Throughout the 40 days of Lent, a daily reflection written by members of the St. John’s University community will be posted on various social media outlets and on a dedicated webpage. These reflections are offered by individuals who represent a cross-section of the campus. They provide a window into their wisdom, personal witness, faith perspectives, and life experiences. It is our hope that this resource supports you in your own journey during this holy season.
“Come Back to Me” references the reading from the prophet Joel that is proclaimed each Ash Wednesday. In a sense, this is the invitation that our gracious and loving God offers to us at each moment of every day. And yet, it is an invitation that we are particularly attuned to during Lent—aware that we are always being called to know and experience the immense, unconditional love of God, manifested for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
As a Catholic and Vincentian University, St. John’s strives to respond to the spiritual and pastoral needs of its ever-expanding community—students, faculty, alumni, administrators, staff, supportive friends, collaborators, and benefactors.
As connected as we may be in this global and digital age, we are conscious of the varied groups within our community who can act, not only as conveyors of their own story and wisdom, but as agents of hope and change. Moreover, this community, who collectively give voice to the charism of St. Vincent de Paul (a tradition grounded in the practice of humility, justice, and compassion for all), inspire us to reflect and respond, especially during the upcoming season of Lent.
— Normand Gouin, Campus Minister for Music and Faith Formation
For the next 40 days, Christians throughout the world enter into a period of personal and communal introspection.
The readings today remind us to be grateful and do righteous deeds out of the goodness of our hearts and not seek rewards; our Father will repay us when he sees fit.
Lent is a season of repentance and renewal. Over the next 40 days, we invite you to rediscover who God is for you, to renew your faith from the inside out.