This week, as we move into a study of the life, principles, ministry, and impact of Arch Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980
), I would like, again, to focus on a principle that seems to be a constant in our study. That principal is that moral leaders give hope to people who do not have faith that their lives can ever really be different. They EXIST without hope. They do not LIVE believing their lives can ever really be different. The "moral" leaders we are studying are not perfect, but they have a vision and the strength to inspire others to have hope. The Scripture passages I ask you to read and meditate upon in advance are: Matthew 6:10, Luke 17:21, and Romans 14:17.
Oscar Romero's life and work offer a number of important lessons about moral leadership:
It is never too late.
Develop communication and listening skills.
Responsibility changes you.
1. What do you think of Oscar Romero's conversion? What caused it?
2. Compare Mother Teresa's and Oscar Romero's approaches to poverty. Which do you find most compelling? Why?
3. How did Romero's spirituality affect his sense of vocation?
4. What do you make of Romero's childhood and the effect it had on his later conversion?
5. What was the relationship between Romero and John Paul II? How does it change your opinion of each man?
Gushee, David P.. Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World (pp. 225-226). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.