Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 5 April – Week Five – Even the things of God can be used for evil

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

“..sometimes religion motivates violence, and sometimes it is used, even manipulated, to justify violence. There also is  violence unrelated to    religion that gets religiously charged    because the conflicting parties happen to be of different faiths.” (Rev. Shanta Premawardhana, Interfaith Relations Director for the National  Council of Churches, USA )

Even God can be used for hatred and violence.  In fact, as we look at the world around us, we see unimaginable hatred and violence being committed in the name of God.  One’s difference of opinion can lead to demonization and even death.  But how can this be since we are all guilty; each one of us stands guilty before God.  God’s way is to sort things out himself.  He has no need for humans to do his work.  Yet, people continue to assume for themselves the right to make judgments for God.  That is the ultimate reach of pride: to do for God what he does not need done.

Almighty God, teach me to accept that I am only to be a tool for good, never for evil. 

Teach me to avoid judging the behaviour of others and to pray for their ultimate good.


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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