Life, faith & love: Oscar Romero (24 March 1980)

Sometimes our faith comes with a price – an expensive exchange if we’re serious about it.  Really serious like Archbishop Oscar Romero, who in faith raised his voice against the injustices pervading El Salvador around him & paid with his life,  murdered on 24 March 1980 while celebrating Mass at the Divina Providencia Chapel in San Salvador.

As we remember Archbishop Oscar Romero’s  faith, the love of Christ he shared (especially with the poor), the sacrifice of his life – his voice continues to challenge the world toward justice (click here to read this U.N. page honoring his contribution to human rights.

After receiving death threats a few weeks before he was killed, he said:  “let it be known that it is no longer possible to kill the voice of justice.”  May his words continue to stir our hearts & the hearts of all toward stronger faith, deeper love & lasting justice…

Here are a few favorite quotes from Through the Year with Oscar Romero (St. Anthony Messenger Press) to stir our minds, too…

“Christianity is not a collection of truths that one has to believe, of laws one has to keep, a list of prohibitions… Christianity is a Person that loved me so much that He demands my love.  Christianity is Christ.”   (November 6, 1977)

“This is the mission of the church: to awaken…the spiritual meaning of life, the divine worth of human action.”  (August 20, 1978)

“It is not enough to attend Mass on Sunday; it is not enough to call yourself a Catholic… Appearances are not enough.  God is not satisfied with appearance. God wants the garment of justice.  God wants Christians dressed in love.”  (October 15, 1978)

“Faith doesn’t only mean believing with the head but also committing your heart & your life.”  (January 7, 1979)

“A civilization of love is not sentimentality; it is justice & truth…True love consists in demanding of the relationships with those we love what is just… There can’t be love where there are lies.”  (April 12, 1979)

“Social justice is not so much a law that orders distribution.  Seen from a Christian perspective, it is an internal attitude like that of Christ, who being wealthy, became poor to share His love with the poor…Share what you are & what you have…”  (February 24, 1980)

“If only we realized that the person in need is Christ, the one who has been tortured, the one who has been imprisoned, the one who has been murdered, and if, in the body of each person thrown in so undignified a fashion by the side of the road, we were to see the Christ who was left there, I would wager a golden medal that we would pick him up tenderly and we would kiss him and we would not be ashamed of him.”  (March 16, 1980)

“That this immolated Body and this Blood sacrificed for humankind, may nourish our bodies and our blood in suffering & in pain, like Christ, not for its own sake, but rather to give the concepts of justice and peace to our people.  Let us join together then, intimately in faith and hope in this moment of prayer…”  (March 24, 1980)

Oscar Romero Mural Uni San Salvador

Mural of Archbishop Oscar Romero, University of El Salvador

grace, peace & voices of justice


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7 Responses to Life, faith & love: Oscar Romero (24 March 1980)

  1. Carol-Jo says:

    Once again, thank you for your inspiring writings. I read the UN bio..a Man of God and a voice for the poor.

    • Virginia says:

      So glad you read it, Carol-Jo – he was a man of justice, faith, love & HOPE — plus, most definitely a Rose in the Rubble!! — blessings to you on this FREEZING SUNDAY!

      grace, peace & Voices for the Poor – Virginia : )

  2. Carol-Jo says:

    Thank you, Virginia

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  4. Duane Arnold says:

    On this day of commemoration I thought you might enjoy seeing a music video that we have produced honoring Oscar Romero.  It is part of a new CD release. The singer is a deacon, Michael Glen Bell, and the film maker is Owen Thomas. The Project is the subject of a wonderful article in Canada’s Catholic Register

    Go to to view the video. Feel free to use it on your site, review the album or video, or blog about The Project.  If you do, let us know so we can put a link on ours. If you are interested in a story on The Project, please get back to us. We are located in Indianapolis. You can follow us on Twitter @martyrsproject.

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