Father Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, regretted not being able to be in El Salvador to join the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the martyrs of the UCA and his two collaborators, Elba and Celina. He participated through a video message.
Through a video message, Fr. Sosa participated this November 16, in the celebration of the thirty anniversary of the martyrdom of the six Jesuit fathers and two collaborators, held at the Central American University (UCA) of El Salvador.
The call of God: our vocation
I want to speak to you from the heart of our vocation, said Fr. Bland. “Vocation means call. God calls us all and all. It speaks to the heart. He speaks to us through our brothers and through the hard facts of life. Thirty years ago we were touched by the news of the murder, on the campus of the UCA, by Ignacio Ellacuria and Segundo Montes, Ignacio Martin Baro and Amando Lopez, Juan Ramon Moreno and Joaquin Lopez y Lopez; Julia Elba Ramos and her 16-year-old daughter, Celina. ”
The news at dawn
It was Celina's own father, Don Obdulio, the first to see what had happened. Full of pain and stupor, he ran to give the news to Fr. Jose Maria Tojeira, then provincial of Central America and together they reached the mound that crowns the grounds of the Central American University, to meet the bodies of the Jesuits shattered and laid on the Grama, at the door of his house and, the hugged bodies of his wife and daughter in the visiting room.
Death, although martyrial, is always barbaric
Life is sacred and death, even martyrial, under human gaze is always barbaric. Although in the Society of Jesus and in the Church we celebrate them as martyrs, it is not possible to forget that their lives were taken away, that their death was an inhuman crime.
These six fellow Jesuits were killed for their commitment to faith and justice, for denouncing evil and believing in the fully human and Christian future, working day by day to achieve it. A fight against evil that has led in the last thirty years to offer their lives to dozens of fellow Jesuits throughout this world. To follow Jesus, they chose to walk alongside those who fight against the injustices committed against entire peoples. A reality that unfortunately continues to leave victims in El Salvador and in Latin America, in the Middle East, in communities in Africa and in Asia and also in North America and in Europe.
It is the same faith and its demands for humanization that want to be annihilated when its servants are murdered; It is the same hope, the hope of entire peoples who yearn for a better life that wants to be annulled when those who want to make it happen and work for it are murdered.