Dave Horstkoetter offers a good reminder that today marks the anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero. Romero is one of only two bishops who have ever been assassinated while performing the Mass, the other being Thomas Beckett. Both of these men were instituted into their positions on the assumption that they would be fairly docile and pliable to the whims of the political establishment. In both cases, the powers that be proved mistaken and found themselves resorting to lethal violence to silence them.
Romero’s final words before being shot in the process of consecrating the Eucharistic elements were these:
“May this Body immolated and this Blood sacrificed for Mankind nourish us also, that we may give our body and our blood over to suffering and pain, like Christ–not for Self, but to give harvests of peace and justice to our People.”