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Today Christian Churches everywhere celebrate Oscar Romero, a man who was in our midst until 1980. Archbishop Romero’s story is one of conversion and courage as he spoke out in El Salvador for peace and non-violence and was murdered for his faith while celebrating Mass. There is much that could be said about him today but I choose a brief quote that to me is illustrative of a life lived in the manner of Jesus and seems quite appropriate for the days of Lent.

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. (The Violence of Love)