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Lenten Reflections


Welcome to Lenten Reflections for 2015 authored by John Glynn, STM’11. Please join us each week for a new Reflection.


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Lenten Reflections 2015

Lenten Reflections: Easter Sunday

Christ is alive! I’m tempted to simply end this reflection on Easter with that.  After all, is there anything better than knowing Christ lives, that death is not the end, and that we belong in God’s love rather than the cold isolation of the tomb? » Read more

Lenten Reflections: Palm Sunday

“Men and women for others.”  At virtually every Jesuit educational institution today, you’ll find this statement issued as the formational goal for students.  Certainly our hope for students at Boston College is no different; even a cursory search through the BC website will turn the phrase up in dozens of places, across several offices and departments on campus. » Read more

Lenten Reflections: Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel for the fifth Sunday of Lent contains arguably the crux of the Christian story: death leads to life.  Our Gospels seem to contain a lot of these paradoxical truths; how strength is found through making oneself weak, “to find myself I must lose myself”, “it is in giving away that I receive”, and in this case, “that through death we experience life”.  Taken at a glance these are absurd statements, and it amazes me to consistently encounter the truth of them in my life. » Read more

Lenten Reflections: Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

It was our third day at Taizé, and my tongue had finally loosened enough to handle the nimble linguistic turns between songs in French, German, Spanish, Ukranian, Dutch, Tagalog, and more. At Taizé, every voice (or heart, at least) sings. » Read more

Lenten Reflections: Third Sunday of Lent

I feel at home on the highway. This thought struck me as I was riding in the backseat of a van crammed with BC faculty, staff, and students on our way from Paris to Taize, the location of an ecumenical monastic community and our spring break destination.  » Read more

Lenten Reflections: Second Sunday of Lent

Natasha Lopez, '15, used this piece by Fr. Breault, S.J. on a retreat recently to start her talk entitled “How to Decide How to Love.” She went on to say that her knowing how to love others starts with knowing that she is loved – something we sometimes forget in the day-to-day of busy work, deadlines, and performance reviews (or in other words for students: grades). Before she can allow love and acceptance of herself to take root through all the muck, she has to do some hollowing out. I don't think she's the only one.  » Read more

Lenten Reflections: First Sunday of Lent

Mark’s Gospel this week speaks to something quite dear to me: the notion of Kairos. Kairos is a Greek word meaning time and is used in the Gospels to signify the moments when God breaks into our lives.  Kairos is the right time for God’s action, the opportune moment of invitation. Kairos is when eternity steps into time.  » Read more

Lenten Reflections: Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, and all over the world we celebrate today by staining our foreheads with ashes. It’s a simple sign of our place in the order of things, but I’ve found myself thinking a lot about it over the past few years: what it means to me, why we do it, and how it serves to mark the beginning of our Lenten journey to Easter. » Read more

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