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The refrain of a popular Spanish hymn proclaims, I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church. With this as a keynote, Hosffman Ospino draws on the deep conviction among Hispanic Catholics that they are called to be the Church–locally, nationally, and globally–and provides a basic introduction to the nature and mission of the Church.
In La Iglesia, the Church’s origin, structure, history, and mission are explored in light of the experience of Hispanic Catholics in the United States. Hoffsman Ospino, professor of theology and religious education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, explains what every Hispanic Catholic in the United States needs to know about being part of the People of God, connecting his message to the everyday experience of people in their families and faith communities. Topics include:
*the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ
*the role of the Holy Spirit
*the marks of the Church
*the vision of the Church in Second Vatican Council
*Pope Francis’s vision of the Church as a community of disciples
Part of the Ave Maria Press Recursos para el ministerio hispano series, La Iglesia is perfect for lay ministers, catechists, people in the RCIA, and leaders of small faith communities as a helpful resource to deepen their experience of being a Christian in community and to make important connections between the mystery of Jesus Christ and that of his Church.
While many Spanish-language resources are imported from other countries, this book emerges from the pastoral reality of Hispanic Catholics in the United States.
Summary points and questions suitable for reflection and discussion are provided at the end of each chapter, making the book ideal for individual or group study.