Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 20 March – Week Three – Love of neighbour can change the world

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit mystic and scientist)

When we stop to look around, we see that the world is a mess in large part due to our poor relationships.  Whether at the international, familial, or personal level, we must learn to get along and to love one another.  God has fashioned this world so that all those who inhabit it can encourage and support one another.  When one person takes advantage of, oppresses or misjudges another, a tear in the social fabric occurs.  A tapestry is only as strong as the integrity of the threads.  If a tear occurs, the tapestry is weakened.  Likewise our societies.  We were not meant to take advantage of others, but to aid them.  We were created to make the world a better place.

Lord, God Almighty, you who created all things and want all your creation to flourish, grant me the grace not to offend you or my neighbour. 

And if I offend, then grant me the grace of repentance. 


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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