0SCAR ROMERO. Advent Readings from a Modern Martyr.

No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas
without being truly poor.

The self-sufficient,
the proud,
those who, because they have everything,
look down on others,
those who have no need even of God –
for them there will be no Christmas.
Only the poor,
the hungry,
those who need someone to come on their behalf,
will have that someone.
That someone is God,
Emmanuel,
God-with-us.
Without poverty of spirit
there can be no abundance of God.

(December 24, 1978)

Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador (1977-1980). He was murdered because he spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture while he was celebrating the Eucharist in a Catholic hospital on March 24, 1980. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in Rome on October 14, 2018.

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2 Responses to 0SCAR ROMERO. Advent Readings from a Modern Martyr.

  1. Wayne McMillan says:

    Profound and challenging words from a man who understood what it was like to be poor in spirit and materially. We need more 21 st century prophets like Romero to LIVE the gospel as St Francis did, to help us to WAKE UP from our slumber.

  2. Michael Furtado says:

    Arresting words for the many I know who regard Christmas as an opportunity for a booze-up and a break from preying upon the poor!

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