Late night walks to the Grotto are one of the most peaceful, spiritual experiences that one can go through, and I know I have relieved my mind of everything there many times. The Rosary prayer sessions I took part in with my classmates as part of the Spiritual Committee for Student Council were memorable, but nothing can be as warming as being alone at the Grotto in the winter, candles aglow, with just Mary looking down on you.
The Grotto may be the most important part of Notre Dame and whether one believes it or not the part that stays with you the most. Whether an alumnus or a fan, or even a spectator, the Grotto is something that everyone can love about Notre Dame. Football games in the House that Rock built are incredible, the Golden Dome and the Basilica are amazing monuments to our faith, but nothing can bring you closer to God than kneeling under Mary’s caring watch. And although you may not realize it until a moment you need her most, she will always be there; not even a fire can take her away.