“I have often been threatened with death,” Archbishop Oscar Romero told a Guatemalan reporter two weeks before his assassination on March 24, 1980. “If they kill me, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people. If the threats come to be fulfilled, from this moment I offer my blood to God for the redemption and resurrection of El Salvador. Let my blood be a seed of freedom and the sign that hope will soon be reality.”
On this 25th anniversary of the death of Oscar Romero, I am mindful that the global military machine is still alive and well. I am mindful that I've a son who will soon be in the crosshairs of relentless military recruiters. I'm further mindful of all of our children who are being courted to join in on the side of those who believe violence serves some noble purpose.
And so, in the memory of Fr. Romero, I pledge to take my stand against warmakers and for Peace and Justice. For Fr. Romero and for my son and daughter.