I still can’t believe that I will be back on Mt. St. James in five days! I am moving in two days early to serve as a liturgical coordinator at the Mass of the Holy Spirit—my last Mass of the Holy Spirit. This Mass for the incoming freshmen is one of my favorites at Holy Cross. Seeing the incoming Crusaders sitting with their parents, I feel able to mentally reverse to when I was sitting in the Hart Center with my parents next to me, with plenty of tissues in hand. The moment when the parents are asked to leave their children, the moment when their college journey begins, still brings tears to my eyes. I remember serving at the Mass sophomore year and crying right along with the many parents having difficulty saying goodbye. I remember watching my parents leave the Hart Center (well, technically they didn’t really leave because little did I know, they waited outside the gym to say goodbye one last time), looking around at the unfamiliar faces around me thinking, “these are the people that I’ll be spending the next four years with.” Little did I know then that I would come to consider many of these once-strangers as my second family. So, the Mass of the Holy Spirit holds a special place in my heart—and as the last one I’ll be serving at, this one will also be emotional.
And, I am so unbelievably excited to see the apartment in Williams I will be sharing with three amazing girls: Kelsey, Casandra, and Courtney (pictures of us in our room to come!) Courtney, has already moved into our apartment, and next Sunday, Kelsey and Casandra will move into Williams Hall and complete our quad!
As crates begin to move from my living room to the car, the fact that senior year really is beginning in a mere five days is starting to hit me. At the Mass of the Holy Spirit for my class, Father McFarland quoted Fr. Pedro Arrupe in his homily, saying: “What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” And, I am ready to spend this year re-falling in love with absolutely everything about Holy Cross.