No, not someone suspicious or menacing looking. Just a little boy in a wheelchair; a little boy with muscular dystrophy who had come all the way to New York from Corpus Christi, TX to get a glimpse of the Pope; a little boy who thought he had no hope of getting inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral to see the mass.
But he caught the eye of one of the Secret Service agents safeguarding Pope Benedict XVI, and just moments before the mass was to begin, the agent singled out the mother, Beverly Ruiz and her son Aaron, and whisked them inside.
“After the Holy Father arrived and went inside, a man came up to us and said, ‘We have a special place for you,’” Ruiz told the Daily News.
The Secret Service agent lifted Aaron out of his wheelchair and carried him up St. Patrick’s steps. The agent then found a seat for the boy and his mother in the far right corner of the cathedral.
After celebrating Mass, Benedict walked over to Aaron.
“He came over and blessed him, and my son just smiled,” Ruiz said. “It’s just a miracle in itself, there’s no way to describe it. It’s just an absolute miracle that this happened in our lives.”
Aaron and his mother, who were both wearing papal red, traveled from Corpus Christi, Tex., to be in Manhattan Saturday to see the Pope. “I had this vision weeks ago and told my spiritual director that I believed that my son would be healed,” she said. “It was beautiful, it was absolutely beautiful.”
This is why you should always keep a box of kleenex next to your computer.
Hat tip: Lucianne