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Lenten Resources

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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.

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Lent Calendar

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.

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Retreats

The Lenten Busy Student 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 make this retreat.  Many people find it a great way to incorporate some form of intentional prayer and spiritual growth into their everyday lives.

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Reflections

Check in each week, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and proceeding through to Easter, you are invited to come back to this page to read a weekly reflection by Barbara Quinn, RSCJ, associate director of spiritual formation at BC's School of Theology and Ministry. Each new Reflection will be posted on the Friday before each Sunday in Lent. You will also be invited to share your thoughts and comments by submitting them for inclusion on the Reflections website.

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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

Publications

The Boston College bookstore has a vast collection of publications for Lent and Easter. Read more.

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Check out this book "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.

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Check out our newest book release, "Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures." With 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."

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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.

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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.

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