This page is dedicated as a resource to use during the Lenten season. Explore resources for reflection, prayer, and contemplation, as we prepare ourselves for Easter. Check out mass times and locations on campus throughout the Lenten Season.
Throughout the season of Lent, Professor Thomas Groome, Director of the Church in the 21st Century Center, will share his thoughts on the season and the importance of passing on the faith.
Please check back on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, for the first Reflection. A new Reflection will be posted on Friday for each week of Lent.
As an added bonus, listen to Thomas Groome on the go with GodPods. Each Friday during Lent you can listen to a Reflection using your smartphone or tablet while in the office, at home, in your car! GodPods
Feature Lenten Video
The Lent Calendar is a Catholic resource by Busted Halo suited for youth groups, parishes, schools, or for one's personal Lenten journey. Let’s recapture the true meaning of Lent in ways that are relevant to your life. Each day throughout Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday, the calendar’s link for that day will become active, revealing a daily spiritual contemplation relating to Lent, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Click here for the interactive calendar.
Just in Time for Lent
Edited by John F. Baldovin and David Farina Turnbloom
Using passages of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the official rubrics of sacramental rites as the basis for their writing, the contributors to this collection of texts highlight the connection between theology, prayer, and ritual. The book is divided into four main parts. The first part, entitled "Why the Sacraments?," treats the sacraments in general, focusing on the central role they play in the Catholic faith. The remaining parts treat the Sacraments of Initiation (Part 2), the Sacraments of Healing (Part 3), and the Sacraments of Vocation (Part 4). The treatment of each sacrament begins with selected passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that offer succinct descriptions of the sacrament and its role in the life of the Church. Second, there is an excerpt from the prayers used in the celebration of that sacrament followed by responses by theologians with expertise in the history and theology of that sacrament. Purchase book
The Journey in Lent retreat is free and takes place during the Lenten season, on campus, in the midst of your everyday life. There are no requirements or prerequisites; anyone can participate in this retreat. Many students find that it is a great way to incorporate intentional prayer and spiritual growth into their everyday lives.
For a season that seems to be about focusing on the essentials and getting rid of excess, Lent offers an embarrassment of resources, at least online. It seems like every Christian publishing house and organization has its own Lent page up, ready for you to pray with them. Permit me, then, one observation and one recommendation. Read more from the Jesuit Post
Catholic Spirituality in Practices: A Treasury of Old and New a collection of practices, traditional and contemporary that can enable us to sustain and grow a vibrant spiritual life. Learn more about fasting, stations of the cross, or read about how to pray the rosary.
"Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures" has a focus wider than the historians quest, these essays try to explain not only who Jesus was in the first century but also what he might mean in the twenty-first century. Discover the chapter on "The Bible, the Jews, and the Passion," or read "Coming to Know Jesus through Contemplation of the Gosples."
Read Sr. Mary Sweeney's book: "Seven Last Words for Seven Weeks." She writes: "I believe that during the season of Lent, the Spirit blesses the church with a communal desire to deepen our relationship with God. There is an energy that draws us to renewed devotion. As you begin this season of Lent, may you know the Spirit's blessing." Allow the seven last words Jesus spoke from the cross to guide the meditations of your heart throughout the forty days of Lent.
Read from the publication "What are We?" a University Mission and Ministry publication which features the history of Boston College and its Jesuit tradition, along with prayers for reflection.
Other Helpful Links
- Lenten Ideas
- Online Stations of the Cross
- Send an e-greeting for Lent
- Sacred Space - Daily Prayer Online with the Irish Jesuits
- Listen to: Lenten Radio Retreat or Lent Talks on BBC radio
- Boston Catholics, connect with the Archdiocese of Boston
- Read the Pope's Lenten message for 2016
- Research more on Catholic TV's general website