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Witnesses to the Kingdom: The Martyrs of El Salvador and the Crucified Peoples
     

Witnesses to the Kingdom: The Martyrs of El Salvador and the Crucified Peoples

by Jon Sobrino
 

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ISBN-10: 1570754683

ISBN-13: 9781570754685

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Orbis Books

For Jon Sobrino, a Jesuit theologian of El Salvador, it is impossible to write about Christian faith without acknowledging the witness of martyrs, their gift and challenge to the church. For twenty-five years, his work has been shaped by the reality of martyrdom -- the death of Archbishop Romero, the four North American churchwomen, and the massacre of his own Jesuit

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For Jon Sobrino, a Jesuit theologian of El Salvador, it is impossible to write about Christian faith without acknowledging the witness of martyrs, their gift and challenge to the church. For twenty-five years, his work has been shaped by the reality of martyrdom -- the death of Archbishop Romero, the four North American churchwomen, and the massacre of his own Jesuit community. But the death of these particular witnesses represents a much wider number of poor and faithful: the "crucified peoples" who carry Christ's cross throughout history. These essays on the role and meaning of martyrdom contain some of Sobrino's most powerful writing, including poignant personal memories of Archbishop Romero and of his Jesuit brothers, and reflections on their legacy for the church.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570754685
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jesuanic Martyrs and the Crucified Peoples
Part 1My Memory of the Martyrs
1.Archbishop Romero: Some Personal Recollections11
2.Maura, Ita, Dorothy, and Jean54
3.Companions of Jesus58
"Something Terrible Has Happened"59
Who Were They?63
Why Were They Killed?71
Who Killed Them?77
A New Idea of a Christian University83
Their Church86
Their Theology90
Their Legacy93
Part 2Theological Reflection
4.From a Theology of Liberation Alone to a Theology of Martyrdom101
Prior Reflections101
Importance for the Theological Task104
Importance for Systematic Theology107
Importance for Basic Theology115
Importance for Spirituality116
5.Jesuanic Martyrs in the Third World119
The Need to Historicize the Traditional Conception of Martyrdom120
The "Jesuanic" Conception of Martyrdom122
The Jesuanic Martyrs and Theology125
The Crucified People: Reference Point of the Jesuanic Martyrs131
6.The Latin American Martyrs: Challenge and Grace for the Church134
The Need for a Challenge to Today's Church134
Incarnation: "Overcoming Unreality"138
Mission: "Salvation of the Reality"142
Cross: "Bearing the Burden of Reality"146
Resurrection: "Letting Reality Carry Us"149
7.The Crucified Peoples: Yahweh's Suffering Servant Today155
The Crucified Peoples: A Horrifying Fact155
The Crucified People as Yahweh's Suffering Servant157
The Salvation the Crucified Peoples Bring159
Part 3Their Legacy
8.Monsenor Romero, a Salvadoran and a Christian167
Monsenor Romero Was, Like Jesus, "Real" in His Incarnation within the True Reality of El Salvador169
Monsenor Romero, Like Jesus, Fulfilled His Mission, Which Was the Evangelization of an Entire Nation, of All of Reality172
Monsenor Romero Bore the Burden of Reality: Like Jesus, He Died on the Cross175
Monsenor Romero Accepted the Burden of Reality and Experienced the Grace of Living as if Already Participating in the Resurrection176
9.Archbishop Romero: Requirement, Judgment and Good News179
Monsenor's Presence in This Anniversary180
Monsenor's Identity: Identification with the People and with His God181
The Real Tradition of Monsenor: To Carry On His Work and His Cause185
Archbishop Romero: Prophecy, Judgment, and Good News193
10.The Legacy of the Martyrs of the Central American University195
The Incarnation Which Humanizes: Coming to Be in the Real World196
The Heart Which Is Moved to Mercy197
The Truth Which Defends the Victims198
Structural Mercy: The Paths of Justice200
Enduring Mercy: The Greatest Love201
The Joy of the Beatitudes202
The Faith Which Walks Humbly with God through History203
Martyrdom: A Cry Which Continues to Resound205
11.Archbishop Romero and the Faith of Ignacio Ellacuria208
Struggling with God209
Facing the Mystery of God with Archbishop Romero211
Carried by the Faith of a Crucified People213
Part 4Epilogue
A Letter to Ignacio Ellacuria (1990)219
Letter to Ignacio Ellacuria (2001)222
Notes225

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