Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More from Monseñor Romero

The world does not say, Blessed are the poor.

The world says, Blessed are the rich. You are worth as much as you have.

But Christ says, Wrong. Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, because they do not put their trust in what is so transitory.

January 29, 1978

There is one rule by which to judge if God is with us or is far away --
The rule that God's word is giving us today:
everyone concerned * for the hungry, the naked, the poor,
******************* for those who have vanished in police custody,
******************* for the tortured,
******************* for prisoners,
******************* for all flesh that suffers,
has God close at hand.

February 5, 1978

The guarantee of one's prayer is not in saying a lot of words.
The guarantee of one's petition is very easy to know:
***How do I treat the poor?
*****--because that is where God is.
The degree to which you approach them,
and the love with which you pproach them,
or the scorn with which you approach them--
***that is how you approach your God.
What you do to them, you do to God.

The way you look at them is the way you look at God.
February 5, 1978

from James R. Brockman, S.J.'s

The Church Is All of You,
a collection of excerpts from the homilies, letters, and interviews of the martyred archbishop of San Salvador

1 comment:

FranIAm said...

Jane- your presentation of these words is a Lenten gift.

Thank you.