Card. Burke’s kindness

Do you recall that, last year, Card. Burke consoled a little boy who was crying because he couldn’t yet receive Communion?  HERE

This is somewhat beyond the ken of most catholics, I believe.  They might console a Questioning-status minor not yet able to vote more than once in the same pro-same-sex “marriage” referendum.   But, I digress.  This shouldn’t be polemic and… there I went and did it.  Sorry!  I am under the weather.

So, last year Card. Burke consoled a boy who couldn’t receive Communion.  At that time His Eminence said that his time would come soon enough.

The day came!

Here is a piece from the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin, which Card. Burke built in honor of Our Lady when he was Bishop of LaCrosse.   If you haven’t visited, it’s worth a trip.

Go read the whole story.  There’s a lot more to it than the simple fact of a First Holy Communion.  The boy, Louis Martin, has had a lot of things to overcome in his short life.



There are lots of catholics out there who suffer from Burke Derangement Syndrome™.  Oddly, you don’t see stories like this about their models.

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  1. danhorse says:

    Thanks for posting this, Fr. Z. I have often thought about Louis and his first meeting with Cardinal Burke. I am very happy to know they have met again.

  2. dholwell says:

    This made my day, Fr. Z. Thank you for posting it.

  3. Joseph-Mary says:

    I love Cardinal Burke! Such a saintly man. And the persecution against him merely highlights that because most saints were persecuted—many from inside the Church as well.

  4. LarryW2LJ says:

    Awww, Fr! Tear drops on a keyboard are not a good thing.

  5. Traductora says:

    Wonderful! When I see things like this, I feel as if my sad heart has restarted.

  6. It’s heartening (and all too rare) to see an example of compassion and kindness by a high prelate that seems genuine.

  7. Someone please be the Garrigue says:

    A welcoming heart for the coming of Our Lord.

  8. NBW says:

    Beautiful! Such a sweet child, and such a great Cardinal. May God Bless them both!

  9. momoften says:

    So beautiful, thank you for updating this story.

  10. ajf1984 says:

    A beautiful conclusion to an already beautiful story. On a related note, I think we need to get “#ThankYouCardinalBurke” trending on the Twitter machine.

  11. TopSully says:

    On his knees. At an altar rail. Hands clasped together prayerfully. AWESOME!

  12. Kathleen10 says:

    Reading about a severely ill child puts my woes into perspective once again. God bless Louis and his beautiful family.
    It is so unusual for a child to seek comfort from a stranger when mom and dad are right there. Louis must have discerned Jesus in Cardinal Burke.

  13. Suburbanbanshee says:

    May the Lord grant us all a heart as eager for Communion as that little boy’s was. And may the Lord also comfort us when we cannot receive.

  14. Luvadoxi says:

    This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Burke says:

    Cardinal Burke is a lovely man. I met him at this year’s Fota conference in Cork; the paper he delivered displayed his deep learning and the various short conversations we had over the weekend showed that he is kind, and considerate, and a real gentleman … and, of course, it doesn’t hurt that he has a most excellent surname!

  16. Cantor says:

    This story instantly brought to mind “Something Wonderful” from King and I.

  17. Steven Surrency says:

    We should get this photos to the rest of the Catholic news world asap. Their stock photo of Cardinal Burke seems to be him in the cappa magna . You’d think he never took it off. I can see the headline when they get this new photo, “Burke comforts young boy in attempt to mock Pope’s genuine love of children.”

  18. Now THAT’S how a shepherd shepherds.

    So touching, and so Christ-like.

  19. Bea says:

    Such a beautiful story that touches the heart.
    From the heart of innocence and love of this boy
    and from the heart of a loving pastor/shepherd.
    Thank you for updating us on this event, Fr. Z.
    What a beautiful day to receive Our Lord.
    “Are you not in the crossing of my arms?
    in the folds of my mantle?
    What else do you need?”
    Words of Our Lady to Juan Diego.
    Here is the True Heart of the Church.
    Viva Cristo Rey!
    Viva Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe!

  20. GOR says:

    Thank you Father for this.

    I have noted elsewhere that Cardinal Burke has often been depicted in the secular, and some religious, media much as then-Cardinal Ratzinger was some years ago – as aloof, cold and a rigorist.

    Back then you, and others, dispelled those notions with personal anecdotes and experiences. The same needs to be done for Cardinal Burke. Keep them coming!

  21. Robert of Rome says:

    Thanks, Fr. Z., for posting this. I’d write more, but I’d just start blubbering.

  22. Seamus says:

    The boy’s name is Louis Martin? As in *Blessed* Louis Martin, the father of St. Therese of Lisieux, who was unhappy that she couldn’t enter the Carmel at her young age? Somehow seems fitting he should yearn for the Eucharist that he is denied because of his youth.

  23. SaintJude6 says:

    Thank you for that. I needed a good cry this morning.

  24. CAR says:

    Oh, dear, I just used my last tissue.

    I love Cardinal Burke. This is absolutely a beautiful & precious story.

    On a side note, while I know this may seem a little silly, but as my RCIA was near the end, I became so excited waiting to receive Our Blessed Lord.

    Continued blessings to His Eminence and Louis.

    Thank you so much, Fr. Z.

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