Oscar Romero

“To each one of us Christ is saying:  If you want your life and mission to be fruitful like mine, do as I.  Be converted into a seed that lets itself be buried.  Let yourself be killed.  Do not be afraid.  Those who shun suffering will remain alone.  No one is more alone than the selfish.  But if you give your life out of love for others, as I give mine for all, you will reap a great harvest.  You will have the deepest satisfactions.  Do not fear death or threats; the Lord goes with you.”

“We all have a church within ourselves, our own consciousness. There God is, God’s Spirit.
Blessed are those who do not forsake that shrine by failing to pray. Blessed are those who enter often to speak alone with their God.”

“We must not seek the child Jesus in the pretty figures of our Christmas cribs. We must seek him among the undernourished children who have gone to bed at night with nothing to eat, among the poor newsboys who will sleep covered with newspapers in doorways.”

“Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world.”

Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (1917 –1980) was an Archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador’s developing civil war. Although He knew himself to be on the government’s “hit list,” he spoke out against the poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture. Romero was murdered while conducting mass the day after a sermon where he had called on Salvadoran soldiers, as Christians, to obey God’s higher order and to stop carrying out the government’s repression and violations.

 

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