A forum of Catholic Thought

Return to normal! What normal?Hosffman Ospino

Excitement about returning to some form of normalcy has invaded our society and our faith communities. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has truly tested our lives. It is amazing how much we take for granted: ...

A perfect time to become sanctuary parishes and save lives Hosffman Ospino

In a time of pandemic, when lives, health and well-being are at stake, we must work together for the common good. In these pandemic moments, there should be no room for selfishness. The relaxation of ...

Arise, receive the vaccine, save livesHosffman Ospino

''The Lord is risen!" This is our cry during the 50 days of Easter. We celebrate life with joy: our present historical life and life eternal. As we celebrate like Easter people, we know with confidence ...

St. Joseph, migrant spouse and father Hosffman Ospino

Pope Francis has invited Catholics to focus our attention this year on St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church. I commend him for this invitation. I have always been fascinated about how much Christians ...

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 ...