Life, Sweetness, Hope

I only recently noticed that the Seal of the University of Notre Dame has three Latin words at the center: Vita, Dulcedo, Spes. This is from the “Salve Regina,” one of four Marian anthems, and is the official motto of the school. Here is the first line:

“Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.”

It has a slightly different ring than “Tender, Strong and True” or “God Country Notre Dame,” but is just as inspiring.
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