Today, Archbishop Oscar Romero has been canonized and is now Saint Oscar Romero. His sainthood provides a unique opportunity for El Salvador to heal their wounds, restore their social fabric and build a sense of national identity based on common values, with social justice and respect for human dignity at its foundation.
Our country could use such a healing, too. We seem implacably divided, angry with and dismissive of anyone who doesn’t agree with us, or who looks different. The wounds and brokenness of our nation often mirror our individual wounds and brokenness. What must we do to heal as a nation? We must pray for God’s intercession and for mercy and wisdom. We must listen to each other. We must be willing to repent of our own stubbornness and intolerance. We must learn to discern between prophetic voices and self-seeking voices. Maybe then our nation can begin to heal.