“Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as his sons.
For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.”
– Daily Mass Reading, Hebrews 12:7-11
Holy Mother, Immaculate Conception, you came to an obscure grotto in Lourdes to set a fountain of cool, healing water gushing up at a time when the love of many had grown cold. You confounded the wise, the conventional. Neither scientists nor hostile officials nor hostile clerics whose love had grown cold could explain what you had done – nor resist it. Come now and in this obscure corner of America that is yet so aptly named, Corpus Christi, and set the world ablaze with a fire of love. Heal your servant, young Joey Cronin, as a sign of your Son’s love for His people and let it ignite a renewed commitment to the Culture of Life through God that will enflame and purify the whole world.