Romero: When the Word of God Gets Under Your Skin

oscar-romero“A church that doesn’t provoke any crisis, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, a word of God that doesn’t touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed, what kind of gospel is that? Very nice, pious considerations that don’t bother anyone, that is the way many would like preaching to be. Those preachers who avoid every thorny matter so as not to be harassed, so as not to have conflicts and difficulties do not light up the world they live in. … The gospel is courageous; it’s the good news of him who came to take away the world’s sins.”—Archbishop Oscar Romero (murdered March 24, 1980)

From The Violence of Love: The Pastoral Wisdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero, edited by James R. Brockman

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