Today is a “light” day for the staff at St. Ignatius. Classes are not in session due to parent-teacher conferences yesterday, Students are possibly still sleeping at this early afternoon hour. For that matter, perhaps some faculty are as well after yesterday’s exhausting marathon of meetings. However, administrative staff are still called to work today.
Created, dependent, loved beings that we are, all of us are also called to worship, in addition to work, this day. And that is just what so many of the staff members did today at 11AM. Fr. Murphy celebrated Mass for those Eucharistically-hungry staff members today. It was wonderful to see a near standing room only crowd in the small Companions Chapel. Not only is this community hard-working, good-natured, and excellent in what its members do, it is also eager to hear the word of God in the liturgy and to receive that word incarnate in Holy Communion. I’m touched and certainly blessed to work amongst such people during this year of service.
On Friday, while chatting with comrades in the Theology department, one brought up the existence of the proverbial “Kool-Aid” the alumni of St. Ignatius get hooked on drinking at some point during their four years here. Perhaps it is actually the Eucharistic center of this school that keeps love burning for it in so many hearts of its alumni.