Last summer, young Catholic blogger Thomas Peters suffered a horrible swimming accident that left him clinging onto his life.

The author of the award winning blog, “The American Papist“, contributor to Catholic Vote and former Communications Director National Organization for Marriage, suffered a fractured vertebra at the base of his neck and damaged lungs which left him nearly paralyzed.

With the help of his wife, Natalie, as well as prayers from friends and family, he’s been making strides on his long road to recovery.


The couple had only been married for three months before the accident, but Thomas says in his blog entry, “Reflections on my Time Away,” that this trauma has strengthened his belief that through the sacrament of marriage, God gives “the grace to do the impossible.”

“We feel it is possible to face anything, even a future of me paralyzed, so long as we cling to each other, to God, and to our marriage vows,” he wrote.

The couple has been asking first and foremost for prayers, prayers and more prayers. However, since the medical bills and transition from hospital to home care have been extremely expensive, they’ve created a fund to raise $25,000 as well as a Nov. 14 social media campaign to show support for Thomas during his long recovery.

This young fighter has been an outspoken advocate for life, family and marriage. Will you stand with Thomas Peters?

(For those in the D.C. area, the Catholic Information Center is hosting a benefit concert for Thomas and Natalie tonight.)