The people’s suffering should not be made a motive for resentment and desperation; it should make people look to the justice of God and realize that this situation must change. And if necessary, like those who have already given their lives, we must be ready to die, but always with the hope that comes from our Christian faith.
How I wish that child, nestled in straw and humble cloth, would speak to us this Christmas of the sublime value of poverty! How I wish that all of us who are reflecting here would bestow divine value on our sufferings great and small! Starting today, let us be more intent on offering to God whatever we suffer.
Source: The Scandal of Redemption
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The Scandal of Redemption: When God Liberates the Poor, Saves Sinners, and Heals Nations, Oscar Romero (Plough Spiritual Guides: Backpack Classics) Paperback – March 24, 2018
Like his subversive master, Jesus, modern martyr Oscar Romero lifts up the poor, provokes the powerful, and invites each of us to walk with him.
“A church that does not provoke crisis, a gospel that does not disturb, a word of God that does not touch the concrete sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed―what kind of gospel is that?”
Three short years transformed El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero from a conservative defender of the status quo into one of the most outspoken voices of the oppressed. An assassin’s bullet ended his life, but his challenge lives on.
These topically arranged selections from Archbishop Oscar Romero’s diaries, letters, homilies, and radio talks invite each of us to align our own lives with the way of Jesus that lifts up the poor, welcomes the broken, wins over enemies, and transforms the history of entire nations.