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The Violence Of Love
by Oscar A. Romero, Ed. By James R. Brockman, Contrib. By Henri J. M. Nouwen
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Henri J. M. Nouwen, from the Forward
Romero does not speak from a distance. He does not hide his fears, his brokenness, his hesitations. It is as if he puts his arm around my shoulder and slowly walks with me. He shares my struggles. There is a warmth in his words that opens my heart to listen.
Robert McAfee Brown, Professor Emeritus, Pacific School of Religion
These homilies reveal lines of poetic beauty describing a cruel and ugly world Here is indomitable courage and utter humility. Here is a message of hope.
Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Bishop of San Cristobal, Chiapas Mexico
Oscar Romero was converted by suffering: the suffering of a friend, of the people he served, and then finally his own suffering. There are many ways to be converted, but perhaps the best way is to live among the poor and to discover in them as Romero did, the presence of Christ.
These selections from the sermons and writings of Archbishop Oscar Romero share the message of a great holy prophet of modern times. Three short years transformed Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, from a conservative defender of the status quo into one of the churchs most outspoken voices of the oppressed. Though silenced by an assassins bullet, his spiritand the challenge of his life lives on.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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Three short years transformed Archbishop Oscar Romero from a conservative defender of the status quo into one of the church's most outspoken voices on behalf of the oppressed. Though silenced by an assassin's bullet, his spirit - and the vital challenge of his life - lives on.
Excerpted from The Violence of Love by Oscar A. Romero, James R. Brockman. Copyright © 1998. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword the violence of hatred It is the violence of love, of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work.
Oscar Romero, Novenber 27, 1977
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