Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 28 March – Week Four All God’s gifts are meant to be used for good and not evil

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

“We were not realizing that, with just a machete, you can do a genocide.” (Boutros Boutros-Ghali)

All created things have a good use and an evil use.  Televisions, computers, knives, shoes, fire, water…all can be used for good or they can be used for evil.  The goal of all people of goodwill should be to use all created things to give praise and glory to God, who created all things.  Therefore, I should use every created thing in a way that will bring about some good and avoid those uses which could result in evil.  I must also be a discerning person who can choose well among God’s created things.

Teach me, O Lord, to discern properly so that I can learn to properly use the gifts you have created for me. 

For the sake of your people, let me turn weapons into ploughshares.



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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