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Free Us, O Lord

Homeless man sitting against blue wall


Saint Oscar Romero was known for his striking homilies that were broadcast on the radio in El Salvador. He often highlighted the plight of the poor and the marginalized, and called for systems and political structures to create space for those groups that they had oppressed for years for their own power gain. He was killed for the messages that he promulgated, but his words still ring true today, reminding us to be a people of God who seek liberation for all.


God of liberation, we turn to you during moments of pain and oppression
seeking your Spirit to guide us and provide for us spaces of restoration and healing,
spaces of reconciliation and reparation, spaces where those who live at the margins
are empowered as our brothers and sisters in Christ.
God of liberation, may we become forces of liberation ourselves.
May the gospel mark us and move us to stand in solidarity with the marginalized
and to share the liberation of the resurrection story with all people.


Do an internet search for St. Oscar Romero’s homilies and take time to sit and pray with one of them. Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate for you how you can be a force of liberation in your community, and stand in solidarity with those who are at the margins.

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