Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 27 March – Week Four – Things God, the giver of gifts
Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ
“I consider all the advantages I have as disadvantages in comparison to knowing Jesus.” (Phil 3:8)
The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius begin by having the person look at the reason for their being. We are “created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord.” All other things are meant to help us with our purpose. So, if something helps me praise, reverence, and serve God, I should use it. If something stands in the way of my praising, reverencing, and serving God, I should discard it. It follows, then that I should not allow anything to control me, whether it be fortune, fame, power, comfort, etc. Instead, I should pay closest attention to the interior goodness of each person, the “garment of righteousness” for that is where the Divine gaze is fixed: on the goodness of each person.
God of all-knowing, most merciful, you continue to create me moment by moment so that I am always in the process of becoming the real me.
Help me to love the things that you love and to discard those things which take me from you.