On March 23, 1980, the day before his death,
Archbishop Romero appealed directly to the members of the
military, calling on them to refuse illegal orders:
"We are your people. The peasants you kill are
your own brothers and sisters. When you hear the voice of the
man commanding you to kill, remember instead the voice of God.
Thou Shall Not Kill….In the name of God, in the name of our
tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I
beg you, I command you, stop the repression."