d-dI’m not much for making New Year’s resolutions, I believe it’s the decisions you make everyday that shape your destiny and who you are.  To open the New Year I’m going to start with a series of posts about people who dared to dream big.

This country was built on dreams, people who dream big and by people who have unreasonable expectations.  In 1842 Father Edward Sorin, and a group of French Missionaries were traveling West across the United States.  They stopped in what’s now South Bend, Indiana, they wanted to build a school fr the frontier children, not just any school but a great school.  Oh course he had no money, but that’s never stopped truly great people.  Sorin sent priests to California to work the Gold Rush, they came back empty-handed but at least they tried.  They ended up building the school with bricks they made by hand from the bottom of two nearby lakes.  Finally the school was finished.  Then disaster struck, the whole building burned to the ground.  Now he had no money and no school.  They walked through the ashes and as his comrades wept, Sorin dreamed.

“Our lady’s mad at us because we dreamed too small, we have to dream bigger.”  The other priests couldn’t believe what they were hearing.  He said. “This time we’ll rebuild and the new building will be as great as our patroness The Virgin Mary.  On top of the building, we’ll put a great dome and we’ll gild it in gold.

They didn’t have money for bread and Sorin’s talking about Gold.  That University stands today, it’s called Notre Dame University.


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