20th Century Martyr

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In 1980, El Salvador entered one of the most brutal and longest wars which lasted 12 years. This war caused the deaths of 75,000 people including that of Monsignor Oscar Romero. Oscar Romero was the archbishop of El Salvador during the civil war. Many people were persecuted if they spoke out against the government, and Romero did exactly that. He spoke out about the social injustices, and was killed for defending his people. Oscar Romero said “si me matan resucitaré con el pueblo salvadoreño” Many Salvadorans say that with Oscar Romero God passed through El Salvador. Oscar Romero represents the incarnation, because he acted as God made flesh and risked his life in order to defend what he believed in much like Jesus. God became flesh because people often need something tangible as a sense of security. The people of El Salvador needed someone like Oscar Romero to defend their basic human rights He started a revolution without using any violence; he was the voice of the Salvadoran people. Romero put himself aside to help others he was brave and despite the warnings he was given never gave up on the Salvadoran people and spoke out. Salvadorans saw him as someone that was there to change what was going on.
When the guerillas take over the church Oscar Romero is appalled. He simply goes in and wants to remove the Eucharist from the tabernacle, and one of the guerillas just shoots at it Romero accepts it and leaves. Then he had a change of heart and goes back into the church and picks up every consecrated host while being shot at. In this very moment he acted as Jesus would.
Many times people forget that Romero was fully human. As humans we forget that people are inclined to fall, especially when faced with tough situations. Just like any other human Romero hurt, physically and emotionally. Even during Romero’s toughest times he still managed to remain strong. Just…...

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