"Touchdown Jesus" and His Mother Will Be in the Dark at Notre Dame This Weekend

Tim StareContributor IIMarch 25, 2011

Sorry...No Night Shots Available
Sorry...No Night Shots AvailableMatthew Stockman/Getty Images

OKay...some of you will be mad because this article will not mention Brian Kelly, Michael Floyd, Bob DiAco or anyone else who sweats, grunts or otherwise labors in the service of Our Lady's favorite football team. 

But the good news is that it is short and to the point, and will not take up too much of your time.  Those of you who are actual class-ring wearing, diploma-toting Domers—or who are tied to this addiction that is Notre Dame football because of the Catholic connection—may find it informative, disturbing or both (or neither).  I have no idea. 

I still wanted to put the "FYI" out there in case you had a thought about it either way. 

On the other hand, those of you who have never been to campus (or even Communion), but just really like shiny gold helmets and people named "Rocket," "Golden," "Ara," "Knute" and "Rudy" may not find this read quite so interesting at all. 

Fair enough. Mea Culpa.

The pain will only last a minute or so, and then you can get back to more interesting articles about things like the circumference of Aaron Lynch's thighs.

In reality, it is not really an article per se—just a letter I sent to the Notre Dame student newspaper, "The Observer," today.  Here's what it said:

I was saddened and, I’ll admit, a bit angered to learn that the lights which normally illuminate the library mural of Jesus, and those which normally illuminate our Blessed Mother and the Dome, would be turned off for sixty straight hours in observance of (or is it in deference to?)"Earth Hour." 

Whether you’re a committed environmentalist or a non-believer in the importance of the environmental movement, as Catholics and as members of the Notre Dame family, we should all be disturbed by this hollow and misguided gesture.  There are surely other ways that the Notre Dame administration could have demonstrated its commitment to "going green" without darkening two of the most visible, famous and beloved symbols of our faith on campus.  In doing this, the university appeared to be, for political and public relations reasons, giving in to the pressure exerted by the environmental movement and capitulating to the desires of those who are dedicated to it.  Among them are those who worship "Mother Earth" as their goddess. 

The worst part is that the decision to extinguish these lights was made at the expense of two important symbols which are at the core of what our university stands for and what our beliefs are as Catholics: our one true Mother, Mary and her Blessed Son Jesus. The lights that shine on these two magnificent symbols of our university and of our faith should never be dimmed, let alone doused. To do so gives the outward appearance of Notre Dame having more respect for a trendy social movement than it does for the reverence and respect which should be accorded the Mother of our Lord and our Lord himself, 365 days per year, without exception.

If any lights should remain on when all around us is dark, it is these. Shame on the administration for giving more respect and consideration to social and public relations concerns—and to the symbolism surrounding them—than they have given to Our Lady and Our Lord in making this decision to darken their images for three straight, dark and cold nights.