LOOK UP (an appeal)
Aspire not to have more,
but to be more.
I would like to appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the troops of the National Guard, the police and the garrisons.
Brothers, you belong to our own people. You kill your own brother peasants;
And in the face of an order to kill that is given by a man, the law of God should prevail that says; Do not kill!
No soldier is obliged to obey an order counter to the law of God.
No one has to comply with an immoral law.
It is time now that you recover your conscience and obey its dictates rather than the command of sin.
The Church, defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of the dignity of the human person, cannot remain silent before such an abomination…
Therefore, in the name of God and this longsuffering people, whose laments rise to heaven every day more tumultuous,
I beseech you, I beg you, I command you in the name of God:
stop the repression!
Saint Romero of the Americas, May 23 1980
(one day before he was assassinated during prayers in an El Salvador church.)
A young girl in Mexico in 1910… average life expectancy (30 years)