Did you know this 20th century martyr studied ascetical theology?
According to his biographer, James Brockman, Romero’s spiritual journey had some of these characteristics:
- love for the Church of Rome, shown by his episcopal motto, “to be of one mind with the Church,” a phrase he took from St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises;
- a tendency to make a very deep examination of conscience;
- an emphasis on sincere piety;
- mortification and penance through his duties;
- providing protection for his chastity;
- spiritual direction (Romero said he “entrusted with great satisfaction the spiritual direction of my life and that of other priests” to priests of Opus Dei);
- “being one with the Church incarnated in this people which stands in need of liberation”;
- eagerness for contemplative prayer and finding God in others;
- fidelity to the will of God;
- self-offering to Jesus Christ.