Robert Ellsberg

Publisher's Letter: February 2020

On a recent panel about Dorothy Day held at Georgetown University, I was asked to reflect on the sources of her hope. I recalled how often she cited the wisdom of Julian of Norwich: “The worst has already happened and been repaired.” We live in a world marked by violence and suffering, and yet the world is marked by signs of renewal and healing. As Pope Francis says, “Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated the world…. In the midst of darkness, something new always springs to life and sooner or later produces fruit.” That tension animates our hope. And it is reflected in several new books this month.

          This spring marks the 40th anniversary of the death of now-Saint Oscar Romero, of El Salvador. He famously spoke of his own death in light of his faith in the resurrection: “If they kill me, I shall rise again in the Salvadoran people.” To mark the occasion we have published a new edition of Voice of the Voiceless: The Four Pastoral Letters and Other Statements of St. Oscar Romero. Along with the original reflections by Jesuits Jon Sobrino and his martyred confrère Ignacio Martín-Baró, this edition includes a new introduction by Michael E. Lee. These documents, sealed by Romero’s own blood, are a timeless call to follow the Good News wherever it leads.

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