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Mary of Guadalupe, symbol of hope and renewalHosffman Ospino

The most popular Marian devotion among U.S. Catholics presently is the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is the most widely embraced Marian devotion in the entire American continent and perhaps the ...

Healing the malady of division, start with friendship Hosffman Ospino

The headline grabbed my attention: "You are no longer my mother!" The Reuters article, written a day prior to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, shared the story of a mother disavowed by her own son. ...

For which imperfect candidate should I vote?Hosffman Ospino

Elections invite us to cast our vote as citizens and choose the best possible public leaders to meet the exigencies of our present time and circumstances. Whether voting for president of the country ...

Learning from the poor in a time of crisis Hosffman Ospino

Moments of crisis are great opportunities of self-assessment. Crises often confront us with what philosophers call "existential questions." As our world faces the current pandemic that has halted our ...

Lent as an invitation to practicing solidarityHosffman Ospino

Lent is a most beautiful season for spiritual renewal. Lent is a time to reflect about our journey of faith and to assess to what extent we are living authentically our Christian discipleship. I heard ...

Breaking the chains of poverty through Catholic education Hosffman Ospino

When I hear that a Catholic school closes or struggles to stay open, my heart aches. There are more than 14 million school-age Catholic children in our country, 8 million of them Hispanic. If anything, ...

30 million U.S. Hispanic Catholics here and nowHosffman Ospino

The alarms went off -- again -- in October 2019 as the Pew Research Center reported on a recent survey indicating a fast and steady decline of people in the United States self-identifying as Christian. The ...

Pascasie's Catholic garden Hosffman Ospino

"My garden was the pride of neighbors and visitors; people called it the Catholic garden," shared Pascasie Musabyemungu, who works for Catholic Relief Services in Rwanda. She tended to her outdoor garden ...