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.


in celebration of earth day, mary oliver’s “the sun”

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world–

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

– Mary Oliver

ELF flag

Happy Earth Day!

Plant a tree,

fight environmental racism,

and embrace the Earth

today and everyday.