Today we commemorate the life of Óscar Arnulfo Romero, Bishop of El Salvador and martyr, who was assassinated on this day in 1980.
Romero is remembered for his advocacy on behalf of the poor in El Salvador, though it was not characteristic of his early priesthood. After being appointed as archbishop of San Salvador, he preached against the political repression in his country. He and other priests and church workers were considered traitors for their bold stand for justice, especially defending the rights of the poor. After several years of threats to his life, Romero was assassinated while presiding at the Eucharist in a chapel near the cathedral in San Salvador.
Gracious God, in every age you have sent men and women who have given their lives in witness to your love and truth. Inspire us with the memory of Óscar Arnulfo Romero, whose faithfulness led to the way of the cross, and give us courage to bear full witness with our lives to your Son’s victory over sin and death, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen