Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 10 April – Monday of Holy Week – First song of the servant

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have sent my spirit upon him, he will bring fair judgment to the nations. He does not cry out or raise his voice, his voice is not heard in the street… Faithfully he presents fair judgment. (Isaiah 42:1-3)

Long ago, God began his work of bringing the world to redemption. His plan was to let people know about himself slowly. From the beginning his plan was to quietly bring fair judgment to his people through Jesus, whom we have come to call the “Suffering Servant.” He would bring full knowledge of the Creator to his creatures. And he would do it quietly, yet adamantly, with conviction and strength because Yahweh had sent his spirit upon this servant.

Loving and merciful God, as I begin this holiest week of the year, help me to experience true repentance for my sinfulness and help me to reach out to you in all humility for mercy.


Fr Ron Boudreaux SJ

Fr Ronald J. Boudreaux SJ (born Scott, Louisiana 1946; entered the Jesuits 1997; ordained 2005), hails from Louisiana, U.S.A. Born in the small town of Scott, he graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a BA in French, minors in English and Spanish. Fr. Boudreaux entered the US Army Security Agency in 1968, studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and served as a Russian linguist in Germany until his discharge in 1972. Fr. Boudreaux received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado in 1987. After entering the Society of Jesus in 1997, he went on to study philosophy at Gonzaga University and Loyola University Chicago. He received a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California in 2005. Fr. Boudreaux served as retreat master at Montserrat from the fall of 2006 until the summer of 2010, when he was missioned to his tertianship studies at Weston, Massachusetts. During that time he ministered with the Jesuit Institute of South Africa in Johannesburg. Fr. Boudreaux returned to Montserrat in July 2011 and currently serves as superior to the Jesuit community and Director of Montserrat.

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