Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 30 March – Week Four We cannot simply ignore what is bad; we must confront it

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” (Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Rather than becoming more involved in righting a wrong, we can be quite content avoiding situations which might be dangerous or even uncomfortable. History is  riddled with situations in which evil has been allowed to thrive because ordinary people are not willing to stand up against it:  slavery, Nazi-ism, Apartheid, corruption.  But what are we doing when we allow evil to have its way?  Are we not cooperating with evil when we refuse to confront it?  History has also shown that when people unite for good, amazing things can happen. We can be brave in facing evil, knowing that God will always make good triumph.

Lord, God, grant me the grace not only to avoid doing evil myself, but also to be willing to stand up in the face of any injustice or evil. 

Help me to speak truth to power, knowing that you are with me.


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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