Saturday, March 12, 2005

Words of Oscar Romero

A civilization of love
that did not demand justice of people
would not be a true civilization:
it would not delineate genuine human relations.
It is a caricature of love to try to cover over
with alms what is lacking in justice,
to patch over with an appearance of benevolence
when social justice is missing.
True love begins by demanding what is just
in the relations of those who love.
APRIL 12, 1979

March 24, 2005 is the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, killed while saying mass because he spoke truth to power. To commemorate the event some of my postings in the coming days will include passages from Romero taken from the book, The Violence of Love, available for free download from the Bruderhof Communities.

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