He has had a role in helping to turn many souls away from the road to sin and death.

      Yes, the miracle God will work in Thom’s life is that he will make an excellent recovery from his horrendous injuries, and will be able continue his holy, praiseworthy, and compassionate work of bringing the Good News about human sexuality to our culture. God bless you, Thom.

  • Matt Talbot

    I’ve been praying for Thomas.

    My prayers have been motivated in part by the experience of my older brother Mark, who was paralyzed by a drunk driver in 1978 (his injury location was the same as Thomas’s – between the 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae) but Mark’s entailed (from what I’ve been able to gather) more damage than Thomas’s.

    It seems that Thomas has been regaining at least some some voluntary function below the injury, which is encouraging.

    Mark’s injury was an occasion of Grace for our family, as Thomas’s has been for his.

    My older brother and my father were barely on speaking terms when he was injured (Mark had a troubled adolescence, including drug use, which my parents struggled to cope with.)

    In the case of my family, people from my local parish came together, and
    my parents didn’t have to cook dinner for the four months Mark was in
    the hospital, because someone from the Church would bring food every
    single night. Mark himself never went a moment without prayer during the
    difficult days after his accident, and during physical therapy in
    Kaiser: people from the church were praying literally around the clock
    for him. Best of all, the things that had threatened to tear apart
    Mark’s relationship with my Dad melted away into insignificance.

    One of the nurses in the Kaiser Rehab program was a woman named
    Marilyn; Mark and my family came to enjoy her very much – she grew up
    in a rough area of Boston, and was both plain spoken and very devout,
    but in an…earthy way (she was the first person I ever heard use the
    term, “lower than whales___,” which still makes me chuckle). She went
    to our Catholic parish in Benicia.

    She eventually revealed that her husband, Bobby, was the drunk driver who had paralyzed Mark.

    Bobby was an alcoholic, and in the wake of what he’d done was
    swimming in shame – he could not bear to face my parents or the rest of
    my family. My parents were obviously livid when Mark was first hurt, but
    came to a place before too long where they could forgive Bobby, and not
    carry around the burden of a poisonous grudge. They had Marilyn relay
    this to her husband, but he still could not bear to face them.

    One day, my family came out of the church, and saw Marilyn, and
    greeted her – “Hi, Marilyn!” – and she greeted my parents by name. Bobby
    happened to be with her – and suddenly everyone realized who everyone
    else was. Bobby realized he was facing my parents, and my parents
    realized that this man with Marilyn was the man who had paralyzed their
    son.

    Bobby turned to my father, his face dark with shame, and said, “I don’t know what to say.”

    My father went to him, and hugged him, and said, “It’s ok, Bobby. In a
    way, you gave me back a son.” Bobby wept in my father’s arms.

    All this to say, God has a way of bringing great good out of misfortune and tragedy. Thomas Peters is in good hands.

    The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

  • mitchw7959

    Marriage equality in Illinois achieved today! Next stop, Honolulu. Then, through civil litigation, the Confederate states and any other jurisdictions that have made some taxpaying and law-abiding citizens’ status second-class.


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