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.





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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