As Elizabeth Westhoff, the director of marketing for the Archdiocese of St. Louis tweeted to me, it'sLouis [the child] was so sad that he couldn’t receive 1st Communion; he was in tears. When he said hi to Cardinal Burke, I explained to the Cardinal why he was sad and Louis just leaned into him and cried. His Eminence embraced him so lovingly and told him, “don’t worry, your first Communion will come soon enough!”I love that Louis poured out his sorrow to him like the shepherd that Cardinal Burke is… so dear!
"typical Cardinal Burke. Sweet and paternal."
I find that this is a moment both will remember for the rest of their lives, and so will everyone who was there to witness it.
Now, Fathers: Cardinal Burke is a pastor, in the truest sense of the word. Follow his example more than anyone else's in the College of Cardinals! Hopefully the Holy Father feels that Holy Mother the Church is best served by keeping him around Rome for a few more years (as much as I want him Stateside...).
Because it's that kind of night, and because it's appropriate, even with its multiplicity of meaning (just whom is he waiting for?), even for a pop song: