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A Cave of Candles: The Story Behind Notre Dame's Grotto [Paperback]

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Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.95" Width: 8.46" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   1.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   Dorothy V. Corson
ISBN  1933858117  
EAN  9781933858111  

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A Cave of Candles tells the history of Our Lady's influence on the Notre Dame campus from Father Sorin's arrival in the new world to the building of the Grotto and the evolution of the "Spirit of Notre Dame" as we know it today. Along the way we are treated to fascinating legend and lore like the mystery of the missing Empress Eugenie crown and the legend of the sycamore and to many rare, historical images and colorful contemporary photographs of the campus. The book also describes the filming of The Song of Bernadette movie, written by screenwriter George Seaton, "a South Bend boy," whose brother was a Notre Dame alumnus.

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"Oh, to be able to get on my knees in the Grotto of Our Lady just now!"  Jan 27, 2007
Dorothy Corson's "A Cave of Candles: The Story Behind Notre Dame's Grotto," is one of the most fascinating and interesting books I have read in recent years. If you love Lourdes, if you love St. Bernadette, if you love the Grotto at Notre Dame, or if you simply love history, then this IS THE BOOK for YOU!! Loaded with in-depth research (interesting, not boring), top quality photographs, and an obvious love for her subject, Dorothy takes the reader through Fr. Sorin's love for Our Lady of Lourdes to his unending desire to construct a replica of the world-famous Grotto in the United Stares, notably on the Notre Dame Campus. The book discusses the trials and hardships encountered along the way, the tremendous faith in God and His Heavenly Mother Mary, to the realization of a dream as well as the impact the Grotto has had on countless numbers of students, religious, and anyone touched by its presence!

Dorothy manages to share stories of Indians, the "Legend of the Sycamore," workers involved in the Grotto "project," and constructs for us the life and times of the people of South Bend as they live and work amidst the building of Notre Dame and its most hallowed spot. You can't help but want to keep turning page after page as the story unfolds. Dorothy's compilation of photographs, vintage and contemporary, allows the reader to experience the "Grotto" from a beautifully visual perspective. If you're like me - one who loves photos - you'll love the selection of images that compliments the text on almost every page! You actually feel as though YOU ARE THERE as the dream of a "Grotto" comes to fruition.

As for me, I lived in Mishawaka, Indiana for nearly a year. During my time there I visited the Notre Dame Grotto MANY times. I actually had the privilege of finding the Web version of the "Cave of Candles" as I dabbled through my computer one evening. I also had the distinct privilege of meeting its author, Dorothy Corson. She's as lovely a lady as her book is lovely. Without a doubt, Dorothy has made this book a genuine "labor of love."

Having been to the actual Shrine of Lourdes in France twenty six times, the Notre Dame Grotto has become for me a true place of worship, a place of tranquility and hope. The more I think of Lourdes, the more I share in the beauty of this book, I can't help but think of the legendary Tom Dooley when he said, "Oh, to be able to get on my knees in the Grotto of Our Lady just now!" Dorothy's book allows me to do that!

Brother Jim O'Brien, OFM, Conv., R.N.

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