The first time I heard of Archbishop Oscar Romero was during my Grade 12 religion class.
Now, religion was the last class of the day and so there was every reason to just skip it.
Something that Mr. Whitebread (yes, that was his real name) was all too aware of, and took measures against.
His strategy was the promise of a movie about a revolutionary.
Hook, line, and sinker; he had me.
We were all present and accounted for, transfixed by the retelling of this ‘revolutionaries’ life.
By the end of it, we were convinced that Archbishop Oscar Romero was a saint, and it sparked meaningful discussion about discipleship and martyrdom.
The big take away for me, was that it gave me a sense of what sainthood might be like.
Up until that point, most of the saints I knew of were so far removed from my own experiences I kind of just wrote them off.
But learning about Archbishop Romero was different. There was something tragically real about his life.
So it’s with particular joy that I look forward to his beatification. It’s been more than a decade since I was in high school, but I’ve been inspired to reconnect with his story by reading a biography about Oscar Romero published by Novalis. The book I’ve been reading is part of the People of God series, it’s called Love Must Win Out. Its short but serves as a great intro (or refresher) on Oscar Romero and most importantly it tells the story of a modern day person who like us was challenged by the times he lived in to become a hero, a saint.
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