Being an American abroad these days provides someone with a perplexing yet recurring experience. Wherever you go, people beyond our shores want to know why the American presidential campaign is approaching its conclusion as a political popularity contest between two historically unpopular candidates.
A few weeks ago, while driving from Seattle to Belfair, Washington — a drive of about 70 miles — I was tired and wondering why I’d said yes to this invitation. I was not at all prepared for the graces God would give me on that Sunday morning.
America still does make steel. That was the first piece of news that Binyamin Appelbaum of The New York Times delivered to Notre Dame students last week.
Many of us have that friend who recommends the best books to read. My friend’s name is Emma, and whenever she tells me to read something, I do it. Emma is not the kind of person to have a favorite book. But a few years back, when Emma and I were catching up, she told me that she had finally found a favorite: the fantasy novel The Name of the Wind.
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Sometimes Joe Fennessy ’18 forgets about the beard. He’ll be deep in conversation — not uncommon for the outgoing Notre Dame junior — and put a hand to his chin. That’s when he’ll feel it.
Call this little parable a lesson in human nature. See if it helps illuminate what’s happening in America these days. I think it does.
Indiana’s 200th birthday party took a turn through a quiet Notre Dame campus last Saturday afternoon, an unheralded moment on a cool, sunny day that happened to coincide with the television broadcast of a football game played on a wet, windswept field some 575 miles away.
Did Joe Biden start a trend? Since Biden’s election as the first Catholic vice president eight years ago, the Democratic and Republican parties in 2012 and this year have nominated running mates born and raised as Catholics in Irish American households.
Fanfare, please: Two months after its arrival on July 31, work on the Murdy Family Organ in Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart is reportedly way ahead of schedule.