My buddy Stephen reminded me that today marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. Romero was assassinated while saying mass in a small chapel at a cancer hospice. Here was a key phrase from his final homily:
"We know that every effort to better society, especially when injustice and sin are so ingrained, is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us."
Indeed he does. It also appears that the Roman Catholic Church is moving towards beatifying him. The sheer courage of Romero is humbling to me. Consider that during that time in El Salvador leaflets were being distributed saying "Be a patriot - kill a priest," yet Romero soldiered on in a manner of speaking.
Not content with making a martyr of Romero, at his funeral, in full view of television cameras forty people were shot dead by snipers, yet Romero's influence remains important, even if the man's life and the lives of so many others in El Salvador were taken so brutally. Stephen also reminds me of why Romero remains important.