But it's not just the Fighting Irish football team that we love; it's Notre Dame's breathtaking campus, dotted with beautiful Catholic imagery everywhere you look--a slice of Heaven on earth where Our Lady keeps watch from Her perch atop a gleaming golden dome. It's the rigorous academic programs that ensure preparation for successful careers after graduation. It's the presence of only all-boy and all-girl dorms, making the living arrangements such that parents can feel confident that the university is acting in loco parentis--that the school's administration is striving to guard the Faith and morals of their students to the best of their ability in this fallen world of ours. It's a place where on any given Sunday, you can find a Mass to attend at almost any hour--from morning Mass at the spectacular Basilica of the Sacred Heart to 10:00 p.m. Mass at your son's dorm, in the basement chapel which is a fixture in every single dormitory on campus.
But we believe Our Lady is present at the university that bears Her name. And we believe that in the end, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph there just as it will triumph--as promised--everywhere on earth.
Happiness is: being with two of my favorite people on earth, at one of my favorite places on earth. The handsome young man on my right in this photo taken last fall is son #3, and the one on my left is son #5, my baby. We are standing in front of Notre Dame's faithful replica of the original Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in France, where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. I love Notre Dame's grotto. And I love these two boys to pieces (their three brothers, too, of course!). I am a very proud mama, as you can see, and very blessed indeed.
We were waiting to see whether this grandchild would be a boy or a girl before we bought any clothing items, Notre Dame-themed or otherwise. I'm sure we'll rectify the situation as quickly as we can. Little Gal will only be two weeks old tomorrow...but it's never too early to start the indoctrination process!
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