Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 3 April – Week Five – God Creator and creature share a special bond

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

“The Creator deals directly with the creature, and the creature with its creator and God.” (Annotation 15, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius)

God loves each of us in our uniqueness and wants the privilege of dealing with each person individually.  Thus, my prayer must begin with who I am at this moment.  I can’t begin elsewhere, for God is with me in this moment just as I am.  He does not expect me to be other than as I am.  But in that intimate relationship with God, I find that there might be changes God would like for me.  God does not coerce us, but will give us the grace to come to ourselves and desire what God would desire. I am God’s on-going project.

Creator, God, Lover of all humanity, teach me to be present to myself so that you can be present to me. 

For I can only come to know myself by knowing you, and I can only come to know you by truly knowing myself.



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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