Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated on 24 March 1980 while celebrating the Eucharist. In these powerful and moving selections from his broadcast talks Romero invites us each day to move into the intimate space of our conscience, to encounter ourselves there, and then to go out to create a more just world.
Oscar Romero of San Salvador, archbishop and martyr, allowed the message of the Gospel deep into himself and let it take root in his life. That Gospel of Gods love for all, love especially for the poor and the dispossessed, gave him grace to be a true and faithful pastor: one who listened to the needs of his people Romeros words are words springing out of a life lived in the pattern of Jesus Christ. They led him to a death like Christs. And so they proclaim the God of life who will make all things new, at great cost to himself. - From the Foreword by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
Translated by: Irene B. Hodgson, a professor of modern languages at Xavier University, Cincinnati, where she also teaches Latin American studies. She is a member of Christians for Peace in El Salvador. Among her many translations is A ShepherdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Diary by Oscar Romero.
There is a way to know if God is near us or far away: everyone who is concerned about the hungry, about the naked, about the poor, about the disappeared, about the tortured, about the prisoner, will find God near. The proof of prayer is not to say a great many words, the proof of my plea is easy to see: how do I act towards the poor? Because God is there.
- Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador