“All I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you”

 

Kelly with Big House in background

Kelly wrote:
"I request that mention be made both at the wake and at the Mass of the Resurrection of the following two stanzas of The Spiritual Canticle of St. John of the Cross (A: 18-19; B:27-28). These stanzas express in an especially poignant way what Lebh Shomea has meant to me as well as what God has so graciously chosen to do with me, through me and in me there:"


There, [Lebh Shomea] he [Jesus] gave me his heart.
There, he taught me his wisdom
There, I finally gave myself to him
-- holding nothing back --
There, at last, I promised him to be his spouse.

 

There, my soul surrendered itself
-- together with all that I have --
into his service
Now, I tend no other flock
Or hold any other office
Except the work of love alone.

Allí me dio su pecho,
allí me enseñó ciencia muy sabrosa,
y yo le di de hecho
a mí sin dejar cosa;
allí le prometí de ser su esposa.

 

Mi alma se ha empleado
y todo mi caudal en su servicio
ya no guardo ganado,
ni ya tengo otro oficio,
que ya sólo en amar es mi ejercicio.


 

 

Francis Kelly Nemeck, O.M.I.

photo of Father Kelly

April 19, 1936 - September 11, 2014
Obit

 

 

Kelly's funeral card

 

 

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