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Thank you, part II

| Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Dear student body,

Two years ago, I wrote a letter to thank you for the kindness that you’ve shown when the “Mass hype video” is aired during the home football games. Now, two years later I’m sitting behind my computer to write yet once again. Wow!  

I’m sometimes asked what I think about the response. Lately, my thoughts have been twofold. First, I’m humbled beyond words to live among the best student body in the country. Second, if the Notre Dame vs. North Carolina football game is the last time that such a cheer ever occurred, I would not be sad or wonder what happened. Rather, I’d spend the rest of my life in gratitude for this completely unexpected and wildly joyful gift.  

Unlike my last letter, I have a request for you to consider. We’re entering into a time of year when the weather gets colder, the days get darker, people begin to feel the stress of the semester and relationships can sometimes feel a bit strained. Often in those moments, we can feel alone, anxious, depressed or begin to question the value of trying. If that wasn’t enough, we’re bombarded by world events and crises that seemingly amplify our differences and rarely celebrate our shared humanity.  

So, what’s my ask? It would mean the world to me if you would use some portion of the time during the video to look around and offer a hug, a fist bump or a friendly exchange to the people standing near you. Think of it this way. We’re going to do a stadium style sign of peace. 12,000 people expressing love and kindness. What an impact!  

While I’m on the topic of making an impact, I’d encourage you to respond to the invitation of the video and attend Mass on Sunday. Whether it’s in your dorm, the Basilica, or a local parish, praying with your whole heart in a community of faith is an awesome way to be reminded of the love that we’ve received and the love we’re called to share. There may be only two home football games left, but we’ve got plenty of Masses to spare at Notre Dame.  

Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for all you are and all that you will become. May God bless you now and always.  

In Notre Dame,

Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C.

Director of Campus Ministry

Nov. 1

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