Thursday, March 24, 2011
"Each of us has an individual greatness. God would not be our author if we were something worthless. You and I and all of us are worth very much, because we are creatures of God, and God has prodigally given his wonderful gifts to every person."
-- Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated on this date in 1980 while saying Mass in El Salvador. He had been openly critical of the United States for its support of the dictatorial government and the day before he was shot had preached a sermon calling on Salvadoran soldiers, as Christians, to obey God's higher order and to stop carrying out the government's repression and violations of basic human rights.
He is one of the ten 20th century martyrs who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London, a testament to his wide respect even beyond the Catholic Church