I can’t really do justice to the Archbishop. Instead of running my mouth, I’ll let others who are more eloquent and better-informed than me take it away.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/10/the-martydom-of-archbishop-oscar-romero/

http://americamagazine.org/issue/death-comes-archbishop

Of course, I also strongly recommend you access his own writings. Let’s listen to the Archbishop’s own words.

“Each one of you has to be God’s microphone. Each one of you has to be a messenger, a prophet. The church will always exist as long as there is someone who has been baptized… Where is your baptism? You are baptised in your professions, in the fields of workers, in the market. Wherever there is someone who has been baptised, that is where the Church is. There is a prophet there. Let us not hide the talent that God gave us on the day of our baptism and let us truly live the beauty and responsibility of being a prophetic people.”

“Let us be today’s Christians. Let us not take fright at the boldness of today’s church. With Christ’s light let us illuminate even the most hideous caverns of the human person: torture, jail, plunder, want, chronic illness. The oppressed must be saved, not with a revolutionary salvation, in mere human fashion, but with the holy revolution of the Son of Man, who dies on the cross to cleanse God’s image, which is soiled in today’s humanity, a humanity so enslaved, so selfish, so sinful.”

Let us all take the Archbishop’s words to heart. Let us all be microphones of God, instruments of His peace- a prophetic people who strive for justice and grace as Oscar did by giving his blood.

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