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DAY 2

40-4-4 Lenten Prayer for Social Justice

(40 days at 4:00 pm for 4 minutes)

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Pray with Oscar Romero

Óscar Romero preached every Sunday through the radio.

Óscar Romero was born August 15, 1917, Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador—died March 24, 1980, San Salvador. He was a vocal critic of the violent activities of government armed forces. The archbishop Romero also refused to support the right-wing military-civilian junta, trained at the infamous U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), then based in Panama and now based in Columbus, Georgia. Further, his outspoken defense of the poor brought repeated threats to his life. In the face of those threats, Romero declared his readiness to sacrifice his life for the “redemption and resurrection” of El Salvador. His unreserved advocacy for human rights made him a hero to many, and he was nominated for the 1979 Nobel Prize for Peace by a number of U.S. congressmen and 118 members of the British Parliament. On March 24, 1980, a group of unidentified gunmen entered a small chapel in San Salvador while Romero was celebrating mass and shot him to death. In his sermon on March 23, Romero ordered the army to stop killing people: “In the name of God, and in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I beg you, I implore you, I order you, in the name of God, stop the repression!” The next day, a shot killed Romero as he said Mass. Thousands came to the funeral. The army fired into the crowd. 30 people died and hundreds were injured. The civil war in El Salvador continued until 1992.

Click to watch "The Romero Collector's Edition" full movie on youtube.com.

Click to watch "The Romero Collector's Edition" full movie on youtube.com

“A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth - beware! - is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's call.”

 

“If God accepts the sacrifice of my life, may my death be for the freedom of my people. A bishop will die, but the Church of God, which is the people, will never perish. I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the people of El Salvador.”

(Oscar Romero)

PRAYER

A guiding light

Lord Jesus,

We give thanks for the life of

Saint Oscar Romero

who spreads your message

and struggled against injustice in El Salvador.

Like you, he was a shepherd, a pastor, a brother;

Like you, he was taken from us;

Like you, he remains in our hearts.

Spirit of hope, work within us,

just as you worked

in Saint Oscar Romero,

so that we too may work for justice

and spread the Good News,

by living out the Gospel,

in solidarity with those living in poverty.

Amen.

(An El Salvadoran, Jack Tunnecliffe)

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