Joe Cronin Surgery a Success

By Charlie Johnston

I just wanted to let you know that Joey Cronin just got out of surgery. As I mentioned yesterday, they were giving him a tracheostomy so he can breathe on his own without damaging his throat and a gastric bypass so he might more easily be fed.

His Father, George, says the surgery was a success and that they will be feeding Joey tonight. It would not hurt at all – and might be a great help – for all those who called the hospital before to call them now. Tell them you know what an intense week it has been and thank them for giving such effective care after having had such a tense week. Their number, again, is 361-694-5000.

We fought with faith and fortitude when it was needed. Now it is time to bind up the wounds of battle. Keep praying for Joey and his family – and for an end to the culture of death. May the light drive out the darkness.

I am leaving the mountain this afternoon, so will be out of pocket for a bit. My apologies to the many who have sent messages to my email box that I have not yet responded to. I will be at it again Monday.

I think it would be good to ponder the closing paragraph of Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. It was directed both to the victorious north and the soon-to-be-defeated south:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1864

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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31 Responses to Joe Cronin Surgery a Success

  1. the phoenix says:

    It’s wonderful to hear all this good news! Thank you for all you’ve done, Charlie. Praying for Joey Cronin’s continued healing, safety, and full recovery. I like pineconejill’s idea about sending thank-you cards.

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  2. radiclaudio says:

    Amen, amen.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Alex ireton says:

    Spirit Daily did an article on Joe today asking for prayer. Thank you Micheal Brown. I think Charlie, this was a drill for all of us for future events. Good work.

    Liked by 1 person

    • elizmeehan says:

      Sign.Org did multiple articles as well. I agree totally with you Alex that this was a drill for future events. I think the Prayer of Miraculous Trust works!

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  4. caren otis says:

    thank you very much for your faithfulness in keeping us informed, may God bless you with a special gift this weekend. caren


  5. Bob says:

    Good news praise God. I shall continue to pray for Joe’s healing.
    The words of the Second Inaugural quoted:
    Would that we again had a leader who acknowledges God!
    Today I was reading the daily readings as my spiritual director asked me to do and I was struck at how many of the psalms are asking for God’s help in some trial, probably as David was often in some battle in which he needed God’s help. This one is entitled “thanksgiving after rescue”

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    • Judy says:

      We could certainly now use a leader who has the likes of A. Lincoln’s fine mind, lofty communication style, and moral courage based on Christian principles. It is too bad that we have to reach so far back to find him. May God send us these men such as these to lead the nation and the world.


  6. N. Wright says:

    Thank you Charlie for leading so many of us in this battle for life, for Joe. Continued prayers for Joey’s healing and healing of hearts in our nations to care for the weak little ones and vulnerable ones.

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    • the phoenix says:

      A very timely post, N. Wright … At Mass this evening, two of the intentions announced from the altar were as follows: 1) For the multinational corporations who make decisions, that they will consider how their decisions affect the weakest and poorest. 2) For the modern day prophets, that people will listen even to things some may not want to hear, and be inspired.


  7. MMBev says:

    It’s great to have a Sherpa who not only leads but walks along with. I was just debating which post had the hospital phone number to call them, turned on the computer, read this post, and found that you were already ahead of us. Thanks for re-posting it. It is just as important to thank as to point out error. This news is surely from the hand of God. A trial, a testing and a blessing. God is certainly preparing us for what is ahead. All glory to our God.


  8. Murt says:

    Hello Charlie,

    Please if you will allow me to make an unreserved apology for my comment on your site.
    My apologies to you and those who visit your site..


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  9. Praise be to God who hears the cries of His people!! Glory to God. I will keep little Joey and his family in my prayers. May God continue to bless them and may His healing grace continue to be upon little Joey. Thank you Charlie for keeping us posted on little Joe’s surgery and progress. God bless you for all you do for God’s people with so much love and dedication. Blessings, Alexandra


  10. Elizabeth G. says:

    Just posted on the Driscoll Facebook page and see that others have also thanked the hospital for finally acknowledging Joe’s right to life.


  11. Kathleen Vacheresse says:

    Thank you Charlie for answering theLord’s call and being other for us


  12. Jim Hoffman says:

    Charlie, I heard about your ministry several months ago and have been following you since. Please add the Kurtz family to your prayers. They are a WONDERFUL family in Coatesville, PA just outside of Philadelphia. They were involved in a serious car accident yesterday. I have attached a link to their website.

    God Bless you Charlie!



  13. Bonnie C says:

    Hi Charlie, After typing up a letter to Driscoll’s, I decided on a note card, and here is what I wrote:

    “Please accept our thanks in getting to work in the battle for the life of little Joseph Cronin. Now may we all work together and advance in humanity, kindness and in a spirit of life. Let us unplug (underlined) from the culture of death.”

    I’m not so sure about calling him “little” Joseph Cronin. He may be little, but I just think of my brother, a pretty big kid at the age of 12, and my mom calling the clinic in a panic telling them that her “little boy” got bit by a snake. They were a little surprised to see her little boy when they got there. Haha.

    Charlie, I think your sabbatical in the deep got derailed. May our Celestial Queen and Mother Mary wrap you in her mantle filling you with peace, that deep deep peace that just envelopes you from about the middle of the chest and works it’s way to every fiber of your being. Then may she strengthen you and prepare you for the battle ahead.

    God bless you dear Sherpa!


    • charliej373 says:

      To the contrary, Bonnie, I think my sabbatical was just what God intended it to be. This was an incredibly intense effort – far more intense behind the scenes than the public material I was updating on. It required my full, nearly constant attention. That became a command center – and I had absolutely no distractions – which would not have been the case had I not been so secluded.

      My friends who own the cabin have told me to use it whenever I want. I love it…but I have been there twice and have had intensely dramatic things take place while there. I don’t know if my heart can stand too much time spent at the peaceful cabin in the mountains;-)

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    • Mick says:

      Bonnie, to which department or address did you send the card? I’d like to send one, but I’m not sure where. Thanks.


  14. Julia says:

    Thank God for the wonderful news about Joe Cronin. Thank you Charlie for making us all feel like one of the family. Our there plugging for our young brother Joe.

    Don’t forget to let us know all about what Joe has to share when he recovers enough with Gods grace and can tell us through you about his encounter with our dear God. He did tell his mum he could see God when he could no longer see his mum.

    Saint Padre Pio, please continue to intercede with Heavenly Father on behalf of Joe for a full recovery. Amen

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