By Charlie Johnston
I have spent much of the day trying to dig out from under the avalanche of emails I dealt with last week. I am glad to report that this afternoon I spoke with Joey’s dad – and he reports that Joey is resting comfortably, sometimes wiggling his toes, and reacting whenever the bed is moved. Things have changed dramatically since last week. George and I both kind of reacted in amazement that we have only known each other less than a week. I told him we spent a month together last week and he joked it has been a whirlwind courtship.
I am gathering a list of groups and people to thank – for this could not have happened without the passionate intervention of a lot of people doing a little – and some groups doing a lot. As I unbury myself, I will get that together and have it up.
Tomorrow begins my annual Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes. I hope you will join me in offering the Novena intentions for the full recovery of Joey Cronin and for a global resurgence of the Culture of Life. Certainly, we have seen evidence that no matter how thick or dense the darkness, it parts before the light of the smallest candle. Let’s keep those candles burning.
It delighted me to see that the two American representatives to this year’s final session of the Synod on the Family will be Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles. They are two of my most admired – and I doubt there are any more charitable and orthodox Bishops in the country.
It kind of stunned me to learn that at least 14 high-ranking staffers from President Obama’s political operation have gone to Israel to try to defeat Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu. And the president had the nerve to say that Congress inviting Netanyahu to speak was an unconscionable interference in Israeli politics? Honestly, I have trouble understanding how the president keeps a straight face when he says things like that – while doing things like this. Israel is encompassed with hostile powers on all sides – including those who used to be its allies.
What an inspiration that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is leading the charge on behalf of the U.S. Bishops Conference in defending traditional marriage. Talk about working right from the belly of the beast!