By Charlie Johnston
I have talked with Joe’s Dad twice today. They have been in contact with the Schiavo Hope and Life Network. He has a few contacts now at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, which has been wonderful in these things. He also will be in contact with Fr. Frank Pavone’s Priests for Life, which has successfully expedited a similar situation before. He has gotten all this information through your help.
God bless you readers here. As you know from your own lives, when you are in a deep crisis, it is difficult to organize your thoughts and plans coherently because you are juggling so many things in the midst of profound fear. Because you took the initiative and did what you could to find concrete help, the next right step, you might say, he has those resources and is just able to make the calls and make his case. God bless you. I do not know what will happen with Joe Cronin, but I am feeling that this young boy is going to get a chance at life, and primarily because of your efforts.
Please say a prayer in thanksgiving for Bishop Rene Gracida, as well. He has been Johnny on the spot. I consider it a matter of Divine Providence that this is unfolding right in his Diocese. He has been a true servant and shepherd as this crisis unfolds. I thank God for him and his devotion to his duty and his love for his fellow man at this stage of life – 91 years old. Amazing grace in action.
Don’t let up. I will let you know throughout the day and night until this is resolved. Keep sending it out on your email prayer chains, share it on your Facebook Page – and if you know of a potential resource, call them to pave the way, send me who to talk to and the phone number, and I will get that information to the family.
Briefly on another note, my sister, Kim, is having some severe struggles right now. She is one of my greatest sources of solace when I am hurting and I love her so dearly. Please offer some prayers up for her.