"[Oscar Romero] constructed peace with the force of love, and gave testimony of his faith in his life." (Pope Francis)
A voice for the voiceless and a champion of human rights, Blessed Oscar Romero (1917-1980) is beloved around the world. In six lectures, you are invited to explore his life and legacy.
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was an exemplar of faith in action. Under the guidance of Dr. Michael Lee, you will explore Romero's fascinating life: his humble beginnings, his courageous years as archbishop of a war-torn country, and his tragic assassination while celebrating the Eucharist. Through it all Romero offered powerful theological reflections on Christ, spirituality, and the meaning of Christian life today.
You will begin with Romero's background, particularly his traditional theological training in Rome. You will then discover how that training was challenged by the changes in El Salvador and the church, prompting Romero to undergo a profound transformation. You will explore how themes like conversion, martyrdom, and the political dimension of faith all reach a new depth of meaning in light of Romero's example.
Romero is an example not only to people of faith but also to those who are concerned about the ongoing struggles in our world today. He is a model for our times who will challenge and enrich all people to find ways to contribute to the betterment of our world.
(Photo of Óscar Romero courtesy of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen)
Cosa ne pensano gli iscritti
- Mary Carnegie
Two days ago I attended the Romero Mass in my local Cathedral in Southwark, S London & Kent. (We have an indult - result of particular enthusiasm for Romero’s cause, for complex historical reasons)
Romero was no Marxist, but recognition of his sanctity has been retarded by right-wing influence in the Curia. He was aligned with Opus Dei, until his dying day - ultra-conservatives- an ascetic- regarded as OCD by psychiatrists, and over-scrupulous by his fellow priests. He was not a natural rebel.
Nevertheless he underwent an uneasy conversion pexperience shortly after his elevation to the Arch-episcopacy of El Salvador.. The assassination of his friend Fr Rutilio Grande brought home the unsettling experiences of his pastoral life in a deprived diocese, No more could Óscar Romero remain the Quietist - “it’s God’s will you should suffer, and the rich rejoice, so shut up and get on with it!” A somewhat crazy Panglossian philosophy!
Romero the ultra-conservative stands up against a repressive government supported, trained and armed by the USA- he pleads with Jimmy Carter ( who’s trying to appear a peacemaker, not entirely convincingly, to stop selling guns to every nasty regime on the planet) without result, since it’s a constitutional right (and therefore basic human freedom) to wander around with an armoury in your handbag) he knows how it will end, refuses to be driven by a chauffeur so as not to endanger anyone else.
This Latin American Saul, the Pharisee, the erudite representative of Establishment values, became Paul, with a three year ministry.
It has been said he can’t be a martyr because there were political aspects to his murder. The same could be said of Our Lord’s crucifixion and for most of those recognised as martyrs. The author cites Maria Goretti as a martyr- without comment- although it’s hard to conceive her death as “Odium fidei” - the teenager who killed her didn’t seem to have any motive beyond lust for an underage girl living in the same house and who had refrained from reporting his previous unwelcome advances to her family- this is not a case which I would have mentioned if the pauthor had not; it’s too troubling to the mind of a retired paediatrician formerly working with child abuse.
This audiobook is delivered as lectures of 25 minutes approximately, not in a polished performance, so with hesitations and minor corrections, a skier pace, which is appropriate to its origin.
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- william grumitt
A good listen
Well written and sympathetic account of Romero's life and legacy. For those wishing to know more about Romero, this is a great place to start.