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St. Oscar Romero was able to bring down the high mysticism of the Doctor of the Church St. John of the Cross (1542 - 1591) to a level that was comprehensible to peasants.
In a November 13, 1977 homily, Romero incorporated the symbolism of the “Spiritual Canticle” of the Spanish mystic to explain the Church’s desire to be reunified with her Lord. “This Church is like the wife whose husband is far away and sighs for his presence,” Romero said. Without quoting chapter and verse, he borrowed the literary device of a wife who misses her distant husband that St. John portrays in his “Canticle.” Other times, Romero quoted a favorite phrase of the poet saint, “At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.” So Romero presented John of the Cross not as a lofty scholar, but as someone who talks to us about love.
Now that St. Romero has himself been proposed for possible consideration as a future Doctor of the Church, the example of St. John of the Cross offers us three points of departure for the road ahead.
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