“Your Holiness, I want to be a priest of Christ!” – VIDEO UPDATE

Okay, this made me weep, and I am no weeper.

Pope Francis, embraces, cries with Nathan/credit Radio FM Cancao

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 30, 2013 / 02:54 pm (CNA).- Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, when he broke past barriers to deliver an important message to the Pontiff.

“Your Holiness, I want to be a priest of Christ, a representative of Christ,” de Brito whispered in the ear of Pope Francis July 26, after jumping hurdles and making his way to the Popemobile in his Brazilian national soccer team jersey.

“I am going to pray for you, but I ask you to pray for me,” Pope Francis responded, moved to tears and embracing him.

“As of today, your vocation is set.”

Read the rest. It’s almost like one of those stories out of a saint’s hagiography; I mean Nathan’s not the pope’s. “At a young age Nathan ran to Pope Francis and declared, ‘I want to be a priest of Christ!’”

Pray for this young one, and for all who hear the small, still voice but are not sure what it is they’re experiencing.

And take note of that photograph; think about it. We’re crossing a rubicon, as a church.

Wow. Thanks to Kate O’Hare
who sent me this video, which shows the moment. At 1:25, we see Nathan being handed off the popemobile, reluctantly. It’s a beautiful moment.

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  • BadMF

    Do you mean “tipping point” by the Church crossing the Rubicon, or point of no return?

    I think you mean crossing a threshold that marks a distinct direction, right?

  • Heloise1

    The vid did make me cry. Thanks.

  • https://twitter.com/darthlevin darthlevin

    It is very, VERY, difficult to keep up my comfortably crusty, curmudgeonly exterior when you post stuff like this. You owe me a kleenex to replace the one you made me use.

  • MeanLizzie

    I mean BOTH.

  • stefanie

    O, wow, thank you for the following up! I saw this during the livecast and it made me cry then, too.
    Yes, Elizabeth, it is JUST like little Therese to Pope Leo XIII, isn’t it? Wow!

  • http://inspiredangela.wordpress.com/ Angela Sealana

    :) Love.

  • Katie Rose

    I love this video, especially toward the end when the dear boy weeps as he returns to his waiting father, who embraces him. Imagine raising such a son! But, umm, the background music sounds an awful lot like “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” Seriously? :)

  • jahnabibarooah

    This is really powerful. I had read the story before, but thanks for sharing the video here.

  • Anham Mahna

    Me TOO! Ugh, so awesome.

  • kmk1916

    What a consolation to the Holy Father, as well–I wonder if he had asked for a sign for a special intention?
    Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

  • Gordis85

    In the heart of the Church among God’s people, that is where we find Papa Francis. As I watched him this past week, in Rio, listened to his many wonderful messages, watched him embrace the people, honor with much love and devotion our Lady at the Aparecida Shrine, I smiled lots, prayed too and gave thanks to Almighty God for giving us such a holy and simple yet strong Papa.

    May his love of Christ, devotion to Mary and his love of the Church be an example to us all who try daily to live out our faith.

    Thanks again Elizabeth for your positive and uplifting posts regarding Papa Francis. You are no sour naysayer for sure. ^^

  • zmamaq

    That’s who I thought of too.-And Pope Francis has said he has a great devotion to St Therese (he even revealed to a reporter he had a book about her in his famous black bag). Coincidence? I think not.

  • Catie

    Made me weep too! Absolutely beautiful. This inspired me to look this up from Pope John Paul’s letter to children in 1994: “What does it mean that “unless you turn and become like children,
    you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”? Is not Jesus pointing
    to children as models even for grown-ups? In children there is something
    that must never be missing in people who want to enter the kingdom of heaven.
    People who are destined to go to heaven are simple like children, and like
    children are full of trust, rich in goodness and pure. Only people of this
    sort can find in God a Father and, thanks to Jesus, can become in their
    own turn children of God.”

  • Vicky Hernandez

    Yes, Stefanie!
    Little Nathan’s plea to Pope Francis reminded me exactly of St. Thérèse of Lisieux pleas to Pope Leo.

    It was touching to see how the photographer and security team members were moved by Nathan, too.

  • Vicky Hernandez


  • Vicky Hernandez


    The clip was shown to Pope Francis’ sister, Maria Elena, and she too was moved to tears. Maria Elena appears toward the end of the clip. At the end she said, “it’s impossible not be moved [by that moment].