The University of Notre Dame is not named after a state or a bearded general or some great city of antiquity.

Notre Dame is named for the Virgin Mary. She goes by other names, including Our Lady and the Theotokos, but for some 2,000 years, she’s been known as the mother of Jesus Christ.

And because of this, every day across the world, Christians of the West and those of us of the East get down on our knees and pray, asking her to intervene with her son on our behalf.

So there is a great obligation that comes with using her name. This obligation rises above legalism and public relations spin and bureaucratic shielding of liability.

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