Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes for Joseph Cronin: Final Day


When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”

-Gospel for the Feast of Lourdes, John 2:3-5

Dear Mother, Sweet Immaculate Conception, you came to young Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes and told her to dig in a dry spot in the dump at Massabielle, that a spring might rise up. She did as you said and waters gushed forth that have carried in them the healing power of your Son. St. Paul says that we do not see clearly, but as through a glass darkly. When you went to visit your cousin, Elizabeth during her pregnancy with John the Baptist, you begin your great prayer of praise and worship by saying, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” And so it does. At the heart of all sanctity is that magnifying of the Lord, which clears away some of the impurities in the dark glass through which we normally see heavenly things. Young Joseph Cronin lies in a coma. We thank you for interceding to bring him to a hospital committed to his recovery. We pray you ask your Son to speed that recovery to fullness. We pray that when the Lord tells us something that we do not understand, like digging for a spring at a dusty spot in the center of a dump, that we “do whatever He says,” trusting it is for our good. May we find springs of life He has laid for us throughout the globe and let their waters gush forth through our love for and obedience to Him.


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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23 Responses to Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes for Joseph Cronin: Final Day

  1. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    AMEN! Yes, Yes.

    our Blessed Mother always points to and tells us:

    “Do whatever He tells you.”

    and her Son, our Blessed Lord and Savior tells us:

    “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

    Little Joseph, we are all praying for you!

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  2. the phoenix says:

    I once followed an inspiration like that.

    Years ago on May 1, I needed to go to the bank. Three things to keep in mind: 1) May is a month normally devoted to Mary. 2) May 1, or May Day, is celebrated as a secular holiday among Communists. 3) Mary asked at Fatima that we pray the Rosary each day or else Russia would spread her errors (atheistic Communism) throughout the world.

    So there I am waiting in a long line at the bank, mentally saying the Rosary, with the Rosary beads hidden so I could pray privately. Suddenly, I got this HUGE inspiration from the Holy Spirit to take my Fatima Rosary beads in both hands, stretch out both arms straight in front of me, and show the Rosary to all publicly while I prayed silently … even if it meant making a big fool of myself.

    So that’s what I did … Now here I am in the bank, standing in line, holding up the Rosary for all to see. At that moment, the line moved. As I rounded the corner, I came face to face with a man who I now saw was wearing a t-shirt with a big, bold Communist symbol on it. Wow … What a confrontation!

    He had his symbol of spiritual warfare openly displayed, and I had mine.

    Makes you think …

    Am so glad to have had the privilege of praying this novena to Our Lady of Lourdes for Joseph Cronin (and a personal intention) with everyone!

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  3. Fran says:

    +Amen+ So be it.

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  4. audiemarie2014 says:


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  5. Judy says:

    Trusting in Jesus and Mary for the best and most glorious outcome! Great prayer, Charlie.

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  6. Chris says:

    Amen to a beautiful prayer

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  7. radiclaudio says:

    Hello to Charlie and all of my TRNS brothers and sisters. I’ve been out of pocket the last week recovering from gum surgery. I don’t want to complain but it’s nasty business this procedure. I am healing and all will be well.

    In Bishop Rene’s recent book “The Ordinary ‘ s not so ordinary life” (which I highly recommend) he relays an old quote I had never heard before but have used often in the last at few weeks. “God draws straight with crooked lines.” it seems to apply to Joesph ‘ s unfolding story as well.

    TJtM, Rich

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  8. Catma says:

    Praying for Joseph , asking Our Lady of Lourdes intercession for him and his family, has made me think about the Grotto at Mt Saint Mary’s. The water from the stream seems to bring miraculous healings like at Lourdes. Not sure how close it is to where Joseph is but it may do the same for him!

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  9. Barbara Dore says:

    Our Lady of Cana, please pray for Joe to be healed fully. Our Lady of Cana , have pity on us. Our Lady of Cana , whisper Jesus’s ear for us. Our Lady of Cana , pray for us.


  10. Lilia Florentiae says:

    A beautiful novena indeed, Charlie. Thank you. I find this final prayer even more evocative than the previous ones . Lilia from Italy

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  11. Linda says:

    Please consider a new novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots, to continue to pray for Joseph Cronin’s full healing, and for other concerns.

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  12. Beautiful novena! I must say I’m really missing your typical posts!!

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  13. Jacquie says:

    I let all those whom I asked for prayer know of little Joseph’s move to Jersey hospital. They were all so glad to hear the outcome.
    Here is something that is really bothering me. Is anyone else disturbed by our President asking for the power to use the military to fight ISIS (terrorism)? It not only creeps me out by scares me. It seems only one step from the military power to fight terrorism in this country. He has already indicated that the right wing Christians are terrorist.
    The other concern is this request to Congress for military power is in exchange for letting the Keystone pipeline go thru without a VETO….Not sure who decided or thought of a tit for tat (I’ll scratch your back if you will scratch mine) but it is slick thinking. And seems very well thought out. He has veto’d the Keystone repeatedly. Why now?
    After the shooting of the three young Muslims the pot is now at the boiling point.

    Someone, please tell me I’m wrong…..

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    • charliej373 says:

      As is often the case, Jacquie, this is not what it appears at first blush. There is already a use of force authorization in place that is valid. The agreement the president seeks would not expand on that agreement, but narrow the geographic areas where it can be exercised. It is terribly dangerous because it notifies the Islamists where they can set up headquarters and be immune from American reprisals. That means, the jihadists can spread the destabilization to areas such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. This more limited use of force agreement would nearly guarantee that, in ordinary times, within a year to 18 months, all countries in the Middle East would fall to ISIS and they would have their Caliphate with Iran in the driver’s seat.

      For the last century, the most cataclysmic situations have not been caused by over-aggression among western nations, but by wishful thinking that if we just concede the territory of other nations, the aggressors appetite for land and power will be sated.

      Politically, an agreement not to veto Keystone is one of the few politically smart things Obama would have done. First, it is dicey whether he could sustain a veto…many Democrats have gotten very nervous about the war the administration has waged on job creation and how it has devastated union jobs and blue collar workers – something they need in their coalition. Second, it suckers Republicans into agreeing to narrow the current force authorization in a way that seals the doom of the entire Arab Middle East and virtually guarantees cataclysmic war within a year or so – and seals that the Republicans will be complicit in it.

      This is a disaster…but hardly the greatest disaster of the last year…or the last month…or even the last week. This country is not governed by serious people any more and you will not find redemption through the government.

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  14. Jacquie says:

    You are ever perceptive of how the world situation unfolds. Unfortunately, my assumptions are strictly based upon what ever the media reports. I really should stick with the comics.
    What does Obama get out of not vetoing the Keystone bill? Why the change of heart?

    Back to little Joseph. What scared the wits out of me was the loss of control the parents have of their own children! We prayed very much for those parents. I’m sure there were moments they were terrified for their son.
    Thank you for taking time to clarify the latest issue with our government.

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    • charliej373 says:

      He doesn’t face the potential embarrassment of having his veto overturned – which is a real possibility now, as more than a few Democrats have said they would vote to overturn. Plus, it is an open secret that a lot of Dems are very nervous about the erosion of union and blue collar support because of the continual killing of real jobs. He faced a potential revolt among his own base…the hope is that he can mollify them by going along with something it was looking more likely he was going to lose anyway. He saves face AND, by signing it, can even brag that he did it.

      Bill Clinton was forced grudgingly to sign off on welfare reform after the loss of ’94. When it proved a striking success, he took credit for it. When you can save face and potentially mollify part of your base that was getting very restless on a matter you look very likely to lose anyway, that’s what you do – if you have any strategic sense at all.

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  15. Kris says:

    I cant help but encourage all to read Mark Mallett’s recent blog entry on find out Center. It is so wonderful. I recently began the retreat based on Consoling the Heart of Christ. In it there is a first lesson on finding the First principle of St. Ignatius. It so clearly reflects what Mark Mallett is describing. We must find the passionate love for Christ again and then all else will fall into place. Today I struggled with my lack of trust again. What I found in my heart was the idea that I must put on eye patches and hold onto Christ’s hand as he leads me on. I am so tempted to worry and to plan and then am tempted to jump down everyones throats at the least provocation. This is when I know I must return quickly to stop the planning!!!! So my lesson today, put on the blinders and just hold onto Christ’s hand, let him lead me. God bless you all.


    • Alphonsus says:

      The cure for what Mark Mallett points out – the cold intellectualism of Christ our LORD – is to visit Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament often. It is sometimes difficult to know what to do in His presence in the beginning. St. Alphonsus Liguori can help through his little booklet “Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary”. The more time spent in the presence of our Great King – so humble and welcoming of all – the more we perceive His infinite yet personal love for us, and the closer we can come to being His friend as He wishes. The more we visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament, the more our heart also turns to His holy mother Mary – not only as Our Lady and advocate, but also with love for her as our tender mother who never ceases in her maternal care for our souls.


  16. Mary Ann says:

    Let’s not forget to give praise and thanks to God for hearing our prayers, and to Our Lady for interceding for us.


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