Live from Romero Beatification: What it´s Like

May 23, 2015

Live from Romero Beatification: What it´s Like

Dateline San Salvador: beatification celebration for Monsr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero  is building up momentun, playing Sombrero Azul, the national anthem of the revolutionary left during the bloody barbaric civil war that laid the cultural, economic and political foundation for the current gang–government slaughter in this  muy sufrido pueblo.

As they listen to the lyrics–

y que venga la alegría
a lavar el sufrimiento
y que venga la alegría
a lavar el sufrimiento
(and may happinesss come)
to wash away thesuffering)

the massive crowd dances into a raucous call-and-response of “Dale Salvadoreno, Dale!!” (Hit it, Salvadoran, Hit it!), in the process leaving, at least momentarily, all semblance of traditional religiosity in the morgue of mainstream mass…

Suddenly, a US-born Salvadoran journalist notices a 4´5 nun and her Carmelite sisters –the same sisters who braved bullets to protect the dying Romero in his final hours–in their  brown habits singing, clapping as if doing the revolutionary song´s bidding to wash away the suffering with happiness– and in fullfillment of Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero´s promise: ¨”If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadoran people.”

Then, the journalist watches the 4´5 nun, who starts ecstatically singing “Dale Salvadoreno!”, raising her fist, erasing in that moment all distinction between ´religion´and ´revolucion,´ between the hope of this life and the hope of the next.

As he watched the nun, as he listened to the music and as he remembered the sufrimiento he´d known–a sufrimiento that was melting, washing away in that momentary collapse brought on by the miraculous– the journalist cried, washing the word “periodista” (journalist) on his credential onto the floor of forgetting.

And in the flood of tears,the journalist became water mixed with blood and swished and disappeared into the ground, giving rise to another Romero, one of millions rising prophetically out of the Crowd of Former Nobody´s. He has risen.

Romero Vive…

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