Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 31 March – Week Four – Each life is also a gift pregnant with meaning

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”(Oklahoma Cherokee Saying)

The great gift of life is just one among many things that God has given us for our journey.  Some things will be more significant than others, but each of them must be used to help us praise, reverence, and serve God.  Likewise, there are many things in life we want, but do not need.  Let us be mindful that all created things have a good purpose, but can be used for the contrary.  May our lives give the world reason to rejoice because we have used well all the things that have come across our paths.  And let us teach those who come after us to properly use the things God gives us.

God, great Giver of Gifts, teach me to truly value the life and the instruments you have given me to do good. 

May my use of things give glory to 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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