IHerb's birthday was
December 14. Please say a prayer for him in rememberance this Christmas.
Here are a couple excerpts on Christmas from his book Notre Dame
"I can only hope that what I am learning about life here at Notre
Dame will prepare me for death. Another Christmas season is upon us. The
snow falls. The trees, the sidewalks, the old brick buildings, the cinder
paths around the lakes are heavily laden with the white blanket."
* * * * *
The Notre Dame campus in
the rain and the snow - the reflected brilliance of a rising sun on the
golden dome - the rotting wood on the stations of the cross spaced along
an old cinder path that winds between the lakes and up to Calvary Hill. It
is the spirit of men and women, both religious and lay, who trod these
paths and inhabited these old brick buildings in the pursuit of God's
work. It is an old log cabin, hewn from timber that richly covered a
spacious plain along the St. Joseph River. It is the living legend of
dedicated religious whose bones are resting in this hallowed ground.
* * * * *
Christmas Day 1974. 1 am
the only person in the ACC, except for a few hours when the Irish
basketball team practiced. Following the end of practice, four Irish
players - Bill Patemo, Pete Crotty, Toby Knight and Dave Batten - stayed
on court to play an improvised version of football, using a basketball,
and called "Diggerball." The game was replete with long passes
and "spiking." 'The boys had great fun playing, as I had
watching. I suppose it took away some of the pressures brought on by the
upcoming gwne against Kentucky at Louisville, just two days away.