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    The church would betray its own love for God and its fidelity to the gospel if it stopped being . . . a defender of the rights of the poor . . . a humanizer of every legitimate struggle to achieve a more just society . . . that prepares the way for the true reign of God in history.
    — Oscar Romero
    A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth - beware! - is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's call.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: earth  true  jesus  sin  church  christ  gospel  sinner 
     
    If God accepts the sacrifice of my life, may my death be for the freedom of my people. A bishop will die, but the Church of God, which is the people, will never perish. I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the people of El Salvador.
    — Oscar Romero
    Even when they call us mad, when they call us subversives and communists and all the epithets they put on us, we know we only preach the subversive witness of the Beatitudes, which have turned everything upside down.
    — Oscar Romero
    We suffer with those who have disappeared, those who have had to flee their homes, and those who have been tortured.
    — Oscar Romero
    God is not satisfied with appearance. God wants the garment of justice. God wants his Christians dressed in love.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: justice  god  christian 
     
    Each time we look upon the poor, on the farmworkers who harvest the coffee, the sugarcane, or the cotton... remember, there is the face of Christ.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: time  poor  christ 
     
    Peace is the product of justice and love.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: justice  peace 
     
    There is no dichotomy between man and God's image. Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being, abuses God's image.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: men  human  abuse  god 
     
    Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can only do as much as God makes us able to do; we are only as intelligent as God would have us be.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: live  beautiful  moment  god 
     
    When we speak for the poor, please note that we do not take sides with one social class. What we do is invite all social classes, rich and poor, without distinction, saying to everyone let us take seriously the cause of the poor as though it were our own.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: poor  saying 
     
    You can tell the people that if they succeed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those who do it. Hopefully, they will realize they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the church of God, which is the people, will never perish.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: time  people  die  god  church 
     
    We must not seek the child Jesus in the pretty figures of our Christmas cribs. We must seek him among the undernourished children who have gone to bed at night with nothing to eat, among the poor newsboys who will sleep covered with newspapers in doorways.
    — Oscar Romero
    We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: future  master 
     
    There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: eyes 
     
    I will not tire of declaring that if we really want an effective end to violence we must remove the violence that lies at the root of all violence: structural violence, social injustice, exclusion of citizens from the management of the country, repression. All this is what constitutes the primal cause, from which the rest flows naturally.
    — Oscar Romero
    When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: misery  church 
     
    Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: world 
     
    I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me I will rise again in the people of El Salvador.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: death  people  believe 
     
    A church that doesn't provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn't unsettle, a word of God that doesn't get under anyone's skin, a word of God that doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed"‰-"‰"‹what gospel is that?
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: society  real  god  sin  church  gospel 
     
    The ones who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless.
    — Oscar Romero
    The Bible has a very meaningful expression: The Spirit makes all things new. We are those who grow old, and we want everything done to our aged standards. The Spirit is never old; the Spirit is always young.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: young  bible  spirit  standard 
     
    I don't want to be an anti, against anybody. I simply want to be the builder of a great affirmation: the affirmation of God,who loves us and who wants to save us.
    — Oscar Romero
    Who knows if the one whose hands are bloodied with Father Grande's murder, or the one who shot Father Navarro, if those who have killed, who have tortured, who have done so much evil, are listening to me? Listen, there in your criminal hideout, perhaps already repentant, you too are called to forgiveness.
    — Oscar Romero
    Social sin is the crystallization ... of individuals' sins into permanent structures that keeps sin in being and makes its force to be felt by the majority of people.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: people  sin  majority 
     
    No prayer fully expresses our faith.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: faith  prayer 
     
    That we may give our body and our blood over to suffering and pain, like Christ - not for Self, but to give harvests of peace and justice to our People.
    — Oscar Romero
    Ask and it shall be given you; Seek and ye shall find; Knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh, receiveth; And he that seeketh, Findeth; and to him that knocketh It shall be opened. Aspire not to have more, but to be more.
    — Oscar Romero
    Liberation that raises a cry against others is no true liberation. Liberation that means revolutions of hate and violence and takes away lives of others or abases the dignity of otherscannot be true liberty.
    — Oscar Romero
    That is the hope that inspires Christians. 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.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: society  god  christian  sin  hope  inspire 
     
    One must not love oneself so much, as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us, and those that fend off danger will lose their lives.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: live  oneself  risk  danger 
     
    "Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty."
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: fear  peace  silence  right  violent 
     
    We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: master 
     
    We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
    — Oscar Romero
    When we leave Mass, we ought to go out the way Moses descended Mt Sinai: with his face shining, with his heart brave and strong to face the world's difficulties.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: heart  world  strong 
     
    We must overturn so many idols, the idol of self first of all, so that we can be humble, and only from our humility can learn to be redeemers, can learn to work together in the way theworld really needs.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: work  self  humility  learn 
     
    You know that the air and water are being polluted, as is everything we touch and live with, and we go on corrupting the nature that we need. We don't realize we have a commitment to God to take care of nature. To cut down a tree, to waste water when there is so much lack of it, to let buses poison our atmosphere with those noxious fumes from their exhausts, to burn rubbish haphazardly-all that concerns our alliance with God.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: nature  live  care  commitment  water  god 
     
    Those who surrender to the service of the poor through love of Christ, will live like the grains of wheat that dies. It only apparently dies. If it were not to die, it would remain a solitary grain. The harvest comes because of the grain that dies. We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: society  live  service  poor  die  god  sin  christ 
     
    We are prophets of a future not our own.
    — Oscar Romero
    tags: future 
     
    The absolute desire of 'having more' encourages the selfishness that destroys communal bonds among the children of God. It does so because the idolatry of riches prevents the majority from sharing the goods that the Creator has made for all, and in the all-possessing minority it produces an exaggerated pleasure in these goods.
    — Oscar Romero
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