Pope Francis said, “The culture of solidarity means seeing others not as rivals or statistics, but brothers and sisters.” Solidarity is a word casually thrown around in theology. My view of solidarity is constantly changing. After interacting with new people and now that I have a deeper insight into theological studies, I found that solidarity is different for every person and everyone’s experience is different. Some may find solidarity when they work with people; others may find solidarity in listening to people’s experiences. I believe solidarity is learning to walk with others inside and outside our community, learning to appreciate each other’s differences and work together to make a change in our world. Oscar Romero was a man who truly understood solidarity and enlightened the world with a present day view on solidarity. At the time of his death, Romero was an advocate for the people of El Salvador and a leader against all the wrong doing in El Salvador. In the book, Oscar Romero, Dennis stated a quote from Romero,Where the poor begin to really live, where the poor begin to free themselves, where persons are able to sit around a common table to share with one another – the God of life is there. When the church inserts itself into the sociopolitical world, it does so in order to work with it so that by much cooperation life may be given to the poor. In doing so, therefore, it is not distancing itself from its mission, nor is it doing something of secondary importance or something incidental to its mission. It is giving testimony to its faith in God; it is being the instruments of the Spirit, the Lord, and the Giver of Life. (Page 51)
The remaining years of Oscar Romero’s life was consumed of walking, literally and figurat…
…idarity cannot solely be defined in one statement or act. Solidarity is much more. Solidarity takes time; it is not a process that takes place overnight. As we continue to grow and interact with new members of our society and beyond, we are challenged to create . As Pope Francis stated, “greater possibilities for communication thus turn into greater possibilities for encounter and solidarity for everyone” (Pope Francis 87). Solidarity is not something that is earned; rather solidarity is something that everyone deserves.
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