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For Notre Dame
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Today, another book is being dedicated to you, Mary, Queen of Peace.
lt is only a small volume, a collection of every day happenings bound to-
gether for your eternal honor. A story at once sublime yet human, it tells
of four years spent under your gracious protection at Notre Dame. Since
you have been our supreme guide and directress during these years, it is
only fitting that our "White Portfolio" be wholly yours.
We are not satisfied to dedicate this volume of TOWER MEMORlES
simply to "Our Lady." We have chosen one of your most glorious titles
and one which we think most appropriate in today's world, "Queen of
Peace". A great poet once called you "our tainted nature's solitary boast."
Today when our world seems doubly tainted with bloody war and perhaps
even worse evils, we remember that you are not only our pride but our one
hope of final and lasting peace. We look to you in our hour of trial.
lf worldly peace be not in the all-wise plan of your Divine Son, we
shall make a different prayer. We shall beg, then, for that for more im-
portant peace of mind and soul which comes of close communion with the
entire court of Heaven.
May we confess something, dear Mother? The conflict through which
we are struggling is not all bad. We have been taught greater respect for
our country and our flag. Likewise in organizing this book we have been
taught more of our school and its activities. Now both our school and our
country will give us a deeper appreciation of our Queen.
We know that your soul must have been as stainless as the cover with
which we bind our portfolio. We have always prided ourselves that your
blue was our blue also, but it took our flag to make us see the true richness
of this color's beauty. In our flag the blue of your eyes is combined with
the white of your mantle. The red stripes give us the color of your lips.
The stars remind us of your crown of glory. We find the red of your devo-
tion, the white of your spotless purity, the blue of your undying loyalty in
the colors of our flag.
Our own America was dedicated several years ago to your Immacu-
late Conception. This makes us of Notre Dame, citizens of your realm in a
triple sense: in a civic as well as in a scholastic and a religious way. Can
you therefore disregard our requests? Our one great prayer today is for
the peace of this country dedicated to your name.
O Queen of Peace, in these days when the world needs you so desper-
ately, come to bring us your peace-at least peace of mind and soul. Bor-
row the words of the Prince of Peace, your Eternal Son, and appearing above
us, mantled with the flag of the nation dedicated to you, calm our hearts
with those gentle words, "Peace be unto you."
O Queen of Peace, accept our "White Portfolio" with our sincerest love
Your Daughters at Notre Dame
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