Archbishop Oscar Romero: A guiding light

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Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador in Central America. He stood alongside his people facing terrible oppression and violence as they spoke out against injustice. After years of persecution and threats, Romero was assassinated on 24 March 1980.

He is remembered for his courage, his faith and, above all, his great love for the poor. “Many” he said, “would like the poor to keep on saying it is God’s will for them to live that way. But it is not God’s will for some to have everything and others to have nothing.”

Oscar Romero continues to inspire millions of people throughout the world.

Today’s reading: Luke 4:24-30

“In truth I tell you, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.”

Reflection: Those who come with challenging messages are not always easily accepted. People do not want their status quo upset. But, despite knowing all the dangers, Jesus carried on anyway.

Around the world many people continue to do the same, speaking out against injustice, even though they know that to do so is to risk their own lives.

34 years ago today, Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed while saying Mass, because his commitment to those living in poverty led him to speak out against injustice.

“Many would like the poor to keep on saying that it is God’s will for them to live that way. But it is not God’s will for some to have everything and others to have nothing. That cannot be of God. God’s will is that all his children be happy.” Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, 10 September 1978

Action: Spend some time in prayer today remembering Romero and all the people who risk their lives to stand up for what is right.

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