Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.”  When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.  Then the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”  He answered, “I do not know.  Am I my brother’s keeper?”  (Genesis 4:8-9)

Violence directed at others has always been a part of the human condition.  But must it be so?  We can get so wrapped up in our own desires that we disregard the needs of others. Left to our own devices and selfishness, we begin a downward spiral that can lead to tragedy.  Today as we remember those killed at Sharpeville, the Lord invites us to look at our own hearts. How do I contribute towards a more just and loving society? How do I contribute towards a more distrustful and violent society? Society will only survive if we all share the responsibility for promoting peace instead of war, forgiveness instead of vengeance, and love instead of hatred.

Teach me, O God, to see all people as my brothers and sisters. 

Help me to be a peacemaker. 

Teach me composure instead of anger. 

Teach me love instead of hatred. 

May I become a light for this troubled world because you wish it so.