Welcome to our Lenten website of daily reflections, sponsored by Mission and Ministry and Campus Ministry and and thank you for visiting. We are very happy this Lent that students, faculty, and staff from across the University will share their faith, their wisdom, and their hopes with the SLU community in an effort to be “with you on the way” as we navigate together the challenges of being men and women of faith, before, during and after Lent.
Catholics and some other Christian denominations set aside the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday as a liturgical season of repentance. Sundays during this period are not counted, so Lent itself lasts forty days, plus the additional Triduum or “three days” from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. This year Ash Wednesday falls on February 22 and Easter Sunday on April 8.
Please take a few moments to read through the information about Lent which we have included on the menu bar at the top of the page. This information will give some background on Lent, the symbols and traditional practices of the season, and some suggestions for your personal practice.
We encourage you to build on the rich traditions of our Church this Lent, particularly the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, as you work to make those practices ever more relevant and challenging in your personal life. These practices are not ends in themselves, but they embody some of the church’s central means of enacting the gospel mandate to conversion, metanoia, literally “putting on a new mind,” the mind of Christ. This entails allowing ourselves to be broken out of our usual contented ways of seeing and to be transformed to see the world anew from the perspective of the reign of God. It is our hope that this website will allow for our community to come together and share our Lenten journeys, encouraging, inspiring and challenging one another to live more fully into our Catholic Christian identity during this Lenten season.