Read the article ‘Monsignor Romero: The voice of the voiceless’ and answer the following reflection questions. Then share your answers in pairs or groups.
Whose death so profoundly affected Monsignor Romero?
Who were the voiceless in El Salvador?
How did Monsignor Romero speak for them?
Monsignor Romero’s Sunday morning homilies were broadcast from the cathedral on the radio and listened to avidly. Why do you think the weekly homilies were so influential?
Monsignor Romero was murdered (martyred) for his commitment to speaking out about injustices. Can you think of any others who were silenced because their commitments to justice annoyed the authorities?
Who are the voiceless in our society?
And who speaks for them?
Oscar Romero is expected to be canonised later this year or early next year. Read here for further information on Monsignor Romero and the canonisation process.
Are there groups or causes in your neighbourhood that you are able to give voice to? Perhaps you’d like to take part in the Walk for Justice on Palm Sunday in your area or write to an MP about a cause you feel strongly.
For younger students
Teachers read or summarise the article, ‘Monsignor Romero: The voice of the voiceless’. Talk with the students about the different ways they use their voice during the day. When do they whisper? When do they shout? If they listen to a voice with their eyes closed can they tell if a person is sad or angry or happy?
Perhaps they’d like to practise some tongue twisters such as:
Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said, "This butter's bitter! But a bit of better butter will but make my batter better." So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter, and it made her batter better so 'twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter!; or
She sells sea shells by the seashore. The shells she sells are surely seashells. So if she sells shells on the seashore, I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
Ask the students what they think it means when people say that Monsignor Romero was a voice for the voiceless. Discuss with them how Jesus spoke up for the poor and downtrodden. Are they able to think of times when people have spoken for them?
For more stories on Oscar Romero, see australiancatholics.com.au