Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was shot dead in El Salvador, while celebrating Mass
on March 24th 1980, was beatified this weekend and is now declared a Martyr for the
faith. El Salvador is a country in which the land and the wealth is in the hands
of a few and protected by the military. The vast majority of the population struggle
to survive and this was particularly the situation when Oscar Romero was appointed
Archbishop in 1977. His predecessor Archbishop González was a strong supporter of
peasants and workers organisations. The ruling families regarded him as a communist.
So when Oscar Romero was appointed, they worked to influence the appointment of someone
they thought would not challenge the establishment.
But a short time after the appointment of Oscar Romero as Archbishop, his close friend
a Jesuit Priest, Rutilio Grande, was murdered by state agents. Much to everyone’s
surprise, the new Archbishop proved to be a determined man. He cancelled Sunday Mass
throughout the Diocese and convened the Salvadoran Church in the Cathedral for a
single Mass, there; he publicly blamed the Government for Grande’s death and demanded
justice. From that moment until his own death, he condemned the poverty, social injustice,
assassinations and torture that were destroying the people and the country.
Blessed Oscar Romero pray for us.
PRAYER FOR PREPARATION TO STUDY
Lord, I know you are with me and love me. Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this
time of study. Help me to focus on my books and notes, keep me from all distractions
so that I will make the best use of this time that is available to me.
Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying, and help me to remember
it when the time comes. Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study and
for the many gifts and talents you have given me. Help me always to use them in such
a way that they honour you and do justice to myself.