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Lenten Reflections Archive

2013

Reflections by Jane E. Regan, PhD

This year’s Lenten Reflections were authored by Jane Regan, PhD, Associate Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry.

Ash Wednesday

Reflect on some of the practices that shaped Lent in the past for you. Perhaps it was giving up something you enjoyed or taking on some spiritual practice for the duration of Lent. In what ways were these important to you? How did they help you enter into Lent? » Click here to read more

First Sunday of Lent

Are you a trusting person? Do you trust that people will do what they say? That things will work out in the end? How about trusting God? Reflect on an experience in which you were aware of trusting in God's presence and goodness. Think about a time in which it was difficult to trust in God. How were these experiences different? Trusting in God is at the heart of the Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent. » Click here to read more

Second Sunday of Lent

“Listen to this!” we say to our friends as we tell them the latest news; “Listen to me.” we say to our children to get their attention. Listening, really listening is an essential part of human communications. Think about a time when you really listened with care to what someone was saying to you. What made it possible for you to listen with care to the other person? What was going on around you and within you while you were really listening. » Click here to read more

Third Sunday of Lent

What importance do the words “repent” or “repentance” have for you? What feelings or thoughts do they provoke?  How would you define those terms? How are they meaningful in your own life? » Click here to read more

Fourth Sunday of Lent

The story of the Prodigal Son is probably one of the best known Gospel stories.  What thoughts or feelings do you have with that story?  With whom do you identify? Are you more the prodigal son or the older brother? » Click here to read more

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Most people have, at some point, made a judgment about someone based on appearance or behavior. What do you think contributes to an atmosphere where judging others is prevalent? What can you do to lessen the tendency in yourself or others? » Click here to read more

Palm Sunday

These Lenten reflections invite us to enter into the Gospel readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent. Reflecting on the Gospel readings opens us up to the themes of Lent and their meaning in our lives. At the heart of Lent is a call to conversion, an element present throughout the Gospels. » Click here to read more

2012

Reflections by Fr. Jack Butler

This year’s Lenten Reflections were authored by Jack Butler, S.J., vice president for Boston College's Division of University Mission and Ministry.

A MESSAGE FROM FR. JACK BUTLER:

Dear Friends,

We are BC, and as BC, we claim our Christian, Jesuit Catholic heritage. So like years of old when you attended the Heights, let's prepare for Easter together as a community, the BC community past and present.

As we begin Lent let us make a deal to accompany each other into the heart of God's love for us. God is love and is about love. God's love is always a gift and loving forgiveness is a sure sign of the presence of God. God always forgives us, but knowingly or unknowingly uses us to express that forgiveness to one another, and in so doing we appropriate forgiveness for ourselves.

Throughout Lent you are invited to listen to the hearts of others as they make God's love real for us through the telling of their own personal stories. The stories aren’t long – about two minutes each – but they are gifts to us to help us in our prayer and maybe in our action. Each clip will have a scripture passage and a question for personal reflection. Treat yourself each week to a new gift of forgiveness and love as shared by our friends through these short videos. Ponder where you are in need of God's love, or where God's love is calling you.

Lent is a time of renewal. Lent is a time of love. There is no need for self-hatred, in fact that in itself would be against God's love. There is no need for fear. God's love is free and God's love is grace itself. During this Lent, be open to God's love and forgiveness, and just maybe be inspired to be a sacrament of that love for another. Be assured that the sign of forgiving love is freedom. During this season, enjoy a deeper understanding that in fact you are the apple of God's eye. Forgiving love is not magic, nor does it erase memories. Iin fact, it might not even change the concrete reality, but what it does is transform within and allows the true meaning of Easter, the resurrection, to begin in us all.

~ Fr. Jack Butler

Vice President, Mission and Ministry

Ash Wednesday

"Leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, come and offer your gift." (Mt. 5:24)

It is good to have others remind us that we need to seek forgiveness and maybe even enable forgiveness. Is there anyone you could help in this way? Or do you need to ask somebody to forgive and be reconciled? » Click here to read more

First Sunday of Lent

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)

Being forgiven and to forgive are the cycle of Christian life. What do you need and how would you like to be treated when it comes to forgiveness? » Click here to read more

Second Sunday of Lent

The parable of the forgiving father or prodigal son. (Luke 15:11-32)

The parable is the dynamic of unconditional love and forgiveness which leads to joy. Have you been the recipient of such a forgiving love? Could you extend this kind of forgiving love to another? » Click here to read more

Third Sunday of Lent

“Which is easier to say… your sins are forgiven.” (The healing of the paralytic. Mark 2:9)

Sometimes when we forgive we achieve freedom and get on with our own lives enabling us to better be loved and to love. Where are you in need of freedom? Does your freedom involve forgiveness? » Click here to read more

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Do you hear what these children are saying?” Out of the mouths of babes.” (Mt. 21:16)

Sometimes the simplest ways of understanding forgiveness are the most profound. Can these children inspire thoughts of forgiveness and healing even when it’s not polished for you? » Click here to read more

Palm Sunday

“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.” (John 20:23)

The sacrament of reconciliation can be life giving. Could it reaffirm God’s love for you this season? » Click here to read more

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