And it was good to go. So welcoming. So peaceful. In fact, the only person there was a gentleman cleaning up all the candles that had consumed their wax and wicks.
There's something special about Mary. In the words of St. Anselm, "There are many graces that we will not obtain if we ask them of God. But if we ask them of Mary, we will obtain them, not because she is more powerful but because God wants to honor her in this way."
(Note, I have collected a number of pictures of Notre Dame's Grotto over the years - the photos below are ones I have taken during various stays/visits to campus, as I have yet to take photos at the Grotto this summer...)