From the Bible
Read Isaiah 61
The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world.
Everyone will praise him!
His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring,
with plants springing up everywhere.
About Oscar Romero
Until he was 62 years old, Óscar Romero y Galdámez served as priest, bishop, and lastly Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador. On Monday, March 24, 1980 Romero was shot through the heart while lifting the chalice as part of the communion meal. The day before, while radio broadcasting his sermon, Romero called on Salvadoran soldiers to disobey orders that would contradict a life in Christ – namely carrying out the government’s repression and denial of basic human rights.
His appointment to Archbishop was seen as a “safe” move by the conservatives and government, while the progressive priests were disappointed. They were involved in critique of what they understood as systemic sin and were open in teaching and activism about resolving class conflict, sometimes implicating the Catholic Church as part of the oppressor class. Their worldview, and later Romero’s became known as Liberation Theology. After a friend of Romero’s was assassinated for his subversive activities in 1977, Romero was astonished at the lack of help in the investigation he received from the authorities. He felt the call to follow his late friend, Rutilio Grande, in work and into death. His letter to President Jimmy Carter petitions “His Excellency” as a Christian and someone who cares about human rights to cut off military aid to the Salvadoran government because it would violently carry out the interests of the military oligarchy not the people.
“We have never preached violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood,the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work.”
― from The Violence of Love (get it as a free audio book!)
Martyr’s Prayer Project video
Oliver Stone’s Salvador
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