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:

  1. 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;
  2. a tendency to make a very deep examination of conscience;
  3. an emphasis on sincere piety;
  4. mortification and penance through his duties;
  5. providing protection for his chastity;
  6. 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);
  7. “being one with the Church incarnated in this people which stands in need of liberation”;
  8. eagerness for contemplative prayer and finding God in others;
  9. fidelity to the will of God;
  10. self-offering to Jesus Christ.

 

 

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