romeroPrayer to the Martyr-Bishop the Blessed Oscar Romero of El Salvador for Social Justice

+ Blessed Romero,
During a time of grave evil you spoke with courage to rebuke the powerful,
pleading with them to cease their violence, and
repent of their murders.

You called upon the rich to end their greed,
to embrace just economic systems,
and to relinquish their power.

In solidarity you comforted the poor,
gave them hope and strength,
and witnessed the crimes against them,
always speaking truth, justice, mercy, and love.

Teach us to understand our complicity with the sins of empire.
Help us end our support for the structures of sin that
bring violence and injustice into the world.
Be our guide as we build structures of justice, mercy, love, and beauty.

O God, who by the preaching and teaching of Oscar Romero
has given us an example of love and fortitude in the face of
violence and greed, grant that we who reverence his life and
ministry may also imitate his fidelity to truth, justice, and peace.

Soon come the promise of Mary, that all tyrants will be cast down,
the proud scattered, the lowly exalted,
and the hungry filled with good things.
through Jesus Christ our Lord,