Certain witnesses to love and hopefulness take our breath away. Their commitment to truth and the defense of life remind us, in the words of Jon Sobrino, that “It is possible to be a human being” in this world of fear, self-interest, and murder in the name of false gods.
Fr. Romero, I did not know you, but your life has touched our lives to the marrow. Thank you for showing us what a human life lived in fidelity to God’s people looks like, spreading its beautiful ripples, touching all those around it with care and grace, like a stone cast into a turbulent sea.
You are an icon for me of God’s fatherly and motherly love, God’s bodily friendship with human beings, even unto death. May you fill us with courage to discern our way in these, our own turbulent times. Help us to be likewise God’s gentle arms, embracing the little and forgotten ones, and God’s fiercely prophetic voice of truth-telling in the world, crying out always in defense of human dignity.
Thank you, Fr. Romero, for reminding me of our highest calling, which is simply to love, and to bear the costs of love. You are truly risen again in the Salvadoran people, a counter-sign lifted up for the church universal across the world. Let our lives and our joy and our blood be a seed of hope for all people.
Yes, it is possible to be a human being.
UPDATE (5/25/2015): a brilliant and beautiful reflection on Romero’s impact by my colleague Marcus Mescher at Xavier University: link here.