Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ND vs Syracuse

Knowing what I know now, the game was as dreary and gray as the day appeared to be but let's just pretend we don't know the outcome of the game and just enjoy the day.

After parking and a short walk to campus our first stop was The Grotto also known as The Cave of Candles.

But first a photo of an outdoor walkway I had never noticed before. Sarah couldn't understand why I wanted to stop and take a picture but I liked it for some reason.

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For those of you that don't know the official name of ND is the University of Notre Dame du Lac which means Our Lady of the Lake. Here is a description that I found on the internet that describes what the Grotto means to those that visit.

Father John E. Fitzgerald penned these words about that special feeling that radiates from the Grotto and touches the heart:

It's quiet and shady there. Just what there is about the place can't be described because it's different for everyone. Nobody knows how many candles have been burned or prayers answered there. From the great Golden Dome of her University Our Lady reigns as our Queen. Yet at the Grotto she seems to have stepped down a little closer to us that she might emphasize the other side of her personal relationship with us -- that of Our Mother.


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Next stop, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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John is about to get his first look inside the Basilica.

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I know from the outside it looks quite plain but the inside is another story.

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This is Sarah would like to get married. Do you think she and Cory have made a good choice? I don't think we need to put bows on the pews to pretty it up.

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Our next stop was South Dining Hall. One, we were hungry and two, this is a possible reception site. Imagine it without all of the students and with round tables. There are other options but this one is in the running.

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After lunch we decided to walk around campus and see the sights. Because of the snow and cold it wasn't as busy as normal but I think John got some idea of what game days are like on campus.

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More tomorrow.....

4 comments....porters always have something to say!:

Peej said...

I have to say, it was the nicest campus I've been on. However, that's not saying a lot. (Grand Valley, CMU, Mich Tech, SVSU, Northwood, MSU)

curlz said...

Finally! I've been waiting to hear the tales of the trip. John said very little during Thanksgiving; only really saying Sarah's pictures didn't do the basilica justice. Wow. It is beautiful. Can't wait to see it in person.

megawatt miler said...

where on earth did you get cave of candles from?

carriegel said...

i found it on a website with all kinds of info about the grotto

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