Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 29 March – Week Four Evil can easily be disguised as good

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

“Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. It is nothing extraordinary, then, when his servants disguise themselves as the servants of uprightness.” (1 Corinthians 11:14-15)

People who are making spiritual progress will not be tempted by something which is grossly evil.  However, we can easily be fooled by something which is seemingly good, but which turns out to be bad.  So, for example, I can come to believe that hiding some income (to avoid taxes) is a good thing because (1) I will have more money to spend, (2) taxes are evil, (3) government wastes too much, etc.  In the end, however, cheating is never right.  Society functions well (to varying degrees) because everyone contributes to the good of all.  When one person cheats, the whole of society is diminished.  Another variation of the “evil disguised as good” scenario is the abused woman who remains with her abusive mate because he “loves” her and he “will change”.  We will only defeat the angel of light by careful discernment.

Loving God, teach me not to be fooled by disguised evil, either when it comes from outside of me or inside of me, for I know that I can deceive myself as easily as I can be deceived by others.

Amen

 

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.

r.boudreaux@jesuitinstitute.org.za
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