Archbishop Oscar Romero: a life of solidarity with the poor

Today, May 23rd, in San Salvador, is the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. I was living in St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality Catholic Worker in Rochester, NY when I first encountered his works and life. It was there I read The Violence of Love and watched Romero.

Oscar Romero spoke out for justice and called out the El Salvadoran government for their violence and even wrote to President Carter asking him to stop sending military aid.

He would often say, “I do not believe in death without resurrection” and “If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the Salvadoran people.” Romero cared deeply for the poor and challenged oppressive systems.

May we continue his legacy

to stand in solidarity with the poor,

to fight for justice,

and call out injustice wherever it may be found.

Here’s a few articles on Romero’s beatification:

Special: Oscar Romero by Telesur

Archbishop Oscar Romero, El Salvador’s most trusted news source
by Linda Cooper and James Hodge

Honoring Oscar Romero of El Salvador by John Dear

The Beatification of Óscar Romero by Carlos Dada

What Archbishop Romero’s Beatification Means For El Salvador Today by Carrie Khan

Here’s a fine documentary on Romero:

Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero

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A wonderful friend created this for me and it hangs in my bedroom.

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