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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 24, 2020

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TUESDAY, March 24                           Óscar Romero

Mark 8:2 I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.

In 1980, Roman Catholic Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador was assassinated while celebrating Mass. Romero lived a public ministry distinguished by speaking out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture.

While the Salvadoran government initially welcomed the conservative cleric, many of his colleagues feared Romero would stymie the development of liberation theology’s commitment to the poor. Instead, Romero spoke fearlessly in the midst of systematic persecution of the church and violence toward the poor. He believed that the profound social revolution most needed was the unity of the church in worship of the Living God for a people in need of liberation. Romero knew that the hope of the poor was in the church being the living and active Body of Christ.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend some time researching and meditating on the life of Archbishop Romero.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Kano (Nigeria) and Kamango (Congo)

Today the Church remembers Óscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, 1980, and the Martyrs of El Salvador.

Ps 97, 99 [100] * 94, [95] | Genesis 49:29—50:14 | 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 | Mark 8:1-10

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