Comfort from a Martyr to Truth.
March 29th, 2013
Received by FAB.
I am here, Oscar Romero.
Yes, I desire to say a word to my people. I see you have always admired me for what I did. You have felt that I represented the true Gospel in the right way. Well, this was confirmed over here, where I reaped the goodness and faith that I had sowed. But I must also say that I was greatly disturbed to discover that many of my Catholic ideas were all wrong. This was very hard for me. It was a while before I could accept this. But I have, and now I am free in the Christ Love.
The message I wish to give to my people, and which you read about in my biography you have just finished [“The Word Remains: A Life of Oscar Romero” by James R. Brockman], is not to love hope, and to have faith in a Loving God who will not fail to rescue the people, all people, from the tyranny of greed and power and blindness to the truth.
Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez (15 August 1917 - 24 March 1980) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. He became the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador, succeeding Luis Chavez. He was assassinated on 24 March 1980.
After his assassination, Romero was succeeded by Monsignor Arturo Rivera. In 1997, a cause for beatification and canonization was opened for Romero, and Pope John Paul II bestowed upon him the title of Servant of God. The canonization process continues. He is considered by some the unofficial patron saint of the Americas and El Salvador and is often referred to as “San Romero” by Catholics in El Salvador. Outside of Catholicism, Romero is honored by other religious denominations of Christendom, including the Church of England through the Calendar in Common Worship. He is one of the ten 20th-century martyrs who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London, a testament to the wide respect for him even beyond the Catholic Church. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the 15 Champions of World Democracy by the Europe-based magazine A Different View. (Source: Wikipedia)