Come on a journey with Angela Sealana to El Salvador! Explore the San Salvador Cathedral and come to know more about St. Oscar Romero, the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador! To help guide us on our spiritual pilgrimage is Fr. Richard Samour, Pastor of St. Clare Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX.
During our journey, you will hear about:
- What is the Cathedral of El Salvador like, and what is its place in world history?
- Why is the life of St. Oscar Romero so meaningful in world history, and why do people of many backgrounds revere him?
- What does St. Romero’s life teach us about living as believers in today’s world?
- Much more!
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Fr. Richard Samour
Pastor of St. Clare Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX. He is a native of El Salvador and was baptized by St. Oscar Romero. Fr. Samour served as a member of a delegation organized by the San Salvadoran archdiocese that was present at the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero in Vatican City on October 14, 2018. Oscar Romero’s life and teachings were instrumental in Samour’s personal faith journey.
Jewel for the Journey
God’s best microphone is Christ, and Christ’s best microphone is the Church, and the Church is all of you. – St. Oscar Romero
A Closer Look at San Salvador Cathedral:
Quotations from Archbishop Romero’s Homilies highlighted by Fr. Samour
“It is very easy to be a servant of the word without disturbing the world: a very spiritualized word, a word without any commitment to history, a word that can sound in any part of the world because it belongs to no part of the world. A word like that creates no problems. What starts conflicts and persecutions, what marks the genuine church, is the word that, burning like the word of the prophets, proclaims and accuses … This is the hard service of the word. But God’s Spirit goes with the prophet, with the preacher, for he is Christ, who keeps on proclaiming his reign to the people of all times.”
Sermon I: +”Live simply and justly in solidarity with the poor and marginalized and be a good neighbor. Make no war on them, rather, be one with them in spirit, truth, and love.”
Sermon II: +”Hear the truth when it is spoken to you. Discern the signs of the times and speak truth –to power, to the people, and to the Church.”
Sermon III: +”Make injustice visible –witness, remember, teach, proclaim, tell. Light candles, do not curse the darkness.”
Sermon IV: +”Protect the poor and powerless–listen, learn, educate, organize, empower participation, and respect life from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.”
Sermon V: +”Work for reconciliation with truth, evangelism, catechesis, orthopraxis. Sermon VI: +Celebrate life, goodness, beauty, virtue, responsibility, and joy. Practice peace, non-violence, servant leadership, harmony, community, voluntary cooperation, and the proper stewardship of God’s creation. Pray without ceasing.”
Sermon VII: +” Ensure fair distribution, subsidiarity, economic opportunity, justice, and food security for everyone everywhere.”
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