So far I haven’t seen anyone talk about the 1993 book The Celestine Prophecy. I remember it was all the rage in the mid-’90’s, and I picked up a copy on an extended layover at DFW (my flight from ATL was late taking off, because it was Sunday, and my flight from DFW to TUS took off right on time) and read it all in one sitting. It was somewhat interesting, as I recall, but don’t remember anything about it, which should indicate how much of an impact it made on my life. Reading the synopsis on Wikipedia, it looks like an early work in the Dan Brown DaVinci Code genre (well, there is one now) minus the Jesuits.
When I was growing up, my family were all members of St. Ignatius Parish, a Jesuit-operated parish near Loyola University Chicago, and went to the associated school, which in the 1990’s became the Chicago Waldorf Academy. The Waldorfs have since moved into a new place, and as I understand it the Archdiocese of Chicago, who now is the caretaker of the physical plant of the church and school (the Jesuits cut and run a few years ago), is trying to figure out what to do. There have been rumors that the whole shebang might be torn down, which is kind of a shame. I mean, I received all my initiation sacraments (Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation) there, as did my brothers and most of the rest of my family, we all graduated from the school, both my parents were buried from there, at least one cousin was married there. There’s a lot of my family’s history there, and that’s true of a lot of families from that area.
Plus, we had a fallout shelter.
I never actually saw the fallout shelter; I know it was accessible from the Holy Name Room, where they had all kinds of barrels for potable water, and that it supposedly was huge, extending under the entire city block where the physical plant was situated. I wonder what they’ll end up doing with it?
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