Believing: Lives that make sense

By Michael Garvey '74

The card features a bold cross with an inscription emblazoned around it: “To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.”

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Believing: Mantra for Mary

By Michael Garvey ‘74

“Bourdon” is a rare and splendid word, not the sort of word you use every day, but certainly a word to lift your hat to, as Emily Dickinson once said of the word “phosphorescence.”

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Letter from campus: Among the living

By Michael Garvey '74

Mike Garvey at Cedar Grove

Ralph McInerny, whose body we buried there in February, liked to go for walks in Cedar Grove, too. He used to say of the cemetery a few hundred yards south of Notre Dame’s Main Building that when he walked there he felt as if he were attending a posthumous faculty meeting.…

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My Communion of Saints

By Michael Garvey '74

With the whimsical mordancy that only an Irishman can get exactly right, a mutual friend of Denny Moore's and mine recently spoke of Denny's being "dead at the moment." I'd heard that arresting usage before—in Ireland, of course—and knew exactly what was meant. It was the sort of thing Denny would say.

The phrase came up in a conversation about what had happened a few hours after Denny's funeral. When Denny, Notre Dame's associate vice president for public affairs and communications, died last December, he had been the University's principal spokesperson for a decade and a half. His funeral, not surprisingly, overflowed the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, but it was a somewhat quieter and less formal occasion when several of us surrounded his grave in Cedar Grove cemetery to raise a few glasses of whiskey in gratitude for him, to honor our friendship, to share our love for him, to pray with him and to wish him God speed. The memory of that session is among the many reasons I find it awkward to speak of Denny in the past tense. It reinforces my conviction that he is dead only "at the moment," as you and I and everyone we love will some day be.…

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