Reflections for our Times — homilies

Volume 5 of the Romero Series is now available

Volume 5 of the Romero Series is now available

Tags: Francis, Gospel, Homilies, jesus, Liberation Theology, martyrdom, Oscar Romero, Politics, Romero, Sermons, spirituality

This fifth volume gathers together Romero’s homilies during five grimly dramatic months in El Salvador, beginning with the archbishop’s mourning for another of his priests who was gunned down by a death squad. Despite the ongoing slaughter of innocent persons and the ruthless treatment of any dissident voice, he continued to speak out courageously in his weekly homilies to the nation and the world. These homilies reveal Romero above all as a pastor who trusted his people. And the people, intuitively sensing this great trust, responded in kind. Romero often acknowledged that his homilies were collaborative creations, involving not just...

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Do We believe in Jesus?

Tags: forgiveness, gospel, homilies, jesus, meditation, messiah, new testament, Pagola, spirituality

Meditation on Luke 9, 18-24    Once when Jesus was praying  in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist;  others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ  of God.”  Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law,  and he must be killed  and on the...

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The vocation of human beings - by Oscar Romero

Tags: Church, Compassion, El Salvador, gospel, Homilies, Justice, Politics, Pope Francis, Romero, solidarity

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD IS A PROCLAMATION OF HUMAN TRANSCENDENCE  Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 Mark 16:15-20       Dear sisters and brothers, when I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and...

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The Coming of the Spirit

Tags: compassion, homilies, Homily, mercy, oscar romero, Pentecost, romero, Spirit, spirituality

OSCAR ROMERO HOMILY: THE COMING OF THE SPIRIT WHO GIVES LIFE TO THE NEW COVENANT ….This week I received accusations from both extremes: the extreme right says that I am a communist , and the extreme left says that I am moving toward the right . I am with neither the right nor the left. I am trying to be faithful to the word that the Lord sends me to preach, faithful to the unchangeable message that tells both sides the good they do and the injustices they commit. And I think we’ve given very clear testimony about the gift of...

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Believe in Heaven

Tags: christology, Compassion, gospel, heaven, Historical Jesus, homilies, jesus, pagola, solidarity

BELIEVE IN HEAVEN On this Christian feast of All Saints, I wish to clarify how I understand and try to live some aspects of my faith in eternal life. Whoever knows and follows Jesus Christ will understand me.    For me to believe in heaven is to refuse to accept that the life of all and each one of us is only a small parenthesis between two immense voids. Founded on Jesus, I perceive, sense, desire, and believe that God is leading the desire for life, for justice and for peace built into creation and into the heart of humanity...

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The vocation of Human Transcendence (Oscar Romero, 1979)

Tags: anthropology, homilies, humanity, jesus, justice, martyr, martyrdom, non violence, oscar romero, peace, preaching, Religious experience, romero, social justice, solidarity, Spirituality, transcendence

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and that was his salvation. When he looked upward he could no longer see the heaving ocean, and he did the...

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