|Oscar Romero by J. Puig Reixach (Creative Commons).|
Pope Francis reminds us that the world discounts Eucharistic Adoration:
"Think of Mother Teresa,what does the spirit of the world say of Mother Teresa? ‘Ah, Blessed Teresa is a beautiful woman, she did a lot of good things for others.’ The spirit of the world never says that the Blessed Teresa spent, every day, many hours, in adoration ... Never! It reduces Christian activity to doing social good."
The same can be said for Óscar Romero: the world remembers the “social good” he did, but never his Eucharistic adoration. On the occasion of the Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration on June 2nd for this Year of Faith, we recall this important component of Archbishop Romero’s spirituality.
The wire dispatches reporting Archbishop Romero’s assassination during Mass highlighted the fact that,
"The Mass is the central act of worship in the Catholic Church and Christ is believed to be present during the sacrament of Communion, or the Holy Eucharist, which is consecrated during Mass.” (Archbishop Assassinated, March 25, 1980.)
Archbishop Romero’s martyrdom at the beginning of the Eucharistic liturgy was poignant, given his devotion to the Eucharist. He had regularly observed a “Holy Hour” of Eucharistic adoration in the Hospital Chapel where he was killed “which he did with a lot of fervor, eloquence and profundity,” according to Sister Luz Isabel Cueva, who was the Superior of the nuns who ran the Hospital.
Continue reading at Carlos' blog, Super Martyrio.