“Cele-” Sends Me Wandering #socs

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.

Source: Geraldshields11/Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0

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?

Civil Defense Water Barrel (source: http://www.civildefensemuseum.com)

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26 thoughts on ““Cele-” Sends Me Wandering #socs

  1. I read The Celestine Prophecy a long time ago. I did loved it. Very nice post and I hope you can check the fallout shelter that sounds interesting.

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  2. That’s a lot of family history at risk of being demolished. I hope they find a positive alternative. Maybe there is a group out there trying to save it that you could look into?

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    1. They aven’t decided anything yet. The church is just over 100 years old, and it’s still in very good shape, not to mention the artwork is remarkable, and a lot of people in the neighborhood have lots of memories locked up in there. At the same time, the Archdiocese might find itself in need of lots of money to settle sex-abuse cases, and it can ill afford to operate a church the size of that one for the benefit of a dwindling number of elderly parishoners. It’s a situation similar to our old parish on the South Side, where there were six churches within a ten-minute walk: the old-timers left and the new residents didn’t go to church. They’ve already shuttered a couple of them, and I can foresee all of them being shut down and the land under them sold. Reality is setting in.

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      1. 😦 Reality can be devastating for things that matter. What I’ve been reading about — and actually a group where I lived tried to save an old and historically valuable building (we didn’t) — is repurposing old buildings. There are federal and state funding streams for buildings designated as historically significant, but it takes a hell of a lot of elbow grease to make it happen. Where is falls apart is the human resources and passion to make it happen. These buildings become a part of who we are by the memories.

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  3. Duck and cover! You had, I hope a better experience than my father brought up by the Jesuit brothers in Dublin 1915 to circa 1924. They were cruel. Very interesting post.💜

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    1. Reconciliation is the new word for Penance, just as Extreme Unction was renamed Anointing of the Sick, because they decided that it was too good to limit to just the people on their deathbeds.

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  4. I bought the CP sequel, The Tenth Insight, because it was on sale and read it first. That was at least ten years ago but I lose track of time. Then I read The Celestine Prophecy a year or two later. I remember liking the sequel better. Seems they were looking for something in South America and that there was a lot about vibration which I found interesting. Though I don’t remember much detail, I think it might have planted seeds and made vague impressions…. About the family history, I hope there’s a way to preserve some of it.

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    1. The records will be kept at one of the other parishes in Rogers Park if and when they close the doors at St. I, just like the school records are at one of the other schools. Might take a few phone calls to find them, but they’re around. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re scanned and sitting on a cloud someplace by now…

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  5. Regarding St Ignatius parish and school, the Jesuits are a teaching order and only had two parishes in Chicago. Back when I was young they used to send older priests who had retired from teaching to serve out their remaining active years as parish priests. At one period they had a particularly old group of five: Frs Sullivan, Seymour, Donohue, Shanley, and Shea. They were affectionately referred to as, “The Five Sorrowful Mysteries.” They may have been before your time.

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    1. We had a couple of older priests, Fr. Lane and Flanagan (who used to teach math at the Academy when you and Dad were there). Tex said that when he ran the parish, it was like a drunk tank, as several of the priests drank pretty heavily…

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  6. Closing the doors would be sad. The parish school I went to shuttered its’ doors a few years ago. The church is shrinking. The end of an era unfortunately.

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    1. It is, and they have no one to blame but themselves. I’m furious about the sex scandal. Clearly there were a few that didn’t take the whole celibacy thing seriously. It undoes a lot of the things I was taught to believe. And you know who suffers? The majority of priests who were faithful to their vows and us poor bastards in the pews who prayed, paid and obeyed.

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  7. I was thinking of the Celestine Prophesy for this prompt after I wrote my post. I never read the book either but I remember it was a craze for a while, kind of like an Oprah Book Club choice, which I usually don’t read either because I don’t like the idea of having to read something because a celebrity liked it. The Catholic School I attended is now something else too, but the church is still there and in use as a Catholic church.

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  8. This ramble was one of the most interesting from the “cele” prompts! Brought back memories as well.
    I was surprised at the number of times my mom took last rites — she was in and out of hospitals for months before she died and they did this several times and each time they phoned me to tell me. Makes you wonder about that term, “last”.

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  9. I know I read the Celestine Prophecy because of the hype, but I remember nothing about it, except my reaction to it at the time which was “meh, next.” Interesting about the Chicago parish. I missed out on the whole duck and cover, air raid stuff. I knew about it but we never had any of that (for which I am thankful).

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    1. They had stopped “duck and cover” drills by the time I started school, so I never went through them, either. I think by then the whole “mutually assured destruction” concept had caught on.

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