From the Desk of Father Mac
Sunday of Ordinary Time
My Dear Friends in Christ,
This week marks the
centennial of the birth of one of my personal heroes, Blessed Oscar
Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was martyred while
celebrating Mass in 1980 and was beatified by Pope Francis in 2015.
August 15th would have been Romero’s 100th birthday. Blessed Oscar
Romero was a tireless advocate for the poor and critic of violence
and injustice in his native El Salvador. Since his death he has
become an international hero and will likely soon be canonized a
Coincidentally, the anniversary of Archbishop
Romero’s birth coincides with the Feast of the Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary. In a statement, the Archbishop Oscar Romero
U.S. Centennial Commission said: "Romero found great inspiration
in Mary and called her 'the first Christian' and 'ideal of the
church,'" adding that Romero used the Assumption of Mary
"to help us understand the knowledge of our heavenly destiny, which
we will one day enjoy in glorified bodily form like Mary."
In his 1977 homily for the Feast of the Assumption Romero said:
“The Church, like Mary, serves humankind by affirming the fact
that every man and woman is a child of God, a sister and a brother
that must be attended. Mary continually protects her children and
with outstretched arms of a mother and queen, she guides us along
the paths that lead to heaven. The earthly Church is doing the same
thing. She encourages men and women to fulfill their obligations, to
put aside their sinful ways and to live their true dignity as
children of God. Mary points out to humankind their eternal destiny.
Thus, from this light in heaven, she illuminates the dignity and the
rights of the human person. For this reason, she is steadfast in
defending the dignity, freedom and the rights of the human person,
because she knows that men and women are not puppets, but are
destined, like Mary, for the kingdom of Heaven.”
Assumption of Mary and the words and example of Blessed Oscar Romero
remind us that we have an eternal destiny in the Heavenly Kingdom.
That knowledge should affect the way we live our lives here and now.
We live in profound hope, we seek the conversion of the world, and
we work to eradicate the violence, turmoil, and injustice of this
world, always keeping our eyes fixed on our true Home in Heaven!
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