Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 16 March – Week Two – The healthy person admits his or her faults and tries to conquer them

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

In the case of those who go from one serious sin to another, the enemy is ordinarily accustomed to propose apparent pleasures.  He fills their imagination with sensual delights and gratifications, the more readily to keep them in their vices and increase the number of their sins. (The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, 314)

We will all be better off when we come to realize that, although created in God’s image, each of us has a dark side.  This dark side (also called the shadow) represents all the negative qualities we possess or that possess us.  These are the things that we don’t want to admit even to ourselves.  They might be ways of behaviour, like the man who pretends to be faithful, but cheats on his wife.  Or the one who pretends to be kind but is quick to spread gossip.  The dark side might be a quiet prejudice which we have tried to get rid of but which is still rooted in us.  The dark side might be residual scars from past abuse.  Whatever our darkness, we must accept it – befriend it, if you will – so we can change it.  Admit your faults and you might conquer them.

All powerful God, you have created us to do good because we are in your image. 

Grant me the grace to know myself, my strengths and my weaknesses. 

Help me to strengthen my good qualities and to lessen my bad ones so that I can truly become more fully human.


Fr Ron Boudreaux SJ
MS (U. of Colorado), MA (Loyola U., Chicago), MDiv (Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California)

Fr Ronald J. Boudreaux SJ, 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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