Skip to comments.Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 03-24-17
Posted on 03/28/2017 4:21:11 PM PDT by Salvation
Fr. Don Miller, OFM
The night before he was murdered while celebrating Mass, Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador said on the radio: I would like to appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the troops of the National Guard, the police, and the garrisons. Brothers, you belong to our own people. You kill your own brother peasants; and in the face of an order to kill that is given by a man, the law of God that says Do not kill! should prevail.
No soldier is obliged to obey an order counter to the law of God. No one has to comply with an immoral law. It is the time now that you recover your conscience and obey its dictates rather than the command of sin. . . . Therefore, in the name of God, and in the name of this long-suffering people, whose laments rise to heaven every day more tumultuous, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you! In the name of God: Cease the repression!
Simultaneously, Romero had eloquently upheld the gospel and effectively signed his own death warrant.
When he was appointed archbishop of San Salvador in 1977, Bishop Romero was considered a very safe choice. He had served as auxiliary bishop there for four years before his three years as bishop of Santiago de Maria.
Oscars father wanted him to be a carpentera trade for which he demonstrated some talent. Seminary classes in El Salvador preceded his studies at Romes Gregorian University and his ordination in 1942. After earning a doctorate in ascetical theology, he returned home and became a parish priest and later rector of an interdiocesan seminary.
Three weeks after his appointment as archbishop, Romero was shaken by the murder of his good friend Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, a vigorous defender of the rights of the poor. Five more priests were assassinated in the Archdiocese of San Salvador during Romeros years as its shepherd.
When a military junta seized control of the national government in 1979, Archbishop Romero publicly criticized the U.S. government for backing the junta. His weekly radio sermons, broadcast throughout the country, were regarded by many as the most trustworthy source of news available.
Romeros funeral was celebrated in the plaza outside the cathedral and drew an estimated 250,000 mourners.
His tomb in the cathedral crypt soon drew thousands of visitors each year. On February 3, 2015, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing Oscar Romero as a martyr for the faith. His beatification took place in San Salvador on May 23, 2015.
Archbishop Oscar Romero and many other Latin American martyrs for the faith were falsely accused of advocating a Marxist-inspired theology of liberation. Following Jesus always requires choices. Romeros fiercest critics conveniently dismissed his choices as politically inspired. An incarnational faith must be expressed publicly.
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It’s a shame nothing has really improved in El Salvador since Archbishop Romero’s death.
Why is Romero “Saint of the Day”, since he’s only blessed at this time?
BTTT for the Saint of the Day, Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero.
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