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Spanish at Home, and Out    If you read the last blog, you will remember that we talked about the challenges of younger people communicating with family at home. If you, or young people you know, are struggling with this, you should keep reading.     To reflect about the issue, I will tell you about an anecdote. The other day at a restaurant I happened to sit by a big Hispanic family. It was a Mexican restaurant and they were having a great time, plus the food was delicious. I observed how they interacted. The four kids were very lively, a bit loud. They spoke...
The Best DecisionLife’s journey is very similar for each one of us. We are born, grow up, and die. But today we will pause in a stage of our lives, in the moment where we decided the journey for the rest of our lives.This decision making moment, could be when we decided to get married, chose the university to attend, and the field we would study. Or also maybe the moment when one decides to have a child and why not the day in which you decided to be part of the school soccer team.There are moments of important decisions for our lives where we decide the great change, and when we decide to...
 Changing Dynamics and Hispanic Youth!    In our last blog, I wrote about how some Hispanics, especially Hispanic youth, struggle with identifying themselves as fully Hispanic when they don’t speak Spanish. Being Hispanic is much more than speaking the language. It’s an identity, a way of being and living that, yes, can come to fuller expression through language.    The reality is that our community is changing, as is our way of living and interacting in this country. In years past, immigration was the biggest contributor to the growth of the Hispanic...
 Does not speaking Spanish make you less Hispanic?    The other day I came across an interesting post on Hispanic culture. The main topic of the discussion was whether not speaking Spanish made you any less Hispanic. More than an objective question, it was a good way to learn how Hispanics look at themselves in relation to the language they speak.    So, do you personally think that not speaking Spanish makes you less Hispanic? Why or why not?    Statistics show that the average age of Hispanics in the United States is about 27 years old. With...
The Harvest/La CosechaYoung immigrant farm workers     It is estimated that about 400,000 immigrant children leave schools, friends and homes every year to pick the food we all eat. Children as young as 10 years old spend their childhoods working 10-14 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping their families survive the American Dream they once came to seek.    A recent documentary titled The Harves or “La Cosecha” features the lives of three young Latino migrant farm workers who sacrifice their lives, and their futures, picking crops under the worst conditions,...
  Who do we worship? When we respect and worship God is it enough? Do we do what the Holy Mother Church asks of us?We know we must worship God. The Saints are proof that we can reach the path of perfection by perseverance in the faith; however, sometimes we misunderstand the message and substitute the worship that is only meant to be for God, by worshipping other idols.Daily life presents us many of these idols in the form of fortune telling, interpretation of dreams, horoscopes, etc.This worship offends God and affects us directly. Such actions test God because we try to do...
 

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