Oscar Romero quotes

  • A church that doesn't provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn't unsettle, a word of God that doesn't get under anyone’s skin, a word of God that doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed — ​what gospel is that?
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Real #Church #Skins

  • There is no dichotomy between man and God's image. Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being, abuses God's image.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Men #Abuse #Outrage

  • There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Eye

  • Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can only do as much as God makes us able to do; we are only as intelligent as God would have us be.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Beautiful #Intelligent #Long

  • Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #World #Overcoming #Tire

  • I will not tire of declaring that if we really want an effective end to violence we must remove the violence that lies at the root of all violence: structural violence, social injustice, exclusion of citizens from the management of the country, repression. All this is what constitutes the primal cause, from which the rest flows naturally.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Country #Lying #Roots

  • Brothers, you came from our own people. You are killing your own brothers. Any human order to kill must be subordinate to the law of God, which says, 'Thou shalt not kill'. No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It is high time you obeyed your consciences rather than sinful orders. The church cannot remain silent before such an abomination. ...In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cry rises to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you: stop the repression.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Brother #Order #Law

  • God is not satisfied with appearance. God wants the garment of justice. God wants his Christians dressed in love.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Christian #Justice #Want

  • We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Faith #Inspiration #Opportunity

  • One must not love oneself so much, as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us, and those that fend off danger will lose their lives.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Risk #Demand #Danger

  • I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me I will rise again in the people of El Salvador.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Believe #People #Resurrection

  • If God accepts the sacrifice of my life, may my death be for the freedom of my people. A bishop will die, but the Church of God, which is the people, will never perish. I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the people of El Salvador.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Believe #Sacrifice #People

  • The who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Voice #Voiceless #Speak

  • You can tell the people that if they succeed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those who do it. Hopefully, they will realize they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the church of God, which is the people, will never perish.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #People #Forgiving #Church

  • We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Realizing #Liberation

  • I am bound, as a pastor, by divine command to give my life for those whom I love, and that is all Salvadoreans, even those who are going to kill me.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Giving #Divine #Pastor

  • Aspire not to have more, but to be more.
    -- Oscar Romero

  • The church would betray its own love for God and its fidelity to the gospel if it stopped being . . . a defender of the rights of the poor . . . a humanizer of every legitimate struggle to achieve a more just society . . . that prepares the way for the true reign of God in history.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Struggle #Rights #Church

  • When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Giving #Church #Misery

  • Each time we look upon the poor, on the farmworkers who harvest the coffee, the sugarcane, or the cotton... remember, there is the face of Christ.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Faith #Inspiration #Coffee

  • The Bible has a very meaningful expression: The Spirit makes all things new. We are those who grow old, and we want everything done to our aged standards. The Spirit is never old; the Spirit is always young.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Meaningful #Peace #Expression

  • A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth - beware! - is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel's call.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Jesus #Support #Feel Good

  • It moves one's heart to think: Nine months before I was born there was a woman who loved me deeply. She did not know what I was going to be like, but she loved me because she carried me in her womb. And when she gave me birth, she took me in her arms, because her love was not just beginning - she conceived it along with me. A mother loves - and that is why abortion is so abhorrent...
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Mother #Moving #Heart

  • We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Life #Prophet #Ministers

  • We must not seek the child Jesus in the pretty figures of our Christmas cribs. We must seek him among the undernourished children who have gone to bed at night with nothing to eat, among the poor newsboys who will sleep covered with newspapers in doorways.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Jesus #Children #Sleep

  • Who knows if the one whose hands are bloodied with Father Grande's murder, or the one who shot Father Navarro, if those who have killed, who have tortured, who have done so much evil, are listening to me? Listen, there in your criminal hideout, perhaps already repentant, you too are called to forgiveness.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Father #Hands #Evil

  • Let us be today's Christians. Let us not take fright at the boldness of today's church. With Christ's light let us illuminate even the most hideous caverns of the human person: torture, jail, plunder, want, chronic illness. The oppressed must be saved, not with a revolutionary salvation, in mere human fashion, but with the holy revolution of the Son of Man, who dies on the cross to cleanse God's image, which is soiled in today's humanity, a humanity so enslaved, so selfish, so sinful.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Christian #Fashion #Selfish

  • When we struggle for human rights, for freedom, for dignity, when we feel that it is a ministry of the church to concern itself for those who are hungry, for those who have no schools, for those who are deprived, we are not departing from God's promise. He comes to free us from sin, and the church knows that sin's consequences are all such injustices and abuses. The church knows it is saving the world when it undertakes to speak also of such things.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Struggle #Inspiration #School

  • We suffer with those who have disappeared, those who have had to flee their homes, and those who have been tortured.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Home #Suffering #Catholicism

  • Peace is the product of justice and love.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Justice #And Love

  • Those who surrender to the service of the poor through love of Christ, will live like the grains of wheat that dies. It only apparently dies. If it were not to die, it would remain a solitary grain. The harvest comes because of the grain that dies. We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Effort #Demand #Want

  • That we may give our body and our blood over to suffering and pain, like Christ - not for Self, but to give harvests of peace and justice to our People.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Pain #Self #Blood

  • "Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty."
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Fear #Generosity #Silence

  • I don’t want to be an anti, against anybody. I simply want to be the builder of a great affirmation: the affirmation of God,who loves us and who wants to save us.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Want #Affirmation #Builder

  • A Christian's authenticity is show in difficult hours it is in difficult hours that the church grows in authenticity. Blest be God for this difficult hour in our archdiocese. Let us be worthy of it.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Christian #Church #Authenticity

  • If some day they take the radio station away from us, if they close down our newspaper, if they don’t let us speak, if they kill all the priests and the bishop too, and you are left, a people without priests, each one of you must be God’s microphone, each one of you must be a messenger, a prophet. The church will always exist as long as there is one baptized person. And that one baptized person who is left in the world is responsible before the world for holding aloft the banner of the Lord’s truth and of his divine justice.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Justice #Long #People

  • We are prophets of a future not our own.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Prophet

  • When we leave Mass, we ought to go out the way Moses descended Mt Sinai: with his face shining, with his heart brave and strong to face the world's difficulties.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Strong #Heart #Shining

  • Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Generosity #Duty

  • Even when they call us mad, when they call us subversives and communists and all the epithets they put on us, we know we only preach the subversive witness of the Beatitudes, which have turned everything upside down.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Mad #Upside Down #Communist

  • That is the hope that inspires Christians. We know that every effort to better society, especially when injustice and sin are so ingrained, is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Christian #Effort #Inspire

  • Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world. Let us not tire of preaching love. Though we see that waves of violence succeed in drowning the fire of Christian love, love must win out; it is the only thing that can.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Christian #Winning #Fire

  • When we speak for the poor, please note that we do not take sides with one social class. What we do is invite all social classes, rich and poor, without distinction, saying to everyone let us take seriously the cause of the poor as though it were our own.
    -- Oscar Romero

    #Class #Causes #Sides