In my affliction I called upon the Lord … and from His temple He heard my voice.  – Ps 18:7

Reflection.  Before Archbishop Oscar Romero was martyred he wrote these precious words:  “I am obliged to give my life for those I love who are all Salvadorians, even those that are going to assassinate me.  If they complete their threats, then I offer to God my blood for the redemption of El Salvador.  Martyrdom is a grace from God that I do not merit.  But if God accepts the sacrifice of my life, my blood must be the seed of liberty and a sign of hope that will soon be a reality … if they kill me, I forgive and bless those who do it.”

Prayer.  In You, O Lord, I find my strength.