Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 6 April – Week Five – For a better world, human ideas will have to change

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” (Maya Angelou)

Cultures, histories, experiences can all create ideas that do not help society develop positively.  Instead, they can create wounds that take a very long time to heal, if they ever do.  But, we can move beyond those wounds; things do not have to remain as they are.  Humans have a tremendous ability to move beyond even the greatest obstacles. We must, if humanity is to flourish, learn to respect the dignity of all peoples and discard our ideas that one group is better than another. Some basic elements of human nature might need to be restructured if we are to live in peace with one another and with God.

Heavenly Father, teach me to love the differences among human beings and to respect all humanity. 

We are all created in your image and equal in your sight. 

Open our eyes to see.


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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