Archbishop Oscar Romero preached non-violence and love against atrocities but that didn’t mean he was passive; he stood loudly against them. He said, “I am not sowing discord; I am calling on the God that weeps… a God that feels the pain of His peasants… This is not what God was expecting from this Salvadoran land we live in which should be a land of humanity and Christianity.” The catalyst to his action, the murder of Father Rutlio and two others, led to his refusal to participate in government functions until his death was investigated, the short term closing of Catholic schools and Misa Unica, when 100,000 people heard his message. Eventually assassinated, his decision to stand with the poor changed the nation and all the people in it. He inspires me.
Lord, Father, I praise your name because it is good. I lift your name up with my voice and in my heart. You strengthen me and give me courage in my weakness. As completely lost as I was without You, I find myself within You. I know even as I struggle You have blessed me beyond measure and it is an honor to be called to serve You. I am not worthy, but then, nobody is worthy, for who is all good but You? And yet through Your Son You make me an heir of Your kingdom. Therefore in gratitude I will strive to love and obey, knowing all things are possible through Your power. Amen.