Catholic Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero
God’s reign is already present on our earth in mystery.
When the Lord comes, it will be brought to perfection.
That is the hope that inspires Christians.
We know that every effort to better society,
especially when injustice and sin are so ingrained,
is an effort that God blesses,
that God wants,
that God demands of us.
Note: This final passage was spoken on 24 March 1980, only minutes before Romero’s sudden death; as he concluded a homily during a service in a San Salvador hospital, he was killed by an assassin who entered the chapel from the back door and shot him.
From, Oscar Romero, The Violence of Love, Rifton, NY: The Plough, 2011, p. 219.
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