Then-Archbishop Oscar Romero is pictured in an undated photo greeting worshippers in San Salvador, El Salvador. Blessed Oscar Romero's martyrdom, "the holy sacrifice of his life," during his celebration of the "holy sacrifice" of the Mass holds a powerful lesson for Catholics, Bishop John O. Barres of Rockville Centre, N.Y., said in a new pastoral on the life and ministry of the soon-to-be saint. (CNS photo/Octavio Duran)

“The hope that our Church encourages,” said Romero, “is neither naïve nor passive. It is rather a summons from the word of God for the great majority of the people, the poor, that they assume their proper responsibility.… And it is support, sometimes critical support, for their just causes and demands. The hope that we preach to the poor is intended to give them back their dignity, to encourage them to take charge of their own future.”

—from Saint Oscar Romero: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr