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Revolutionary Saint

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“A window into the soul of an ordinary man who was an extraordinary witness to the mercy of God in a merciless world.”—Daniel G. Groody, University of Notre Dame

Many years after his death in 1980, the world is still absorbing the witness of Óscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, martyred for his commitment to the poor and social justice. In this work, Michael E. Lee offers a profound reflection on the theological implications of Romero’s life and ministry.

Drawing on Romero’s biography as well as his homilies and other writings, Lee considers specifically how Romero’s witness challenges Christians in the U.S. to reimagine a robust Christian spirituality that is at once a mystical encounter with God and a prophetic engagement in the struggle for justice. In light of Romero’s beatification and pending canonization, Lee reflects on the implications of the archbishop's recognition as a martyr and on the model of holiness he offers for the wider church today.

Michael E. Lee is associate professor of theology at Fordham University. He is the editor of Ignacio Ellacuría: Essays on History, Liberation, and Salvation (Orbis 2013), and author of Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría (Crossroad).

Book Details

Title:
Revolutionary Saint
Subtitle:
The Theological Legacy of Óscar Romero
Author:
Michael E. Lee
Includes:
Index
Pages:
240
Binding:
softcover

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Michael Lee traces the astonishing journey of Archbishop Romero from pious seminarian to courageous Vatican II archbishop of the crucified people of El Salvador. In Lee’s telling, Romero shines forth as a model for the revolutionary rediscovery of God’s preferential option for the poor, wherein ‘He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly’ (Lk 1:52).
In this extraordinary account of Romero’s theological legacy, Michael Lee skillfully analyzes Romero’s social, political and religious contexts to convey the enduring significance of the ‘revolutionary saint’s’ remarkable journey and witness. He also offers timely insights regarding the importance of Romero for the political mission of the church as the ‘microphone of God’ in a world marred by structural sin.
Michael Lee’s timely account of Romero offers us a window into the soul of an ordinary man who was an extraordinary witness to the mercy of God in a merciless world. It is a powerful reflection on a person who encountered the God of life in his own heart and in the heart of those who are crucified today.
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