It was at a 6:15 Mass on March 24, 1980 in the evening that Romero finished his homily and a single shot rang out from a red Volkswagen that had driven outside the main door. He had to have seen it coming because he was preaching from behind the altar looking out at the people…and through the back door. The Mass was remembering the one year anniversary of the wife of a friend who had died.
The shot went through his heart and he was dead within minutes. The Romero movie has some inaccuracies of facts but the story is true, the Archbishop is dead.
On the back wall… At this altar Monsignor Romero offered his life to God for the people.
This day, as we wrote yesterday is a pivotal day in the war, the escalation of the war, and it is a marked date for the Salvadoran people. The chapel is as it was 35 years ago and you can see the spot where he died. A young Jesuit from our group who will be a classmate of Mr. Rallanka SJ’s next year sat on that spot in prayer for a while. I am grateful on this day for the Jesuits, their prophetic voice and the commitment they have made to the Church.
from the plaque in the UCA where the Jesuit martyrs are buried…because it is St Ignatius Day…
What is the significance of being a Jesuit today?
The commitment of the Cross in the crucial fight of our time:
the fight for the faith andnthefight for justice that the same faith demands…
We won’t work for the promotion of justice without paying the price.
We then went to Romero’s home. Mr. Allen’s post to this site tells you what that looks like.
This sign is right outside Archbishop Romero’s home…(see the car in the background) the sign says Monsignor Romero Prophet and Martyr. A Church official saw this sign and may have said something like, you can’t be a martyr without the Church saying so (it has to do probably with sainthood and the path to sainthood and the speed of the path to sainthood). So a small sign was added… The poor call you this, without the judgement of the Church. You cannot go into any Catholic structure in this country without his picture. And all souvenir shops will have his image somewhere. He is adored in this country and there are groups all over the world who hold him in the deepest regard, the deepest regard.
This picture is of the garden right outside his home. It was built by the Carmelite sisters who live there. Romero’s heart is buried beneath the big bolder underneath Mary…the lady standing in that picture writes a column for the National Catholic Reporter and here is her assessment of our trip…for older Jesuit people, she works with Mr. Greg Moore ’84 in Oakland at O’Dowd Catholic School.
At 4:15 am the bus takes us to the airport…It will take a while to sort all of this out.
I am thankful to the school and Mr. Charlie Schreck and Ms. Carol Wyatt and Mr. Hogan for the backing to do this trip and for Ms. Tuenge’s blog care.
God bless and may you receive that blessing with courage.