With the canonization of Pope John Paul II (I need to start remembering to call him Saint John Paul II) last weekend, I'm reminded of a short but very touching conversation between a little boy and a priest after Mass soon after the pontiff's death.
I was a newly minted Catholic at the time, having received my sacraments at the Easter Vigil just a few days before Saint John Paul II died in 2005. A week or so after that, my wife and I were walking out of Mass, and I saw a little boy around five years old step up to our pastor who was greeting people out front.
The priest was a tall and intimidating looking guy (but very nice) and towered over the boy. The kid said, "Fr. Sam, did you cry when the pope died?" Without needing a moment to think, the priest responded, "Yes!"
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