The Violence of Love

Book, 2004, 214 pp
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“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 A. Romero

These selections from the sermons and writings of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador share the message of a holy prophet of modern times.

Three short years transformed Archbishop Oscar Romero from a conservative defender of the status quo into one of the church's most outspoken voices of the oppressed. Though silenced by an assassin's bullet, his spirit--and the challenge of his life--lives on. He was beatified by Pope Francis in 2015.

"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." -- Henri J. M. Nouwen, from the Forward

"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." --Robert McAfee Brown, Professor Emeritus, Pacific School of Religion

"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." -- Samuel Ruiz Garcia, Bishop of San Cristobal, Chiapas Mexico

GenreSermon Starter
PublisherOrbis Books
Collection2020 Summer Reading List

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