By Charlie Johnston
Okay, I have now established with Driscoll’s Childrens Hospital that there is, in fact, a child patient named Joe Cronin there. They will not give me any more information than that as to his status.
I also confirmed that the trusted reader who first alerted me to this has been in contact via phone and email for over 2 and a half years, building a genuine, if long-distance friendship.
I spoke to the father, George, this morning and he confirms that his son is, indeed, struggling for life and needs to be transferred. It looks like this is an incredibly bizarre coincidence.
We will speak of what devilish mischief the devil tried to mount with this later. Right now, there is a boy whose life apparently depends upon your fortitude. I am going to delete the piece detailing the death of the English boy, Joe Cronin, a few years ago lest it confuse anyone while I have now verified that there is a boy who needs our help and prayers. I do not know how that will affect any comments you have left there.
(Update – Corpus Christi Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida had a priest who has a charism for working with the seriously to meet with the parents and pray over – and anoint – Joe at the hospital this morning. Afterwards, the priest came back and told the Bishop that the boy is, indeed, in a deep coma. Press on, my friends in Christ…this is real and the need is critical).