University of Notre Dame

The Story of Notre Dame
Chroniques de N. D. du Lac

Additions or Reminiscences (1880)

In 1880, as he read his own story of the development of Notre Dame, Father Sorin remembered things that he had failed to mention in his Chronicles. For the memoir he wrote then he used English rather than French. It has a more personal tone than the Chronicles, because in it he referred to himself using the first person instead of the third.

While reading over again the foregoing pages nearly forty years since they were commenced, I was not only interested in this faithful record of so many proofs of the visible and constant attention and tender solicitude of divine Providence, but I sincerely regretted they were so poorly related, and even some, at least, totally overlooked. But who could say all divine Providence has done, since 1841, for the children of the Holy Cross in this New World? Every day from the first to the last should have its chapter, and each one, as the work went on, developing itself and increasing the number of its devoted laborers, should multiply its pages, in order to show the real and true cause of the growth of such a small and insignificant seed into a tree the shade of which already protects so many innocent souls and pure hearts.

Indeed if there is a man upon earth, who can account for the steady progress and unceasing development of the work of the Holy Cross in America, it should be the one who came first to commence it and who to this hour ever remained its principal Director. But he more than anyone else feels absolutely convinced that whatever the devotedness of his associates and co-workers may have been, it would have . . .

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