Homily by Rev. Thomas C. Doyle, C.S.C., given at Mass of Remembrance for Declan Sullivan, October 28, 2010 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame.
Mary, our Blessed Mother after whom this University is named, shed tears at the loss of her Son. Her tears fell again last night and this night, and they fall with yours Barry, Allison, Wyn and Mac. Mary, Notre Dame has lost another Son. In time Notre Dame’s sadness was transformed into joy, dark became light, death overcome with resurrection . . . and in time, your sadness will be transformed too. And in the meantime, we stand with you.
Notre Dame is a place of tradition. The strands of history are woven proudly and tightly through the telling of stories. Stories orient us. They tell us where we have been and they spray bright color on the canvas of where we are going. . .