Primordial Holiness

I greatly appreciated the interview Michelle García conducted with Jon Sobrino (“Goodness Revealed,” January 2008). He is an exceptional servant of the Lord who has dedicated his life to the service of the poor in El Salvador for the past 34 years. He has done this in spite of criticism from the Vatican and physical threats from the national government.

As a former resident of El Sal­vador and member of the board of Christ­ians for Peace in El Salvador for the past 12 years, I have come to believe that Sobrino’s prophetic voice is needed just as much now as during the 1970s and ’80s, when war ravaged the country. Sobrino uses the word “primordial sanctity” to describe the poor who have developed the inexplicable dignity to survive and carry on with heads raised in the midst of tragedy. It is a word I would also apply to Sobrino himself.

William Van Lopik
Shawano, Wisconsi

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