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.