In memory of Oscar Romero (1917–24 March 1980)
A Future Not Our Own
It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of
saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession
brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives include everything.
This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realizing this.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s
grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the
difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not
messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.
From Xavarian Missionaries
Óscar Romero (1917–1980)
Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, assassinated on 24 March 1980 while celebrating Mass in a small chapel in the cancer hospital where he lived. Archbishop Romero had always been close to his people, preaching a prophetic gospel denouncing the injustice in his country and supporting the development of popular and mass organizations. He became the voice of the Salvadoran people when all other channels of expression had been crushed by the repression. This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw for use at a celebration of departed priests. On the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Romero, Bishop Untener included it in a reflection entitled The mystery of the Romero Prayer, but although the words of the prayer are often attributed to Oscar Romero they were never spoken by him.
(From Journey with Jesus)
Diego Rivera (1886-1957)
Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez was a prominent Mexican painter born in Guanajuato, an active communist and husband of fellow artist Frida Kahlo. His large fresco wall works helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement.