Wisdom from Blessed Óscar Romero for a Troubling Time

In recent weeks I’ve found myself engrossed with the powerful writings of the Christian martyr and prophet Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador. His writings are especially poignant in the face of fearful and troubling times, not the least of which because of his own personal journey of Christian conversion that led to his speaking […]

Maureen Dowd and (the soon to be) Blessed JPII

Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Easter weekend column, “Hold the Halo,” is both good and bad. This is generally how I feel about many of Dowd’s columns. She often raises some important points, makes some sensible critiques or observations, but these aspects are almost always mitigated by some detracting aspect of her reflection. I think this […]

Obama and Romero: Planting Seeds of Hope or Raising the Veil of Injustice?

I seriously doubt that Archbishop Oscar Romero could have imagined that a sitting President of the United States of America would have ever visited his tomb when, shortly before he was assasinated, he declared in perhaps his most famous homily: “If they kill me, I will rise up in the Salvadoran People.” That his legacy, […]