After completing theological studies in Rome, Oscar Arnulfo Romero was assigned to his native El Salvador. By 1974, as he became Bishop of Santiago de Maria, unbridled oppression of the poor by civil authorities was spreading throughout the country. Some in the resistance embraced violent revolution. Others, like Oscar Romero, demanded a peace founded in the Gospel teachings of human dignity, justice and nonviolent means. Murders of the poor and those seeking reform escalated through his elevation to Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. Oscar Romero’s passionate pleas for peace, first heard locally in church, on radio and in the press, came to resonate with followers across the globe.
Oscar Romero was martyred by gunshot while celebrating mass on March 24, 1980. Through his teachings and those who tirelessly continue his struggle for economic, political and social justice, Romero’s spirit lives on, “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.”(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
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