The Greatest Love

On November 16, 1989, six Jesuits, their cook, and her daughter were murdered in their residence at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador. Renowned liberation theologian Jon Sobrino, S.J., whose absence when the attack came surely saved his life, had been a member of that community for more than 15 years.

Sobrino's theology grows out of the experience of the people. His life is a testimony to the words of liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez: "One act of solidarity or love means more than a thousand books of theology." He was interviewed at Sojourners by Jim Wallis three weeks after the killings. -- The Editors


Sojourners: This is a difficult place to begin, but I'd like to ask you to reflect on the meaning of the sacrifice of your brothers, the martyred Jesuits.

Jon Sobrino: Well, I could say so many things, but I will start by saying this: The killings of the six Jesuits -- and of so many other people -- is a revelation of something which is usually hidden. What they reveal is the truth of El Salvador, of the Third World, and of the whole world.

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