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The Violence of Love Paperback – February 10, 2004
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Romero does not speak from a distance. He does not hide his fears, his brokenness, his hesitations. It is as if he puts his arm around my shoulder and slowly walks with me. He shares my struggles. There is a warmth in his words that opens my heart to listen. -- Henri J. M. Nouwen, from the Forward
These homilies reveal lines of poetic beauty describing a cruel and ugly world Here is indomitable courage and utter humility. Here is a message of hope. --Robert McAfee Brown, Professor Emeritus, Pacific School of Religion
Original Language: Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is great as a devotional, even if you are not into devotionals, and can be read in small bites.
Romero would be thrilled to see how Latin American immigrants to the US have been making history with massive rallies to recognize their rights as children of God. In the memory of Romero, and to honor the Latin Americans who are teaching US citizens about democracy and faith, I'd like to share this passage from "The Violence of Love":
"With Christ, God has injected himself into history. With the birth of Christ, God's reign is now inaugurated in human time.
On this night (December 25, 1977), as every year for twenty centuries, we recall that God's reign is now in this world and that Christ has inaugurated the fullness of time. His birth attests that God is now marching with us in history, that we do not go alone.
Humans long for peace, for justice, for a reign of divine law, for something holy, for what is far from earth's reality. We can have such a hope, not because we ourselves are able to construct the realm of happiness that God's holy words proclaim, but because the builder of a reign of justice, of love, and of peace is already in the midst of us."
"There is no dichotomy between man and God's image.
Whoever tortures a human being,
whoever abuses a human being,
whoever outrages a human being,
abuses God's image."
Here is another excerpt:
"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. A preaching that does not discomfit sinners but lulls them in their sin leaves Zebulun and Naphtali in the shadow of death.
A preaching that awakens, a preaching that enlightens as when a light turned on awakens and, of course, annoys, the sleeper that is the preaching of Christ, calling "Wake up... Be converted!..." Naturally, such preaching must meet conflict, must spoil what is called prestige, must disturb, must be persecuted. It cannot get along with the powers of darkness and sin..."
Oscar Romero, martyr, spoke the words in this second excerpt Jan. 22, 1978 - roughly 2 months before his assassination.
It is probably worth noting that I am not a Catholic. However, I do consider Oscar Romero to have been a brother in Christ and a fine example for religious people everyewhere.Read more ›
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I've long been a huge admirer of Father Romero. This compilation of quotes is deepening my understanding of how his faith shaped who he was.Published 2 months ago by Clayperson13
I highly recommend this book, but it is not for light spiritual reading. Archibishop Oscar Romero’s voice cried out against the persecution and violence that was happening in El... Read morePublished 5 months ago by BMT
The book is hard to read because the print seems to wash out and is very light in places.Published 8 months ago by Eileen K. Perkins
A collection of snippets from Romero's messages and sermons. His Gospel message: God loves and so should we.Published 9 months ago by Lawrence W. Meegan
A collection of thoughts, quotes, and scripture aiding our deepest call to action: to love one anotherPublished 11 months ago by LADragonslayer
What can one say? Romero was a true Christian, with the rarest courage of his convictions. His life is proof to the mystical fact that we are all trending to Golgotha - for... Read morePublished 14 months ago by cvairag
It shows through the writings of Mons Romero that Yes Love DOES conquer all inspite f all of the violence suffered. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary L. Englerth
This is the only book I have found so far telling of the struggle of Oscar Romero as it really was. So it is the Tops - so far – for me. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Marc Parker Kingston