Courage sustains us whenever it is difficult to do the right thing, to speak the truth, to take an unpopular position. The difficulty arises when popular thinking and strong political and economic forces make it risky for the individual to speak and act properly.

 It can be so risky that sometimes a “devil’s advocate” or a “court jester” has to be appointed to proclaim the unpopular truth.

 Jesus courageously criticized what the powerful of his time taught and how they acted. Many have imitated him. And some, like St. Oscar Romero, were doubly courageous: first, he admitted that he had been wrong and changed his ways; and then he vigorously opposed the regime that was oppressing the poor.

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