Mass – A Limerick

The priest intoned in a voice deep

The solemn promise that God keeps

He loved us on the cross

We gained life through his loss

The cost of salvation doesn’t come cheap

The body of St. John Neumann in repose under the altar at the St. John Neumann Shrine.

This irreverent limerick (is that redundant?) was written for Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #221 – Mass. My streak is still going strong! While Patrick’s heavy poem focused on mass in the physical sense, I went in a more spiritual direction.

I spent yesterday on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. John Neumann with my daughter’s Confirmation Class. We had never been there before and this was actually our first “pilgrimage” together. I really enjoyed learning about St. John Neumann who is known as the Patron Saint of Immigrants. He was the first male saint from the United States of America.

St. John Neumann’s remains are interred in the shrine underneath the main altar (yes! That’s totally him in the picture above!). We celebrated mass before we left the shrine and I couldn’t help but look at his remains during the entire mass. Here was an actual saint, a man who was so moved by God’s love and God’s message to the world that he changed the New World! He founded the first Catholic Schools in the United States and created 89 churches, most of which catered to specific immigrant groups who had come to the United States from Europe.

St. John Neumann was made a saint when I was three years old. The latest miracle attributed to him occurred in 1982 in Philadelphia. The boy who was cured is now 41 years old and living in Ohio. Do you believe that miracles can still happen in this day and age?

©️ 2020 iido

19 thoughts on “Mass – A Limerick

    • My daughter was very much creeped out by the body of a dead person – even though he was a saint – being front and center in the chapel. It reminded me of that scene in Snow White where she is in the glass coffin where the dwarves laid her to rest after she ate the poison apple. The priest who gave the tour said that early Christians would often say mass in underground crypts, using the coffins as an altar, when being a Christian was punishable by death.

      On a side note, St John Neumann was only 5’2” tall – notice they put a pillow under his feet! 😁

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  1. Your daughter’s confirmation must have been such a huge milestone for you too, I can feel the pride and joy. I recall my own kids rite of passage and makes me thankful for all the blessings we have. Personally its the definition of miracles to me. It need not be earth shaking events or blatantly obvious. Miracles happen everyday, but we don’t notice it, the fact that we continue to live and breathe is one. but your question stirs the heart. I will be looking out for everyday miracles!

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    • Quite true, Gina! The every day miracles often go overlooked. Especially with being a parent – every day that my kids thrive and I stay at least one step ahead of the game is a miracle! 😂 These milestones are blessings – they just seem to come too fast…

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  3. Congratularions on your daughter’s confirmation Irma. And than you too for sharing the story of St. John Neumann, i haven’t heard of him so its such a joy read him here. And what a blessing to read too about that last miracle.
    I believe in miracles Irma and it happens everyday..even when we least expect it.

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