In Signs of Grace (R&L 2001), Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., described the spaces and places of the Notre Dame campus. Times of Grace is the follow-up to this acclaimed and successful meditation. In four parts divided by season, Times of Grace explores ordinary moments of study and play, quiet times set aside for personal and academic reflection, and official university and Catholic holidays. Days at Notre Dame are filled with unnoticed glory in the punctuating events of each year. Ayo traces through these shared experiences a common thread of community spirit and individual reflection.
Father Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C., is a Holy Cross priest and a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. A 1956 graduate of Notre Dame, he is the author of six books, several of which were featured selections of national book clubs. His bookThe Hail Mary: A Verbal Icon of Mary won the Cardinal Wright Book Award from the Mariological Society of America in 1994.
Part 1 PART I: AUTUMN Chapter 2 MORNING PRAYER Chapter 3 FIRST DAY OF CLASS Chapter 4 OPENING MASS OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR Chapter 5 OUR LADY, SEAT OF WISDOM Chapter 6 VOW PROFESSION DAY Chapter 7 DORM SUNDAY NIGHT MASS Chapter 8 SAINT EDWARD Chapter 9 ALL SAINTS DAY Chapter 10 VETERANS' DAY Chapter 11 SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY Chapter 12 CHRIST THE KING Part 13 PART II: WINTER Chapter 14 SAINT NICHOLAS Chapter 15 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Chapter 16 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Chapter 17 INFORMATION OVERLOAD Chapter 18 CAMPUS CHRISTMAS Chapter 19 SILENT NIGHT Chapter 20 THE UNEXPECTED Chapter 21 CHURCH UNITY OCTAVE Chapter 22 SAINT AGNES Chapter 23 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY and ROE VS. WADE ANNIVERSARY Chapter 24 SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS Chapter 25 SAINT BLAISE Chapter 26 VOCATION SUNDAY Part 27 PART III: SPRING Chapter 28 SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY Chapter 29 SOPHOMORE LITERARY FESTIVAL Chapter 30 JUNIOR PARENTS' WEEKEND Chapter 31 ASH WEDNESDAY Chapter 32 LENTEN SEASON Chapter 33 SPRING BREAK WEEK Chapter 34 SAINT PATRICK Chapter 35 STATIONS OF THE CROSS Chapter 36 SAINT JOSEPH Chapter 37 THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE INCARNATION Chapter 38 HOLY WEEK Chapter 39 ORDINATION DAY Chapter 40 THE FISHER REGATTA Chapter 41 FINAL EXAM WEEK Chapter 42 GRADUATION DAY Part 43 PART IV: SUMMER Chapter 44 ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND Chapter 45 JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST