“At this Grotto, there’s a touch of the transcendent. There’s a whisper of the sacred that reminds us that we’re just not minds and bodies, we’re hearts and immortal souls.
For at her best, this university has the heart of Mary. Meaning this university is us, Jesus and His church, and clings to them both with love, and loyalty and service.
Here at Notre Dame, we want to be not just another Harvard or Oxford, but a Bethlehem, a Nazareth, a Calvary, a Cana. Here our goal is not just a career, but a call. Not just a degree, but discipleship. Not just what we’ve gotten, but what we’re giving; not just the now, but eternity; not just the ‘I,’ but the ‘we’; not just the grades, but the gospel.”
-Cardinal Timothy Dolan, 2013 University of Notre Dame commencement speech
Kendrick Lamar the motivation he derives from his Compton roots.
From this excellent FastCo piece on the habits of highly creative people.
Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey
I don’t have a single bad thing to say about Modern Vampires of the City.
“But I’ll still believe
Though there’s cracks you’ll see.
When I’m on my knees I’ll still believe.”
So. Damn. Good.
I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know - unless it be to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.
For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.