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Lenten Reflections

Lenten Reflections


Throughout the season of Lent, Marina McCoy, associate professor of philosophy, shares her thoughts on the season and the importance of strengthening your faith. A new reflection will be posted each week.



Marina McCoy is an associate professor of philosophy at Boston College, teaching ancient Greek philosophy and in the PULSE program. She is also mom to both a BC alum and a current BC student, and her husband works at BC's McMullen Museum of Art. Her books include Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Philosophy and Literature (Oxford University Press). Marina also volunteers, visiting inmates who form the Lay Dominican community at Norfolk Prison, and writes a monthly column on spirituality for Loyola Press at She recently did "basic training" in spiritual direction at the BC School of Theology and Ministry as part of her sabbatical.

Lenten Reflections 2018

Palm Sunday
March 25, 2018

On Palm Sunday, we turn to the story of Jesus and his passion. The term “passion” is rooted in the Latin passio, which means “suffering” or “endurance.” Jesus undergoes multiple kinds of suffering: betrayal, incarceration, abandonment, humiliation, torture, and death. On Palm Sunday, we are invited not only to witness this scene, but also to participate during the liturgy of the Word.  » Read more

Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 18, 2018

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus points ahead to his own death and its meaning. The attention in the liturgy from now until Easter is increasingly on Jesus’ passion. Although we fear death and experience its eventual arrival as disruptive, Jesus tells us that his death has a purpose (Jn 20:27). His death will draw others to him (Jn 20:22). His death will glorify God’s name (Jn 20:28). His death will be fruitful (Jn 20:24). » Read more

Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 11, 2018

In the Gospel passage for today, Jesus says to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14). » Read more

Third Sunday of Lent
March 4, 2018

Love wills the good of others (Aquinas, ST I-II. Q26. A4). Love is not simply a feeling. Love is a choice. » Read more

Second Sunday of Lent
February 25, 2018

Love transfigures us. Love transforms us. In the readings this Sunday, we find two descriptions of transformation. » Read more

First Sunday of Lent
February 18, 2018

In the Gospel reading for today’s liturgy, Jesus goes into the desert for a period of forty days before he embarks on his ministry. » Read more

Lenten Reflections: Ash Wednesday
February 14, 2018

In Lent, we undertake practices such as fasting, almsgiving, and increased prayer. Ash Wednesday, however, is not primarily about sin. It’s not primarily about our shortcomings or our failings. Ash Wednesday is primarily about God’s love and looking at our own responsiveness to that love. Lent is a season of preparation for Easter and the celebration of the Resurrection. At Easter, we will celebrate God’s gracious saving power, by which love overcomes hate and division, mercy overcomes sin, and life wins out over death. Lent is a season for growing in our readiness to receive and to share God’s love. The Church gives us the gift of time to get ready. » Read more

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