“The season of Lent is a powerful time in all of our lives, for each year we are invited deeper into our relationship with God,” says Jesuit Father Terry Devino in the third Lenten podcast from the New England and New York Province Jesuits. “We hear in the Scriptures on Ash Wednesday, ‘Come back to me with all your heart.’ So we strive to do this by leaning into this invitation.”
Fr. Devino says he sees Lent’s many signs, symbols and invitations all around him on Boston College’s campus, where he serves as vice president and university secretary.
One of those signs included the 120 Boston College students who recently spent their vacation days helping the poor in countries that included Belize, Mexico and El Salvador. Fr. Devino says these students weren’t going to bring God to these places, but allowing God to find them.
“They offer hope — yes to those they visit — but more to those of us left behind at home. They are hope,” says Fr. Devino.
“We are the gardeners, and we’re called to be gardeners of hope. We too must cultivate the ground on which we stand. In my ministry I’m so blessed to be part of the mission of cultivating ground for young men and young women as we assist in forming them to be men and women for others.”
Listen to the full podcast at the New England Province website.