1 May 2012

Quotes of the Day - Oscar Romero

"Each time we look upon the poor, on the farmworkers who harvest the coffee, the sugarcane, or the cotton, the sugarcane, or the cotton, or the farmer who joins the caravan of workers looking to earn their savings for the year.....remember, there is the face of Christ........

The face of Christ is among the sacks and baskets of the farmworker; the face of Christ is among those who are tortured and mistreated in the prisons; the face of Christ is dying of hunger in the children who have nothing to eat; the face of Christ is in the poor who ask the church for their voice to be heard. How can the church deny this request when it is Christ who is telling us to speak for him?"

A church that tries to keep itself pure and uncontaminated would not be a church of God's service to people. The authentic church is one that does not mind conversing with prostitutes and publicans and sinners, as Christ did - and with Marxists and those of various political movements - in order to bring them salvation's true message

The poor person is the person who has been converted to God and puts all his trust in him, and the rich person is the one who has not been converted to God and puts his confidence in idols: money, power, material things.....Our work should be directed towards converting ourselves and all people to this authentic meaning of poverty.

Let us not measure the church by the number of its members or by its material buildings.....Many buildings have been stolen from her and turned into libraries and barracks and markets. It doesn't matter. The material walls here will be left behind in history. What matters is you, the people, your hearts

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