Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 7 April – Week Five – God’s ways are the only true ways of peace and human flourishing

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

The Church, by reason of her role and competence, is not  identified in any way with the political community nor bound to any political system.  She is at once a sign and safeguard of the transcendent character of the human person (Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, 1965 [#76])

The ideal for any religious institution is to remain above the unjust political, social, and economic structures that exist, and to promote the goodness of God for all humanity.  That is the role of religion in this troubled world.  God’s ways are the only true ways for the world to achieve peace; no matter what religious tradition, we are all created by God and infused with a desire for what is good.  Though we fail time and again, our relationship with God continues to develop.  Humanity will flourish only if we accept that God’s ways of justice and love must be followed.

O God, let my faith never become a tool for any gain other than righteousness; may I never betray you by betraying the ideals you have placed in my heart.



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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