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CANCELED – Character and Spirit Worship Series – Oscar Romero
February 17, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Every Sunday through March 3, 2019 Campus Ministry will be hosting its Character and Spirit Worship Series. Each of these events will highlight a character with spirit. It will begin at 7 p.m. with a short presentation, followed by discussion and prayer, and closing with a pizza party in the Chapel of St. Matthew’s first floor student lounge. All students and employees are invited, and urged to bring a friend with them. Below is information on this week’s character(s).
FEBRUARY 17 – Oscar Romero [CANCELED]
When he was appointed archbishop of San Salvador in 1977, Romero was considered a very “safe” choice. He had the reputation of being a quiet, learned, conservative leader.
The night before he was murdered while celebrating Mass, Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador said on the radio:
“I would like to appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the troops of the National Guard, the police, and the garrisons. Brothers, you belong to our own people. You kill your own brother peasants; and in the face of an order to kill that is given by a man, the law of God that says ‘Do not kill!’ should prevail.
“No soldier is obliged to obey an order counter to the law of God. No one has to comply with an immoral law. It is the time now that you recover your conscience and obey its dictates rather than the command of sin. . . Therefore, in the name of God, and in the name of this long-suffering people, whose laments rise to heaven every day more tumultuous, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you! In the name of God: ‘Cease the repression!’”
Romero had eloquently upheld the gospel and effectively signed his own death warrant. He has been declared a saint by the Catholic Church.