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Healing the malady of division, start with friendshipHosffman 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 crisisHosffman 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 solidarity Hosffman 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 educationHosffman 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 now Hosffman 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 gardenHosffman 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 ...

Gratitude to all farmworkers without exceptions Hosffman Ospino

We all like our fresh salads, vegetables and fruits. If we eat meat, we want the best quality. However, these do not grow or raise themselves. They come to us thanks to the hard and dedicated work of ...