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The Words of Romero

The poor have shown the church the true way to go. A church that does not join the poor, in order to speak out from the side of the poor against the injustices committed against them, is not
martyrdomthe true church of Jesus Christ. February 17, 1980

The church's social teaching tells everyone that the Christian religion does not have a merely horizontal meaning, or a merely spiritualized meaning that overlooks the wretchedness that surrounds it. It is a looking at god, and from God at one's neighbor as a brother or sister, and an awareness that "whatever you did to one of these, you did to me." March 14, 1977

We must not seek the child Jesus in the pretty figures of ourchidlren
Christmas ribs. We must seek him among the undernourished children who have gone to bed tonight with nothing to eat, among the poor newsboys who will sleep covered with newspapers in doorways.
December 24, 1979

We wish to shake our baptized people out of habits that threaten to make them practically baptized pagans, idolaters of their money and power. What sort of baptized persons are these? Those who want to bear the mark of the Spirit and the fire that Christ
baptizes with must take the risk of renouncing everything and seeking only God's reign and his justice.

Salvadorans marked by Christ's baptism, which is Spirit and fire, must be Salvadorans of eternal hope, they cannot yield to pessimism. Neither must they let an earthly political program exhaust their ideals of eternal glory and triumph. The great hope of baptized Salvadorans must stand above all the desperate plans of the earth's political leaders.

What an honor to think that all of you before me are Christ! Even the humblest peasant, who may be pondering there next to a radio, you are Christ! For your baptism is one with the death
and resurrection of the Lord. January 13, 1980