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The violence of love: The pastoral wisdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero Hardcover – 1988
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Oscar Romero was converted by suffering: the suffering of a friend, of the people he served, and then finally his own suffering. There are many ways to be converted, but perhaps the best way is to live among the poor and to discover in them as Romero did, the presence of Christ. -- Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Bishop of San Cristobal, Chiapas Mexico
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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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."