Lucas Masin-Moyer | March 24, 2017
Students, faculty and administrators came together to remember Travis McElmurry, a first-year law student who died March 12.
University President Fr. John Jenkins presided over a memorial Mass held in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, during which Fr. Pat Reidy delivered the homily and talked about the pain losing a loved one often brings.
“It’s a fearful thing, to love something death can touch,” he said. “We fear to risk the pain, the sorrow. Of course, if we only love a little, we can only a little … [but] we dare to live with our whole hearts, our whole souls.”
This grief, Reidy said, is often indicative of how much a person meant to us on earth.
“When someone we know dies, we find out how much we really loved them — the more we hurt, the more we loved,” he said. “That hurt stays with us forever, it helps us to remember the person we so deeply loved and it reminds us that the person we loved will never forget us.”
One must remember this love, Reidy said, when remembering McElmurry.
“We bring Travis to the Lord tonight through our love and prayers,” he said.
Through this love, Reidy said McElmurry could truly be at peace.